Reaction to today'S aerodynamic rules change for the Pontiac Grand Prix: BOBBY LABONTE, NO. 18 INTERSTATE BATTERIES PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: "We appreciate the changes that they made today and hope that it will help us out, and make us a little ...
Reaction to today'S aerodynamic rules change for the Pontiac Grand Prix:
BOBBY LABONTE, NO. 18 INTERSTATE BATTERIES PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
"We appreciate the changes that they made today and hope that it will help us out, and make us a little better than we have been because we've been struggling some in that department. Maybe it will make us race better. We'll find out in a few days at Michigan."
JIMMY MAKAR, CREW CHIEF,
NO. 18 INTERSTATE BATTERIES PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
"I'm happy we got something, but it's a typical deal. We didn't get quite as much as we probably needed and all that we asked for, but it's better than nothing.
"It's a step in the right direction. Whether it's going to make enough of a difference to close the gap enough to where our cars are less on the edge all the time -- I don't know if it will be quite enough to do that or not. It's the right direction and it's the right areas. Whether it's enough or not, we'll just have to wait and see until we get on the racetrack with it and see how much it does help us."
STACY COMPTON, NO. 14 CONSECO PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
"I'm excited about it. I don't know if it's enough. But hey, we're not going to complain with anything we can get right now. I wish we would have a little bit of time to go test with it a little bit or had some notice to where we could have gone and tested with it last week. But, we're not going to complain. I still feel like we probably need just a little bit more, but every little bit helps.
"I know last year, with the Dodges, when they gave us that kick-out on the nose, it turned our season around. Granted, they gave us a lot more than what they're giving us now, but it just made the car drive so much different to where you could drive them in traffic. You didn't have to worry about an aero push. Right now, we have to run the car so free to make them work and to even keep up, that by the end of the run you're starting to chase it a little bit.
"I think what it will do is give us a little more balance and balance wins races."
MIKE HILLMAN, CREW CHIEF, NO. 14 CONSECO PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
"I'm glad they gave us something. I don't think it's enough in the front valance area, relative to the other manufacturers. But, at least they're looking at the situation and hopefully it will be more of a change than what I anticipate.
"It's definitely going to be an improvement, but I don't know how much. You're only talking about 20 counts of front downforce. But, it's like anything else - a little is better than nothing at all.
"Up to now, to get them to turn we end up running them so loose that we lose total grip in the car. Giving us a little bit of balance on both ends will definitely be an improvement."