Continued from part 1 Q: Any plans to change the name of the team next year? BOBBY GINN: Through the end of this year because of all of the stuff that has already been printed and put together, we're going to leave the MB2 name. Going into...
Continued from part 1
Q: Any plans to change the name of the team next year?
BOBBY GINN: Through the end of this year because of all of the stuff that has already been printed and put together, we're going to leave the MB2 name.
Going into next year, we will probably change the name.
Q: I applaud you for taking this route because with the new Toyota teams being formed, it seems like there were a lot of people in Mr. Bower's position that would have probably been glad to have been bought out. Why do you think other people didn't adopt the same type of strategy that you chose?
BOBBY GINN: You mean other potential people who might want to buy a race team?
Q: Yeah, because now we have a situation where I think currently most people would agree that there's a shortage of good help and there's a shortage of good drivers, so why not put an infusion of cash into an already existing entity as opposed to starting from scratch.
BOBBY GINN: Well, I think -- I don't know that didn't occur and I don't know that it's not occurring, but I do think that that may occur. I think that there may be other teams that change ownership and also, I think you're going to see some teams from just what I've learned in my short experience around the track, there's some teams that may merge to get to the four-car size.
You know, I think pretty much the consensus of the people I talk to around the track was that if you're really going to be competitive, you've really got to be a four-car team. That's the economics of it and things have pretty much driven everybody to that.
One thing that I found out very early on was that I couldn't start my own team. It would have taken me five years to have found the site, found the drivers, you just couldn't do that. So I think probably if there are other people looking, I think they will probably come to something like that same conclusion.
This one worked for me really because Jay and you know, you were asking Jay about what's going on. One thing about people, and I believe this, is that you learn more about them when things aren't good than when things are good. If you're winning races and everything is going good, everybody's a hero and everybody's brilliant. When things are not going good and the team stays together and continue to work together and I don't hear about the Joes leaving or Marlins leaving or Sterlings leaving or Jay is going to pack up and go work somewhere else. When you see a team work harder in tough times and doesn't give it up, that tells me a lot about the team, and that's what I saw in MB2. They were not having the best of runs and things were not the best around the shop. But, you know, here is a team that stayed together and hung together and worked together. You know, I'll take that guy into the foxhole with me every time.
Q: Do you see yourself remaining with Chevrolet into the future? Can you talk about how long your contract is with General Motors?
BOBBY GINN: I don't know the length of the contract with General Motors but we certainly believe that we'll stay with Chevrolet. And I have no reason, and Jay?
JAY FRYE: As you know we've run a General Motors team for ten years and they have been a great partner. There are a lot of things that we started talking with them about last year to help enhance our relationship with them and we certainly look to continue that.
Q: How soon do you think you'll go to four drivers and might you expand onwards into the other series a little bit?
JAY FRYE: When you expand, you have to do it the right way. You can't just expand to expand. There has to be a systematic approach to it because if you expand too quickly, it affects your current programs. There's a lot of things we have to get mapped out in the next few weeks.
Yes, you are right, that's something that we need to look at, too, is adding depth with Busch trucks or whatever in the program to create a feeder system for drivers, pit crew members any element; and also to have our existing drivers be able to go down and do some Busch races, too. So that's probably something that would happen as soon as the other -- the Cup pieces.
Q: I wanted to hear from Joe. Joe, your name actually was bandied about a little bit in the rumor mill in the past couple of weeks. Was it something that was great relief to you in seeing Bobby come on board and take ownership?
JOE NEMECHEK: Absolutely. It's definitely bringing our team to the next level. It's tough racing out there, and the way NASCAR changes, it changes on a weekly basis. We look back at what we accomplished last year, especially the first half of last year, we had an opportunity to win four or five races.
This year it seemed like we've struggled but we've also had some good runs and had some bad luck. I think whenever a team is struggling, you see a lot of things going on. And the teams that can overcome that and stick together through those tough times, it makes when times get good that much better.
Q: NASCAR has been making a big effort in Hollywood over the past few years. Have you noticed that increasing in the interest from a business side of it, getting sponsors involved, getting other people that might not have been interested but seen movies get interested; have you noticed any difference at all from NASCAR getting involved in Hollywood?
JAY FRYE: Absolutely. If you look at the CJM sponsorship which was new, kind of a cutting edge sponsorship that they got a whole activation program, it's different. So there's a lot of non-traditional sponsors that have started to come around. We have had some calls over the last couple weeks of some other new companies that are looking to get in, in a big way. So obviously the sport and the NASCAR people have done a good job and it continues to get bigger every day. Certainly with Talladega Nights and the Herby thing last year, it seems like it's really maybe just brought it out to some non-traditional fans also that have become NASCAR fans now, too.
Q: With regards to change, can you comment on a driver's ability to adapt and learn at the NEXTEL Cup level; to handle change basically is what I'm asking.
JOE NEMECHEK: Well, I think the change, definitely if you're a race car driver, you have to deal with change all the time. The track doesn't stay the same all day. You're changing tires all day; you're changing air pressures all day. You have to be able to adapt. I think something that's happened in NASCAR racing over the last couple years is the change in setups; the change in aerodynamics; the change in what you have to do to make your cars go fast and still be able to drive them. That's the biggest change that we find as drivers.
And that's a big percentage that goes back to the equipment that you're driving, if the equipment doesn't drive right, it doesn't matter who you are, if it's myself, Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, you can't go in it. We're doing a better job as a team learning what we need to do to the cars now just like on the coil-lined front strings. It takes a whole different setup to make it work, but if you can make it work, it's a lot faster than the stuff we ran last year. So you have to be able to change. If you can't change, you're in the wrong sport.
Q: And then Sterling?
STERLING MARLIN: Joe pretty much touched on all of it. It's still three or four years ago, you run circle springs at these tracks, and now it's totally different; rear springs in the front and front springs is in the rear.
As far as adapting, like Joe said, the car is right, we can go; and it just takes a lot of engineering, a lot of stuff at the shop to make cars drive and race good.
RYAN JULISON: On behalf of Bobby Ginn, Jay Frye, Joe Nemechek and Sterling Marlin, I'd like to say thank you for participating. We'd like to mention that Ginn Clubs and Resorts has picked up an additional ten races with Sterling Marlin and #14 Chevrolet for the rest of the season 2006, so look for that, and we'll be talking to you very soon. So thank you very much and have a great day.