Roush Fenway Racing drivers discuss the "Car of Tomorrow" testing session at Richmond International Raceway. DAVID RAGAN -- No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion "The AAA Ford Fusion has been bad at times, and others it's been good. At these tests you ...
Roush Fenway Racing drivers discuss the "Car of Tomorrow" testing session at Richmond International Raceway.
DAVID RAGAN -- No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion
"The AAA Ford Fusion has been bad at times, and others it's been good. At these tests you change everything that you can in the time slot that we have to run, but a big part of it is getting back and looking at the data that we get, so we go through a lot more changes than we would on a normal weekend. At times it's been pretty sporty and it's been real comfortable, but then we get off a little bit. I'd say towards the end of the day we'll look and see what was the best overall over the last two days and put that back on and maybe some new tires and make a 15 or 20-lap run to see where we are at. Throughout the course of a two-day test you go from one drastic change to another, so you get off your baseline at times. I think overall we are getting some good notes and the more laps that I run, the better off I am."
GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 Ameriquest Ford Fusion
"I'm pretty happy, really. I think the test is going fairly well, better than I expected -- a lot better."
YOU WERE FASTEST IN THE FIRST SESSION YESTERDAY. "Yeah, in morning practice the car was really fast right off the truck -- the thing drove perfect. That car has been pretty good the whole time we've been here. My other car, well actually, my other car is faster. I'm pretty happy overall."
ARE YOU GOING TO CONTINUE TO WORK ON THE SAME THINGS THIS AFTERNOON? "Yeah, I think we are going to do some longer runs this afternoon, just to see how the tires hold up, see how the brakes and everything run, see what we can run for tape, and all that jazz, but pretty much the same thing."
THE REST OF YOUR ROUSH FENWAY RACING TEAMMATES ARE COMPLAINING ABOUT THE HANDLING. ARE YOU EXPERENCING THE SAME THING OR IS YOUR HANDLING BETTER? "Yes, about the same, but that's what you fight here. And if you do get it to turn any better the center's too loose. So it's a balance you are always looking for. Our one car has better rear grip. Every time you go to the test, you always wish you could cut them in half, right in the middle. Because one always turns better than the other and one has more forward bite. It always works that way, but it's for a reason, that's why we come out here to test."
MATT KENSETH -- No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion
"It's been going really good, Robbie's been in a great mood, the whole team is in a great mood and everyone's been working hard. So it's been going good."
HOW HAS THE HANDLING OF THE CAR BEEN? "Well, you kind of have to get over the fact that they drive different from what we are used to, but we're working at it and trying to make it better."
JAMIE MCMURRAY -- No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion
"I'd say the test has gone pretty good over the last two days. We can't seem to get the car to turn in the corners, but we are working on finding something that helps to add some grip. These cars drive a lot differently than the cars that we are used to driving here at Richmond, so it makes it a different challenge. Larry (Carter) and the guys have been throwing a lot into the setup of this car, hoping to make it turn better in the center of the corner. We have the speed in our Ford Fusion, but just can't seem to find the right handling."
CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion
"My car feels pretty much the same as the regular car does here. We aren't quite as fast as we need to be, but just kind of methodically working our way through it."
HOW'S THE HANDLING BEEN OVER THE LAST TWO DAYS? "The car's been a little bit tight in the center of the corner, but that's common here, it's not like there's some major difference. They just drive a little bit differently. It's just harder for us to get them to turn in the center of the corner."