Hamilton hopes to blend into Victory Lane SONOMA, Ca. (June 22, 1998) Bobby Hamilton knows he can do well on road courses. And he knows he is with a team that can, too. Hamilton had the car to beat at Suzuka, Japan, back in ...
Hamilton hopes to blend into Victory Lane
SONOMA, Ca. (June 22, 1998)
Bobby Hamilton knows he can do well on road courses. And he knows he is with a team that can, too. Hamilton had the car to beat at Suzuka, Japan, back in December. The road course race there was an exhibition, but it was Hamilton's first event with Morgan-McClure Motorsports and the Kodak MAX Film Chevrolet team.
Hamilton led a good portion of that race before being turned around by another car. That race still left the team with high hopes for the season, especially for the road course events.
"I guess you'd look at my background, coming off the short tracks and stuff like that, and figure, 'Well, he's probably not much of a road racer,'" Hamilton said. "This team has always run pretty well on the road courses, and after the way we ran at Japan in November, I feel like we'll be pretty good at Sears Point and at Watkins Glen."
Hamilton said it helps to have a little 'lizard' in you to do well on the road courses.
"You have to be a chameleon," he said. "You have one eye on the course, one eye on the guy in front of you and one guy on the guy behind you. OK, you have to be a three-eyed chameleon to drive a road course well but apparently those things exist because there are guys who run pretty good on them."
According to Hamilton, success at Sonoma depends not only on that third eye, but on three other factors as well.
"A good car, a good job by the driver and a good job in the pits are what it's going to take to win at Sears Point," he said. "We think this Kodak MAX Film Chevrolet team can give them all three."
Source: NASCAR Online