KEN SCHRADER, NO. 36 M&M'S PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: WHAT'S IT GOING TO TAKE TO GET THE KIND OF FINISH YOU WANT TOMORROW? "It's more about what we don't need and that is bad luck. Every time we've had a good car this year, something has ...
KEN SCHRADER, NO. 36 M&M'S PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
WHAT'S IT GOING TO TAKE TO GET THE KIND OF FINISH YOU WANT TOMORROW? "It's more about what we don't need and that is bad luck. Every time we've had a good car this year, something has happened."
DOES THE TIRE WEAR HERE LESSEN THE IMPACT OF AERODYNAMICS IN TRAFFIC? "I would have to say 'no.' You're still running plenty fast, even when the tires fall off. On top of that, you have less grip in the tires because they're worn out, so that actually makes your aero package more important. Aero is aero, regardless."
DO YOU THINK YOU'VE GOT A GOOD CAR FOR TOMORROW? "We're going to make a bunch of changes, but it's a bunch of small changes to try to get it really good. It ain't bad now, but there are some better ones. We could leave it alone and we have a lot of times. But, we're not real interested in having one of those 'nice, solid, 11th place finishes' tomorrow. We don't care much about that tomorrow. We want to run good and if we don't, we don't. But, we're doing everything we can to have a good run."
NEWT MOORE, CREW CHIEF, NO. 36 M&M'S PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
"We started the first practice and the car was real good. After about eight laps, we were as fast as anybody. We were actually good on the long runs, so we went and tried some stuff and it didn't quite work like we wanted it to. But, we're going to keep searching. We can go back to what we had to start with, but the track is going to get tighter, so we need to be a little bit better."
DOES BEING GOOD TODAY MEAN MUCH FOR TOMORROW? "You don't really know where you're at in these practice sessions. You can go by what your notes say, you can go by how fast you think you are and how good the car feels. But, the driver is the key - telling you what he thinks it feels like. Speed doesn't necessarily mean anything. Of course, it's good to be fast, but the balance and being able to have adjustability in the car for tomorrow is the big thing."
WHEN YOU LOOK AT A RUN, WHAT LAP DO YOU NEED TO BE YOUR BEST? "As far as Sunday goes, lap one to 293 - we need to be good on all those laps. "We've had a problem with getting going. After about eight or 10 laps we're as good as anybody, but we lose that track position. We qualified eighth for tomorrow and we feel decent about that. We feel like we got our 'STP' - our 'Starting Track Position' - so we're up there and just need to keep it there. We've had good pit stops for the last three or four weeks, so I think we can keep that thing up there. Hopefully, we'll get some long runs. If we can get some long runs, we've got a shot at it. That's the way we look at it."
WITH A GOOD STARTING SPOT, IS THERE AS MUCH PRESSURE TO BE GOOD THE FIRST PRESSURE? "Absolutely. We need to go. That's the whole thing that me and Schrader have been knocking our heads over is the fact that we've got to go. When the green flag drops, there is no time."