Charlotte: Team Monte Carlo - Joe Nemechek interview

Joe Nemechek, No. 25 UAW-Delphi Chevrolet Monte Carlo -- Joined the Hendrick Motorsports Team May 15 and is slated to finish out 2002 with the No. 25 team, replacing Jerry Nadeau, who left HMS last week after more than two years with the ...

Joe Nemechek, No. 25 UAW-Delphi Chevrolet Monte Carlo -- Joined the Hendrick Motorsports Team May 15 and is slated to finish out 2002 with the No. 25 team, replacing Jerry Nadeau, who left HMS last week after more than two years with the company.

On joining Hendrick Motorsports: "It feels really good. This is a great organization. They've won a lot of races and they have great equipment. The engineering staff is unbelievable. I've just got to thank Rick Hendrick and UAW-Delphi for giving me this opportunity."

On his goals for the remainder of the season: "My goal is to win some races. The team understands that we're trying to regroup. They've had kind of a tough start to this year with a lot of ups and downs. Hopefully with my experience, we can get this team back to the level that we should be at."

What will you bring to the team? "They have such a good engineering staff and they have a lot of neat things going on that I've never had the opportunity to work with. For me, it's neat because it's another area to look at that you're trying to get free performance from. But it still goes back to the bottom line and that's how you run in that race on Sunday. And our goal is to get this Chevy running good. Papa Joe Hendrick is a cool person. I've known him for a long time and we've just got to get this car running."

On today's Happy Hour practice: "Well, you look at the practice times and that's just really one lap. We really haven't been trying to run one fast lap. We've been trying to run consistent because that's what's going to win the race. It's a long race and you've got to have a lot of adjustability. We're trying to get the car set-up where we can adjust on it all day long."

Are you going to hire a new crew chief, and if so, when? "We've been talking to people and the list is getting shorter and shorter. Hopefully something will be final here pretty soon. Ken Howes (current crew chief) and I are coming along fine. I give him a few gray hairs every day. We're having fun. We're learning. He's got a lot of responsibilities there. We're going to have to get someone to just focus on this one car so he can do his other things (as Director of Racing Operations). He's doing an excellent job and I really enjoy working with him. He's been around a long time and has seen a lot of stuff come and go. Right now, we're working really well together."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Joe Nemechek , Jerry Nadeau
Teams Hendrick Motorsports