Gilliland Geared Up to Go the Distance Showdown Run 'Spoiled' but Team Set for 600 Statesville, N.C. (May 25, 2010) - David Gilliland is eager to give the sporty Taco Bell Ford another shot at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The team was running a ...
Gilliland Geared Up to Go the Distance
Showdown Run 'Spoiled' but Team Set for 600
Statesville, N.C. (May 25, 2010) - David Gilliland is eager to give the sporty Taco Bell Ford another shot at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The team was running a strong race and gunning for the lead at last weekend's Sprint Showdown when Gilliland was involved in an accident and knocked out of the race.
The No. 37 Taco Bell Racing team is working this week to capture the best of that run and make it last 600 miles for this weekend's Coca-Cola 600, the longest race of the NASCAR season.
Gilliland has seven previous Sprint Cup starts at the 1.5-mile oval in Charlotte, N.C., with a top finish of 25th.
Comments from Taco Bell Driver David Gilliland on the Coca-Cola 600 and the Effects of the New Spoiler:
"The (Coca-Cola) 600 is very unique in that it starts in the day and ends in the night - it's the longest race of our season. It's a tough race. There are so many things that can happen over a 600-mile period that your approach is definitely different. You have to be there at the end, so you have to make sure your car can go the distance.
"The Charlotte track, for some reason, changes quite a bit from day to night, so it's a real challenge to try to just keep up with the track during the race. It's something that (crew chief) Randy Seals and I are going to have to work hard at during practice and go off of some of our old notes and put together a good package to have a great finish.
"Obviously, last weekend (at the Showdown) was disappointing. We felt we had a good car for the first part of the race, so we didn't come in for tires when some other guys did. We decided to stay out, gain more track position and race for the win to try to get into the All-Star race. Unfortunately, we got into a three-wide situation where we got loose and got into someone, and that ended our night.
"I think we saw an example of how the car reacts differently with the spoiler as opposed to the old wing. With the wing, you could run side by side and it really didn't loosen up the car so much. And now with the spoiler, it's back to the way it used to be before the wing. If definitely affects the right side of your car more when somebody is right on your right side getting into the corner.
"So the spoiler is definitely a little different. It's good, though. I think it will allow for more passing. You can get up behind somebody and kind of get him loose to pass him. Hopefully in the future, it will work more to our benefit."