Winston Teleconference Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2003 Matt Borland and Ryan Newman RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge Intrepid) IS THE SEASON COMING TO AN END TOO FAST FOR THE 12 TEAM? "I wouldn't say that. We've had our high points and low...
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2003
Matt Borland and Ryan Newman
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge Intrepid)
IS THE SEASON COMING TO AN END TOO FAST FOR THE 12 TEAM?
"I wouldn't say that. We've had our high points and low points this season so far. The team has done an awesome job overcoming some things, and we've enjoyed the spoils of victory lane in all respects. I can't say it's coming to an end too soon. It's been a long stretch. We've all had a lot of fun throughout the year. We'll just take the last four races for what they're worth and try to do as good a job as possible."
WHAT'S AHEAD FOR NEXT SEASON, YOUR JUNIOR YEAR IN CUP?
"It's just pure experience, to have experience in all different situations, not only once but sometimes three or six times with duplicate races. That's huge, getting laps, getting experience, getting knowledge about certain situations. Whether it's offense, defense or just things about the field."
YOUR TEAM HASN'T GONE WITHOUT A WIN IN THREE RACES SINCE JULY 31. ATLANTA WILL BE THE THIRD WITH A WIN. ARE YOU DUE?
"Yes and no. We thought that about the first three races this year, but nothing happened there. We're just going to go out and do the best job we can. We've got a pretty good history of running at Atlanta as far as running in the top 10. Hopefully we can come away with a good finish there. If we win, that would be great. If not, no matter what result we get, we're going to try our best."
COMPARE TEAM'S CONFIDENCE NOW VERSUS BEGINNING OF SEASON
"I don't think it's any different. I think we came into the 2003 season with a lot of confidence, and if we can keep on our string, I think we'll go out of the 2003 season with a lot of confidence. I don't think the confidence has gotten any lower or any higher throughout the season, even with all the lack of success we had at some points and the success we had at others."
DID YOU THINK DAYTONA 500 WAS AN OMEN FOR REST OF SEASON?
"No, not at all. It obviously didn't start the way we wanted it to, but Tony Stewart had the same situation last year. He finished 43rd at Daytona and was able to fight back. We're just fighting hard, trying to overcome Matt Kenseth's points' lead."
COMMENT ON NASCAR TESTING
"It doesn't matter to me. It's the same for everybody. If we get an opportunity to do more testing, that's fine. If we do less testing, that's fine. It's a lot of hard work, but if it's something we're allowed to do, it's definitely an advantage. If everybody is allowed to do it, it's an advantage still. It's just a matter of going out and doing it."
WHERE CAN 12 TEAM IMPROVE IN 2004?
"We struggled a little bit at Rockingham, but other than that we should end up the season on a good note."
DO YOU THINK NASCAR HAS A RIGHT TO KEEP CERTAIN SPONSORS OUT OF RACING?
"Honestly, I don't really have any (thoughts on that). It's NASCAR's organization and they make the rules. They do what they can according to the rules. They run their own show in that respect, and that's all right with me."
DO DRIVERS TRY TO TOP EACH OTHER WHEN THEY DO BURNOUTS?
"I think certain drivers do, but some don't. I've noticed certain drivers copying other drivers' burnouts. Sometimes you can be innovating in your own design."
WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR 2004?
"We're still focused on 2003, and we haven't forgot about the plans for 2004. Some new rule changes and what not have come along and will have some affect on 2004, but we try to incorporate 2003 and 2004 at the same time in our thoughts and processes at Penske. The science is what we base our thoughts and experience on, going from one thing to another whether it makes a difference in the car or not. The science part of it is the thought process that backs up making the car go faster process. That happens at the shop, at the racetrack and in our minds. I think the big thing is just understanding the physics. That's what makes it go around in circles."
YOUR TEAM SEEMS TO HAVE CHEMISTRY DOWN TO A SCIENCE. DO YOU WORK ON THAT OR DOES IT COME NATURALLY?
"I think first of all you've got to have the same morals and same thought processes when it comes to having that chemistry. We've got the same background when it comes to engineering, understanding the cars. Obviously he (Matt Borland) understands the car better than me, but I still understand the car in certain degrees. That, on top of our character and personality, compliments each other. Therefore, the chemistry. Friends are friends no matter who they are. Sometimes you have to work at it and sometimes you don't. It always depends on the situation."