Are you happy to see SAFER Barriers here? "Absolutely. I found out first hand during the Indy test how invaluable the technology can be. I applaud Richmond for implementing the SAFER Barriers. More tracks need to consider them because anything...
Are you happy to see SAFER Barriers here?
"Absolutely. I found out first hand during the Indy test how invaluable the technology can be. I applaud Richmond for implementing the SAFER Barriers. More tracks need to consider them because anything that can help the driver is very much appreciated. These cars are going so fast now that it doesn't matter where you are because our entry speeds are so much faster. If something happens, it's going to hurt -- even at a track like Martinsville. If you blow a tire at Martinsville, you're basically going to hit the wall head-on because the corner is so sharp. Loudon is the same way, so, hallelujah for Richmond and all the facilities that are trying to put them in place for us."
Last year in the fall race, you had your best start and finish at Richmond. What will it take to repeat?
"We have to have the total package again. We are bringing chassis 16 with us. It's the first time we have raced it this year so we are hoping to have the right mix of horsepower, brakes, tires and handling. You have to take care of your equipment to be in contention at the end."
To handle well, what does the car need to do?
"The car has to rotate through the corners and get good forward bite. Richmond has some very distinct corners. Turn two is a real challenge because it's a sharp corner while turn four is opposite. It's long and sweeping. The key to getting around Richmond quickly is not about how deep you drive the car through each corner, but how hard and fast you can get back on the throttle without using up all your brakes."
Do you think fuel mileage could come into play here?
"It may sound strange but yes. You wouldn't think it would at a track this size. It's always something you have to keep in the back of your mind. If you run that strategy then tire management will be crucial as well. You have to be super smooth to pull it off."
Team Preparation For Chevrolet Monte Carlo 400
Car: No. 16 (First time chassis has been run)
Wind Tunnel: No