Dodge this - Matt Borland interview

Dodge This Teleconference Tuesday, June 10, 2003 Ryan Newman and Matt Borland MATT BORLAND (Crew Chief No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge Intrepid) COMMENT ON YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH NEWMAN: "You get pretty close. Ryan and I have been together now I guess...

Dodge This Teleconference
Tuesday, June 10, 2003 Ryan Newman and Matt Borland

MATT BORLAND (Crew Chief No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge Intrepid)

COMMENT ON YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH NEWMAN: "You get pretty close. Ryan and I have been together now I guess about three or four years and you're not necessarily his shadow, but you work together all the time. With Ryan and me, we are pretty good friends. We do a lot of things together outside of racing. We just spend a lot of time together."

COMMENT ON THE IMPORTANCE OF AERO PUSH IN RACING TODAY: "If you knock these cars down to zero downforce, you are going to bring all the racing back in because the traffic won't have anything to do with it. You get a lot of drivers complaining about the cars sliding around and everything, but there are a lot of race cars that don't have any downforce and the guys just get used to it. Once they do, whoever the best driver is will come out of that. I think you will still have the same guys winning a lot of races. I don't think it will change the outcome of the races that much. I think there will be fewer crashes because the traffic will have less influence on it. I think you are going to have the drivers who are up on the wheel, they are going to be driving the wheels off the thing, but at the same time, when they get to their cars, if they take the car deep into the corner, it's not like when they get up to the next car the thing is going to start pushing on them. It's going to react like the thing isn't there. I think it will actually make the cars more predictable. But I think a lot of the drivers who have driven with the downforce for a while are going to start complaining. It's a matter of getting used to a certain feeling. I think it is a learning process of just learning to drive a car fast that doesn't have downforce."

COMMENT ON HOMESTEAD: "I think the way they are setting it up is going to work out pretty well. We can learn quite a bit on Wednesday. On Thursday we are going to be spending a lot of time doing simulations just trying to learn as much as we can before the weekend starts. We'll have a pretty good idea of what setup to go with before we even get to the tests based on a lot of other tracks that are similar. Atlanta is similar, but I think Texas is the closest because I am assuming the Homestead track will be pretty smooth on the surface and you will have banking like Texas but you are going to have a little more braking than Texas probably, but I haven't seen how the radius' are going to lay out yet."

COMMENT ON THE IMPORTANCE OF CONSISTENCY: "If you have just one hiccup, it's not that hard to get back on a roll. If you have several of them in a row, you start to get back in that slump that you have to dig your way out of and it can be tough when it happens the second time in the season. It's definitely nice to get on a roll because it gives everyone a little more confidence in what they are doing, which I think breeds fewer mistakes. A lot of times, when you question everything you are doing, you tend to make more mistakes because you are doubting what your gut is telling you and most of the time your gut is telling you the right thing. And confidence lets you go with what you think is right."

COMMENT ON PREVENTION OF FIERY CRASHES: "If we could bring the fuel cell closer to the center of the car, that would help. When you are backing a car into a wall at that kind of speed there is nothing that you can really do about that, but if you look at the open-wheeled cars, they run the fuel cells in the center of the car and that is one of the big reasons for that, in addition to the handling advantages of having it in the center of the car."

COMMENT ON WHETHER RACING IS ABOUT SPEED, TECHNOLOGY, OR COMPETITION BETWEEN DRIVERS: "I guess I have a couple views on it. Ryan commented on Formula 1 cars being the most technically advanced cars out there. We actually had a couple guys from McClaren here this past weekend. Just hearing the types of things they are doing with the technology is just awesome. That to me is racing, but at the same time, from a fan point of view, that type of racing is boring because whoever did all their homework upfront is going to win the race. When you get into what makes a NASCAR race so exciting it's the driver and the team, as far as on the pit stops, because there is a huge human element there where mistakes can be made, but guys have to overcome that. I think that shakes the competition up a lot all through a race during the different weekends. I think that is what makes it more exciting than an F1 race or an Indy car race. I would put the human element at the top of the list of what makes racing what it is."

COMMENT ON THE BENEFIT OF HAVING ENGINEERS THROUGH DODGE: "It is definitely a great relationship to have. They were here to mainly to see a NASCAR race and they are racing in Canada this coming weekend, but it worked out well. It is definitely helpful to hear the issues they fight and the solutions they come up with and it helps them with the solutions we come up with. A lot of times, it is about the things you haven't really thought about yet that gets you to open your mind up to how you can apply those ideas to your own cars. They provide us with a lot of aero information, engine information, oil information, and learning how they do different simulation work. There isn't an exact crossover, but it gets you thinking outside of different lines that helps you out."

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