TOYOTA NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Test Day 2 AM Las Vegas Motor Speedway January 29, 2008 TONY STEWART, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing How has the Las Vegas test been going? "So far, so good. We ended yesterday second and...
TOYOTA NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Test
Day 2 AM
Las Vegas Motor Speedway
January 29, 2008
TONY STEWART, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
How has the Las Vegas test been going? "So far, so good. We ended yesterday second and third on the sheet with our two cars. Today we are fifth and 14th going into lunch. I can't say I'm the least bit disappointed so far."
How important is this test? "We all had three days of Daytona already and we got to run Talladega with these cars, but we haven't had a chance to run mile-and-a-half and two-mile tracks. This week is a huge week for everybody to get a base of what they have to do to their cars to get them comfortable and then we can all figure out how to make them go fast from there. We (team) were joking because we were looking at the sheet yesterday and today at the same time we are all a second faster. I think it shows how important this test is as far as getting stuff to where you can go from square one to getting it where it's at."
Has the change in the weather sped things up today? "Anytime you can take wind away it's a lot better. You never gain what you loose -- it's never worse in that ratio it always hurts you on one side more than it does with the wind at your back helping you. It's always better if you can get a calm day and you can get better information that way."
How has the Las Vegas test going? "Not fantastic, but not horrible. We have a lot of stuff to work on still. The car doesn't drive too bad, it's just not very fast. We need to keep working on it and get it to turn better in the center. Brian (Vickers) has made some big gains right at the end (of the morning session), so hopefully we can take that and carry it over to our car and see if it helps."
Do you think the Vegas and California tests are a better measurement to how you will do this season? "It's by far more important than Daytona. At Daytona you test for Daytona and obviously it is the biggest race of the season and it kicks off the season. These race tracks make up about 75% of our schedule. It's definitely a lot more pressure and we have to work hard to see where we stand at the end of the test. Especially with these tracks being the second and third of the season -- it's a big way to kick off our season."
Are you going to be watching the Super Bowl? "No, I'm boycotting the Super Bowl. My Packers lost so I don't care who wins. I hate the Patriots, but the Giants beat my Packers. Hopefully it will end in a tie and nobody wins."
DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
How's your car handling during today's test? "Gibbs as a whole is pretty good, but we are struggling to find a little bit of speed. We were good yesterday but we just couldn't figure it out today. We are working on a little different stuff than what the 18 and 20 are, but for the most part we are very similar. We are just trying to go through notes right now and see if there is something back at the shop that's different with these cars."
Are the Vegas and California tests more important than other pre-season tests? "I think so. These are going to be more real racing situations. Daytona and Talladega are just a couple times a year. I think this test is quite a bit more effective."
Do you have a pick for the Super Bowl? "Patriots -- I have money on them, that's for sure. Hopefully they come through. I would like to see them go ahead and finish that undefeated season. I think they deserve it."
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