Denny Hamlin, No. 11 FedEx Ground Impala SS, met with members of the media and discussed the key to winning at this track, if he has tested the Impala SS in preparation for this race, the differences between Watkins Glen and Infineon, on...
Denny Hamlin, No. 11 FedEx Ground Impala SS, met with members of the media and discussed the key to winning at this track, if he has tested the Impala SS in preparation for this race, the differences between Watkins Glen and Infineon, on potentially having Kyle Busch as a teammate and how he would fit in in their organization, on the team's current race strategy, his thoughts on NASCAR's new generation race car, Robby Gordon and his reputation as a driver, on weather possibly affecting track time today, if this is a track where he can gain points, how they prepared for this race, on the characteristics of Michigan International Speedway and the competitiveness of racing there and on preparing for three consecutive night races.
Select quotes from driver interview:
WHAT'S THE KEY TO WINNING AT THIS TRACK? "I guess you can either be Tony Stewart or Jeff Gordon or one of those guys but I think everyone knows these road course races always seem to come out to fuel mileage races so we're kind of geared towards that this weekend in particular and see if we can't maybe steal a win here."
DID YOU DO ANY TESTING WITH THE IMPALA SS TO PREPARE FOR THIS WEEKEND? "The 20 team did quite a bit at Road Atlanta so we're kind of excited to have their package under our car and I think I've gotten a lot better as far as Cup racing is concerned on road courses. Been good at Busch Series but these Cup cars are a little different. The Car of Tomorrow I feel comfortable in obviously so I'm pretty excited. We had a good run at Sonoma."
ON POTENTIALLY HAVING KYLE BUSCH AS A TEAMMATE: "I think he would bring a lot to the team for sure. I think his talent level.he's definitely one of the four best talents, in my opinion, in the garage. The other one being Tony so if I got two of the best four in the garage I'm pretty excited about having them as teammates. I think it's going to push me to be better and overall in the future I think he's fast and I think he's going to make us have to step up our game to keep up with him."
HOW DO YOU THINK KYLE WOULD MESH WITH YOU AND TONY STEWART? "I know with me very well. We have probably our best relationship of any other driver off the race track. There was a point in this season where me and him would talk about our cars more than me and Tony would and we're teammates so I think if we ever became teammates in the future I think the relationship would be really good between me and Kyle."
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