CHEVY NCTS AT DAYTONA DAY ONE - TESTING DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY JANUARY 11, 2008 Andy Lally, No. 7 TRG Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado, met with members of the media center at Daytona International Speedway during preseason testing and...
CHEVY NCTS AT DAYTONA
DAY ONE - TESTING
DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY
JANUARY 11, 2008
Andy Lally, No. 7 TRG Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado, met with members of the media center at Daytona International Speedway during preseason testing and discussed the differences he expects going from road racing to NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and Daytona expectations.
ON THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DRIVING A ROLEX CAR VS. A CHEVY SILVERADO: "It's a completely different feeling but I'm actually kind of happy with that. It lets you separate one deal from the next and get on with it. I had a lot of learning that I had to do today and it went smooth. Our Chevy Silverado is real fast. These guys really helped lessen the steepness of my learning curve by giving me a great truck. Tony Raines was with us today kind of mentoring me along and he did a wonderful job. He helped calm me down a little bit and he gave me some important advice as to how and where to be. A few things that I learned at Texas and Homestead were certainly applicable here and it just ended up excellent. When we did a single truck run in the morning we were fourth and to put our Silverado in 'P2' at the end of the day here was much more than we expected."
ON THE CHALLENGES ON RUNNING A ROLEX CAR VS. A CRAFTSMAN TRUCK: "The biggest difference between the Rolex car and the truck is the rigidity. We run a very stiff car. The spring rates might actually be similar; you have a lot more travel in the truck. This causes a little bit of numbness or vague feeling as you transition into a corner. Once it takes a set and digs in, it takes a little longer to do that, where the Porsche has a crisp initial turn in. With the truck, it kind of lags. Some of that is also the track because we come over the rise a tick more at speed. Today in the draft I was seeing 192 miles per hour which is certainly faster than we come into turn three in the Rolex stuff. It's completely different. The only thing that I noticed that was similar was how you drafted. Where the car position is and what we need to do to get that car to suck up to the car behind you was something I was able to draw on from my experience from that."
ON THE DIFFERENCE IN MAKING A FULL CIRCUIT AROUND THE SUPERSPEEDWAY VS. A LAP IN THE ROLEX CAR: "It's such a different feel and such a different viewpoint from the cockpit and it's such a different sound. Everything is so completely different. You really do kind of separate one from the other. This may as well be a different property in a different state. It's just that different. I don't come through the tri-oval and think about getting on the brakes to turn in for the hairpin coming into turn one here. It's just straighten the thing out and go. I think a lot of that is some of the mental preparation that I do. I do a lot of laps in my head. I was fortunate last December to come here and run a handful of laps in ARCA. ust that alone -- those 15 or 20 laps that I was able to do -- was something that I was able to remember and draw from. Today, just kind of going over the things I needed to do, I got back into the mindset. It's not too hard to transition from one to the other. It's great being here either way, because I love Daytona -- hands down. Either we're on the road course or the oval, they're both incredible."
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