STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid) NOTE: Marlin wrecked his primary car in the first practice session Saturday morning and will switch to a backup for Sunday's race. Marlin's primary chassis was Ganassi chassis No. 115, the...
STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid)
NOTE: Marlin wrecked his primary car in the first practice session Saturday morning and will switch to a backup for Sunday's race. Marlin's primary chassis was Ganassi chassis No. 115, the same chassis that won the first race for Dodge in 2001 at Michigan and again later that season at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
"The 10 car had an oil line dragging and we were right behind him and got in the oil. I almost missed it, but we caught the wall a little bit. It just got the clip a little bit. It wasn't real bad, but it bent the sheetmetal on it. It can be fixed. I think we ran this car this year at Atlanta. We're going to take the motor out of the other one and put it in the backup. We've got to start in the rear anyway. We were going to start 30th and now we're 43rd. That's 13 spots, but we'll make it up. I don't know how long it'll take, but I think we had a real good car. It was a little loose when practice started and we came in and fixed it. It was running a lot better and then we got in the oil."
JAMIE McMURRAY (No. 42 Havoline Dodge Intrepid)
COMMENT ON CARRYING TERMINATOR 3 SPONSORSHIP IN JULY AT DAYTONA
"It's pretty cool having the sponsorship on the race car and getting to meet Arnold (Schwarzenegger). I'm really excited. The only way life could get better would be to win a race. I think we're getting closer to winning. We had a top five car at Martinsville and blew up. We've been pretty consistent running up front. We've had some good runs, and the team shows a lot of potential. Racing can bring you down pretty easy when things aren't going well, but I try to look on the bright side. I think we can win before the year's over. I really believe that. If I didn't, I'd go find something else to do."
CHIP GANASSI (Owner Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Dodge Intrepids)
"This is another step. It starts when we hired Jamie last fall and then when we signed Chevron-Texaco and adding Donnie Wingo to our program. All this is just another step getting the 42 car where it needs to be in this sport. Jamie continues to make major steps each weekend. To team the Havoline brand with the Terminator 3 brand with our brand is a huge feather in our caps.
"When you see the way Sterling's team keeps bouncing back, things like that (accident in first practice) don't bother him. It's just part of the business. You've got to be prepared for those kind of things. I'd call it nothing more than a speedbump right now. I'm not worried. We've got 36 races and we're a fourth of the way through right now. We're in fine shape with the 40 team."