"We've all worked real hard at getting the CAT team's road course program better in the past few years. It used to be that I dreaded going to those race tracks and then I had some coaching help that taught me some braking techniques and driving...
"We've all worked real hard at getting the CAT team's road course program
better in the past few years. It used to be that I dreaded going to those
race tracks and then I had some coaching help that taught me some braking
techniques and driving techniques and that immediately helped. I hope we
can go out there and start up front and stay up front."
Ward Burton, driver of Caterpillar No. 22
BURTON ON INFINEON RACEWAY:
"Road courses are certainly not one of my favorite races, but since they aren't going away any time soon we've been working on that part of our program. We went to Virginia International Raceway outside of Danville, VA and tested a couple weeks ago. We worked on shaking the car down, getting the breaks wore in and just making sure we had a good setup to get us started. Overall, we were pleased with the way the car was handling and the equipment we had on the car. We got the breaks working good and made some mocked up runs. It was a good test and we had good cars to gauge ourselves. Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon were both there and we all know they are two great road course racers. Compared to them, I felt like we were competitive enough to have a car good enough to compete. Even though the test session was cut short by rain, we got a lot done on a few hours."
STODDARD ON THE TEAMS CHANCES AT INFINEON RACEWAY:
"We had a really good test at VIR (Virginia International Raceway) a couple weeks ago and learned some things about Ward's driving style on road courses. It was a good chance to get the team familiar with the things that Ward likes in the car under braking and turning. Road courses have always been a lot of fun for the driver, but not so much for the crews. Strategy plays a real important part of the road courses because track position is paramount in all the race tracks we run."
The Caterpillar team goes to Infineon Raceway with car 46, the same car they ran at Infineon Raceway and Watkins Glen International Speedway last year. The #22 was running in the top 10 when the team broke a gear in the transmission.
Bill and Gail Davis will make their annual ride across America on the Kyle Petty Charity Ride. It will depart from Palm Desert, Calif., on Sunday June 22 and complete its trek in Daytona Beach, Fla., on Saturday, June 28. The Kyle Petty Charity Ride makes their way across the country in an effort to raise money for the Victory Junction Gang Camp, founded in 2000 in memory of their son Adam. Please follow Bill and Gail Davis on their ride across America by logging onto www.kylepettycharityride.com.