Tony Stewart, No. 20 The Home Depot Impala SS, met with media members at Dover International Speedway and discussed teams closing the gap with the Car of Tomorrow, his qualifying lap, if Hendrick Motorsports is still the dominant team with the Car...
Tony Stewart, No. 20 The Home Depot Impala SS, met with media members at Dover International Speedway and discussed teams closing the gap with the Car of Tomorrow, his qualifying lap, if Hendrick Motorsports is still the dominant team with the Car of Tomorrow, racing at Kansas, transitioning between the Impala SS and Monte Carlo SS and what he expects to see at Talladega.
Select quotes from driver interview:
ON HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS BEING DOMINANT WITH THE CAR OF TOMORROW AND THE GAP BEING CLOSED WITH OTHER TEAMS: "Well everybody's closed the gap. I mean the more time you get with the car the better it is obviously. Hendrick, they were one of the first teams to ever build the Car of Tomorrow and they tested a lot before last season. Anytime that you've got a chance to run a new car before anybody else builds it and runs it themselves, I mean they didn't have an unfair advantage they just did their homework and did a good job at running it before anybody else did. As time goes on and the teams get a chance to run, we've done a lot of testing this summer as all the other teams have with the Car of Tomorrow probably, so eventually you're going to close that gap up some."
ON THEIR PROGRAM WITH THE IMPALA SS: "I think we're alright. Obviously the last three weeks have been really good for us. Our average has been really good so I think we're right where we need to be. We just got to find that little bit extra to put us on top every week."
ON WHAT HE EXPECTS TO SEE AT TALLADEGA AND A LOT OF DRIVERS SAYING IT WAS LIKE A TRUCK THERE: "I don't know, I haven't ran the truck there honestly, but it didn't seem like the cars pulled up quite as good as the old package was but they're very drivable. I mean the cars drive like slot cars. I can teach you to drive it in five laps and you can run the same line I did and run within a tenth of what I ran. Now, when you get in traffic it's a little different story obviously but I don't know that we ever got in a big enough pack to really know exactly what these cars are going to do. The first Friday practice is going to tell us everything we all want to know."
-credit: gm racing