Aric Almirola No. 88 GT Vodka Chevrolet "It's been a long season but a good one for me. I think my success in the (NASCAR Camping World) Truck Series opened the door for a lot of things to happen, including hooking up with JRM at ORP. That was...
Aric Almirola No. 88 GT Vodka Chevrolet
"It's been a long season but a good one for me. I think my success in the (NASCAR Camping World) Truck Series opened the door for a lot of things to happen, including hooking up with JRM at ORP. That was a big turning point for me this year. Fortunately we ran well enough there that I was able to land a full-time ride with JRM. Now we get the chance to compete for a championship next season.
"I'm excited to have some time off, but I'll still be looking forward to a fresh start next season. It's going to be good going into next year knowing the guys on the team and how things work over here. I've got a solid relationship with "Pops" (crew chief, Tony Eury Sr.) and I think we both have a good understanding of each other. That's an important element in racing. I'm glad we had the chance to work together so much over these last couple months. It gives us a good head start heading into 2011."
Danica Patrick No. 7 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet
"It was frustrating following last week's race. We started off OK, but as the race progressed things kept happening. I just need to start racing competitors the same way they race me. My Go Daddy crew works too hard all weekend for me to let competitors use us up. I've always been a clean racer, but sometimes you've got to make a statement.
"This is probably one of the busiest racing years I've ever had. This whole NASCAR experience really left me out of my element, but it was a lot of fun. I had no idea what to expect when I started the season, and the good thing is we've made some progress over the year. It's funny, in the beginning of the year I wasn't even familiar with the cockpit of the car. Now I feel a lot more comfortable, both inside the car and on the racetrack. Most everyone has been supportive and patient of my transition, especially Kelley (Earnhardt), Dale (Jr.) and Bob Parsons (Go Daddy CEO and Founder). Tony (Eury) Jr. and my entire Go Daddy crew have been great too, and I want to thank them all for that."