CASEY MEARS, NO. 25 NATIONAL GUARD/GMAC MONTE CARLO SS, 33RD IN POINTS, MET WITH MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA DURING THE WEEKLY TOP-10 BEHIND THE HAULER CHAT TO DISCUSS THE UPCOMING RACE AND THE SEASON SO FAR ANY ISSUES IN RUNNING THE NEW CHEVY R07 ...
CASEY MEARS, NO. 25 NATIONAL GUARD/GMAC MONTE CARLO SS, 33RD IN POINTS, MET WITH MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA DURING THE WEEKLY TOP-10 BEHIND THE HAULER CHAT TO DISCUSS THE UPCOMING RACE AND THE SEASON SO FAR
ANY ISSUES IN RUNNING THE NEW CHEVY R07 ENGINE? "We wouldn't put it in if that was the case. It's just an opportunity to run it, to put a lot of miles on it. It's done a lot of testing on the dyno and they've told me to just forget about it. We've done a lot of testing at Richmond and Kentucky and we don't have any issues. You've got to run it at some point and we're looking forward to seeing how it will run with Kyle (Busch) and I being the testers this weekend. It was an opportunity to run it and we took it. We had the cars that were capable of accepting it - the No. 24 and No. 48 car didn't have a chassis built yet to accept the new motor. From everything I've heard about it there has been all positive feedback. I'm really excited about it."
ON THE UNLEADED FUEL'S AFFECT ON THE ENGINES: "The first time I have thought about it was just now when you brought it up. I couldn't tell anything differently. The car goes when you put your foot on the gas."
ON DRIVING THE IMPALA SS VERSUS THE MONTE CARLO SS: "I think you will see a lot of what you saw at Bristol. (The Impala SS tends to be) very, very tight. It's all relative to the rest of the field, though it's not like anyone else has anything different. It's a little bit more difficult to get to turn. I think once we get in traffic there, it might be a little more difficult to turn. We noticed that in Richmond at the test. I think the higher the speed the more difficult they may be to get to turn.
"The setup's completely different (for the Impala SS versus the Monte Carlo SS) . the car's are completely different, nowhere even close to the same. A lot of the basic ideas come from the same areas but our setups are totally different. You have to run the cars way, way loose to try and compensate for the car not turning very well.
"I think the crews learned how to work on them over the first two races. They learned how to change springs and things like that. But as far as stuff that is going to help at a place like Richmond or Phoenix, those are going to be a whole new ball game."
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