RICHARD PETTY (Won three NASCAR championships and a record 37 victories in a Charger) "You know it's a Dodge by the way it's coming at you in the front because the grille looks a whole lot like the truck grille. I think the truck's been around...
RICHARD PETTY (Won three NASCAR championships and a record 37 victories in a Charger)
"You know it's a Dodge by the way it's coming at you in the front because the grille looks a whole lot like the truck grille. I think the truck's been around long enough to distinguish the front end. We never called it a Dodge. We called it a Charger. The Charger sounds like racing to me. Hopefully some of the Charger tradition will rub off on the team. I know our crew is excited. Hopefully the name will excite the fans, too. We're like everybody going into the season. Everybody will tell you they're looking forward to the season and everything is going to be great. We've got a new car and the rules are a little different, too. With the Evernham engines, we feel that's going to be a boost for us in the future. We feel like the motor program is going to pick up everything, but it might take it a little while to gel.
JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Charger)
"We feel like we've got a great team and this new Dodge Charger is going to be a great addition to our team and we're proud to be a part of it. We won't know a lot about the car until we run a few races, obviously, but we know there's going to be a little bit of a learning curve. The trick is going to be how fast we can adapt to all the changes. I think it's going to be a good car. It looks good. It looks racy. It's going to be cool. You've got a lot of history behind the name Charger, and that's really the neat part. Daytona is always different for testing, but when we get through with the tests at Las Vegas and California we'll know more about it. We've got a smaller restrictor plate and a different car and we've got a lot of new things going on at Daytona, but I still think we'll be OK."
JOHN FERNANDEZ (Director, Dodge Motorsports Operations)
"I think we're trying to verify everything we did with it in our development sessions in the off season with all the wind tunnel work. Obviously when you're in the wind tunnel it's not the same as being on the track. Obviously at places like Daytona and Talladega you need to get the car in the draft and make sure it works well in the draft. Those things are difficult to do in the wind tunnel. Everything we've done in testing so far suggests we've got a car that's as good as the car we had last year. NASCAR has done some work to slow the car down a little bit with reducing the spoiler in the rear and for the restrictor plate races taking a 64th out of the hole. We're looking forward to this year. I think we're going to win a lot of races this year. The Charger name has charisma. It takes you back to the early days of NASCAR, and we're excited about it. Being in a Dodge Charger is a little bit different than being in a Dodge Intrepid."