Kyle Busch, No.5 Kellogg's/CARQUEST Monte Carlo SS met with members of the media and discussed the status of his ongoing discussions with teams regarding where he will drive in 2008 and beyond, apologizing to Hendrick Motorsports teammates for ...
Kyle Busch, No.5 Kellogg's/CARQUEST Monte Carlo SS met with members of the media and discussed the status of his ongoing discussions with teams regarding where he will drive in 2008 and beyond, apologizing to Hendrick Motorsports teammates for things he said, status with Hendrick Motorsports, on continuing participation with teammates in Hendrick Motorsports meetings and discussions, what it takes to win the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, if he thinks this is a championship year for his team, disappointment in qualifying effort for Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, if he has preferred teams to continue to talk with and if changing manufacturers is a consideration in his discussions with new teams.
ON STATUS OF DISCUSSIONS WITH NEW TEAMS FOR 2008 AND BEYOND: "Absolutely nothing, we are nowhere. We don't have anything signed, we haven't signed anything and we are not really that close to signing anything quite yet. We are still talking to a few teams, we haven't quite narrowed it down to just one; we are still in the process. There have been a few teams we have eliminated. We, of course, had an awful lot of calls so we had to eliminate a few of them there at the beginning and through the middle process.
ON TIME TABLE TO COMPLETE A CONTRACT WITH A NEW TEAM: "There is not really a time table that you can pinpoint on this thing because it is a career-defining choice. You can't just say this is where you want to go. You have to sit down and look at it and review everything to look at the best possible choice for myself because whether or not I make the correct decision, which of course, I am hoping to make, this could be the final play that I stay. If I make a little bit of a wrong decision, I still might be able to move one more time, but I would like to make it the last time."
ON BEING UPSET WITH QUALIFYING EFFORT FOR THE ALLSTATE 400 AT THE BRICKYARD: "I was so upset because I am my biggest critics and I literally screwed up every single corner yesterday and we had a legitimate shot at the pole. The guys gave me an awesome car yesterday. We had a really good car in race trim and an even better car in qualifying trim and I literally felt like we had legitimate shot for the pole. When you go out there, especially being at a place like Indy and you are on this type of platform and you screw up that bad, you are pretty devastated and hard on yourself. That was the way I was, I was just not in the mood to talk."
ON HOW THINGS ARE NOW AT HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS FOR HIM: "Well, yes, I am ok. Actually, I have started a lot of it myself. I have made a lot of mistakes and opened up my mouth too much. Yesterday, we had our team meeting and after it was over, I went ahead and made an apology to my teammates and my crew chief for my comments two weeks ago at Chicago. It has just a difficult time and everything just feels like it is more under a microscope, and when you don't have things quite go your way or go the right way, you tend to think it is because they are not helping you or wanting to help you because you aren't going to be there. But that is completely untrue. It is going to continue to make them better and going to continue to make me better to work together and be friends now and after I leave. I would like to be able to go to them and ask for advice and be friends with them."
ON IF MONEY OR MANUFACTURER WILL PLAY A ROLE IN DISCUSSIONS WITH NEW TEAM: "The money is not an issue, I have said that. I haven't even asked for anything, we haven't even gotten to that point in a contract. That has been said, but I haven't even asked for anything. Manufacturer--not really. I have been with Chevrolet and I have a lot of great friends over at Chevrolet. I just did an appearance for them last night and got a chance to Ed Peper, the GM of Chevrolet. They would like to see me in one (Chevrolet) and continue our relationship, but, if it comes down to it and we go somewhere else, I just hope to leave on good terms."
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