Jeff Burton, No. 31 AT&T Mobility Monte Carlo SS met with members of the media and discussed racing and winning at Indianapolis, the Busch race in Montreal, DEI, Mark Martin, the direction of the teams in Cup, benefits of adding a fourth car, ...
Jeff Burton, No. 31 AT&T Mobility Monte Carlo SS met with members of the media and discussed racing and winning at Indianapolis, the Busch race in Montreal, DEI, Mark Martin, the direction of the teams in Cup, benefits of adding a fourth car, testing at Indy and the affect of the new-generation race car on the Busch Series.
YOUR OPINION ON DALE EARNHARDT, INC. CONSIDERING WHAT THEY ARE DOING: "I think that much to DEI's credit, they've served notice that they are here to fight. They're here to race, they're here to be here and I think a lot of people thought that when Junior left that they would just cave in and go away. I think they're making it very clear they're not going to do that. They've sent a message to everybody that they're here to compete at a high level and I commend them for doing that. We see that with ownership every year. All the owners try to step up; all the owners try to make it better. They try to make their team more competitive and that's what you're seeing with DEI. They should be commended for putting forth effort to be better."
IS THE SERIES IS MOVING TOWARDS LARGER TEAMS WITH FOUR CARS EACH? "Yeah, I think we are moving.If you look at what you've heard Ray Evernham say, if you look at what Richard Childress is saying, if you look at what Gibbs has been saying, there's no question about it. There's a lot of effort to buy teams, to merge, to create a larger pot to pool from. There's no question, an effort to consolidate more to try to be more competitive. Long term, when multi-car teams first started, everybody was like 'that's the end of racing' but the reality of it is, it's impacted racing in a very positive way. If you look at the competition on the race track, it's very positive because if you have an ownership group that's very good, that means that they're putting three, four or five teams on the track that are very, very good. And I think that's a good thing. I think having parity in our sport is a good thing and I think that you see that. The competition level has been stepped up and the amount of drivers and individual teams that can compete is higher tha n it would have been without multi-car teams and I think that will continue to happen."
DOES ADDING A FOURTH CAR AUTOMATICALLY MAKE YOUR TEAM BETTER? "I don't think that's the case at all. I think that having more resources potentially can be better. Having more people, cars, equipment and more stuff to deal with is not necessarily better. You cannot go from a team that's not competing how they need to, that's not organized like it needs to be, to adding teams and having that fix it. That only makes it worse. You have to have a plan, you have to have an organization that understands there's a mission and then execute on that mission. If you do not do that, then having more is just more problems. We aren't immediately better by any means by adding a fourth team. As a matter of fact, we have to fight against being worse. We have to make sure that if we add a fourth team that we're doing the things that are necessary so that it makes us better. And that requires a lot of time, attention, focus and planning and anything less than that would be a bad thing."
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