Pocono II: Martin - Friday media visit

Mark Martin, No. 01 U.S. Army Monte Carlo SS, met with members of the media and discussed the jobs lost after the Ginn Racing-DEI merger, on how much of that situation is a distraction to him coming to the race track, sponsorship plans and his ...

Mark Martin, No. 01 U.S. Army Monte Carlo SS, met with members of the media and discussed the jobs lost after the Ginn Racing-DEI merger, on how much of that situation is a distraction to him coming to the race track, sponsorship plans and his part-time schedule for 2008, the status of drivers in the development program, Regan Smith, adjustments he's had to make by changing teams, how he handles the stress that has come along with the recent changes, on how to get back to a more relaxed schedule, integrating teams, Aric Almirola, spending time at DEI, Ricky Carmichael, winning three races in a row, on how the team merger may affect his dealings with Hendrick Motorsports and on riding motorcross.

Select quotes from driver interview:

ON IT BEING UNDERSTOOD THAT 120 PEOPLE WERE LET GO AFTER THE MERGER: "Well your understanding is different than mine. I'm not the spokesperson for that place but it was my understanding that I think about 70 made the cut and I didn't think there was 200. I thought there was 140 working there but I don't know what is exactly accurate. I thought it turned out better than expected. I think it was better than everyone expected and another thing that you have to keep in mind, that was coming anyway. Another team was being shut down and shortly behind that more yet in my estimation, so the thing that you have to remember is the merger didn't really.we were already in the process of shutting down a Busch team and one Cup team and the possibility of even another one maybe being in jeopardy going forward based on sponsorship."

ON HOW TO GET BACK TO A MORE RELAXED SCHEDULE: "This whole opportunity is going to bring some additional I think responsibilities and it's going to be a little bit more work especially for a while to make sure that we have it all off on the right foot and everything working like we would like for it to work and trying to combine the 01's racing hardware and thought processes with DEI's hardware and their processes which we have not managed to do yet obviously based on the change coming in such short notice. We're in the process of getting the personnel stuff squared away and we can work more on the competition side of it going forward. The guys are doing a great job with that, with their planning and all and we have quite a bit of other things in front of us that we need to sort out and as we sort those things out it will get more comfortable for me and for everyone involved but this is something that I'm very excited about. For me, it's real special to have this opportunity at this stage of my career to be a part of Dale Earnhardt Incorporated and to see them emerge in 2008 stronger than anyone ever expected."

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Ricky Carmichael , Regan Smith , Aric Almirola , Mark Martin
Teams Hendrick Motorsports , Dale Earnhardt Incorporated