Ford Racing Preseason Thunder Daytona International Speedway January 13, 2008 Wood Brothers Racing will definitely live up to that name this year in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series as owners Len and Eddie Wood put their sons, Keven and Jon, ...
Daytona International Speedway
January 13, 2008
Wood Brothers Racing will definitely live up to that name this year in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series as owners Len and Eddie Wood put their sons, Keven and Jon, respectively, behind the wheel of the No. 21 Ford F-150. Keven and Jon spoke about the opportunity before the final day of testing for next month's season-opener.
KEVEN WOOD -- No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford F-150
WHAT DOES THIS OPPORTUNITY MEAN TO YOU -- TO BE ABLE TO RACE UNDER THE FAMILY BANNER? "I'm looking forward to it and looking forward to working with Jon. He's got a lot of experience in this and I know I'm going to learn as much as I can. I'm not trying to focus too much on trying to carry on the family name. Right now I'm just trying to build my own name because if I try to fill those shoes right off the bat, there's no way. That's gonna take a lot of work because there are a lot of great drivers who have driven for this team. But working with Jon is bringing us closer together. I'm going with him to all the truck races and I'm trying to learn as much from him as I can. I'm watching how they work on the truck and trying to see what I can learn so when I get out there I'll know what questions to ask and the feedback they're looking for on the truck. I want to already have a heads-up on what to start paying attention to when I'm in the truck and my biggest goal is to learn as much about the aero as I can. I've never had any situations dealing with aero, so that's gonna be my hardest task and what I want to learn the most about."
SO WHAT IS YOUR ROLE HERE AT THIS TEST SESSION? "I haven't been out in the truck. I've been up on the spotter's stand just watching Jon and that's helping a lot. Even though I only get to see him when he drives past us, I've been able to listen to what he's saying about it and that has really helped. It all pays off."
WHAT ARE THE PLANS AS FAR AS YOU GETTING BEHIND THE WHEEL? "My first race is scheduled to be at Mansfield and I'm hoping to get in a total of eight races, hopefully ending up with the last one at Homestead. Then we'll just have to see where it goes from there."
JON WOOD -- No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford F-150
YOU'VE BEEN RACING UNDER THE FAMILY NAME. HAVE YOU GIVEN KEVEN ANY ADVICE? "One thing that I think gets overlooked is that race cars are race car no matter if you're driving them on half-mile race tracks or here at Daytona. Understandably, their different at bigger tracks and smaller tracks, but, for the most part, racing is racing. Short track racing is where everybody gets their start and that's where all the guys that I race with now have come from, including myself. Even the best of racers this day and time was, at one point in time, a short-track racer. I guess with all that being said, he's already got the experience needed to get going. Now it's just gonna be going to these places for the first time and adapting to the different surfaces and the different fast tracks."
YOU HAVE A BUSY SCHEDULE BETWEEN CUP AND TRUCKS THIS YEAR. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT IT? "It's gonna be a busy year. I think that racing trucks in conjunction with Cup cars this year is gonna be a bigger asset than in years past. Bringing in the COT car full-time, if you look at a COT car and compare it to anything, the closest resemblance it has is to a truck and they drive a lot alike, too. You're getting added experience in a truck for a COT Cup car and you don't even know it."
WHAT'S IT LIKE WORKING WITH YOUR COUSIN? "We've never had the opportunity to do what we're doing now. It's always been about our dads together and they kind of ran the show, so we've just kind of sat back and waited. Now we get the chance, so it's time to step up and do our part."
HOW HAS TESTING GONE SO FAR? "The test has gone very well. We've focused primarily on the 100 laps after qualifying. We're not really so concerned with where we qualify, that's not all that important. No truck that I've drafted with this weekend has seemed to be all that stable and driveable, so everybody is fighting the same thing. There's a lot of dancing around. I don't know if it's the surface being so rough and worn out or what, but, again, our focus has been on making it drive well."
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