Strong Stats, Strong Team
Sandusky, OH - February 22, 2011 - Johnny Sauter and the No. 13 Safe Auto/Curb Records Chevrolet team travels to Phoenix Int'l Raceway for the second race of the season. A strong contender in his two showings at the track, Sauter started on the pole in 2009 and finished 5th. Last year, he qualified 5th-fastest and finished third. Looking to improve on his strong stats at the raceway, there's only one place to go for improvement - Victory Lane.
ON PHOENIX: "I always look forward to Phoenix. Being earlier on in the NCWTS schedule, it's going to be interesting. I think mentally, most of us racers who have been here before, think of that last chase before Homestead in the Fall. It's going to be a different vibe here, running at the beginning of the schedule. I can't wait, I think it will be really exciting racing with fresh drivers. We're all looking to put Daytona in the rearview and hit a strong finish this week. Statistically, this is my best race track in the Truck Series."
ON BEING IN CONTROL: "It's always good to go to a racetrack and feel like you're in control. It was so hard to do that at Daytona, just because there are so many elements to the racing there that you can't control around you. At Phoenix, I can control most of my environment, which means I'm that much more of a competitor. From the moment my helmet is on, it's 'game on' in my head. It's less about the people around you, more about your own skills and handling on the racetrack. That's the kind of racing I grew up on, and it's what I like best."
ON THE CHASSIS CHANGE: "We are using chassis 11, one of the original chassis in my No. 13 fleet. The No. 30 chassis is now the backup. 11 is a tried and true chassis that we used in Martinsville last year, but it got a good stripping and refresh. The guys at the shop in Sandusky put a ton of time and effort into it, and I really appreciate all that they are doing for me right now. I can't say that enough. With the ECR horsepower we have this year, I'm hoping it will be super strong at PIR."
THE CREW BOND: "This business is all about people. I say that a lot to my guys, and I don't say it enough outside the shop. We have a saying, 'If you don't believe, you don't belong.' I know that Joe (Shear, Jr - crew chief) always has my back and believes in every truck. My guys are the same - I believe in them and what we're trying to do this year. Joe and I have been around each other since we were young - our dads were rivals and raced against each other in Wisconsin, and we saw that competition each week. That has built a lot of respect between the two of us, and it really does filter down to the guys in the shop and the guys who go over the wall. This year, we believe. And I definitely believe we can get a win together."
-source: thorsport racing