Jeff Gordon team changes adds pressure

Gordon on the No. 24 DuPont team's 2000 season after first three events: "It's disappointing that we missed the setup in Las Vegas. We wrecked in practice the day before and changed some things and had very little time to practice after...

Gordon on the No. 24 DuPont team's 2000 season after first three events:

"It's disappointing that we missed the setup in Las Vegas. We wrecked in practice the day before and changed some things and had very little time to practice after that. Yes, there is a lot of pressure on Robbie Loomis but he's getting more comfortable every week. The good thing is that we get along really, really well, and we're working on figuring out the new Monte Carlo. We had higher hopes for this new Monte Carlo but, at the same time, we haven't been the best Monte Carlo either.

"With the competition as it is, you can't have any little change in your program and just expect to go out there and win races. You look at the guys who are on top right now and they are also the ones who haven't really had many changes on their teams.

"Atlanta is a track where we've really found a lot. We need to get rolling and get our confidence back. It would be nice to get a good run in, gain confidence and get better every weekend to get back toward the top – but we need to be at the top of our game to be competitive. It will take some time and we expect it to."

Gordon on NASCAR's new air dam rule for the Monte Carlo:

"The additional two inches should help with front-end downforce. The new Monte Carlo has the same downforce as the old Monte Carlo but the rear downforce is greater and you have to have balance.

"I don't think it's as much as we needed, but we'll take what we can get. Two inches is better than one but I don't necessarily think we need four. It's all about finding the balance right now. It's up to us to get better and really learn this car...

(jokingly) "We know what we can do about it, but they won't let us -- they have different ideas at tech inspection."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon