Las Vegas: Newman post qualifying interview

RYAN NEWMAN, NO. 39 TORNADOS IMPALA PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT -- Qualified 3rd: THERE WERE LOTS OF RECORD-BREAKING LAPS OUT THERE TODAY "Yes there were." WHY? WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THAT? "Well, they've got new tires and we've worked...

RYAN NEWMAN, NO. 39 TORNADOS IMPALA PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT -- Qualified 3rd:

THERE WERE LOTS OF RECORD-BREAKING LAPS OUT THERE TODAY

"Yes there were."

WHY? WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THAT?

"Well, they've got new tires and we've worked on our race cars and the track was cool. I thought it was pretty good that for whatever reason Mother Nature keeps following us in the form of rain and it seems like it's been it's been cool for qualifying for almost every time, including Daytona; but the conditions have stayed the same throughout the entire practice session. It cooled off a little bit, don't get me wrong, but if it had been sunny it would have been a bigger difference depending on where you drew."

WHAT HAVE YOU DONE PERSONALLY TO TRY TO BUMP UP THE MOOD IN THE NO. 39 HAULER GIVEN THE FIRST COUPLE OF WEEKS THAT YOU'VE HAD THIS SEASON? "Nothing. I mean really, I go in and have a good attitude and everybody else has a good attitude and knowing what happened to us was poor luck, I mean, at Daytona we got crashed and we lost an engine there at California. So, it's tough. And we know where we were at this time last year and it's about the same spot. And we've run a lot better than we did last year. It's only two races, but either way. It kind of gives you an idea. Our biggest satisfaction was at California knowing that we had a car that was a top five race car. We worked our way towards the front every run and lost that engine. But that in itself has kept us from having to worry about attitude or that mentality of what are we going to do?"

HOW CONFIDENT ARE YOU IN YOUR CAR FOR SUNDAY AND HOW DO YOU THINK YOU'LL RUN?

"I'm very confident. It's a brand new race car. The Tornados Chevrolet. It's the first race for them. We've made some pretty big gains as an organization and some pretty big gains for me personally working with Tony Gibson and having a year under our belts and having that notebook to go back on when we got some experience here last year. You only get to come to places like here and Kansas and Indy one time each year. So you've got to be on your game. When you have nothing to go off of, it's 200 percent more difficult. So to come here and have the experience of qualifying good last year and then proving that for this year I think that we've looked on some good things. I'm just happy to debut the Tornados Chevrolet in a good position in the media center."

-source: gm racing

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