J.D. Gibbs, president of Joe Gibbs Racing, answered questions from members of the media at Darlington Raceway on Saturday afternoon. ON HIS REACTION TO DALE EARNHARDT, JR.'S ANNOUNCEMENT: "Really from our standpoint we're kind of watching stuff...
J.D. Gibbs, president of Joe Gibbs Racing, answered questions from members of the media at Darlington Raceway on Saturday afternoon.
ON HIS REACTION TO DALE EARNHARDT, JR.'S ANNOUNCEMENT: "Really from our standpoint we're kind of watching stuff unfold as you guys were. I thought they did a great job on their press conference. I know that was hard for him. I think for us really we're just really focused on what we're doing now, our three cars. Would everyone want a chance to talk to Dale Jr.? Sure. Who wouldn't want a chance to talk to Dale Jr.? Right now it sounds like he and Kelley, whatever decision they come up with will be a good one. They just want a little time to think about it. When the time is right we'd love to sit down and talk to him and see what their plans are but right now we're just focusing on what we're doing."
WOULD YOU HAVE BUDWEISER AS A SPONSOR? "For us it would be hard. It'd be hard. They've been a great partner of the sport and do a lot for us but personally that would be a hard deal for us to do."
WOULD IT BE DEAL BREAKER HARD? "I'll just leave it at that right now. I'm not sure if that would fit for us. Even though we really appreciate what they're doing and they're a great group, it'd be hard for us to do."
WILL TONY STEWART AND DENNY HAMLIN'S CLOSE FRIENDSHIP WITH DALE EARNHARDT JR. PLAY INTO THAT AT ALL? "You know I really don't know. Just from what I heard him say that might but for the most part he just wants to go and run well. I think he'll have a ton of opportunities and when the time is right, hey if the opportunity is there we'd love to sit down and talk to him but right now I think he's just focused on his deal and just we're focused on our deal."
SO YOU DON'T PLAN ON PROACTIVELY SEEKING HIM OUT AND TALKING ABOUT IT? "I feel like right now he's got enough stuff going on and we'll just let stuff roll where it is. The best thing we can do in any situation is if we run the best we can week in and week out, no matter what happens down the road, I think that's our best plan.
"There's nothing really interesting. all I have to say is that I'm kind of watching it unfold like you guys are. Sounds like if he and Kelley, they're on the same page they'll make a good decision. I think they'll have a ton of opportunities. If the time is right, we could talk to them about that but right now, I think we're just going to focus on what we're focusing on and let that fall where it may."
WOULD YOU PUT A FOURTH CAR IN PLACE? "We've added cars twice. Each time we spent a year and a half working on it and they still were hard. That's a hard, hard deal setting up and putting a fourth car in in six months time. Real difficult. Wouldn't say we can't do it, I'm just saying we'd have to get sign off from everyone in our shop. All the crew chiefs, all the guys have to feel like we could do it and we haven't even had that conversation."
WOULD IT BE EASIER TO DO IF THE NEW CAR RAN FULL-TIME NEXT YEAR? "Probably not. The Car of Tomorrow maybe in three years that'd be a great thing but right now it's still a large undertaking. Right now I don't think that'd help a whole lot."
ON A FOURTH CAR AND THE PROGRESS OF THEIR DEVELOPMENTAL PROGRAM: "We are. We've got some great young guys. For us, we'll do a fourth car eventually. We're in no hurry to do it. When the timing is right. ...... it's hard to add a team and car and all the personalities but for us when the time is right we'll do it. We're just not in any big mad rush to do it."
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