JOEY LOGANO, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing Have you seen a change in the handle of your car with the spoiler? "It's hard to say. We came here with a tighter setup, trying to be conservative and not really knowing what it's...
JOEY LOGANO, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Have you seen a change in the handle of your car with the spoiler? "It's hard to say. We came here with a tighter setup, trying to be conservative and not really knowing what it's going to do. We were really tight. We got freed up and just couldn't get off the corner good so then we would be tight in the long run. We're just trying to find a balance there. We're just trying some new stuff and not worrying much about speed right now. It's not much different I don't think. I haven't been around many other cars so I can't really say what it will be like then. I know before I was about four cars back behind another car and it got really tight, but I was already really tight before that. Maybe if we get the balance closer it will be a little different."
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 M&M's Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
What are your initial thoughts on the difference between the wing and the spoiler? "Not a whole lot of difference, but definitely some change. Whether it's change for the good or the bad yet, we don't know until we get into a pack of a race. Initial thoughts are that it adds a lot of grip to the car, makes the cars comfortable to drive, but to me it might make it harder in traffic."
What do you expect the difference in pole speeds to be with the spoiler at Charlotte in May? "I think we're going to be a little bit slower with the blade because we create more drag down the straightaway. The cars are faster through the corner now, but they're slower down the straightaway. They are kind of flipped. I would say the pole speed in the spring will be like a 28.50 or 28.60. That's about it - it will be about a half-a-second slower."
DAVE ROGERS, crew chief, No. 18 M&M's Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
What have your impressions been of the spoiler? "Initially Kyle (Busch) was pleased with the spoiler. Off the truck he felt like he could get into the corner real well. But it's way too early to tell, everyone is still shaking down their car. I think we're all taking advantage of an open test and trying to learn some stuff. We're really not going to know a whole lot until we get out there in traffic. I do think the bigger blade, you're going to see a lot more drafting. We were several cars back from the 83 (Brian Vickers) and when he pulled off, our lap times slowed down. I think you'll see more drafting at these mile-and-a-half tracks. It's hard to say if that's going to be better or worse. It is what it is so we're going to make the best of it."
What have you been working on with the spoiler? "We're trying as much as we can with the spoiler. When you're at a test like this and you can take data off the car, for us, we try as many things as we can. I like the cars by themselves. I think the racing is going to be a little more difficult, honestly. But by themselves, they're nicer to drive, I think. The car is just snugger and has a little more grip. Clearly it's faster, but I think you're going to see a little bit bigger split when you have to race right behind people in a big pack. I think that's going to get a little more dicey than it was with the wing. They're snugger into the corner so hopefully that is still the same case when you're in traffic and that will make things easier with this type of car."
MARTIN TRUEX JR., No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
What are your initial impressions of the spoiler? "So far the car feels really good and so far I think I like it better. It's going well. The car feels a little more draggy, kind of like we're used to. It seems like you don't use quite as much brake. When you let off the gas, the car slows down a little bit better. It feels really good getting off into the corner. The car has a lot of feel to it. So far, it's really good."
PAT TRYSON, crew chief, No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
How has your car reacted to the spoiler? "The spoiler has been pretty good so far. I think everybody has been real comfortable with it. It hasn't been a big balance change by itself. Everybody is running by themselves so you won't get a real indication of that until we go racing. So far everybody seems pretty happy with it and it hasn't made a huge difference. We still have some work to do to get our cars a little better, but other than that its been a pretty good morning."
PAT TRYSON, crew chief, No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing (continued)
How does the new spoiler compare to the old spoiler? "The new spoiler is not quite as pretty as the old spoiler and they don't let you do enough other stuff around the new one like we did with the old car. We'll get used to it and we'll see what things make it tick and get a little better."
DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
How has the test been for your team today? "It was a good test. I think we learned a lot about what the new blade does. It is a little more draggy I guess. We changed the gear and that helped us out a little bit. All in all, it's been a productive test and we're just trying to see what all it has to offer. The true test will be when there's 18 or 20 cars out there at one time, in a pack and you're trying to race. That's when it will be apples to apples."
Would you like to get in a pack of cars tomorrow in the test to see how the car will react? "It would be nice to at least have a general idea. You don't ever know if you can coordinate that because everyone is on their own agenda. Ideally, that would probably be the best way to really find out other than just showing up at a race track and seeing what we're going to get, which is our only other alternative I guess."
RODNEY CHILDERS, crew chief, No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
What do you think of the cars with the spoiler? "It seems to be about the same as what we had before. We started with the same setup that we had here in the fall. The car is driving really good and hasn't had any issues at all. He's (David Reutimann) got up behind some guys really close in traffic and it's drove fine. No issues there. We don't see that it's a whole lot different right now."
How important is it to get a two-day test at Charlotte Motor Speedway? "The biggest thing is just having time on a big intermediate track that we race on with the right tires. It's pretty important because you don't get one very often unless it's a tire test. It ends up helping the whole company out a good bit."
MAX PAPIS, No. 13 GEICO Toyota Camry, Germain Racing
How has your car handled with the spoiler? "We've just run a very few laps and we're just trying to assess. It definitely feels pretty different to me compared to what we had here last year. It's just a little too early to really assess exactly what to do, but definitely different and something we just need to work on."
MARCOS AMBROSE, No. 47 Little Debbie Toyota Camry, JTG-Daugherty Racing
Were you able to see a difference from the wing to the spoiler yet in testing? "We're just running through some stuff - some pre-planning on the car. The spoiler feels fine to me, maybe a little freer when you get sideways, might stay looser for longer. I'm happy with it and I think its going to be great. It looks good for sure. I actually didn't mind the way the wing drove, but I'm happy with the spoiler."
What do you think about the spoiler on the race car? "I think its better. The cars turn a little bit better. There's more side force with some of the added features that they've put on there -- the plates going down the rear deck lid and the extensions on the rear quarter panels. All the way around, I think it's a better race car. It's definitely improved the drivability of the car. I think it's a good change."
-source: toyota motorsports