JACQUES VILLENEUVE, No. 27 Unicef Camry, Bill Davis Racing Starting Position: 6th Did you think you had a car fast enough to make the show? "We knew yesterday that we had a pretty quick car. We were a little bit faster yesterday in practice,...
JACQUES VILLENEUVE, No. 27 Unicef Camry, Bill Davis Racing Starting Position: 6th
Did you think you had a car fast enough to make the show? "We knew yesterday that we had a pretty quick car. We were a little bit faster yesterday in practice, and we were hoping that we could've had a faster time today. We missed some practice time early, but when we got out there, we showed some good speed."
How do you think the car will race Sunday? "Qualifying is one thing, but racing here is another thing. The car was running really strong after we started yesterday, and I am feeling more and more comfortable in the draft. The crew worked hard yesterday to get it going, and it was pretty strong, so hopefully we'll be good to go. There are plenty of fast cars out there that we had to qualify against, but racing here will be completely different."
DALE JARRETT, No. 44 UPS Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing Starting Position: 43rd
How have you seen the team progress since the first race at Talladega? "We've come a long way. We've put a lot of effort into this. We've had time to get ready for this race with the COT. Toyota has done a good job getting us more power. That is obviously very important. It's been a really good effort. We weren't even that satisfied when we were down here testing. We thought we were reasonable then. It has been a really good effort by Michael Waltrip Racing to get us to this point."
What role has Dr. Eric Warren (MWR Technical Director) played in the team's recent success? "He showed us how badly we needed someone in that position. I have to give credit to Michael (Waltrip) and Ty Norris (MWR general manager). We had a lot of opportunities with other people, but we waited until we got the right person to fit into Michael Waltrip Racing. Eric is that person. You'll continue to see a lot of good things come from the team. He's brought a lot of stability to the team. He shuffled some people around in different areas. He knows that we have good people on the team - it was just a matter of getting them into the right places. He saw what our strengths were, and how to maximize those, and he saw where our weaknesses were and addressed those."
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