KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 SHELL-PENNZOIL MONTE CARLO SS MET WITH MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA TO DISCUSS WINNING THE ALL-STAR CHALLENGE, THIS WEEKEND'S COCA-COLA 600 AND RACING THE IMPALA SS IN 2008: ON SPENDING THE $1 MILLION DOLLAR PRIZE FOR WINNING THE...
KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 SHELL-PENNZOIL MONTE CARLO SS MET WITH MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA TO DISCUSS WINNING THE ALL-STAR CHALLENGE, THIS WEEKEND'S COCA-COLA 600 AND RACING THE IMPALA SS IN 2008:
ON SPENDING THE $1 MILLION DOLLAR PRIZE FOR WINNING THE ALL-STAR CHALLENGE: "I haven't even seen it yet, I will probably never see it. But I have the trophy, that is at my house. That is the most important thing; that we were able to rebound. We have struggled on the mile and a half tracks this year. So to make things happen, we brought a different car and did some different things last week and everything worked out. So hopefully we can do the same thing, run decent this week and go from there."
ON UNITY ON HIS TEAM: "This group has been around together for a long time. We communicate well and understand how this sport works. We have been through the ups and been through the downs and kind of stay in the middle of the road and don't really get too wound up about anything. Everybody is excited, regardless of how even you try to stay with your mood. Every body is excited and pumped up."
ON EXPECTATIONS FOR SUNDAY'S RACE WITH TIRES: "No matter what the tires are, what the situation is, Charlotte has always been one of those races where the first part of the 600 you have to pretty much survive to get your car where it needs to be for the end of the race. You are going to have to have an adjustable car. Have it as free as you can in the beginning to be competitive at the end."
ON DIFFERENCE OF RUNNING 600 MILES VERSUS 500 MILES: "Mentally, you are prepared to run 500 miles or 500 laps, whatever the case may be. You have to mentally prepare yourself a little differently. You are obviously going to have a few extra pit stops than normal. You just do everything a little bit more than what you normally do. It is not anything really different, you just have to do it a few extra times."
ON NIGHT RACING: "Obviously for the driver it is cooler, but the lights, the way the racing always goes, the track has more grip - things just seem to be a little bit faster than they normally are. Night racing is where we all grew up. We all grew up racing at a Saturday night or Friday night short track, what ever the case may be, I guess it just brings out the best in all of us. It is a lot of fun and exciting to watch."
ON A DRIVER GETTING IN A RHYTHM: "When things are going your way, obviously you know things are going your way. We haven't had a whole lot go our way to be honest with you. We have won two really big races, but the stuff in between has been kind of up and down. The performance of our cars had been really good, we have been able to rebound from days that were probably were not going to be very good and come back and make decent days out of them. So I think that shows the maturity of the team and how good it is."
ON RACING IMPALA SS FULL-TIME IN 2008: "I think that is a good plan for the teams owner and our guys. It is really hard to race two different types of cars. I understand the transition year and everybody knew it going it. I think it is a good decision, both financially with the team owners to keep them with one fleet of cars. Concentrating on one style of car is the biggest thing. Right now we are running two completely separate race teams with one race team. I think changing that is going to make that better."
IF THERE WAS THIS DRASTIC OF A CHANGE ON THE BUSCH SIDE, HOW WOULD YOUR TEAM HANDLE IT: "We would deal with it. We obviously wouldn't deal with it as well as a Childress or somebody like that. We would get by; it would just take us a little longer to get up to speed. That is the hardest thing. With the bigger teams they get up to speed quicker than some of the people that can't make things happen as quick. You just have to be able to react quickly and over the years they have been able to react to a lot of things at RCR. The Car of Tomorrow is just one of the things they have had to react to."
WHAT IS THE KEY TO A FULL WEEKEND OF RACING LIKE YOU ARE DOING THIS WEEKEND: "Hydration is the most important thing. We train at least two days a week during the season and prepare yourself over the off-season. You just do what you need to do. It is just kind of what I do. You get a rhythm during the year. Things start going good and you start feeling good and we race two or three times pretty much every weekend, so it is something you become used to. You try to eat as good as you can, it is hard to eat good on the road sometimes, because you end up going so many places in such a short period of time, you don't do as well as you want there. But in the end, the most important thing is the hydration."
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