Comments after Afternoon Test Session on New Dodge Charger JAMIE McMURRAY (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Charger) "When you come to these tests, sometimes people hide things. Sometimes they don't show what all they have. I don't' know that...
Comments after Afternoon Test Session on New Dodge Charger
JAMIE McMURRAY (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Charger)
"When you come to these tests, sometimes people hide things. Sometimes they don't show what all they have. I don't' know that we're showing all we have. I hope not. They haven't told me that, but I'm hoping that's our deal. This is my first time testing the car, and I really like it. I don't remember the old Charger days, but it was cool talking to Richard Petty about it today. If this new Charger can have half the success he had with it, it'll be a real good car.
"I think our engine shop is very encouraged right now. They think they're making more power than ever. They think it's more reliable than it's been. We had a few problems toward the end of the year and they all went away, no more reliability problems and they make more power now.
"Those last 10 races last season we didn't do anything different than we did in the first 26. The breaks just fell our way, and we had 10 good races. I just want 'em to leave the points alone. I think everybody was pretty pleased with the way things worked out.
"Our pit crew is going to be completely different this year. It's going to be a really good pit crew. That was a huge issue for us last year. That was probably our biggest setback. They'd have good days when the car didn't run good and the days when we really needed it we just couldn't put the whole thing together. Hopefully now we'll be able to make it all happen.
"We want to make The Chase and win some races. We felt like last year we'd be a fourth to eighth-place car and we were. We feel like with the changes we've made to the pit crew and the engine shop and the car, we should certainly be a contender."
KYLE PETTY (No. 45 Georgia-Pacific/Brawny Dodge Charger)
"We were really pleased that the body came out as good as it came out. Our package is better and with Ray's motors we've been better. We worked on mostly race stuff today. I've tested the Charger at Kentucky three or four times, and our downforce stuff is really good. I'm looking forward to the downforce stuff, and I'm looking forward to testing at California and Las Vegas. These cars are pretty good.
"The motors have already made a big difference for us here. We weren't at the bottom of the sheet. We've got to keep plugging along. Ray and his guys have gone out of the way. This whole group has to get us up to speed.
"It's funny because The King ran the Charger body style for 10 years it seemed like. It was the 70 Charger and then they turned it into the 73 and then a '74. The way the rules were you could run it for four years, so he ran it until 78 until they switched to the Magnum. When I started hanging out at the shop, from the time I was 10 until I was about 18, we ran a Charger. That's just the way it was. That's all we had.
"There's a few names around in the car business. You've got the T-Bird and the Mustang. The HEMI for Dodge and I think the Charger is a name that brings back a lot of the 60s and the horsepower and get up and go and stuff. You've got the GTO and the Nova, but for Petty Enterprises, it's the Charger."