Long Pond II: Ford Racing - Ricky Rudd interview

Ricky Rudd, driver of the No. 28 Havoline Taurus, provided an update on his status for 2003 during a brief practice rain delay Friday afternoon at Pocono Raceway. ARE YOU ANY CLOSER TO DECIDING WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN? "Hopefully, we'll find out...

Ricky Rudd, driver of the No. 28 Havoline Taurus, provided an update on his status for 2003 during a brief practice rain delay Friday afternoon at Pocono Raceway.

ARE YOU ANY CLOSER TO DECIDING WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN? "Hopefully, we'll find out by Indianapolis. I think everything will be pretty clear by then. There are still a lot of things up in the air right now, so I can't really comment a whole lot, but, hopefully, next week we can lay all of this to rest."

HOW IMPORTANT IS HORSEPOWER HERE? "You definitely have to go through these corners, but you've got to go down these straightaways and this is probably one of the tracks where horsepower probably shines the best. You're second to none when you have Yates motors under the hood. I know the last race here we ended up having a flat tire late in the race, but it looked like it was gonna be a one-two Yates finish. Again, the cars have to go through the corners, but horsepower probably makes a bigger difference here than anywhere else we go."

IS ANY OF THIS INDECISION ABOUT NEXT YEAR GETTING TO YOU? "It's not so much indecision as you make your plans. My plans have to agree with other people's plans, so it's not so much indecisive as it is it's got to make sense, not only for the driver, but for the team and the sponsor. There's not as much wishy-washiness as you might think. It's more of a case of does it make business sense to do different options."

IS RETIREMENT STILL AN OPTION? "The retirement issue is still a real possibility. It's not a bartering card, but it's the card that I'll play if I can't get with a team that's capable of winning races right out of the box. If that team is not there and it takes two or three years for the build-up process, I probably don't have three years of a build-up process in me. So that would be the time that you might look at retirement as being an option. I'm 45 years old. If you get into a build-up situation, then you're 48 and what happens is you end up building something, you step out of it, and then somebody else takes advantage of what you've been building. It's difficult to build. I've been in that situation many times and it's not a situation I want to be in anytime soon."

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