Continued from part 1 Q&A SESSION THIS SOUNDS LIKE THE MACLAREN ISSUE IN FORMULA ONE. SHOULD THE PENALTY BE LIKE THAT ONE? "My understanding is, and I'm not a Formula One fan or think that we should in our stock car racing -- NASCAR...
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THIS SOUNDS LIKE THE MACLAREN ISSUE IN FORMULA ONE. SHOULD THE PENALTY BE LIKE THAT ONE?
"My understanding is, and I'm not a Formula One fan or think that we should in our stock car racing -- NASCAR racing -- follow their soap opera and the things that go with their program, but it's my understanding the owners there have signed an agreement -- something called a Concord agreement -- that says they will respect one another's intellectual property and they won't steal from one another, either hardware-wise or as far as intellectual property. If that's true, there would be a basis then for an action in terms of breach of contract that we as team owners in NASCAR don't have."
WHAT IS CONSIDERED FAIR AND PROPER WHEN IT COMES TO FINDING OUT WHAT THE OTHER GUY HAS? WHERE IS THE LINE?
"I heard that somebody said, in fact maybe it was reported by Robin (Pemberton) that this is business as usual in the garage. Things like this happen all the time. Well, I've been racing for 22 years and I have never stolen anything from somebody else to gain an advantage or to figure out what they were doing and I'm not aware that something has been taken from me of this nature. If it's happened and it may have happened, I'm not aware of it. As far as what Jim Aust said regarding the spring and the teardown thing, if we lost a spring and if it was returned to us, I'm not aware of it. Nobody has told me about it. That certainly wasn't the basis of my point last Friday at Atlanta."
DO YOU BELIEVE THE TEAM HAS USED INFORMATION GAINED FROM THIS PART ON THE TRACK?
"I certainly think they could have and might have. I don't have anybody doing intelligence to take pictures or watch when they pull a tire off or to watch when they pull a bar out to see if it has the same serrated edge with the same number of teeth and the same stiffness consideration and the components -- not just the bar, but the mounting and the anchoring components. I have no knowledge of that. That will be a consideration. If we become aware of the fact that we've got a case and they think that we can make the case that they have used our technology, then it's most likely that we'll seek a restraining order and try to stop them from doing that in as much as NASCAR hasn't, at this point, decided to be at my side on it. I'll seek relief elsewhere."
WHAT KIND OF RELIEF WOULD YOU LIKE FROM NASCAR?
"Show me something. I'll know what I like when I see it. It's basically lawyer time and as far as what NASCAR might do, they could obviously do a lot. They could arrange a meeting between myself and the principals on the other side and they could chair the meeting and watch for the evidence of an appropriate apology and a guarantee that the other team wouldn't misuse the information that they got by their ill-gotten means."
WOULD YOU WANT THEM EXPELLED FOR A RACE?
"I'll know what I like when I see it. Show me something."
SOME CREW CHIEFS OFF THE RECORD SAID THEY BELIEVE PEOPLE WOULD TAKE A PIECE IF THEY THOUGHT THEY COULD GET THEIR HANDS ON IT. YOU'RE SAYING YOUR TEAM WOULDN'T DO THAT.
"I didn't say my team wouldn't do that. I said that I'm not aware that that had happened and I certainly wouldn't sanction it."
DO YOU THINK THAT GOES ON IN THE GARAGE?
"Not to my knowledge."
WHY DO YOU THINK IF THEY WERE GUILTY THAT THEY GAVE IT BACK TO YOU VERSUS DUMPING IT IN THE RIVER?
"I have no idea. Maybe they thought it didn't matter. I have no idea."
HAVE YOU TALKED TO ANYONE AT TOYOTA ABOUT THIS ISSUE?
"No. Lee has made two or three subsequent to his USA Today thing, I'm going to say two calls into me and I haven't returned his call. I'm still mad over that."
WHY NOT NAME THE TEAM?
"I don't have to respond to that and I won't."
DO YOU THINK MARTINSVILLE SHOULD ALWAYS HAVE TWO DATES?
"Martinsville has certainly been one of the cornerstones for stock car racing in this area with what the owner -- first generation and second generation have done with it. It's just an awesome piece of NASCAR history. As long as they can fill up the race track and as long as they can have an adequate number of seats, as long as there is enough interest with the high density of races in this region, I'm happy to come to Martinsville. We don't have to fly our 727s to get here and it's a short trip for me when I come down for Michigan. It's not a week off for the teams, but it's an easier week than going to the west coast and going back and forth from the east coast to the west coast. If you were to ask me would I support Martinsville keeping its second date I would say yes."
IN MOST SPORTS WHEN AN ALLEGATION IS MADE ABOUT ANOTHER THERE IS AN INVESTIGATION. IS THERE A PROBLEM WITH NASCAR IN THE FACT THAT THEY'RE SAYING TO JUST WORK IT OUT BETWEEN YOURSELVES?
"That was a surprise to me to hear Robin say that we should work it out. To the best of my knowledge, they were having a consideration of what it meant and what they wanted to do. I guess one of the things that's there and it's real easy for NASCAR to bring the rulebook out and deal with what happens if a part is the wrong dimension or if it doesn't fit a template or whether these actions detrimental to stock car racing if it affects a rule, but they don't have a rule as it relates to theft and maybe they should have. I'm not sure."
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