Carl Edwards on racing in the Shootout at Daytona International Speedway:
"With the new surface the Shootout is going to be a really important race to be able to go no holds barred and find out the most you can about the race track and the way the cars are going to race for the 500. It's a fun race and I'm going to go win it if I can, and I'm excited to kick off the season with a fun race like that."
Crew chief Bob Osborne on racing at Daytona International Speedway:
"The Shootout is a good test to help us prepare for the Duels and the 500. Generally the set-up is very close to what we run in both races, and it gives us a chance to see what the new surface is like in race conditions. It's also a good warm-up for the pit crew. We've got one new guy (front tire carrier) going over the wall this year and a new fueling system, so it gives everyone a chance to work together for the first time under race conditions. I'm hoping to pick up where we left off last season."
The No. 99 crew will unload RK-677 for the Shootout. This car finished ninth in the Daytona 500 last year.