Today Chevrolet's General Manager Ed Peper and President and CEO of Richard Childress Racing (RCR), Richard Childress, announced that Chevrolet and RCR will continue their relationship for 2008 and beyond. The following is select quotes from all...
Today Chevrolet's General Manager Ed Peper and President and CEO of Richard Childress Racing (RCR), Richard Childress, announced that Chevrolet and RCR will continue their relationship for 2008 and beyond. The following is select quotes from all participants of today's press conference including comments from Peper, Childress, Clint Bowyer, Jeff Burton and Kevin Harvick.
Ed Peper, Chevrolet general manager
"We've really got great news at Chevrolet about our continuing partnership with one of NASCAR's premier teams. We have had the winningest name in racing with over 600 Cup victories and we really look to match up with teams that share our values and most importantly want to win on the race track. It's my pleasure in that vein to announce that Richard Childress Racing will remain a key partner with the Chevrolet and GM Racing family for 2008 and beyond.
"As you know RCR is one of the elite organizations in NASCAR and 2008 marks Richard's 39th year as a team owner and his cars have very, very proudly carried the Chevy bowtie. Richard's teams have recorded 85 Nextel Cup wins and he owns six Nextel Cup championships, all of them won with the legendary Dale Earnhardt. RCR also has three Busch Series championships, the latest with Kevin Harvick last year. In total RCR has 174 Nextel Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck victories and the Childress organization was the first ever to win championships in all three of NASCAR's premier divisions. This is a racing organization that invests in quality drivers. They are dedicated to winning and today all three of the drivers are in a position to compete in the Chase for the Nextel Cup.
"We are very excited to continue a long and very successful relationship with one of the best racing organizations in NASCAR both on and off the track. Richard had a choice and he and his team chose Chevrolet. And just like so many Americans who have made Chevrolet the number one selling brand in America, it is a partnership that will bolster our standing as the winningest name in racing and we are very, very proud of these guys."
ON THE STATUS OF NEGOTIATIONS WITH OTHER TEAMS: "We've got offers out with all of our teams right now and certainly we're here to celebrate Richard and his teams signing with us today. We'll have more announcements in the coming weeks with the teams. We're all in negotiations right now."
Richard Childress, president and CEO of Richard Childress Racing
"It's quite an honor to be back with Chevrolet. I started with Chevrolet way before we were incorporated in 1969. I've always been Chevrolet. There was a couple years we got off and came right back, although it was a GM product. It's just been a great relationship. What a great company to give us support with engineering, technology, the parts and pieces it took to win those races. Without GM we couldn't have won those races and the technology they gave us just like the new Impala that we're going to be racing.
"We're really excited about it next year and hopefully this year we're going to have all three of our cars in the Chase and we can win the Michigan race for Chevrolet today. We're just excited to be with them. I couldn't ask for a better team of drivers to support us and they're all excited about moving forward with Chevy.
"We want to get this year behind us and win that championship for Chevy but next year we're excited about the new R07 engine. It's just a great racing engine. GM has helped us carry the old '55 style block for many years and we won a lot of races with it but to have the new R07, we're all really excited about it and the Impala. We're looking forward for continued success with Chevy and hopefully we can carry on it today with one of these guys winning the race out here today and hopefully tomorrow too."
ON THE NEGOTIATION PROCESS: "Actually I asked them how much I had to pay them to be on the team to start with (laughs). No it wasn't a whole lot of negotiation when you have a great partnership. We feel like we're all family and when you're in a big family like we are we don't feel like there has to be a lot of negotiation. We just put our program together and we all moved together forward with it."
ASIDE FROM THAT THERE ARE MORE CHEVY TEAMS, WHAT ELSE MAKES CHEVY SUCH A WINNER? "I think the commitment to winning, the commitment to motorsports that Brent (Dewar, GM North America vice president sales, service and parts) and his group put out there. It's all about commitment and I think the technology and all that they help us with, like I said earlier, in the engineering and the cars and the engines. That's what makes winners. You want to be with the best and that's why the best teams are out there today and winning with them."
Kevin Harvick, No. 29 Shell/Pennzoil Chevrolet
"I think for me I didn't even realize it was up or an option, that's just how long we've all been with Chevrolet so it's something that, I know from my standpoint, we really didn't even know there was an option to even do anything else. I don't think there ever was even a consideration to do anything else. I've driven a Chevrolet all but one year of my career and since I raced late models so it's just something that we just assume and just continue to have a great relationship with not only the Cup teams but the Truck and Busch teams as well. It's just a lot of fun to be a part of a company that has had such great success every year in racing throughout the years and to continue that going forward is all what we wanted to do, at least from my standpoint, and I'm pretty sure from everybody else's as well."
Jeff Burton, No. 31 AT&T Mobility Chevrolet
"The drivers, we're pretty short sided on things. We just want to run well on Sundays. That's what our whole life revolves around and being involved with Chevrolet gives us the best chance to do that. There's no company in the world that's more committed to winning races than Chevrolet. If you were starting from scratch and you looked around and said which company has had the most success in NASCAR, which company has been the most committed to it, it's Chevrolet. So for us from a drivers' standpoint it's just a no-brainer. Anybody would say Chevrolet is the team to be with, it's that simple."
Clint Bowyer, No. 07 Jack Daniel's Chevrolet
"I've had Chevys ever since I could drive. My grandfather had Chevys on the farm and I don't ever want to be anything else. I think it's the team to be with just like Jeff said and I hope we're there for a long time."
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