Richmond: Rusty Wallace - Dodge interview

RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) COMMENT ON RIR "When the track was originally designed by the Sawyer family the first time I raced on it I thought they had done an incredible job. After six wins you've got to love the place.

RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger)

COMMENT ON RIR "When the track was originally designed by the Sawyer family the first time I raced on it I thought they had done an incredible job. After six wins you've got to love the place. When you drive this racetrack you'll find today that when the drivers start out they'll start running on the bottom of the racetrack and all of a sudden they'll move up to the second lane and down in turns three and four they'll move up to the very top lane. You'll notice they'll be running side by side through turns three and four and later on through turns one and two and maneuvering all over the racetrack. You'll get up top and get a lot of bite and feel like you've gained 200 horsepower coming on the straightaways when you do that. There are so many places to race on the racetrack and so many places to maneuver around. The night race with all the drama and all the cameras and lights, the whole intensity of this race is sky high. I stayed here last night and watched the Busch race. It's very colorful and very exciting. They were racing all over the place. I saw the groove start moving up early in three and four and I knew it was going to be a great race. The drivers were using the whole racetrack. I said that a long time ago. I said it was a perfect racetrack. It's the perfect design, the length of the track. There have been a lot of studies and all the fans say why do they keep building super super speedways, a mile and a half, two miles, stuff like that when everybody's favorite racetracks have always been Bristol and Richmond. Bristol is one of a kind. It's super high-banked and I don't know if anyone could ever build something like that again that would turn out to be that great again. But here, it's amazing. It's a fun place to race. I look forward to coming here. I look so forward to it that I came here and tested a week and a half ago. I want to be really, really good here, and I think we've got a great car for tonight's race. I plan on using that whole racetrack to get the job done."

COMMENT ON IOWA TRACK "I've been hired to design a new racetrack up in Newton, Iowa, and I've done a lot of work on it. The people that designed the California Speedway and Kansas City Motor Speedway, I worked with them closely and we're done with it. We're done with the design. I think that track is going to be a perfect track also. It's very close to this track. It's seven-eighths of a mile. I didn't want to touch the mile length. We backed it up to seven-eighths. I'm hoping to announce the groundbreaking in three weeks. That's what we're shooting for, but it's a great track also. We'll talk about that later. Right now it's Richmond's time to shine, and I feel really good about this race tonight and the way this place is going to race."

TALK ABOUT THE FULL CONTACT RACING AT RIR "I watched the race in detail last night, and coming up off turn four if you get a good bite off turn four you can pass the guy down the straightaway. You can run side by side. When you get down into turn one it's like, 'man, I've got to hold on to this baby. I just can't fly in there.' It's kind of give and take. Then you get up off turn two and the racetrack falls out pretty quick on you. The racetrack gets flat and everybody gets loose and that thing happens again. The easy part of this racetrack is the entry into turn three. It's got banks and it carries you. You can pass up off turn two. You can pass up off turn four. You can drive in on their bumper going into turn three and work the top lane. There's a lot of things you can do. It's a full contact track, no doubt about that, as long as you don't have too much contact and knock them fenders in and lose that downforce. Then you have a problem."

ANY POSSIBILITY OF AFFLIATION WITH TOYOTA FOR PENSKE RACING SOUTH? "Nothing with Toyota at Penske Racing South. People would think that would be a natural because he's running Toyota in the IRL Series, and he's the largest Toyota dealer, but he's also one of the world's largest DaimlerChrysler dealers. We've got a great arrangement now with Dodge. We've got a contract with them and feel good about it. I welcome all the other car manufacturers in. I haven't personally talked with Toyota about my own Busch Grand National team at all. I haven't had any conversation. Although my eyes are wide open and I'm listening to what everybody's doing out there. I'm paying a lot of attention to it, but nothing's happened yet. I don't plan it at all. I don't see Toyota coming to Penske Racing South. I don't see that happening."

-dodge motorsports-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Rusty Wallace
Teams Team Penske