Sterling Marlin, No. 40 Coors Light Dodge No. 40 TEAM FACTS: * Chassis: The Coors Light team will race chassis ...
Sterling Marlin, No. 40 Coors Light Dodge
No. 40 TEAM FACTS:
* Chassis: The Coors Light team will race chassis #401 at the Auto Club 500. This is the first time this chassis is running this season. It was one of the cars in the stable that went to the test earlier this month.
* Qualifying at California: Marlin's highest qualifying effort is eighth which he did in May 2004.
* Double Duty: Marlin will be pulling double duty again this weekend when he runs the Busch Series race for Fitz Bradshaw Racing. Marlin will be behind the wheel of the No. 40 Dodge on Saturday.
* RaceFest: Marlin will be making an appearance at Race Fest in downtown Fontana on Thursday from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
STERLING MARLIN QUOTES:
How do you like the track in California?
"I like it a lot. We've run well there at times. Last year we didn't really do well at either race.
We figured out what the problem was, but we had a really good test there. We tested about four different cars, and we had about two seconds difference between the four cars. The last car we
ran was about half a second better than the car we thought was the best, so we found some
stuff out and we need to build all our cars just like the car we finished testing with at California."
"It's a two-groove, three-groove track. For some reason it didn't take California long to get like Kansas and Chicago, to get the groove worked in. The first couple of races and we were already three wide through the corners. It's a handling track. You've got to be right on the edge of being loose all day to make the cars go fast. If you get tight coming off the corners it really kills your speed when you've got to lift. You can't get back on the gas. You need a good body on the car and a lot of power."
Was the test at California Speedway earlier this month a true test since the winds were really high?
"You could run through one and two, but the wind was really blowing hard off turn four. It would push the car around from the middle of the corner out. We learned some things. We learned our best racecar wasn't the one we thought, so it helped us testing."