Charlotte Media Tour: Tuesday Quips
By: Bill King
The 22nd edition of the NASCAR Nextel Media Tour moved into its second day in Charlotte, N.C., organized by Lowe's Motor Speedway.
During an early visit to Joe Gibbs Racing, the team owner and Redskins' coach observed, "We came into racing and ran up 400-thousand dollars in debt the first three months and fired our general manager. Now we've got about 25 million in this thing." Turning to his three Cup drivers - Bobby Labonte, Tony Stewart and Jason Leffler - Gibbs fired this burst: "Race hard guys."
Then Gibbs wryly compared racing to professional football: "Over there you've got quarterbacks; over here you've got drivers. It's a huge mess."
Ray Evernham observed that his 2005 Evernham Motorsports group "feels a lot like 1995" - the year that he and "Wonder Boy" Jeff Gordon won their first of three NASCAR Winston Cup titles together.
Evernham had just introduced his engineering staff headed by Dr. Eric Warren and numbering 20. Warren also heads up the Dodge R&D Center housed at Evernham Motorsports in Statesville, N.C.
Lowe's Motor Speedway president and general manager H. A. "Humpy" Wheeler said there's nothing more important in racing than ladies bathrooms. "It's all about the three T's: tickets, traffic and toilets."
Describing his efforts to get Janet Guthrie into the 1976 World 600 in an A.J. Foyt owned racecar, the legendary promoter quipped: "If I go to hell when I die, I'll be made to deal with Foyt every morning."