JIMMY SPENCER (No. 41 Target Dodge Intrepid R/T) NOTE: Spencer toured the DaimlerChrysler Corporation's Technology Center in Auburn Hills, Mich., yesterday. The 45-year-old driver from Berwick, Pa., liked what he saw. "It was an enjoyable day...
JIMMY SPENCER (No. 41 Target Dodge Intrepid R/T)
NOTE: Spencer toured the DaimlerChrysler Corporation's Technology Center in Auburn Hills, Mich., yesterday. The 45-year-old driver from Berwick, Pa., liked what he saw.
"It was an enjoyable day for me. As you're driving up the interstate, you see all the manufacturers. When you see the Chrysler insignia on the building, it's very impressive. From the minute I walked in the building, the receptionist was so nice. I got there right before lunch, and I couldn't believe how happy all the employees were. It was a different feeling than you see in a lot of places. All the people were talking and enjoying themselves. We got a tour of the plant and the dyno cells were incredible. The stuff they do, the things they can simulate. All the technology at Chrysler is incredible. The things they check on cars on stress machines, hanging these devices to check flex and noise, aerodynamics and fuel mileage. Then you step into the racing and the computers and people that are in our marketing, the computer technology we have there is incredible. The way they can make stuff out of plastic and wood with computers in less than a week's time and put it into testing, it's got to save hundreds of thousands of dollars. There wasn't one person I met there who wasn't happy to see you and they were all excited about the Dodge program. They're excited about NASCAR, and the Dodge Dealers are the same way. I've never seen an organization or company that's so behind their program as Dodge. From Jim Julow, (Vice President, Dodge Global Brand Center) to the guys who were riding their bikes to work, everybody seemed to be working in the same direction.
"I learned something yesterday. The building is the biggest building in the world under one roof - five million square feet. The building is all granite. It's incredible. The wind tunnel is really impressive. The technicians running the wind tunnel are concerned about our cars and what we're feeling and how they can help us. They're concerned about the cars they're building, too. It's interesting to see how well all the employees get along. They're all trying to get to a common goal, building a better vehicle. The wind tunnel is state of the art. They're a step ahead of almost anyone in the wind tunnel simply because of the way it was designed, the air flow, temperature controls.
"We were right there when they were blowing a Dodge Ram truck yesterday, trying to make the truck better. It was awesome, and it's so clean. They had a dyno cell that I stood in one corner and another guy stood in the other corner and we couldn't talk to each other. It was deafening. You could have yelled, but it was amazing what all they could check in this soundproof room. It's stuff they're doing to make our cars better.
"One of my favorite cars is that 300M. It's black with chrome wheels, and it's an awesome car. I ordered a new Dodge Ram SRT-10 truck. I know it's going to be the fastest production truck made, but I just think it's cool."