David Gilliland - Ford interview 2008-08-18

For the first time this season, David Gilliland will pilot the No. 38 Ford. Drive one. Ford Fusion in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Gilliland, who drove the car in last week's NASCAR Nationwide event for Baker Curb Racing, is the second Yates ...

For the first time this season, David Gilliland will pilot the No. 38 Ford. Drive one. Ford Fusion in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Gilliland, who drove the car in last week's NASCAR Nationwide event for Baker Curb Racing, is the second Yates Racing driver to run the paint scheme, joining teammate Travis Kvapil. Gilliland spoke about have Ford's new ad campaign on his car.

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT HAVING FORD. DRIVE ONE. ON YOUR CAR. "I'm real excited about driving the Ford. Drive one. car at Bristol. After going to Ford World Headquarters a couple of months ago and meeting with Jim (Farley), it's an honor to be able to run that car and help promote the sales for Ford. My dad is buying one right now for his wife and I've been definitely doing my part trying to promote the Drive one slogan. You've got to try it. We drive Fords every week - the Edge, the Fusion - all the different rental cars we get and they're great products so I've been trying my hardest to sell the Drive one deal."

AND WHEN YOU'RE INVOLVED IN THE AUTO INDUSTRY, EVERYONE WANTS TO KNOW ABOUT IT. "Absolutely and that's part of the deal. We like doing it and trying to get the Drive one slogan out there is a great opportunity and I'm looking forward to having it on the car. It looks great and it's easy to help promote something when you truly believe it and I truly believe in Ford."

TRAVIS HAS DRIVEN THE PAINT SCHEME TWICE SO NOW IT'S YOUR TURN. "Yeah, I've been a little jealous with him getting the Drive one on his car, but I think the car looks awesome and I'm excited and honored to run it."

DRIVING IT AT BRISTOL, HOWEVER, MIGHT MEAN IT GETS A LITTLE BANGED UP, RIGHT? "Yeah, but we ran really good there the first race of the year. We finished ninth and had a great car. We're taking the same car back, so we're excited about that and feel like we can definitely be a little bit better. But it definitely will have at least a tire mark on it by the time the race is over."

ARE THE TWO RACES AT BRISTOL LITERALLY NIGHT AND DAY FROM ONE ANOTHER? "Yeah, it is different. The night race is definitely more exciting and I think the fans like the night race better. I personally really enjoy racing at night. It's kind of what I've grown up doing. All of the short tracks that I've raced in Southern California were always raced at night, so it's fun racing under the lights. I think it puts on a great show for the fans and, hopefully, we can be up there at the end."

THE STYLE OF RACING HAS CHANGED A BIT SINCE THE RE-PAVE TO MORE SIDE-BY- SIDE. HOW DO YOU LIKE THAT AS OPPOSED TO THE BUMP-AND-RUN TACTIC? "Yeah, I think it's created more grooves on the track. You can run up high, kind of in the middle, or down low and still be competitive. You don't have to hit them out of the way. You'll still see some bumping and banging because it's a half-mile race track with 43 competitive cars on it, but maybe not as much. What you will see is more side-by-side racing and I think that's equally as good for the fans to watch. These cars are a little bit different, but the gap from first to 43rd is closing each and every week and everybody is getting more and more competitive. I think each week there is better racing."

-credit: ford racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers David Gilliland , Travis Kvapil
Teams Yates Racing