Day 1 -- Session 1 AJ ALLMENDINGER, No. 84 Red Bull Camry, Team Red Bull What are your initial impressions of the 'Car of Tomorrow' at Atlanta Motor Speedway? "I actually didn't mind it too bad. It's fun to drive. I'm more comfortable in ...
Day 1 -- Session 1
AJ ALLMENDINGER, No. 84 Red Bull Camry, Team Red Bull
What are your initial impressions of the 'Car of Tomorrow' at Atlanta Motor Speedway? "I actually didn't mind it too bad. It's fun to drive. I'm more comfortable in the 'COT' cars and I don't know why. It has a higher center of gravity and dances around a bit more, but I can control that. With the current car, I'm not really sure. Especially at a track like this, with how bumpy it is, I'm never sure if the car is under me or not. I feel like I have more control with the 'COT.' Are the tires an issue so far today? "The tires that we have aren't very good. They go away after 10 laps, and you're just slipping and sliding. This is the same compound that the Truck Series used Saturday, and those guys were complaining about them the whole time. The tires in yesterday's Cup race weren't that big of an issue to me. The track was slippery and we missed the setup. The tires are for Goodyear to worry about." What race car do you enjoy the most here at Atlanta -- the truck, the current car or the 'Car of Tomorrow'? "Even with just one session, I would have to say the 'COT.' I'm most comfortable in that. Last year, I was spoiled in the truck here. They brought an awesome truck. I got out of it and said, 'What's the problem? This is easy.' Even with the truck last year and the first time here with the tire we had, you had to be flat out. If you checked up at all, you were done. I like a track where I can slide around a little bit. If we had a better setup yesterday, we would've had a lot of fun. We were just too loose."
DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 00 Burger King Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
How did your first session go in the 'Car of Tomorrow' at Atlanta? "It was okay. We're just trying to get it figured out. It's pretty stable and it drives pretty good. I didn't really know what to expect, but it drove good and it was pretty stable. We're still way early in this deal, but feel like it's pretty good so far." How different do you have to drive the COT here opposed to the current car? "It's the same old deal. This place is abrasive and wears out tires no matter what car you're in. It's more of the same. Right now we're just doing short runs. We'll make longer runs at some point and get an idea of what the car has to offer and what it's going to do. When you make short runs, it's really hard to tell anything." What will Goodyear have to do to bring a tire that works on this track? "I think the tire they're going to have will be okay. This place takes a lot of rubber off the tire and the tires give up grip and you slow down. You end up having to move around. That's typical Atlanta. I'm pretty encouraged it'll be okay. I don't think tires will be an issue. It'll be interesting to see what happens when we get a bunch of cars running together."
JASON BURDETT, Crew Chief, No. 44 UPS Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
What are your thoughts of the COT on this big speedway so far? "We're just trying everything right now. Speed is really not what we're here for. We're just trying to figure out what the car wants and what Dale (Jarrett) wants. It's just another car -- that's how you have to look at it. It's what we're racing, so we have to figure out what to do.
JASON BURDETT, cont'd How important is it to gather as much information on the car as you can for next year? I think this is just a tune-up test. We just want to gather ideas so we know what to work on this winter. When we go to the Las Vegas and California tests, we want to have a bunch of things to try. We will know where we struggled here and what we need to work on the most. There are a lot of things to figure out." How advantageous is it to have three cars to pull information from at the test? "This test in particular, we're all running something different. We're doing our own thing. Over the winter, we'll sit down and talk and see who came out of here feeling pretty good. We'll see if that's the package we'll work with. Then we can all go to the tests next year working with that in the same direction."
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