'Green, Petty Looking Forward To Infineon' This weekend, Jeff Green and the ...
'Green, Petty Looking Forward To Infineon'
This weekend, Jeff Green and the #43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge team head into the 1.99-mile Infineon Raceway located in Sonoma (Cal.) for Sunday's Dodge/Save Mart 350. Green finished fifth at the track in one of his few starts at the road course.
Green is the only driver to have raced for the sport's biggest names. Throughout his career, he has driven for Cup's most legendary names, such as Junior Johnson, Felix Sabates, Richard Childress, Dale Earnhardt, and now Richard Petty. Green is in his second full season driving the legendary Petty Enterprises #43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge. The 2000 NASCAR Busch Grand National champion, he holds the record for the largest point's margin after winning the championship by 616 points. He is also a two-time NASCAR Nextel Cup pole winner, winning poles at the Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway and the pole for the 2003 Daytona 500.
The thoughts of #43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker driver Jeff Green heading into Infineon:
"I have to agree with Kyle, I think the road courses are pretty cool to go to. It may not be the popular opinion out there among other Cup drivers, but I enjoy going to Infineon. I enjoy both road courses. I haven't raced at Infineon a lot of times, but a fifth-place finish back in 2002 gave me a pretty good feeling about it.
"It's helpful to have a teammate like Kyle (Petty) who also likes road courses. I've been with different organizations and have had different teammates that really didn't favor the road courses. It's a little bit different to have a teammate like Kyle (Petty) who gets about as excited as I do to go to Infineon. It's probably helpful. I think we just both go in with a positive attitude. That's saying a lot more than a lot of other guys out there. Enjoying the road courses is something that only a handful of drivers can say.
"Road courses are just different. I think the negative attitude comes from doing something different. It's not something that we are used to doing every week. If we raced them every week, it's probably not a big deal. We just don't have a lot of road courses on our schedule. The majority of us grew up racing ovals, and that's what we enjoy the most. I just happen to like the challenge of Infineon as well.
"It just comes down to the fact that Infineon is just as important as any other race. Sunday's race will play an important role in the season championship just as much as any other race before the final 10 races. Sunday's race just happens to be on a road course. You can't lie down and not give it your very best. You have to approach this race just like you do any other. It pays the same amount of points and it's just another piece to the puzzle. I think everyone respects that and understands it, but a lot of guys probably don't like it.
"I'm ready to get back there. Infineon is a little bit more technical than Watkins Glen. You need to really have a good setup. We'll lean on the Georgia-Pacific team, and I'm sure they'll lean on this Cheerios team too, to get the best setup under our cars. The cars really need to get through the turns and come off them with a lot of grip. We need to have good brakes too. We are a little more abusive to our cars at Infineon than a place like Watkins Glen. You need to have a good package going in there. Having a teammate, and more people to draw information from, only helps.
"Having a guy like Kyle (Petty), and his success on road courses, is good to have on your side. I'm ready to get back to Infineon as well. I look forward to the challenge and the racing there. It's a tough road course, but we have all the tools to be successful. We want to put it all together and have a good run with out Cheerios Dodge this weekend."