Everyone on the team is very, very motivated.
We are set for a repeat performance, ... For this race we are flying the Stockton Dodge colors on our 08 Dodge and we want to put their banner right in Victory Lane.
[With both qualifying and racing taking place on Saturday, racers will have an open practice on Friday.] Being able to run on Friday really helps, ... It gives us time to make sure everything is in perfect running order and assures that when the Green Flag flies, we will be ready to go.
he explains. There was a lot of rubber on the track from the IRL practice and it began to sprinkle just as I went out. However, I knew we had a great Dodge and figured if we could qualify in the top 10, we would be good to go.
I can't quite remember a race like this, ... It all started out fine. Our Mr. Gas Dodge was strong and we were making headway, in fact, by Lap 69 we were in the lead. We dropped back to second and then just before the halfway point our troubles began. All of a sudden, we got tagged which resulted in a spin out and, if that wasn't enough, for some strange reason, it broke the transmission.
[Pulling into the pits the crew began working feverishly to install a new transmission.] We only had a 33 point lead coming into this round, ... so we knew we had to get back in the race and score as many points as possible.
Compared to what she was running, these things are pig heavy and have no power. If I had to jump into an Indy Car, I'd be as lost as she was. Now that she's getting accustomed to the cars, we are beginning to see her potential.