Hamilton Uses Talladega to get ready for Daytona Dodge Dealers 250 Is Talladega Testing Worth It? "We've tested a ton in Talladega this winter to get ready for the Daytona night race. I've been there with other Dodge teams and rented the track...
Hamilton Uses Talladega to get ready for Daytona Dodge Dealers 250
Is Talladega Testing Worth It? "We've tested a ton in Talladega this winter to get ready for the Daytona night race. I've been there with other Dodge teams and rented the track by myself. All in all I'd say the testing pays off because we've found some things we feel are going to help us win the race. I don't think this truck is the best qualifier out there, but it will flat out run when I get with other trucks in the race. It will go in whatever groove I put it in and keep digging. Daytona is such a prestigious race, one that everyone wants to win. There is a lot of luck that goes into it and a lot of being at the right place at the right time."
Danny Rollins on Testing in Talladega: "I'd say majority of the things we've learned in Talladega we can use throughout the year. It helps with your entire aerodynamics package. Anything you find aero wise that is a plus or minus in Talladega will definitely carry over to the Daytona race, but you can use that data the rest of the year too. You can try low drag things, high drag things, downforce or whatever it might be and you can use that in Texas, Atlanta, Charlotte or any of your high speed tracks where aerodynamics make a big impact."
Night Racing Great For Fans: Hamilton said, "I think it is a great move. It will bring a bigger draw to our race and help us have something different from what the other two series will have there. It's great to kick off the season every year in Daytona. It's hard for people to get off work and come see us race on a Friday afternoon, now they will have that chance to come after work and see big action under the lights. It makes a lot of sense."
From Pit Box To Over the Wall: "In the beginning it was hard for me to be a crew chief and a tire changer, but now it's just natural," Rollins said. "Whenever I got done with a pit stop, it was hard for me to roll up my hose, climb back on the box and get situated again, but now it's just something that happens. I don't let it bother me and I don't think it interferes with anything. Maybe when I first started doing it I struggled, but now it's just like tying your shoe. You just do it. I think even if Bobby asked that I just Crew Chief, I would still want to go over the wall. I wouldn't want him to hire someone to take my place."
The truck Bobby is racing is called Freak. Bobby tested it in Daytona and had the second-fastest speed of the session with a speed of 180.774 mph barely missing Carl Edward's speed of 181.218 mph.
Hamilton will be appearing on Wednesday, Feb 11th at the Daytona USA Fan Forum from 3-3:30 pm. He will also be appearing on Thursday, Feb 12th at Dodge City from 12-12:30 pm before the NNCS Gatorade 125 mile qualifying races.
Trusting Hamilton: Rollins said, "Bobby's experience level in a truck or car gives me a lot of trust in what he says. If he says that he needs a certain change made to the truck, I don't even second-guess that. I don't try to figure out if he's right or wrong, I just assume that he is right. He's felt a lot of things in a race car, so I don't doubt his judgment."
Pit Stop Practice with Danny Rollins: "We've been really focused on our pit stops for this season. Our rear tire changer had knee surgery in the off-season, but he will be back for Daytona. I'm not worried about him catching back up because he is so fast. In our first practice session, we did a stop in 13.50 seconds. Since then we have improved to 13.20 seconds. I'm proud of the guys for really putting forth a lot of effort. I think our pit crew is going to be jam up this year."