Dodge teams Daytona new car test 2010-05-18

BRAD KESELOWSKI (No. 12 Ruby Tuesday Dodge Charger) YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE NATIONWIDE SERIES TEST SO FAR TODAY? "It's pretty basic testing here at Daytona. The cars seem to drive OK. The true test is when we get them in a pack. That's what we get...

BRAD KESELOWSKI (No. 12 Ruby Tuesday Dodge Charger)

YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE NATIONWIDE SERIES TEST SO FAR TODAY? "It's pretty basic testing here at Daytona. The cars seem to drive OK. The true test is when we get them in a pack. That's what we get when we race and that's what the fans expect when we race and love to see. Early indications say that we'll be fine by that. We're lacking some speed compared to some of our competitors. We're going to work on that. All and all, (it's) about what you'd expect."

DO YOU THINK THAT THE NEW NATIONWIDE CAR WILL HELP DRIVERS THAT COME UP THROUGH THE NNS ADAPT TO THE CUP CARS? "Certainly, from getting in the car and the pedals and the wheel base and those basic things, yes, it will help out for that scenario. It's hard to tell. The speed difference will be the biggest gap between the two series. I can't speak for every car out there, but my car today was running somewhere around 179 mph a nd the Cup cars run quite a bit faster than that. There's obviously a speed difference. That last little bit of speed makes a huge difference on the race track. There still will be differences for sure. I'm sure there will be some more similarities than what we had with the other car ."

CAN YOU COMMENT ON HOW COOL THE NEW DODGE CHALLENGER NNS CAR LOOKS? "I may be a little bit biased, but I think the Dodge is the best looking car. I might have just a little bias (smiles). I've gotten an appreciation from that standpoint that it looks more like the street car; I think the fans do too. There's a coolness factor to that and I think that's important for not only the Nationwide Series, but for the sport that we have that coolness factor. One of the expressions that I've used over the last few years is that when you sit the two cars beside each other, the Nationwide car is the one that you want to see. The Nationwide c ar is the one that I want to show off to my friends. This car continues this trend and that's something to be proud of for this series."

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE LAST RACE ON THE CURRENT SURFACE AT DAYTONA IN JULY? "Yeah, it's going to be different running the last race. To be quite honest, I'm glad that it's the last race on that pavement. It was more than ready (to be repaved). It should have been repaved after the February race. I'm a big supporter of that. I can't wait to get on the new track. The racing will be even better than it's ever been."

-source: dodge motorsports

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