Michigan II: Keselowski - Friday media visit

BRAD KESELOWSKI, NO. 25 GODADDY.COM IMPALA SS met with media and discussed possibilities for next season, racing at Michigan, and more. ON PRACTICE SESSIONS: "The Cup car, I've got a lot to learn in those things. I made a lot of progression ...

BRAD KESELOWSKI, NO. 25 GODADDY.COM IMPALA SS met with media and discussed possibilities for next season, racing at Michigan, and more.

ON PRACTICE SESSIONS: "The Cup car, I've got a lot to learn in those things. I made a lot of progression through the day and felt really good about my car in the end. I feel like I probably have a top 10 car on the Cup side. I'm just not quite a top 10 driver yet, but I'm getting there. And usually by the end of the race, I can figure those things out. I'm really excited about having that good of a car and maybe even have a shot at winning the Cup race. So I'm excited about that. Tony Eury Jr. has been a lot of fun to work with and the whole team over there is just having fun, which is a cool thing to see. So we've just got to get through this qualifying part here later today, which seems to be my weak spot. Once we get that through, I think we'll have a lot of fun on Sunday and be competitive."

THIS IS THE SECOND TIME YOU'VE WORKED WITH POPS IN ONE CAR AND TONY EURY JR. IN THE OTHER. WHAT'S THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THEM? IS THERE ONE SURPRISE WHERE YOU FOUND THAT WOW, HE'S NOTHING LIKE HIS DAD? "It's great having both of them. I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about that to be honest. They flow together very well because going back and forth between the two cars is a challenge sometimes. The crew chiefs have to work together, and I'll give up five minutes here if you'll give up five minutes there. When the two are related, it seems to go a little easier. So that's kind of neat and I'm happy to have that. And that was better than I anticipated. I didn't see that coming. As far as something to surprise me about Tony Eury Jr. is it's just how tech-savy he is. He's really smart and knows a lot about these race cars. I knew he knew a lot, but I guess I didn't realize how smart he was with the engineering programs and the computers and so forth. He's showing a lot there and a lot of strengths, which is what you need nowadays to run well in the Cup Series without testing."

YOU'RE LIKE THE TOP DRAFT CHOICE, ANY NEW NEWS ON YOUR FRONT? "No, not yet; but it's coming. So, we'll see. When I make a move it's just going to happen all at once. And it's going to hit me and it's going to happen pretty soon."

WORD WAS THAT YOU WOULD NOT BE WILLING TO GIVE UP A NATIONWIDE RIDE TO DO A CUP DEAL, AND THAT MAYBE EVEN THE MANUFACTURER WOULD HAVE SOMETHING TO DO WITH IT. IS THAT PART OF THE CHALLENGE OF THIS? "I certainly plan on running the Nationwide Series full time next year. There's no doubt about that. So yeah, it is real dependant on it. I want to run the Nationwide Series full time and I think I'll be able to put that together, although at this moment, I have not. I think I have a lot of good options on my plate and I don't think I'm going to miss.

"Certainly, if I'm going to run the JR Motorsports cars next year I have to stay with a Chevrolet Cup car. That's all part of the package. As far as what team and what team is compatible or not compatible, I'm really not a good judge of that."

ARE YOU MORE SOLD ON RUNNING NATIONWIDE THAN CUP FOR YOURSELF RIGHT NOW? "Well I'm sold on both you know. I was talking with my dad the other day about it and he asked me what I wanted to do, and what was I thinking and I was remembering that old Dominos commercial with Deion Sanders and they say, 'do you want this or want that?' and Deion says, 'I want both. I want to put both of them together.'

"That's why this process is taking so long is because I am asking a lot of the teams that I want to do something with and it just takes time to put all that together. We'll see. I'm not there yet. I feel like we will put it together, it's just taking time."

SO THERE IS NO WAY YOU CAN RUN JUNIOR'S EQUIPMENT AND BE IN ANYTHING OTHER THAN A CHEVROLET, CORRECT? "That was the conversation I had with Kelly. Things are always subject to change but at this point that is the way it looks. But I'm not close to putting that deal together or saying that it's done so I'm not going to put myself in that position or back myself in a corner. I'm trying really hard not to paint myself in a corner on anything we are doing here."

IS GODADDY.COM COMING BACK NEXT YEAR? "I don't know. That is more of a Kelly or Dale question as team owners."

HOW ABOUT THE TRACK HERE IN MICHIGAN? "This style of track and genre of track, the flatter 1.5 mile and 2 mile tracks has been my weak spot and I really struggled at California. I have an 11th and a 13th place finish here in the Nationwide Series car, but I have actually run better than that. I've never really felt comfortable here and we seemed to really have clicked on something or hit on something this week so I feel really good about it and I can see huge gains from running both cars here this weekend and I feel like we made the right decision to do double duty here this weekend. Hopefully that will pay off in race mode.

This is an interesting place. Its wide and it goes back to NASCAR and for what it stands for and for tracks with different skills. Here it's kind of like a hybrid between a 1.5 mile track and a superspeedway because you have got to be able to draft but at the same time you have to be able to get through the corners with speed like a 1.5 mile track and to be able to lift. So it requires a unique hybrid between the two tracks and it's just something different and I enjoy coming to tracks that aren't the same and this is certainly no cookie cutter.


"It's not just myself that is in a tough spot. It's the whole series, the economy, and everyone is in a tough spot. And the key thing to remember is that even though I may not have a full time Cup deal now, and it hasn't exactly sorted itself out for next year, that I am still in a good spot. I have a ride in the Nationwide Series, I have a job, and there are a lot of people out there that can't say that. Sometimes you have to pinch yourself and stop whining, you know? Things aren't that bad and no, I don't have any complaints now."

IS IT TOUGH BEING PATIENT KNOWING YOU ARE AT THAT AGE AND YOU FEEL LIKE YOU ARE ON TOP OF YOUR GAME RIGHT NOW? "Yeah, it's really tough to be patient but it's served me well to date. So it's because I spent a second year in the Nationwide Series without running full time in Cup that I have been able to garner the attention that I have and have the results that I have. If I would have jumped to Cup this year and left Nationwide behind I don't think I would be anywhere near the position I am right now.

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Tony Eury Jr.
Teams JR Motorsports