Ron Fellows, No. 96 DLP HDTV Impala SS, met with members of the media and discussed the difference between the Impala SS and the Monte Carlo SS, how the new car may help, single-car teams, plans for the rest of the season, and celebrating a...
Ron Fellows, No. 96 DLP HDTV Impala SS, met with members of the media and discussed the difference between the Impala SS and the Monte Carlo SS, how the new car may help, single-car teams, plans for the rest of the season, and celebrating a victory with the late Dale Earnhardt.
Select quotes from driver interview:
ON THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE OLD RACE CAR AND NEW ONE: "I always felt that the longer wheelbase vehicles in the Craftsman Truck Series was more valuable experience for a Cup car. The biggest difference with the new car is it just rolls around more and feels heavier. It's just not quite as nimble and a little more difficult to drive. But it's the same for everybody and it's just a matter of figuring out how to get control of the balance of the car and then communicate to the guys what you need the car to do for you and go from there. They're not short on power, I can tell you that."
ON THE REMAINDER OF THE RACE SEASON: "We've still got some sports car races. We go to Mosport in two weeks for an American Le Mans Series race. That's my home track other than this place. Going to race the Corvette and also a Cadillac in SPEED GT. So we're staying plenty busy and we've got Petit Le Mans in October. That's a bit event for us with the Corvette. We're chasing a manufacturer title with Cadillac in SPEED GT. That's my part-time role there too."
ON CELEBRATING WITH DALE EARNHARDT: "That was Daytona in 2001 in Victory Lane when we won overall with the Corvette at the Rolex 24. It was very cool. Jackie Stewart was the grand marshal; he's a hero of mine too. He presented us with the Rolex watches and then (Dale) Senior came into that victory circle there and I don't think he was any less happy than I was. It was very cool. It was a very cool moment and I have a picture of it. It gives me goosebumps just thinking about it. It was awesome."
-credit: gm racing