Nextel Wake-up Call at TMS. Friday, April 13,2007 REED SORENSON (No. 41 TUMS Dodge Charger) COMMENT ON THE RICHMOND AVENGER TEST "We unloaded pretty fast. We were good at all four sessions at Richmond. We didn't really have too good a car...
Nextel Wake-up Call at TMS.
Friday, April 13,2007
REED SORENSON (No. 41 TUMS Dodge Charger)
COMMENT ON THE RICHMOND AVENGER TEST "We unloaded pretty fast. We were good at all four sessions at Richmond. We didn't really have too good a car at Martinsville, and that was actually the same car we took to the Richmond test. It was all beat up and didn't look too good, but it was fast. We had a really good test there. We're looking forward to going to Phoenix with the same setup. We think we'll be OK at that track because they're pretty similar, but we felt we learned a lot from that car and we definitely got a lot to learn from that car as well."
WHAT'S YOUR COMFORT LEVEL WITH THE COT? "Everybody is talking about the Car of Tomorrow and how it went. Bristol and Martinsville are the smallest tracks we run on and it's going to be a little bit different when we get on these bigger tracks that have higher speeds like Darlington and things like that. As far as the comfort level, the comfort level is pretty good. It's just trying to make these cars turn. They don't turn very well. The teams are having to adjust a lot and try to figure out how to make these cars turn a little bit better. It's the same adjustment for everybody and which ever team has it figured out better is going to prevail."
COMMENT ON YOUR TEAM "Two of the races we didn't even get to race. At California we were collected in a wreck on lap seven and then we were out of the race at Bristol on lap 20 something. We didn't even race in two of them and finished dead last and we're 25th in points. I think if we just keep doing what we're doing we'll be fine. We just don't need any more dead last finishes and we'll be fine."
COMMENT ON TMS "The Cup car has been great here every time. We ran top 10 a lot in the fall race here last year. We brought the car we had at Atlanta and it ran top 10 all day in Atlanta. That was its first race, so it's got a pretty good record. We're hoping it'll handle just as well here."
YOUR MOTHER IS GOING TO BE A JUDGE IN THE TUMS CONTEST? "Yeah, I don't know how that happened. I haven't even talked to her about it yet, but she's a pretty good cook so she'll be a good judge. TUMS is pretty excited to be a part of our program this year. They're on the deck lid all year long, and we're running a TUMS car here and David Stremme is running a TUMS car in Chicago I believe. It's a cool looking car. It's got a lot to do with a lot of race fans because of the food that people eat here. I don't take TUMS yet. I think I'm a little too young, but I know a lot of people who do take it. It's pretty cool."
COMMENT ON MONTOYA "I think everybody at Chip Ganassi Racing knew when Juan came over here he was going to have a lot of attention. Everybody is used to it and it's kinda died off a little bit I guess you could say from when he first got here. All the race teams are just worried about running good. We try not to pay attention to that way too much because if you do you're not doing your job. We just try to do the best we can and make sure all three teams are working together. Myself, David and Juan work well together. The crew chiefs are doing great. We're just worried about the race and the rest of it will take care of itself."
COMMENT ON PHOENIX AND TALLADEGA "Like I said for Phoenix, we're taking a car just like the one we had at Richmond. We're going to start out with the exact same setup. We were fast there and hopefully it'll carry over. It doesn't always do that, but that's what we're going to plan on. We've got a lot of important Target people coming out there, so we want to run well there. At Talladega it's just Talladega. It is what it is and everybody knows that. All you can do there is hope you're not at the wrong place at the wrong time and just race all day and hope you're there at the end. As far as how competitive we're going to be, we think we're going to be OK. We'll go out and race and try to be smart about everything and stay out of trouble."
COMPARE THIS SEASON TO LAST YEAR "The first difference is when we got to Daytona our speedway cars, instead of being near the bottom, we were toward the top. That was a major boost right there to start the season and a lot of that goes to our motor program. They were pretty far behind and they worked really hard over the winter to step it up and they surely did. All our cars were really fast by themselves and they were really fast in the race, and a lot of that goes to the motor program. As far as the COT goes, we've still got a lot of work to do on that. That's been a tough deal and it's been really hard for us to build cars because NASCAR is inspecting them and what not. We feel like our intermediate cars for places like here got better over the winter, being in the wind tunnel and things like that. We're steadily stepping all our programs up. I think by the middle of the season we should be top notch at all the spots."
COMMENT ON THE NEW DODGE NOSE "There is a little bit of difference. I think last year the car was a little more edgy because it seemed like with the old nose it would grab more, the front end would. It's a little more consistent I think with this nose. I don't think it's necessarily a lot better or worse or anything like that because the overall downforce is pretty close, but I think it's a little bit more consistent with this nose. It's a little easier for us to tune the car. Last year we would have the car a little bit tight and we would free it up a little bit and then it would be too loose. It think it's a little bit easier for me and me and my crew chief [to tune it into the track a little bit easier."
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