Slim Shady Running Again at California with Hamilton New Lights: "I paid a lot of attention to the lighting around the track in California when the Nextel Cup guys raced there. I think it will be better for me and all the other competitors,...
Slim Shady Running Again at California with Hamilton
New Lights: "I paid a lot of attention to the lighting around the track in California when the Nextel Cup guys raced there. I think it will be better for me and all the other competitors, and even the fans. You just sort of take it in stride when tracks add lights because it is what it is, there is no changing it now. The part about California that stands out is that it is a slick race track when it gets hot. It changes a lot, kind of goes in and goes out. The race track is very consistent; you don't have to make a lot of changes. On the other hand, the fans are having a great time because it is a good cool night instead of a hot day."
Different Theories: "We have a different theory than other teams. We figure if you build the most downforce you can build, and you have a great engine program, then that is all you need. Other teams need to build trucks with other characteristics like low drag. But with the engine program I have from Dodge, I just build trucks with the most downforce. We were just laughing the other day about a test we have set up after Martinsville. If we take Slim Shady (the truck's name) to Martinsville and don't tear it up too bad, we're taking it to Talladega to test it right after that."
Simple: "I like things very simple, very low profile. That is the way my business is. I don't even have a sign on my building. It's not to hide our bad stuff; we have very nice things. We've got a showplace for a shop, but it is not there to just say we have that. It's a workplace. We do what it takes to make it functional and what the sponsors want, beyond that we just want to be in the racing business."
Slim Shady: "Two things happen with this truck. The truck obviously wins races and set its own standard for its own performance. And the driver has a lot of confidence in it. My Crew Chief has 100% confidence in Slim; that is all he wants to run. When your people have confidence in your equipment, you are better that way."
* The truck Hamilton is racing in California is Slim Shady. It is the same truck he finished in the top five with last weekend in Vegas.
People in Places: "I learned how to pick people. I'm running the same equipment as last year. We have the common template rule this year and that puts everyone at a disadvantage right there, so we're not making any ground by our trucks being better than others. It took me a year as an owner to move some people around. I had plenty of people, but I just needed to put the proper personalities in the proper place. We have the right flavor now. Our business is very people oriented in every aspect of racing. If you have the best equipment out there and don't have the proper people in place, you generally don't run well."