TODD BODINE DID JIMMY'S TEST HELPYOU? "Absolutely not, not really. It seems like everytime we got to a race track, we have totally different setups. We were in the front row together at Chicago and had totally different setups and it's the same...
DID JIMMY'S TEST HELPYOU? "Absolutely not, not really. It seems like everytime we got to a race track, we have totally different setups. We were in the front row together at Chicago and had totally different setups and it's the same scenario tonight. What Jimmy likes in the race car and what he does, doesn't ever fit what we need to do so we get to the same point by doing different things. It's pretty neat that you can get to the front row and both have different setups like that."
WHAT ABOUT JIMMY LEAVING? "I know it was a hard decision for him first of all. He's got a lot of respect for Travis. They've had a long relationship together. They've had some success and they've had some failures, but they've been through it all together. I know it was a hard decision for him and Pat to make. I believe it came down to the last thing and he'll be up in a little bit and you can ask him, but the only thing Travis had to offer was one more year. I think the deals he's looked at and the one he's gonna take is a three-year deal. When everything shakes down in the end you have to take care of your family and for three years he's gonna be able to do that without worrying about it. So, I think that's what it boils down to."
WHAT ABOUT THE CHEMISTRY BETWEEN YOUR TEAMS? YOU SAID YOUR SETUPS ARE QUITE DIFFERENT? "Yeah, I mean that's part of having chemistry. Every driver is different and every one has a different liking. They like different shocks, they like a different spring combination and it's really a shame he has decided to leave because as everyone's seen this year, if it wasn't for some bad luck, they would probably be in the top five in points right now. They've got good chemistry. They've really got their act together this year and it's showing up on the race track. Unfortunately, he's decided to do something different and everybody will go their separate ways, but it is a case of chemistry. Any race team is that way. If you look at all the successful teams, there's reason for it and you look down from the driver to the crew chief, to the car chief, to the guy that sweeps the floor, they've got something going on that's special and that's what makes a good race team."
WILL THIS CHANGE HELP YOU THOUGH FROM A SETUP STANDPOINT? "Definitely. It probably is. I think when I spoke to Travis a little bit, I think it's a good opportunity for us to take the team in a little different direction and make some changes within the organization that we feel we need to make and, hopefully, make a positive into a negative." YOU GUYS HAVE BEEN UP AND DOWN. "I will say that I don't think we've had any provisionals. We've been bad, but not quite that bad."
"Just the fact that we can qualify up front and we can race up front shows that we have the ability and we have the right people, we just need to do it on a more consistent basis. That's when you become a better team, when you fine-tune it and you get everybody in place and you're doing all the right things every week and you can run consistently in the front. Both teams are close to doing that."