Ron Fellows, no. 1 Pennzoil Chevrolet Monte Carlo: YOU TESTED HERE IN APRIL AND WERE FASTEST IN THAT TEST. THE WEATHER IS A LITTLE WARMER NOW. "We got caught out by the weather a little bit. The track temperature is about 50 degrees warmer...
Ron Fellows, no. 1 Pennzoil Chevrolet Monte Carlo:
YOU TESTED HERE IN APRIL AND WERE FASTEST IN THAT TEST. THE WEATHER IS A LITTLE WARMER NOW.
"We got caught out by the weather a little bit. The track temperature is about 50 degrees warmer than when we were here in April. During practice, we kind of misread the car a little bit and got behind. We basically went back to what we had in April and it helped us in qualifying."
DID THE FACT THAT YOU RACED LAST WEEK IN LE MANS HURT YOU AT ALL?
"No. It's only a nine-hour time change. The trouble you have coming from Le Mans is you've got the time change, coming out west and whatnot., but you're also coming off having been in a serious number of sprint races over the course of a 24-hour race. You're up for a little over 40 hours by the time you get to sleep. It takes a few days to recover from that. But you get in the car and your adrenaline starts to flow and you're set."
WHAT WORKED IN THE CAR TODAY AND WHAT DIDN'T?
"I made a mistake in Turn 10 and that cost us a little bit. I got in there a little too hot. We're going continue to work on getting more traction. I've got tremendous power, and we've got to work at getting it on the ground a little better. That's going to be key on Sunday."
YOU'RE A ROAD-RACING SPECIALIST WHO HAS NEVER WON A WINSTON CUP RACE. CAN YOU CHANGE THAT THIS WEEKEND?
"I think it's possible with the type of team we have. I'm going to be completely reliant on them in terms of strategy. We'll try and get the best race car we can, and rely on them for track position. Hopefully, we can get the car good through a tank of fuel."
HAVE YOU THOUGHT OF DOING WINSTON CUP FULL-TIME?
"As great as Winston Cup racing is, I'd be lying if I told you I hadn't thought about it. I had a choice a few years ago to stick with GM in their road racing program. I was really excited about the opportunity to do a factory Corvette deal to try to win the class in the biggest road racing events in the world, which we've accomplished. I love road racing. Obviously, an opportunity with as good a team as DEI is, that'd be awesome. Is it realistic? Who knows?"