Homestead: Johnson, Knaus Happy Hour quotes

JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S MONTE CARLO SS: HOW WAS PRACTICE AND HOW IS THE CAR? "Practice was pretty good. I think the car is decent. We're not bad." ARE YOU COMFORTABLE WITH THE CAR? "Yeah, so far. We worked on a few things and we are...

JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S MONTE CARLO SS:

HOW WAS PRACTICE AND HOW IS THE CAR? "Practice was pretty good. I think the car is decent. We're not bad."

ARE YOU COMFORTABLE WITH THE CAR? "Yeah, so far. We worked on a few things and we are pretty happy with it. We're all feeling pretty good and we're doing what we need to do to get ready for tomorrow."

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CHAD KNAUS, CREW CHIEF, NO. 48 LOWE'S MONTE CARLO SS:

HOW WOULD YOU SUMMARIZE THE STATE OF MIND OF THE 48 TEAM RIGHT NOW? "I think everybody is real good. The car is running well. We're all happy with that. We got an early draw for qualifying and that hurt us quite a bit and we didn't qualify quite as well as we should have. But we're starting 15th and everybody is excited about the race."

NOBODY KNOWS YOUR DRIVER BETTER THAN YOU. WHERE'S HIS HEAD RIGHT NOW? "I think it's pretty clear. Like I said, I think the car's real good. Jimmie's excited. He's driving the race track great. He's having a good time. The car's real good. I think we have a top five car. We're real happy with that. You know, this team usually when we get in the race, we can take a top five car and run real well with it. That's kind of what we want to do."

HAVE YOU SENSED ANY STRESS AT ALL? "Not really. No. We're pretty good. We're really excited. We just don't have it. You know, stress is something you put on yourself. You can't get that from outside influences. I think we're all pretty clear-headed and ready to race."

WINNING THIS CHAMPIONSHIP IS A LIFE-LONG DREAM FOR YOU AS MUCH AS IT IS FOR JIMMIE JOHNSON. WHAT'S IT LIKE FOR YOU BEING POTENTIALLY 24 HOURS AWAY FROM THE TITLE? "I don't know. Maybe I'll have a clearer thought about that tomorrow. Right now, I'm just worried about making sure we've got the best car underneath us for the race. We got a good pit selection. The car is good. And if we could win the championship it's going to be awesome. I'll be excited."

HOW BAD DO YOU WANT IT? "Pretty bad. Pretty bad. Like you said, it's a lifelong dream. It's something that I've thought about since I was a child. There are not many people out there that can even get on the cusp to be able to get their childhood dream and we're on the cusp. It would be better if we're able to pull it off, that would be awesome."

-credit: gm racing

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