Aric Almirola No. 88 GT Vodka Chevrolet "It's been a busy couple of weeks for me. I've been running trucks and Cup for the past couple weeks, and now I get to climb back in the GT Vodka Chevrolet at Texas. It was good to see the 88 team run well...
Aric Almirola No. 88 GT Vodka Chevrolet
"It's been a busy couple of weeks for me. I've been running trucks and Cup for the past couple weeks, and now I get to climb back in the GT Vodka Chevrolet at Texas. It was good to see the 88 team run well at Gateway. Josh (Wise) did a great job for them. They had a solid qualifying effort and ran well for the bulk of the race.
"It's going to be triple duty for me at Texas this weekend. Doing double duty the past couple weeks has been a good experience, but running all three series will be a blast. I've raced at Texas in truck and Cup car before, but this will be my first in the Nationwide Series. At the very least, I'm really hoping to continue the GT Vodka team's streak of top-10 finishes. If things go right, we'll be able to contend for a top-five."
Danica Patrick No. 7 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet
"Everything's getting a little better as the season goes on. I've learned that things can change very quickly in the car, and they're very finicky. It's tough to judge myself, or give myself some sort of grade on the season because I didn't know what to expect. I can tell you that top 15's are the goals for our Go Daddy team through the end of the year. It's something I feel we can do. I think we've had some chances this year, especially at Fontana. I know that I've learned as I've gone along. I feel a little more under control. Not everything is happening as fast for me as it was in the beginning.
"Heading into the weekend it's important to talk about the track a little bit and its tendencies. T.J. (Majors, spotter) gives me some tips on places that are new to me, and so does (crew chief) Tony Jr. He always has a good idea of the setup in the car and what I need. I know I go slow to start in practice, but after I get some repetition it comes a little easier. I still feel so new to all this. While I definitely think with enough experience I can win, but at this point in time, it's best to keep realistic expectations. A top-15 finish is realistic."
GO DADDY TEAM TO DATE - The No. 7 team has secured six top-10 finishes and led 42 laps with seven different drivers in 2010, including Aric Almirola, Steve Arpin, Landon Cassill, J.R. Fitzpatrick, Danica Patrick, Scott Wimmer and Josh Wise. The GoDaddy.com team is ranked 16th in 2010 owner points.
88 TEAM POINTS POSITION - The No. 88 GT Vodka team is ranked eighth in the 2010 owner points after Gateway.