PONTIAC RACING POST-PRACTICE QUOTES DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY FEB. 11, 2000 MIKE BLISS, DRIVER, NO. 14 CONSECO PONTIAC GRAND PRIX His assessment of practice: "We came here conservative and we've been throwing things at it we're going...
PONTIAC RACING POST-PRACTICE QUOTES DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY FEB. 11, 2000
MIKE BLISS, DRIVER, NO. 14 CONSECO PONTIAC GRAND PRIX
His assessment of practice:
"We came here conservative and we've been throwing things at it we're going to qualify with. Every time we've gotten better and better, and we still haven't put everything on it we're going to qualify with. We never went out on stickers and a lot of guys are going out on stickers today. We didn't do it. We're saving it for tomorrow. They are still a couple of other things that will make us better, but we're just waiting for tomorrow.
"We needed every one of our test sessions, and it has paid off. This is one of our motors, and we've tuned on the car a lot."
What he thinks about qualifying Saturday:
"It's going to be a long five miles. It will be the longest five miles I've ever run.
"You just sit behind the wheel and you drive the thing, but you don't want to move the wheel. You really have to concentrate pretty hard on what you're doing because the car will run itself around there. You just have to point it and make sure you hit the same lines every time."
JOHN ANDRETTI, DRIVER, NO. 43 STP/CHEERIOS PONTIAC GRAND PRIX
How he feels about practice:
"We keep making progress on it, but we need another day. Kyle (Petty) and the 44 guys have really helped us out a lot. They went testing at Talladega after we tested at Daytona, and they went through a lot of things that we needed to look at, and then found some more things. That's what teammates are for. It really helped us out a lot today. We've still got some left."
Why he feels his primary car will qualify and race well:
"The first time we ran this car after we built it, it qualified fifth for the Daytona 500, so it's capable of running fast. With the shock rules like they are now, it comes back to cars like this with the lower frame rails. It could never qualify that good because we couldn't get the travel out of it. I always loved to race this one, but we had to find a way to stuff it into the race somehow. Now, everybody is coming back to more of this configuration. So, it's good for me because now I get to race the car that I love and hopefully qualify up front, too."
WARD BURTON, DRIVER, NO. 22 CATERPILLAR PONTIAC GRAND PRIX
Did he expect to be this quick off the trailer:
"I really wasn't sure. We're definitely four or five tenths quicker than we were when we tested down here, so obviously the guys learned a lot. They've been very organized all through the winter months of working on these race cars, and I'm real proud of them."
The mental challenge of Speedweeks:
"Daytona can make you or break you mentally while you're down here. You've just got to stay focused. I've left here after one day as one of the worst cars, as well as like this time, being one of the best cars. Whatever happens today doesn't necessarily mean it's going to affect your whole Speedweeks. I've been in Bill Davis cars before, where I've qualified 30th and then run in the top 10 all day long in the 125s and the 500."