Kenny Wallace and Crew Chief Jimmy Elledge's Thoughts about the NASCAR Rule Changes to the Chevrolet Monte Carlo Q: How have the new NASCAR Winston Cup Series rule changes affected the Square D/ Cooper Lighting Chevrolet? Square D/Cooper ...
Kenny Wallace and Crew Chief Jimmy Elledge's Thoughts about the NASCAR Rule Changes to the Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Q: How have the new NASCAR Winston Cup Series rule changes affected the Square D/ Cooper Lighting Chevrolet?
Square D/Cooper Lighting Chevrolet driver Kenny Wallace: "We're in a learning stage right now. NASCAR gave us a new rule to put the nose out two inches and it seemed to help the balance of the race car. Right now, the car is getting loose in the corners. We're not complaining, we're just focusing on our race car right now. I'm happy to see NASCAR looking into the issue and stepping up to the plate, but honestly, I don't want to get wrapped up in this political debate. I will leave it up to Dale Earnhardt to speak on Chevy's behalf."
Square D/Cooper Lighting Chevrolet crew chief Jimmy Elledge: "The jury is still out. This car has a completely different configuration than the cars we ran through testing. I think what we have up front is better, but we have so many variables left to determine. We've totally changed the balance on this race car. Now that we added more downforce to the nose, we need to find out what will happen to the rear of the car. We need to get this car into the wind tunnel before we can understand what the rule changes have done. I think what NASCAR did is a step in the right direction, but my initial reaction is that it has hurt the down force at the back of the car.
"We're going to run this week's car in Darlington, S.C. We'll keep using it week after week until we have a good idea how it is running. We need as much feedback, in as many different settings as possible."
Q: How does this change your game plan for Atlanta?
Wallace: "You still have your notes, and you try to stay as close to them as you can, but it is really useless here in Atlanta. We came here with a new car, and the setup is completely different from last year. We were starting to get a little bit of rhythm at Rockingham, N.C., but now we have to start over with a new setup."
Elledge: "It really doesn't hurt us at all. We haven't tested here and the setups from the last two races are completely different this time around. We started this week with a brand new race car. We're using the same setup we would have used if NASCAR didn't make the changes. We're just going to carry on as normal because we're not genies and we can't read crystal balls. This car reacts to change differently than the 1999 Monte Carlo, so we're just throwing the recipe out the window and baking from scratch."