STEVE PARK, NO. 1 PENNZOIL CHEVY MONTE CARLO: ON HITTING THE GUARDRAIL EARLY IN HAPPY HOUR PRACTICE (40th): "It just got a little loose out in turn 10. Driver error. We put new tires on it and came out. The car was the really the best it's...
STEVE PARK, NO. 1 PENNZOIL CHEVY MONTE CARLO:
ON HITTING THE GUARDRAIL EARLY IN HAPPY HOUR PRACTICE (40th): "It just got a little loose out in turn 10. Driver error. We put new tires on it and came out. The car was the really the best it's been all day long. Coming off of turn 7 I got a little sideways; I should've just checked up. I ended up spinning the car out and making a lot of work for the Pennzoil guys. This is typical at Sonoma for us. For some reason we don't have any luck out here. Hopefully, this will change our luck around, get it out of our system and have a good run on Sunday." Note: The car was repaired and Park returned to the track for 12 more laps.
MIKE SKINNER,, NO. 4 KODAK CHEVY MONTE CARLO:
ON STANDING DRESSED IN HIS STREET CLOTHES WHILE HAPPY HOUR WAS STILL ON (17th, ran only six laps):
"I think we got a pretty good race car. Our Kodak car seems to be pretty balanced, pretty good. I'd like to see it a little bit faster. It's driving good. We tried a couple of things; made it worse. We put it back like it was, it came back. We just decided to keep laps off the engine, the brakes and everything and save it for tomorrow."
DO YOU LIKE ROAD RACING? "I love road racing. I'd just love to see us get our Kodak Monte Carlo a little closer to the front than we've been lately. I think (it works for us) keeping laps off of it, saving it. The car's driving really, really good. I'd like to see it be a good day for us."
ON THIS NEW RACE TRACK: "I like it. It's a little tighter in the first left-hander. It's the same for everybody. I think it's going to get a little bit bunched up here. I haven't seen a whole lot of problems so far, so I think it's going to be good."
ROBBY GORDON, NO. 31 CINGULAR WIRELESS CHEVY MONTE CARLO (quickest in Happy Hour, 76.110/94.127):
"It's too bad we didn't do that time yesterday in qualifying. We know where we messed up yesterday in qualifying and we're just trying not to let that happen again. It was a setup issue and we'll be able to be better. We did that time with open tape; we should have been better than that in qualifying . The guys are doing good, we ran a lot of laps, we found out how our car is going to be on the long runs and it doesn't seem like I'm burning off the tires too bad, so I think we'll be in pretty good shape."
HOW DO YOU LIKE THIS "NEW" TRACK? "I liked it before, I like it now. Actually I liked it how it used to, used to be, when we used to have the carousel. For the way it is now, it's OK. It probably made for a better race for the fans where they can see more, but it made it a little more difficult to drive because you don't really have peripheral barriers to look for apexes and stuff."
ON THIS CAR: "It's not far off too much from what we had last year (in the No. 7 car). We keep working on it. Obviously, this is a Chevrolet; we have been able to tune it a little better. Richard Childress Racing makes really good engines, and that's probably where they found a little more speed."
RON FELLOWS, NO. 87 CELLULAR ONE CHEVY MONTE CARLO (fifth):
YOU FOUND SOMETHING TODAY? "What we found was a little bit of grip. (We made) A couple of shock changes, spring and swaybar for balance. We got a little more grip so we're going a little bit better. I'm still a little concerned where the chassis is going to go as we go through a long tank of fuel. I'm afraid of initially getting too much understeer then getting too loose after that, which is pretty common when the fuel load drops off. We'll throw a couple of darts at it and be ready to race."
ON RACING WITH OLD ROAD-RACING BUDDY BORIS SAID: "He's got a little easier job to get close to the front. I'm sure he'll be just fine. We've got a little more work to do. Based on what we learned last year, being around there for the whole race, we've got to predict better the balance of the car on that last tank of fuel where it tends to get slick. The track will build grip and then it falls off toward the end of the race. You get rubber down, and then the sun gets on it and it starts to get slippery. We will make one or two more changes and hopefully we'll be decent at the end."