BRIAN VICKERS , NO. 25 GMAC CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO -- Qualified 2nd: Post-qualifying press conference highlights "The GMAC race team did a great job. Congratulations to Kyle (Busch). We're all excited about both being on the front row because...
, NO. 25 GMAC CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO -- Qualified 2nd:
Post-qualifying press conference highlights
"The GMAC race team did a great job. Congratulations to Kyle (Busch). We're all excited about both being on the front row because this year we went through a lot of changes and the No.25 and the No. 5 came to the shop together. Brian Whitesel came on board as the architect of the No. 24 and the No. 48 to head that shop and I think it's all made a difference. Lance (McGrew) is the crew chief on the No.25 now and Alan (Gustafson) on the No. 5 car and obviously they've both done a great job this weekend along with all the guys on both teams. The Hendrick engines are great. They've done an awesome job over the winter."
(HOW DIFFICULT WILL IT BE TOMORROW TO ADJUST TO RACE CONDITIONS WITH THE CARS BEING IMPOUNDED TONIGHT?)
"We did all the race stuff yesterday, so our car should be pretty much like it was. I felt real good about it. I know the conditions will always change after the Busch race, but we got it as good as we could possibly get it. You can always work on it during the race and go from there, but I don't think there will be any drastic changes between now and tomorrow."
(ON HAVING LANCE MCCREW BACK AS HIS CREW CHIEF)
"I've said this and I'll say it again. Peter (Sospenzo) is a great crew chief and I've worked with some really great ones, but having Lance back on board is amazing. He and I have a communication I've never had with anybody else. I think it's shown in the past and so far it's showing if we continue this momentum. Everybody is excited. I think all this is a step in the right direction -- not only for this year, but for years to come."
(ON HIS ROOKIE SEASON COMPARED TO THIS NEW SEASON)
"We went through some struggles last year. We had some great times. We've won a couple of poles. But it's given me some confidence. Just having a year under your belt helps too. There's a lot to be said for experience. Even though I didn't learn always what to learn last year, I learned a lot about what not to do -- that's on the race track and off the race track. The Cup series is very demanding. Everything is ten-fold compared to the Busch Series."
(ON THE TIRES)
"During the test, the tires we falling off quite a bit. That was by design. Goodyear has done a great job with the tires. They have built a perfect tire in the past. We saw it a couple of years ago. But a perfect tire doesn't make for perfect racing and that was the problem. They've taken a couple of steps back and built a tire that does fall off. A couple of years ago, we had a tire that you run as hard as you wanted to the whole time and have amazing grip. But it didn't make for good racing. This is a step in the right direction as long as they don't wear out so much that we have tire issues. What we've seen so far doesn't seem to be a problem. So I'm excited about it. I think it's going to make the racing in the NEXTEL Cup Series more exciting."
(HOW ARE THE CARS PERFORMING WITH THE NEW SPOILER HEIGHT?)
"I will have to admit that I probably over-estimated what the change would be. Looking at the last year and since I've been in the series -- I ran four races in 2003 -- and since then I've lost two inches of spoiler and I haven't liked any of it. I wish I could have all of it back. But at the same time, with the engineers we have these days on these cars, we've gained a lot of the downforce back anyway. I thought it was going to be a lot worse. It is different. Now that said, we haven't had a chance to race yet. Tomorrow will be the tell-all. This is a perfect track to see it as fast as we're going here. I think in the race, when you're side-by-side you're going to be real loose."
(ON THE YOUNG AGE OF THE DRIVERS ON THE FRONT ROW)
"There's something to be said there. It's not that big of a deal. When I came along, people made such a big deal about my being so young, and that Kyle is so young. It is a big deal, but then it's not. More than anything, it says a lot about Hendrick Motorsports and the leadership from Rick Hendrick and all the people there. But then again, there's a lot to be said about experience too. We'll see how it is on Sunday."