CARL EDWARDS -60-Charter Communications Ford Taurus (Finished 4th) Press conference on accident "We started off that I could go as hard as I wanted, but it didn't feel quite right. I thought, 'Man, this is pretty fast.' Fortunately we got ...
-60-Charter Communications Ford Taurus (Finished 4th)
Press conference on accident
"We started off that I could go as hard as I wanted, but it didn't feel quite right. I thought, 'Man, this is pretty fast.' Fortunately we got a caution early enough to find out that we were blistering the right-rear and the right-front, and so the whole night we just tried to run a few laps on tires and then take them off and save them for later and not go too hard on them. There at the end, we ended up running fourth, which was awesome. For me, it was just a night of cruising around trying not to be too hard on the tires."
"My left-side door panel is all smashed up from hitting the ground going in there so hard. We were going real fast."
"To me, I think the Cup cars go a little bit slower through the corners, so I think the tires will probably be OK tomorrow night. I think they'll be better and we won't have the troubles we had tonight. That's what I'm hoping for. I do appreciate the opportunity to drive this Charter Ford tonight to get a feel for it and see how I can be a little bit better and not have tire troubles tomorrow."
"That's one of the things I was frustrated with tonight. People tested out here, and I didn't test out here, but I don't think there was a tire issue that was present. We didn't see it in practice. I think the deal is, the Busch cars, they have a little bit more downforce and go a little bit faster through the corners because there is more force on the tires. I know in the Busch car I'm more throttle down, more g-forces in the corner, and that twists that carcass and puts more heat on that contact patch. I just hope that if it does turn out to be a situation tomorrow night where we're running along just saving tires and people are blowing them and hitting the fence, maybe we can come up with some sort of plan where when we have red flags that we can look at our tires or something. That was a little bit frustrating for me tonight to watch the 21 go headlong into the wall and then to be sitting there under red and ask, 'Is it OK if we look at our right-side tires?' We weren't allowed to do that, and, to me, I don't point the finger at anybody for the problem, I think it's just a circumstance, but if there is one, we have to be able to quickly do whatever we can just to prevent somebody from getting hurt."