ARE YOU TIRED? "No, I'm not tired at all actually. I got a really good night's sleep, I got about eight hours last night. I didn't even wake up until 9 o'clock this morning, so that was nice. We flew to Indy last night and then got to bed ...
ARE YOU TIRED?
"No, I'm not tired at all actually. I got a really good night's sleep, I got about eight hours last night. I didn't even wake up until 9 o'clock this morning, so that was nice. We flew to Indy last night and then got to bed around 1 o'clock or something like that."
HOW DID CARBURETION DAY GO TODAY AT INDY?
"Carburetion Day was pretty good. As far as Indy car goes, we had a problem and that's a good thing. I mean, today is the day I want to have a problem. We had a fuel leak problem almost identical to 1997 when we caught on fire, so we were able to seal the leak and repair the leak. I've already talked to the guys and they've fixed the leak and re-pressured the tank so we're all good now. That just shows you, those are the same guys that did it in '97 and they're pretty picky on how they put things together now and we had a problem again. So that's one thing nice about Carburetion Day is we're able to learn from mistakes we've had in the past and prepare for it."
HOW WAS IT HERE IN CHARLOTTE TODAY?
"I made it back for the end of the first practice, which was our goal. John's plane boogies. (John Menard's plane) It's a Citation X and we flew here in 40 minutes from Indianapolis. I was here about 40 minutes before the session and with 30 minutes to go I was suited up and I drove 18 laps, 15 laps, something close to that and we are able now to say, 'OK, this is where we're at with our race setup.' One thing that happens and what we've learned is that I've been in this situation before. I learned this lesson at Martinsville, where I actually lost a car there in a situation like this. We were quick enough, but I messed up in qualifying. So then I said, 'You know what, let's go second round.' Well, what happens is you run that race last night, you run Busch practice and qualifying today, you run two hours of Cup practice, the track just slows down. It's just really hard to go faster, so this is one reason why I think they should just eliminate Friday altogether and just come in and race Saturday and Sunday. Everybody would qualify one round. It is what it is because nobody really goes faster in second round, so with them wanting to add another two races to the schedule, that would be the logical thing to do to get us some days back."
DID YOU HAVE THE POINTS SITUATION FIGURED OUT ALREADY FROM A PROVISIONAL STANDPOINT?
"We've actually written a software program for it, which is something we were able to do from our Indy car program. What we do is plug in owner's points and the grid for the day and when you put it in it tells you who is getting provisional one, two, three, four and five. For us yesterday we were in pretty good shape actually because if you look at the people that had to go faster than us, that we figured would try to re-qualify, three cars had to go faster and make it into the field for us to get bumped because when one car went faster that bumped Carl Long, which still gave us two positions in provisionals. As that went on that made it tougher. I think it's great that Carl made the show. I mean, it's a competitive series, it really is. He did a better job than we did. He ran faster than we did and got in the show on time, so that's great."
WHEN DID YOU DECIDE NOT TO QUALIFY?
"We knew last night."