BEHIND THE HAULER CHAT WITH DALE EARNHARDT JR., NO. 8 BUDWEISER MONTE CARLO SS ON JUAN PABLO MONTOYA COMING TO NASCAR NEXT YEAR: "It will be pretty cool I guess. It will be kind of cool to see how he does." WHAT DO YOU THINK IT WILL BE LIKE...
BEHIND THE HAULER CHAT WITH DALE EARNHARDT JR., NO. 8 BUDWEISER MONTE CARLO SS
ON JUAN PABLO MONTOYA COMING TO NASCAR NEXT YEAR:
"It will be pretty cool I guess. It will be kind of cool to see how he does."
WHAT DO YOU THINK IT WILL BE LIKE FOR HIM TO ADJUST TO THIS STYLE OF CAR SINCE HE'S NEVER BEEN IN A STOCK CAR BEFORE?
"I've never been in a Formula 1 car so I don't know what he's up against really."
JEFF GORDON COULD TIE YOUR FATHER IN CAREER VICTORIES THIS WEEK. WHAT WOULD THAT MEAN TO YOU IF THAT HAPPENED?
"It'd be a very good accomplishment for anybody. I'd have to shake Jeff's hand because anytime you tie my daddy in anything it's something to be proud of."
HOW WOULD THE FANS REACT IF THAT HAPPENS WITH THE RIVALRY?
"I don't know."
HOW'S YOUR CAR TODAY?
"It's all right. I mean it's OK. It's sort of frustrating trying to get it to where it will run good in practice."
WHAT'S THE KEY TO HAVING SUCCESS AT THIS TRACK?
"Turning in the middle about like everywhere else."
HOW DO YOU COMPARE YOUR FATHER AND JEFF GORDON AS RACE CAR DRIVERS?
"Well dad was really aggressive and Jeff wasn't very aggressive. It seems like he's getting more aggressive as he's getting older. Jeff was really, really smooth where dad was very sort of barbaric with the race car. They were very different in their driving styles."
WHY WAS THERE SO MUCH RETALIATION AT THIS TRACK LAST FALL AND DO YOU THINK WE'LL SEE THAT AGAIN?
"I can't even remember what happened here last year."
THE INCIDENT WITH ROBBY GORDON AND THE HELMET AND KYLE BUSCH:
"That seems like two or three years ago than now."
DO YOU THINK WE'LL SEE THAT AGAIN?
"I don't know. That sort of stuff ain't characteristic with the race track. I don't know. We'll just have to see."
YOU LOOK PRETTY FRUSTRATED. WHAT'S GOING ON WITH YOUR RACE CAR?
"I'm just hot as hell man. I don't know. They've got this air cooler box that ain't worth a darn. It won't work. When we qualify they take all the stuff that dissipates the heat in between the exhaust and the chassis off the car so it's just frustrating. We're not real fast. It's just frustrating as hell. I just wanted to run better. (I'm) not (frustrated) at anyone just that darn race car."
DID YOU GET EVERYTHING YOU WANTED OUT OF THE INDIANAPOLIS TEST?
"Well it was raining real hard and I told Junior (Tony Eury Jr., crew chief) when I got up in the morning that if it was raining that I'd come pick him up but I was going home. We had a pretty good day on Monday. Junior felt good enough about that to cut the test short because it didn't really look great for Wednesday either."
WHAT DO YOU THINK IT WOULD BE LIKE FOR DANICA PATRICK TO RACE IN NASCAR AND TO HANDLE THE MEDIA ATTENTION IN NASCAR?
"It'd be tough for her but it's doesn't really have any bearing on her decision (with) whatever she wants to do in life. If she wants to drive stock cars, if that what she wants to do, no media pressure or anything like that is going to deter her decision. Obviously she's got a good idea what it's going to be like because she's probably had a lot of pressure on her so far as far as from the media. She'd probably have a tough time with the schedule because of their schedule being so short. I think she's already commented on the schedule as being a turn off and it is to pretty much everybody else. I think she'd have fun. She'd probably have a better time or an easier learning curve than Juan (Pablo Montoya) would but Juan with his experience and his vast knowledge of race cars and over the years all his success, he's not going to have any trouble but he's been in a different world. I think what Juan is probably going to face is the change in the culture itself, obviously he's lived in the states but sort of the culture within this garage."