Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion, visited the infield media center at Michigan International Speedway during Monday's rain delay. Edwards won the June race at MIS. CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Office Depot Ford ...
Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion, visited the infield media center at Michigan International Speedway during Monday's rain delay. Edwards won the June race at MIS.
CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion
WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN DOING THE LAST TWO DAYS? "We've just been playing Nintendo in the motorhome, and we got cabin fever last night and we went to the university in Adrian and they let us use the gym there, so me and my trainer, Dean, and my motorcoach driver, Tom, we went and worked out. And then we came back to the motorhome for as long as we could, and we took our little Polaris out and ran around the the infield in the rain and met some folks, and had a pretty good time. Really, just trying to kill time, and just hoping the rain will go away so we can race. We've got some an awesome race car this weekend, I can't wait for the start of the race. It's going to be good."
WHAT WERE YOUR PLANS FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW, AND HAS THE WEATHER MESSED THOSE UP? "Today, I didn't have any big plans. This week's fine for a rain delay for me. I don't have a lot going on this week. Next week, we've got some testing and stuff, but this week I was just going to go back to Missouri, and the only thing I have to do this week is do my weekly check-up for my thumb, that's it. Other than that, just getting ready to go to Bristol."
YOUR CAR WAS VERY GOOD IN PRACTICE ON SATURDAY. DOES THE RAIN, AND CHANGING TRACK CONDITION, MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE TO YOU? WILL THAT MAKE YOU NERVOUS? "I'm not nervous about it. You never know. That's a great question. But the way this weekend's schedule is set up, when we ran our practice sessions on Friday, right off the bat, we didn't have a lot of rubber on the race track, obviously. And then Saturday, since there was no race Friday night, Saturday there was minimal amount of rubber on the race track, so I don't feel like it'll be much of a difference. In fact, with the Busch race running and then us getting this rain, the track might actually be more like practice. I think the first 100 laps or so will be a lot like practice, and then by 120 laps in, or something, it'll be a lot like it usually is at the end of a race -- especially if it's sunny out."
USUALLY, WHEN A RACE IS DELAYED FOR A DAY, WHEN IT IS RUN, IT SEEMS LIKE THE RACE IS FASTER, WITH FEWER CAUTIONS. WHAT'S THE MINDSET, AND WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE REASON FOR THAT? "That's a good question. It depends on what the yellows are for -- if it's for debris and stuff like that, I don't who spots the debris, or whatever, but they might be a little more reluctant to say, hey, there's something out here, drivers included, because you start to realize that we're deep in the week and you want to get the race over with. I don't know; there are probably other factors that are more psychological or whatever, but the reality of it is that we have a race to get done, and I think everybody kind of expedites as much as they can."
WHAT'S YOUR VIEW ON A POSSIBLE RACE AT MICHIGAN ON THE DAY AFTER THANKSGIVING? "I don't understand, exactly -- for instance, if we couldn't get the race in today, we'll race tomorrow, right? And, if for some reason we couldn't get it in tomorrow, are they saying that there would be a race at the end of the year? It would be fine with me. I like Homestead, but I sure love this place, and it would be fine if it was the last race we came to for the championship, that would be pretty awesome. But, it doesn't matter to me. I'll race at 4 a.m., any day of the week, or Christmas Day. The hard part is it's just hard on the guys. For us drivers, it's pretty easy. We just get in the race cars and race, but everybody knows it's all you guys -- the media and the television folks and the Goodyear guys and all the crews. It would be tough on them to extend the season."
TWO GOOD TRACKS COMING UP FOR ROUSH FENWAY RACING -- THIS ONE AND CALIFORNIA IN TWO WEEKS. YOU MUST BE LOOKING FORWARD TO THOSE. "The two-mile race tracks, everybody knows we run well at these, and we're aware of that, and I love going to California, and I love this track. It's a lot of fun. This is the site of my first Nextel Cup start. We run really well. I am excited about the next couple of weeks. It should be a good time. And Bristol will be fun, too, with the new surface. I haven't seen it yet, so I'm pretty excited about that, but, yeah, I love these two-mile race tracks."
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