Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion, was knocked out of last week's Daytona 500 after being involved in a multi-car accident. Edwards, who finished 43rd, spoke about having to bounce back after only one...
Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion, was knocked out of last week's Daytona 500 after being involved in a multi-car accident. Edwards, who finished 43rd, spoke about having to bounce back after only one race.
CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion
LAST WEEK WAS OBVIOUSLY TOUGH. "It was ugly. It was 43rd, but I think that was a motivator. If we win this week it would be a good feeling. It's bad to have a bad week, but to start the season with a bad week is tough. I went home from that race so motivated. I've worked hard this week and studied for this race probably more than I would have if we would have finished fifth."
WHAT DO YOU STUDY? "I look at tapes and notes -- engineering notes and what we're gonna do for the race."
HOW DO YOU HANDLE AN INCIDENT WITH ANOTHER DRIVER? "The way I grew up and what my dad kind of taught me about racing is if you run into somebody and something happens on the race track, the way I think of it is if I didn't mean to do it, then I feel like I have to go tell them that and tell them I'm sorry. That's a bad thing to happen to anyone and I feel it's my job to go tell him. I don't know how all of the other drivers feel about it, but I kind of feel like if somebody wrecks me -- which doesn't happen a lot -- but if somebody wrecks me and then doesn't ever say anything about it, I kind of assume that either they meant to do it or they don't really give a damn or respect my team enough to come and apologize. That's the way I look at it. The tough part is when you wreck somebody, I always want to go tell them right away like, 'look man, I'm sorry.' Sometimes you have to let it go a day or two because they're so upset. But I think it's the greatest thing in the world to be able to talk to somebody and work things out because every week is a new week."
HOW TOUGH IS IT TO MAKE THAT CALL? "It's real tough to make that phone call. It's tough."