Taco Bell Team Takes New Approach to Michigan Gilliland Hopes Different Set-Up Yields Different Results Statesville, N.C. (June 8, 2010) - David Gilliland knows the wide track of Michigan International Speedway offers wide-open opportunities,...
Taco Bell Team Takes New Approach to Michigan
Gilliland Hopes Different Set-Up Yields Different Results
Statesville, N.C. (June 8, 2010) - David Gilliland knows the wide track of Michigan International Speedway offers wide-open opportunities, and the Taco Bell Ford team plans to take advantage. The team will bring a new set-up to the two-mile oval for this weekend's Heluva Good! 400 in hopes of improving on previous performances at similar tracks.
The No. 37 team avoided a race-ending multi-car pile-up at Pocono Raceway last weekend, but came away with a 33rd-place finish after struggling with set-up throughout the race. The team looks forward to getting back on track at MIS.
Sunday's race will be Gilliland's eighth Cup Series start at Michigan. His highest finish is 17th.
Comments from Taco Bell Driver David Gilliland on Michigan International Speedway and Green-White-Checkered Finishes:
"Michigan is a place where aero is very, very important. And it's a flatter track, which we've kind of struggled on as whole with Front Row Motorsports. So we're going with a whole different set-up for Michigan, and hopefully it will be good.
"As far as aero resources, we've been to the wind tunnel a couple times this year and we have learned a little bit. So we're going to take everything we learned and put it into our cars at Michigan.
"Michigan has been alright for me. It's kind of a flatter track, like I said, and not my favorite. But it's wide so you can definitely race there. You can run up on the wall, you can run in the middle, you can run down low. So that's good because, as a racecar driver, it's harder for guys to block you and you have options of different lines to run. Hopefully we'll run really good and I'll come out of there saying I love it.
"I think the green-white-checkered rule is great. If I was a fan sitting up in the stands, the very last thing I would want to do is see a race end under caution without at least getting an attempt to finish under green. I think the three attempts is very good. It requires some different strategies for the crew chiefs on fuel mileage races at some of the tracks.
"For the most part, I think the effects are good. Obviously, the big wreck at the end of the Pocono race wasn't a good result for a big part of the field but we snuck through OK. So, there have been some instances where it's helped Front Row Motorsports gain some spots when guys wreck at the end. On the other hand, at the Daytona 500 for example, it hurt Front Row Motorsports because a couple of our cars were involved in an accident in a green-white-checkered. So basically it's a new element to the strategy of these races."