Jeff Gordon to start 3rd in No. 24 DuPont Chevy JEFF GORDON , NO. 24 DUPONT CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: POST QUALIFYING PRESS CONFERENCE COMMENTS: "For qualifying, the temperatures were cool and the tires had a lot of grip, but I think the balance...
Jeff Gordon to start 3rd in No. 24 DuPont Chevy
, NO. 24 DUPONT CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
POST QUALIFYING PRESS CONFERENCE COMMENTS:
"For qualifying, the temperatures were cool and the tires had a lot of grip, but I think the balance surprised a lot of people. The track really freed up for a lot of people and that's typical when you have impound tracks. But I think we've learned how to compensate for that, but we didn't compensate enough. We had a great run, but in order to get on the pole you definitely had to get the car tighter than what we had it and I'm just real happy to be third."
ON NASCAR'S COMMENTS ABOUT SUPERTEAMS:
"I don't know much about all the details that went into that meeting, so I'd be a little hesitant to comment on it. The reason why there have been owners who have owned as many teams or been a part of owning as many teams as they do is because there really haven't been any limitations. Once you build an organization up, the ability to start another team is so much more efficient for you than to start one up from scratch. I would hope that if they are thinking in that direction, they're also thinking of franchising those as well because there is just a big investment that goes into it. Once you start a team, it would be nice to know there is value in that team beyond just the ability to pull sponsorship and put good race cars out there on the race track. I think it would be nice for a lot of these teams to plan for the future by having added value. And I think something like franchising would be very beneficial.
"Obviously maybe there could be some limitations on how many teams each owner has, but I think there are ways around that as well. I'd be curious to see how they've planned on structuring that.
ON EQUAL OPPORTUNITY FOR ANYONE WHO WANTS TO OWN TEAMS:
"I think that's what they've been struggling with so much. Racing for me, all my life, has always been about people being able to show up at the race track and put a fast race car out there and compete that weekend. But when you start to get into a sport that's grown to a level that this one has, it's turned into a big business as well. And right now, we're very very dependant on those sponsors. And we're asking a lot out of them. And when I do sit down in those financial meetings, it's scary to know how the costs are increasing over the years. We've got a huge increase that's going to come with this car of the future, or whatever they're calling it, is a huge expense to these teams. And those are things you can't factor. You can't go to your sponsor and say hey, by the way, this is going to cost the team several million dollars, we need you to pick up your costs for that. So I think that's a struggle of trying to figure out the right balance of being independent contractors and then having multicar teams that are franchises. I don't have all the answers for that. I just what it costs and where the sport is heading and what we're asking of our sponsors."