Pocono II: Ford crew chiefs' Friday interview

There were numerous tire issues during the first Pocono race this year, so Ford Racing asked a few of its crew chiefs and engineers if they made any changes to their setups for Sunday's event. JIMMY FENNIG, Crew Chief - No. 97 ...

There were numerous tire issues during the first Pocono race this year, so Ford Racing asked a few of its crew chiefs and engineers if they made any changes to their setups for Sunday's event.

JIMMY FENNIG, Crew Chief - No. 97 IRWIN/Sharpie Taurus

"Goodyear brought the same tire from what we had in the first race, but what they did was they fixed the curb where everybody had issues. What we did after the first race was look at the camber on our car because of what happened with that curb and our cambers. That played a part of what happened to that tire. It wasn't Goodyear's tire, it's what we induced in the tire and what that curb induced in the tire."

SO YOU'VE JUST MADE A CAMBER ADJUSTMENT? "All we're gonna do is camber adjustment because they moved the ripples up on the curb to where you can't go ahead and saw that tire off. We've also adjusted more on our cambers to get some heat from the outside edge back into the inside."

HAVE THERE BEEN ANY INSTRUCTIONS FROM GOODYEAR ABOUT THIS WEEKEND? "No. I'm just gonna start where I finished off the last race. I'm gonna look at Carl's notes a little bit because he didn't have a problem and his camber was backed off, too. Goodyear feels pretty comfortable about their tire. I think the problems last time were more camber-related than what it was air-pressure-related."

IS IT GOOD TO HAVE PRACTICE TODAY AS OPPOSED TO SATURDAY? "It doesn't matter. As a team, we look at it every run anyway. We have guys doing tire temperatures after every run, so we pay pretty close attention to our cambers."

TODD PARROTT, Crew Chief - No. 38 M&M's Taurus

"I'm sure Goodyear addressed something with the tire. I think the track made some changes to the tunnel turn, which is a good thing because it was pretty rough down there. We were very fortunate that we didn't have any problems in that area. I know several teams had really bad problems, so, hopefully, it was a camber or air-pressure-related thing and we won't see that this weekend."

HAS GOODYEAR SAID ANYTHING ABOUT THIS WEEKEND? ANY PRECAUTIONS? "Everybody is on their own. Goodyear has told us what they thought the problem was and to just try and shy away from it."

HOYT OVERBAGH, Engineer - No. 21 Motorcraft Genuine Parts Taurus

"We've made some critical changes because we feel we've figured out what the problems were all about. So we've made the changes appropriate to get rid of the problem."

WAS IT JUST ONE THING OR A COMBINATION? "I think there were a lot of factors and what we ended up doing was just adjust a little on a large number of things."

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THIS WEEKEND? "We're comfortable and don't feel like we should experience any problems."

PAT TRYSON, Crew Chief - No. 6 Viagra Taurus

"We didn't have any problems and even though we've looked at everything, we haven't made any major changes. We've made a little air-pressure adjustment, but, other than that, we didn't have any issue. We're hoping we don't the issue again, but people that were real aggressive, if they're real aggressive again, I think they'll have problems again. We weren't real aggressive and won't be this time. Hopefully, we won't have any problems."

WILL THERE BE MORE ATTENTION TO THAT ISSUE IN PRACTICE TODAY? "I don't know because nobody really had issues in practice last time and then all of a sudden when the race started there were issues everywhere. It seems to be hard to judge it by practice. You can't really run long enough a lot of times to make it happen, but last time in the race there were guys having them in two or three laps. It's kind of strange. I don't know if it'll show up in practice, but we're not gonna be very aggressive. Hopefully, everything will be alright for us."

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