Thursday, July 22, 2010
BRICKYARD 400 Notes & Quotes: Indianapolis Motor Speedway
EARNHARDT JR. CREW CHIEF LANCE McGREW ON RUNNING LAST YEAR'S SETUP AT INDIANAPOLIS: "I think you always look at your past setups. There are some places we go where you will carbon copy it. But you continue to evolve. I think some of the stuff we ran at Indy last year, we now have better stuff. Sometimes we will try our old packages and then may migrate more toward what we've been racing lately. I think that Indy race was a good one for us. We had a car capable of finishing in the top five but didn't end up with the finish. This season we've managed to run up front and stay up front when we've had cars capable of doing so and doing it pretty consistently."
EARNHARDT JR.INDIANAPOLIS CHASSIS SELECTION: Crew chief Lance McGrew and the No. 88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-612. This is a new chassis that has not been raced or tested.
MARTIN ON HIS EUROPEAN VACATION DURING THE SPRINT CUP OFF WEEKEND: "I had a great time over there with (son) Matt and (wife) Arlene. The most amazing thing to me was the architecture and history of the area. There are buildings over there still standing from the 13th century. That is incredible. The human race is so incredibly smart. I'm not sure anything we're building today will still be around in 700 or 800 years. The biggest highlight of the trip was our visit to Stonehenge. It's incredible to look at something and know that it has been standing there for 4,000 years. The entire trip was awesome and something I'll never forget."
MARTIN'S INDY CHASSIS CHOICE: Gustafson has chosen Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-550 for Sunday's race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This is the same chassis that Martin drove to a second-place finish in last year's Brickyard 400.
BIFFLE CREW CHIEF GREG ERWIN ON CHASSIS SELECTION AND RACING AT INDY: "We have a brand new car for the race this weekend in Indy. Qualifying will be important because passing is difficult and there are generally very few cautions. Goodyear gave us a great tire last year so I don’t foresee any problems there. Fuel mileage can come into play so we have to be smart about pit strategy. Indy is a great opportunity for us to turn things around and gain back the ground we’ve lost the last couple of weeks to be in a better position heading into the Chase."
JOHNSON INDY CHASSIS SELECTION: Johnson will be piloting chassis No. 558 in Sunday's event. Johnson last drove that car to a fifth-place finish at Pocono Raceway in June. Backup chassis No. 553 was driven to Victory Lane by Johnson at Auto Club Speedway in February.
JEFF GORDON ON WHERE HIS FOUR BRICKYARD 400 WINS RANK ON A PERSONAL LEVEL: "They're huge for me. I wasn't born there, but went to high school there, growing up there. Not just that, but being born in California, racing was everything to me. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indy 500, guys like Rick Mears and A.J. Foyt, Johnny Rutherford, Al Unser, all those guys were heroes of mine that I aspired to be."
"Living in Indiana, racing around Indiana, Indianapolis Raceway Park, the fairgrounds, Bloomington, all over the place, it was every short track open wheel Sprint Cup driver's dream to race at Indianapolis one day. To be able to do that in the very first ever stock car race there, NASCAR race in '94, win it, then go on to win it three more times is something that I probably put up as the highest accomplishments of my career."
"But just looking at the incidents, looked to me like Brad got into him a little bit getting into one, but was just racing hard for the position, for the win. Then what Carl did I felt like was definitely out of line. I felt like it was over and above what needed to be done. Again, you don't know what kind of bad blood there is between the two. Whether or not NASCAR gets involved in it, I think two, three, four, five years ago, I would have thought absolutely they would have done something, maybe taken the win away or docked points or a fine or something like that. Today, it's letting the guys race. That means that I'm sure you'll want to watch the future Nationwide races and those guys battling one another, and in the Cup Series as well. You just know there's going to be more to come."
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