Daytona Preseason Thunder - Toyota teams afternoon notes 2008-01-07

Toyota NCTS Daytona Test January 7, 2008 Session 1, Day 1 PM KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 M&M's Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing How was your first day in a Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing? "Everything went well. I'm really proud of the way the Joe...

Toyota NCTS Daytona Test
January 7, 2008
Session 1, Day 1 PM

KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 M&M's Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing

How was your first day in a Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing? "Everything went well. I'm really proud of the way the Joe Gibbs Racing team and Toyota stepped up prepared and ready to go. The cars have been driving well and have had some speed, which is nice. It's hard to come down here and try to find something. I think we're pretty good. We're not as fast as some of the guys, but we're decent and where we need to be. The biggest thing will be to get the car to handle well in the draft."

How does the new car handle at Daytona? "It does move around a lot more. We had a really smooth setup in the beginning, but found some speed by getting it to roughen up a bit. It's weird because with the old car, you were faster the smoother you were. This car's a bit different, but the key will be getting it to run fast for two laps and handle well for 500 miles."

Did you have an eventful holiday season? "Not really. I spent a few days in the Grand Cayman Islands, and then went home for Christmas with the family. The day after that, I headed out to Las Vegas with some toys and messed around a bit on the sand dunes. I blew two of them up, so they have to get worked on and I have to spend more money to fix them. It was a good break - really short - but I'm ready to get back after it."

Who do you think will win the BCS National Championship game Monday night? "I'm not sure. I'll probably have to go with Ohio State because they're in the Big 10. I think they're pretty strong. LSU plays some pretty good teams, but I think Ohio State will be able to handle them."

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DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing

How has the holiday season changed as your daughter has gotten older? As a youngster, and even up to a couple years ago, I used to really enjoy Christmas because of the gift giving and the cool stuff I would get. Now that Emilia (daughter) is five years old, my deal is to get her stuff. She's definitely spoiled, but she's a great kid. Taking pictures and movies is fun with her now, because we can look back at them as the years go."

What is your mindset coming to Daytona with a Cup Series season under your belt? "The mindset is to get in the race. It's the same as last year. We just need a car fast enough to come in here and qualify well and get in the race when we come back in a few weeks. Our goals are the same as last year - we just need to focus on getting in the race."

How is Toyota's restrictor-plate package compared to last year at this time? "I definitely think Toyota has done their homework, just like we knew they would, to come here with a better package. I feel that when we come back here, we might even be better than we were last fall at Talladega. It's hard to say how it's going to turn out, because there are so many variables. Even a gust of win can drastically change your lap time. These cars are so sensitive. I'm really proud of the work Toyota has done to get us competitive, and that's not an easy thing to do."

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