BRAD KESELOWSKI, NO. 25 GODADDY.COM IMPALA SS, met with members of the media at Texas Motor Speedway and discussed feeling about finally not having weather impact his attempt to qualify for his first Cup race, racing for Dale Earnhardt, Jr. the ...
BRAD KESELOWSKI, NO. 25 GODADDY.COM IMPALA SS, met with members of the media at Texas Motor Speedway and discussed feeling about finally not having weather impact his attempt to qualify for his first Cup race, racing for Dale Earnhardt, Jr. the economy and other topics.
ARE YOU PLEASED THAT THE WEATHER IS GOING TO ALLOW YOU THE OPPORTUNITY TO ATTEMPT TO QUALIFYIN? "I think all you can ask for is a chance. That is what a lot of drivers have been saying as far as qualifying is concerned. With all the rainouts we have had, some are saying there should be something where the go or go-homers just get a shot only, limited qualifying or whatever. But I think that we all deserve a chance. Whether you make it or not, you deserve a chance. I am glad that today we will get that. I am hoping that in the future, looking out for other drivers who will be in my shoes. Today,hopefully,they will get a shot."
DO YOU SEE AS ONE OF THE NEW FACES IN THE SPORT A RIVALRY DEVELOPING BETWEEN YOU AND JOEY LOGANO? "I don't know, I think there is a lot of other drivers out there. It is kind of tough to kind of limit it down to two. As far as the future of the sport goes, Joey is a little younger than I am. He is certainly talented. It will be interesting to see how his deal works out next year. I feel like as a driver I have learned a lot from watching other people make mistakes and then stepping in to that situations and not making those mistakes. With not running a full time schedule next on the Cup side or without plans at this time to do it, I am going to be able to watch Joey and see what he struggles with and hopefully apply that to when I get my shot.
"As far as there being a rivalry or anything, I don't know, we aren't close enough yet to see that. But, it could be."
TALK ABOUT SOME OF THE CHANGES GOING ON AT JR MOTORSPORTS, HAVING THE CUTBACKS IN STAFFING AND NOT HAVING ALL THE SPONSORS IN PLACE FOR '09: "I feel bad for those who got laid off, there is no doubt about that. It is a reality not just in the sport, but in the economy that we live in. I probably take it a little better than most people simply because of where I am from in Michigan and that stuff happened. I feel bad about it. I know how I would feel if I was one of those that got cut. It is just the reality of the sport and we'll move on. Hopefully when the economy gets back going, everybody will be ok."
DO YOU THINK NOT HAVING A FULLTIME TEAM CAR WILL IMPACT YOUR EFFORTS? "It is hard to tell at this point. I think, obviously the more teams you could have with the proper budget, the stronger it would be for us and our team. We need as much as we can to create the biggest pool of resource. It is going to hurt a little bit in that end certainly. But I still feel like we have a lot of depth at JR Motorsports that can overcome that.
"In reality, it is going to add depth to our team because we have kept some of the key members from the No. 5 teams. In someways it might help us. In some ways it is a catch 22 and kind of two be determined."
WHAT IS YOUR GOAL FOR SUNDAY IF YOU MAKE THE CUP RACE: Run all the lap. A lead-lap finish would be a great way to start out. I try really hard not to make any goals. Right now 100% focused on making the show. Everything after that is just a bonus and a great learning experience."
HOW EXCITING IS THIS OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU? "I am very fortunate to get to drive the GoDaddy.com Chevrolet. It is a great car, a great team. I was worked a lot with Lance (McGrew) on the R & D team doing some testing for them. Jeff Gordon and a couple other of the Hendrick Motorsports drivers. I have a lot of resources here to work with -- Jimmie, Jeff, Dale and Casey. All of which I can talk to and learn a lot from and already have. I am very fortunate. If you are going to start out in Cup, this is how you are going to want to do it. I am very fortunate and really looking forward to it."
IS IT GOING TO BE A PROBLEM FROM YOU GOING FROM ONE CAR TO THE OTHER? "The current Cup car compared to the current Nationwide car is a drastic difference. To be honest, I think the Nationwide car is harder to drive. Whenever you take away power, you take away the drivers ability to control the race car. It seems like it would be the exact opposite but it is not. It just makes us do things to the setup to make the cars drive different affected by the driver. The way it sits right now, I will tell you what, here at Texas Motor Speedway, it drives pretty easy. I was very impressed with that. I have to unload some of the things from the Nationwide car to come over here. That is a little bit of a challenge."
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