Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Denny Hamlin ready to roll in 2015
His confidence never will waver.
And Denny Hamlin and his team managed to maneuver through the minefield of the Chase for the Sprint Cup in 2014 to reach the last race of the season as one of the final four competing for the championship.
Based on all that, Hamlin’s optimism for 2015 should be as high as his No. 11 FedEx Toyota is fast.
Well, maybe that’s not the best analogy. Compared to how fast cars go on the highway, Hamlin was pretty fast last season.
Compared to how the rest of the cars on the Sprint Cup circuit moved last season, Hamlin, and his teammates at Joe Gibbs Racing, were straining to keep pace.
Hamlin, 34, is nothing if not honest. He’s first to say his car lacked speed in 2014. And as he has gotten older, he has tempered his optimism with realism.
“I’m as optimistic this time of the year as I have been any year,” Hamlin said during his interview session at the NASCAR Media Tour on Monday. “I’m no hungrier. I’m too competitive to be lackadaisical.
“We had a lackluster year (in 2014), but still made it as far as we did. I thought last year we ran as bad as we possibly could given the organization we’re with. We’ve got a lot of room for improvement, and I think that will change this year.”
Joe Gibbs Racing is one of the powers in NASCAR.
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