SADLER HEADS WEST FOR SECOND STOP OF 2006 SEASON CHARLOTTE, NC (February 21, 2006) -- This weekend Elliott Sadler and the PedigreeÂ® Racing Team travel to California Speedway for the Auto Club 500. Sadler, a past winner at the Fontana track...
SADLER HEADS WEST FOR SECOND STOP OF 2006 SEASON
CHARLOTTE, NC (February 21, 2006) -- This weekend Elliott Sadler and the Pedigree® Racing Team travel to California Speedway for the Auto Club 500. Sadler, a past winner at the Fontana track (9/2004), is carrying the momentum of a qualifying race win and a top-five finish in the Daytona 500.
Not shy to say he's excited to move on to some "real" racing in California, Sadler and crew chief Tommy Baldwin look to repeat their Daytona fortune on the two-mile track located just an hour east of Los Angeles. Sadler's #38 Ford Fusion will carry the primary colors of Pedigree®, the Official Pet Care of NASCAR, for the first of four races during the 2006 season.
Quoting M&M'S® Driver Elliott Sadler:
On California-- "I think all of the teams are ready to move to California, to get the "real" season started. This is where you see a lot of strategy start to unfold, a little more points racing maybe. We all love Daytona, would love to try and win the 500 but this is where the season really starts. Our M&M'S Team has a great start so far. Tommy and I have a win under our belt from the (Duel) 150s in Daytona. We've got a top-five finish on Sunday. Our team is excited. It's great to head to California carrying over that type of momentum from Daytona."
On the Ford Fusion-- "I think what we've learned so far about the Fusion is that it reacts very well to small changes. It's very adjustable. You're not stuck with fighting the same thing all the time, so I think that's the biggest difference with what we have to work with this year with the Fusion. What I like about it as a driver is that I can really feel the front tires. The front tires are really in the race track, and when we call for small changes -- Tommy and I -- it reacts."
On crew chief Tommy Baldwin-- "I love his energy. The 500 was our first full race together and his style on race day suits me well. He keeps me pumped up, he keeps the pit crew fired up, he just didn't let us loose our focus even when we were struggling during the middle of the race. He just keeps everybody aware of everything. He understands the game. He understands what the driver is thinking. I think his dad being a race car driver for so long he's heard that side of it. He pretty much knew exactly what I was thinking every lap I ran, so he's got his stuff together. His energy is just trickling right on down through the shop."