Kenseth on racing in the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona:
"We had the chance to get on track at Daytona twice during the off-season with a tire test as well as NASCAR's test in January and we have a lot more grip with the new track surface. In the past, handling was one of the main points we'd focus on for Daytona, but now with the new surface, I really think it's going to make for extremely exciting racing. I think we definitely have what it takes to be contenders this season and I'm just looking forward to getting back onto the track to start this season with our Crown Royal team. The Shootout should be a lot of fun Saturday night for both drivers and the fans."
Crew chief Jimmy Fennig on racing in the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona:
"The Shootout should be an exciting race this year with a lot of good racing because the new track surface really takes away the problems of handling drivers had experienced in the past. The Shootout is always an advantage to get cars into race trim before the rest of the field for the Daytona 500 has that chance. Goodyear put together a really great tire for Daytona this year, and we found that after our testing last month, it really doesn't seem to wear off that much which is always good. I'm ready to get down to Daytona, unload our cars for the Shootout this weekend, and get the year started."