NO. 35 POWERTEL / MITSUBISHI WIRELESS CHEVY MONTE CARLO DRIVER-LYNDON AMICK Team Amick brings a brand new 2000 Monte Carlo to the Atlanta Motor Speedway for this year's Aaron's 312. The car the team brought to the track last year was...
NO. 35 POWERTEL / MITSUBISHI WIRELESS CHEVY MONTE CARLO DRIVER-LYNDON AMICK
Team Amick brings a brand new 2000 Monte Carlo to the Atlanta Motor Speedway for this year's Aaron's 312. The car the team brought to the track last year was destroyed beyond repair in a multi-car melee on lap 76 of last year's event. Amick and the team hated to lose the machine, as he had used it to qualify ninth, and was running in the top-five at the time of the crash.
Lyndon went for a wild ride during qualifying last week at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. When the driver of the No. 35 tried to let off the throttle going into the first turn of his qualifying lap, the throttle only released by about 25 percent. That meant that Amick had to slam on the brakes a lot harder than normal to even maintain control of his vehicle and keep it out of the wall. In spite of his problems, Lyndon qualified 34th in the field, and held on to that spot through second round qualifying.
Lyndon and the Team Amick crew could never get their car handling properly during the Las Vegas Sam's Town 300 last weekend. In spite of the major adjustments made to the No. 35 during the event, Amick found himself sliding up the track whenever he went to turn into the corners. Lyndon managed to hold on to the ill-handling beast, bringing the car home in one piece and finishing 37th on the day.
Lyndon Amick: On racing at Atlanta- "I like Atlanta, a lot more than some other guys do. It's a hard track, that's for sure, and you have to run wide open during qualifying, which can be a little hairy. It's an especially hard track to deal with if your car ever gets tight. We're running a standard snout car here, as opposed to the drop snout we ran last week at Vegas, because Vegas is a lot flatter and a little slower than Atlanta."
On deciding how to set up the car at Atlanta- "I'm going to let (crew chief) Ricky Pearson make that call. Even though we kept notes from what we did here last year when we qualified ninth, Ricky has had a lot of success here with Roy (driver Roy "Buckshot" Jones) in both the Winston Cup and Busch cars. We'll do whatever Ricky wants to do. I have complete faith in his decisions."
On bringing a brand-new car out for the Atlanta race- "I'm never apprehensive about driving a new car. Ricky put this one together after he joined the team last November, so I feel good about it. There's just something that I like better about the newer machines. The metal's fresh, it's just been bent, and I just think that a lot of times, they seem to handle better when they're new."
On the lessons learned from last week's race at Las Vegas- "It was just a bad day at the office, that's all. What you learn is what not to do the next time you go to that track. The car was good for about ten laps, then the handling just went away. I told my spotter (Tony Barclay) that I got tired of hearing him say, 'coming on the inside.' He said, 'If you were tired of hearing it, think how tired I was of saying it.' I was really proud of my friend Hank Parker, Jr., though. It was exciting to see him get his first pole. I hope I can join that club with him sometime this season. I think it's possible, we just have to keep digging."