Bobby Hamilton Jr., driver of the No. 25 Ford Fusion, has eight previous starts in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Texas Motor Speedway. This weekend, Hamilton Jr. serves double-duty as driver and sponsor of his Ford Fusion. He talks about...
Bobby Hamilton Jr., driver of the No. 25 Ford Fusion, has eight previous starts in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Texas Motor Speedway. This weekend, Hamilton Jr. serves double-duty as driver and sponsor of his Ford Fusion. He talks about racing an unsponsored car at the mile-and-a-half track. Team Rensi Motorsports and Bobby Hamilton Jr. will participate in the final three races of the 2008 season.
CAN YOU TALK ABOUT YOUR RACE FUSION THIS WEEKEND? THERE WERE REPORTS STATING THAT YOU WOULD NOT RUN AN UNSPONSORED CAR. "Yeah, because I didn't think it would be right for me to put a picture of me on the hood because I am the sponsor. It was would be cheaper for me to sit at home and wait for a call and hope everything worked out. But what was most important and what we talked about was that we've got a good group here and it was more important to make sure these guys have paychecks and finish the year out. They are working feverishly on odds and ends. And we still needed help because I'm funding this out of my pocket. So, if somebody wants to jump on here, we're still looking for additional sponsors. But at the same time, the reason it's black is because we don't have sponsorship for it. If we weren't lucky enough to be in financial shape to be able to do it. That's the reason it's black."
ARE YOU SPONSORING THE NO. 35 FORD FUSION AS WELL? "Yeah, I paid to get it here and we're doing the start and park stuff to help offset some of the money. We're doing what we need to do. There are some sponsors that we're talking to and at the same time, there's a lot of interest in what we've got going on, so there is a gleam of light at the end of the tunnel, but we've got to get to the end of the tunnel to see it. And if we ended it at Memphis, that would have hurt a lot of our chances on a lot of stuff. We're doing what we need to do, so we're here."
ON RACING AT TEXAS. "Texas is all about turns one and two. If you can get through one and two fast, you're going to have a great day. If you're tight in one and two, you're just going to have an average day. All we've been working on today during the practices was getting through one and two. Turns three and four are all the same. In one and two, it's the corner. Texas is typical, you put stickers [tires] on, they'll blister fast and within 10 laps, the car is sliding everywhere and has no grip. It's kind of like Atlanta. That's just part of Texas and everybody knows it. We ran a lot of laps today on older tires just to get a feel of how the race car will work after 10 laps."
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