Dodge teams react to Ford rule change

TONY GLOVER (Team Manager Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates) "Obviously the Dodge needs something to be more competitive with the GM cars. It's hard to compete with cars that have less rear spoiler. The rear spoiler makes downforce, but it ...

TONY GLOVER (Team Manager Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates)
"Obviously the Dodge needs something to be more competitive with the GM cars. It's hard to compete with cars that have less rear spoiler. The rear spoiler makes downforce, but it makes drag as well. It's hard to spot 15 Chevrolet teams a quarter of an inch in the rear spoiler area as critical as that is. And it's hard to spot the Ford teams a quarter of an inch, and if they get an additional quarter of an inch, the Dodge camp is basically behind the eight ball across the board.

"We were just hanging on today (in Budweiser Shootout). Sterling did a real good job in the draft. He's a very experienced drafter. This goes back to the old style of racing when you had to be a smart driver and you had to calculate your moves. He was real patient and did a real good job in the draft. Our guys had a tremendous on pit road, and that enabled us to go from one group to the next group. We wound up third in a pack of two Pontiacs and two Chevrolets. We had a Pontiac and Chevrolet ahead of us and a Pontiac and Chevrolet behind us. You could have taken a Desoto and run pretty good in those circumstances. It's disheartening. All we can do is the best we can do while we're here. This is a long season and we're going to take this race like we do every race. We're going to put forward 100 percent effort and try to get every point and every position we can out of here. Whatever NASCAR does is out of our control. Whatever changes are made to the aerodynamics are beyond our control.

"We've just got to take our race car and do the best we can with it and not get caught up in the politics. It's disappointing when you start into a situation as an underdog.

"You lose sleep any time you feel like you're going into a situation short handed. I want to have the same spoiler everybody else here's got. I want to have the same size motor. We're all 51 inches on the roof. We ought to have the same size spoiler."

ANDY GRAVES (Team Manager Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates)
"We either need to cut a quarter inch off us also or you need to go ahead and put a quarter inch on the Chevrolets. Right now (after the quarter-inch trim on the Fords), Pontiacs and Dodges are six and a half inches on the rear spoiler. Chevrolets are at 6 and a quarter and Ford is now at 6 inches.

"We had a hell of a good pit stop today and came out way ahead of everybody and the 88 team messed up their pit stop. From what I saw today in the Budweiser Shootout, that 88 and 2 were up there pretty good. The 2 car shot themselves in the foot with that two-tire pit stop.

"We've just got to race our butts off now. That's all we can do. We think the 41 was going to be pretty good today. We thought Sterling's car was going to be just a little bit better, but we thought the 41 was going to be OK. If Spencer had been up there with Sterling at the end, it still would have been tough to do much with all those GM guys up there. He was definitely the odd man out the way it was.

DOUG RANDOLPH (Crew chief No. 41 Target Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"The Dodge and the Ford pretty much fit the same template, all the way through the car. They've got a half inch less spoiler now than the Dodge, and that's pretty much half a second here at Daytona. Here we are struggling to make the race. If they change the rules right in the middle of it, that's just like throwing us under the bus. We had our work cut out for us anyway, and now they're going to change in midstream. If you're a struggling Ford, now you're not struggling any more. If you were a struggling Chevrolet team when you showed up down here, you were 25th. If you were a struggling Dodge team or Ford team, you were at the back of the line. Now, halfway through, they're giving the Fords even more so they're not struggling any more. That's pretty much stacking the cards against us in the middle of the game. Not many games are played like that."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Chip Ganassi , Felix Sabates
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing