Friday, July 30, 2010

Chevy Pocono quotes

TEAM CHEVY FROM THE DRIVER’S SEAT:
 
KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 SHELL/PENNZOIL CHEVROLET – POINT LEADER: "Pocono has a lot of its own characteristics, to say the least.  It's a 2.5-mile triangle-shaped race track that has three pretty tricky turns.  Turn one is really bumpy, and the tunnel turn has a pretty big curb and it is pretty easy to make a mistake there.  Turn three is one of the flattest turns we deal with on the NASCAR circuit.  It definitely has its own unique challenges. For me, the trickiest part of Pocono is the tunnel turn.  You have to carry so much speed into that turn that there is not much room for error.  The tunnel turn is so much harder to get through now than it used to be.  A few years ago, there was a flat curb there and you could lean on it a little bit if you needed to.  Now, there is a big curb there and, if you hit it, you'll probably be forced up the race track, and the chances of hitting the wall are pretty high."
 
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT CHEVROLET – 2ND IN STANDINGS: “We started off June’s race at Pocono pretty good, but then we got real loose. Then we lost a ton of positions on a double-file restart when I lost some momentum. Everybody seemed to ‘freight train’ on by. And then we lost a car in a final-lap crash. Pocono is a challenging track because it has three unique corners. The tunnel turn (turn 2) is a short but really fast corner, and it’s a thrill to go through there when you hit it right. But when you mess up the corner, it really kills your momentum.”
 
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S CHEVROLET – 3RD IN STANDINGS: "Pocono - it's a triangle. It's bumpy and rough and different and awkward. Pocono is its own animal. I think we were a top two or three car at some points in the June Pocono race. We were at pace to be the fastest car on track. So I feel like we have learned a lot and have closed the gap to that 11 car (Denny Hamlin) at Pocono. I'm hopeful for another top two or three run. Of course I want to win, but those guys seem to have a little bit on everyone. I feel like we've closed the gap some. And hopefully we've learned a little more. Typically that's hard because the races are so close together it's hard to learn a lot in that period of time. But we hope to have closed up the gap more and can give those guys a run at Pocono."
 
JEFF BURTON, NO. 31 CATERPILLAR CHEVROLET – 7TH IN STANDINGS:  "Pocono is a challenging race track. The main struggle at Pocono is one of the three corners. A lot of teams will find two corners where they are good and then they'll have one corner where they are not so good. But, a perfect lap is being good in every corner and not sacrificing anything anywhere. Pocono is a very demanding race track physically and mentally. It's one of our toughest tests we have all year. We ran really well and were competitive at Pocono last month. We had a bit of luck on our side late in the race when we broke a suspension component and ran around the track with three shocks. It was a lucky break but it was another opportunity that slipped through our fingers. We made the decision on how to build the shock and it ended up not being the right decision, so that's where we have to separate luck from our doing. It's another example of how we were fast and something got away from us that we have control of. Those are the things we have equity in and have to take responsibility. But, I was really happy with how we ran up until that occurrence. We were just a touch off the (No.) 11 but we have something we can build on."
 
TONY STEWART, NO. 14 OFFICE DEPOT/OLD SPICE CHEVROLET - 9TH IN STANDINGS: "It used to be that if you ran good at Pocono then you had a good shot at running good at Indy. I don’t know if it has still correlated the last couple years with the new car.  The thing about Indy is it’s glass -- it’s got a couple little bumps here and there, but you go to Pocono and it’s rough and bumpy.  The setups are quite a bit different now. The thing is you can’t predict who is going to be good each week.  This sport is more competitive than it’s ever been as far as competition and organizations that are competitive.  It’s a cool time to be a driver in this series for sure.”
 
CLINT BOWYER, NO. 33 THE HARTFORD CHEVROLET - 12TH IN STANDINGS: "Pocono is a race track where I feel we can have a top-five run. The last time there, we led a lot of laps early and circumstances took us out of it at the end. At one point, we were 29th, but we were fortunate enough to get back up to where we needed to be. This is a race track where I think we can get a good run going and help keep us locked in the top 12."
 
MARK MARTIN, NO. 5 HENDRICKCARS.COM/GODADDY.COM CHEVROLET – 13TH IN STANDINGS: “We really struggled with the handling of our car all day (at Pocono in June). The car would be nearly perfect on fresh tires, but as those tires wore out, we lost all grip on the track and just couldn’t hold our speed. I think we would have had a decent 10th or 12th place finish there at the end, but, as everyone saw, the competition just got crazy on the green-white-checkered restart. When that many cars are on the lead lap and you’ve got two laps to duke it out, we’re all going to run over one another. That’s what happened. It ruined our race and really hurt us in points, but it happens. We just have to take what we learned from that race and apply it this weekend and hopefully gain some of those points back.”
 
DALE EARNHARDT JR., NO. 88 AMP ENERGY/NATIONAL GUARD CHEVROLET – 14TH IN STANDINGS: "I think the difference between a good finish and a bad finish at Pocono is getting the car to turn through the center and really being able to get down into Turn 1. The car wants to go straight into that corner so bad. Getting comfortable enough to be able to be fast through the tunnel (Turn 2) all day long is important. The corners are so different it's so easy to try to improve one thing and just screw up something that wasn't even a problem. So when we've run good, we've had awesome race cars. Hopefully we'll have another one.”
 
RYAN NEWMAN, NO. 39 US ARMY CHEVROLET – 15TH IN STANDINGS: ""We're well aware of our position (in the point standings) and well aware of what we need to do. Indy was just another example of how this team operates like our Soldiers. We give 110 percent all the time and never quit. We represent more than one million Soldiers and there's no way that we're going to disappoint them due to a lack of effort or a defeatist attitude. We're going to keep on pounding away and fight for every point. Don't count us out. We weren't as good the last time at Pocono as we have been in the past. We just got caught a little bit behind, but I am confident that has been rectified and we will be challenging come Sunday. I have many fond memories about Pocono, including winning there in the ARCA series. It's a special place in my book and I would like to make it even more special by producing another strong finish."
 
JAMIE MCMURRAY, NO. 1 AXE TWIST CHEVROLET – 16TH IN STANDINGS: “Pocono is a unique track that we visit twice a year and it’s the only triangular racetrack we compete on all season long. Due to the unique layout of the track, it forces us to look at a few different aspects of our race car for this weekend’s race. Horsepower is the key at Pocono and you need to have a fast and powerful car since there are three different straightaways. We’ve had really fast race cars this year, ECR has given us some great Chevrolet horsepower, and Juan had a good finish at Pocono last season.  So, I’m really looking forward to seeing what we’ll be able to accomplish this weekend in our AXE Twist Chevrolet.”
 
JUAN PABLO MONTOYA, NO. 42 TARGET CHEVROLET – 22ND  IN STANDINGS: “Pocono wasn’t one of my favorite race tracks early on in my career but our equipment has improved so much over the years that a lot of our good results have come in places we use to struggle at. Earlier this year we had some handling issues but the guys made some good changes and things turned around for us. The way things have been going for us I just hope we can walk out of there with some solid results and not a wrecked race car.”
 
BOBBY LABONTE, NO. 71 TAXSLAYER.COM CHEVROLET – 31ST IN STANDINGS: "I had a span of about four years there where we just hit on the right set-up of combinations at Pocono. I like the race track. It is one of the most challenging tracks we go to because the three corners are different. It is hard to set the car up for Pocono. It is unique. My success there is based upon having the just right set-up on the car. Everyone points to Turn Three as the corner where you really need the car to handle. I don’t disagree with that point. If you get Turn Three right it helps you to carry speed down the long front straight. Turn Three is the most important corner followed by turns two and one."

Chevy Pocono qualifying

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES
SUNOCO RED CROSS PENNSYLVANIA 500
POCONO RACEWAY
TEAM CHEVY QUALIFYING NOTES & QUOTES
JULY 30, 2010
 
TONY STEWART, NO. 14 OFFICE DEPOT CHEVROLET – POLE WINNER
HOW PERFECT WAS THAT LAP?
"I knew we were really good through Turn 1 and through the tunnel turn and I don't know where I was with everybody else through Turn 3, but I knew it was a pretty good lap. I mean it was better than what we practiced for sure. I just didn't know how good it was."
 
YOU'RE BACK ON TOP AGAIN
"Well, we've been having a lot of fun. We got here to Pocono late last night. We were in Fargo, North Dakota last night racing a winged Sprint Car and I was racing with some of the best wing guys in the country and crashed myself out of a second place run last night, so I was mad when I got here. I told 9crew chief) Darian Grubb and these guys that it might be a long practice day and I wasn't too bad on them was I was going to take it out on somebody and I took it out on the stopwatch there during qualifying.
 
GREAT LAP. CONGRATULATIONS, WILL IT HOLD UP?
"I don't know; I hope so. I'm proud of this run no matter where we end up with it. Surely it'll be a top five run for the day so I'm really proud of these guys."
 
HOW HAPPY ARE YOU WITH THAT LAP?
"I'm really happy. I'll be honest. I didn't even start the day off good when I woke up this morning. I raced in Fargo, North Dakota last night with my buddy Donny Schatz and was running second in the main and crashed myself into the inside tires and knocked the front end out. So, it was a long ride from Fargo to Pocono last night and it was about 5:30 when I finally went to sleep. So, I'm really proud of all these guys on this Office Depot/Old Spice team. I told (crew chief) Darian (Grubb) that I wasn't in a very good mood this morning and I was going to take it out on somebody. I just didn't realize I was going to take it out on the clock (laughs)."
 
JUAN PABLO MONTOYA, NO. 42 TARGET CHEVROLET – QUALIFIED 2ND
HOW WAS YOUR LAP?
"It was a good lap. I got up to speed really well. I seem to get on the gas; really important, the straights are really important here. I got on the gas good but I wasn't sure I rolled that good through the corners. But the amount of time you can spend wide open here makes a big difference. It's great. Last week was a rough week for the team but to rebound at a place where we don't run that well, it good. It's nice."
 
YOU JUST SAID, WOW! TELL US ABOUT YOUR LAP
"I didn't know it was going to be like this. I carried a lot of speed at the corners and everything but I don't know. I thought, I don't know if this is good enough for some reason. This Target Chevy has been so strong and it's just nice. It's nice to have a run like that."
 
SO WHAT WILL YOU WORK ON DURING PRACTICE TOMORROW?
"We have a little bit different approach. Our race pace, apart from Indy, hasn’t been that great. We're trying to do a little bit different stuff and understand what the car needs."
 
WHAT WOULD IT BE FOR YOU TO START ON THE FRONT ROW?
"I think it would be huge. I think track position is huge. This track and Indy; the same way. So, I'm pretty happy. We have a little bit different approach than what we've been doing on the car. I know at Indy we ran really good but for some reason we always run good there. This Target Chevy has been amazing. I want to thank all the guys. I know the No. 1 (Jamie McMurray) won last week but everybody on the No. 42 has done a really good job. Last week we really had it covered all day and just one little mistake, but you know I always tell them, we win together we lose together so it's good."
 
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT CHEVROLET – QUALIFIED 4TH
TELL US ABOUT YOUR QUALIFYING RUN:  “It never hurts to get a cloud, especially on a track like here in Pocono.  Car felt good; cloud was nice.  For where we drew, I’m pretty excited about that lap.  I felt like the car did what I wanted it to do and I felt like I hit all three corners pretty good.  I’m not saying that’s a pole run.  I think someone could beat that, but I feel like we could be top five or six with that.”
 
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR CHANCES THIS WEEK:  “We were decent the last time we were here.  We had a few issues that got us tied up in that wreck later near the end of the race.  Pocono is always a track that we look forward to and run well at, so it’s hard to really say right now where we stand.  We weren’t very good at Indy; this track is similar to Indy.  We should signs of being good here the last time we were here, so I’m optimistic for sure.” 
 
RYAN NEWMAN, NO. 39 U.S. ARMY CHEVROLET – QUALIFIED 5TH
ON HIS LAP
"It wasn't perfect but when you're fast and not perfect here, that means you've got something that you can work with and be faster and be better. So hopefully that will get us a top five starting spot and something to work for. And I look forward to the race.
 
"I was a little tight in Turn 1 but I felt like I was really good in the Tunnel Turn and pretty good down in Turn 3. But I think I gave up most of my time in Turn 1.
 
ON HIS CHANCES THIS WEEKEND
"I think, well, this is one of my favorite racetracks. It's unique and fast and has a lot of character. It's a lot of fun up here. I enjoy the area and I enjoy the race track and I enjoy the people. So having a good starting spot is a good way to start the weekend.
 
"I have a really good hunch for this weekend; we've just got to keep our nose clean. The car feels really, really good."
 
HOW WAS YOUR CAR?
"It was pretty good. I think we've got a lot better package right now than we did this time in the spring. So, I'm looking forward to it."
 
AS LONG AS THIS RACE IS, WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO QUALIFY UP FRONT?
"It just seems like it really spreads out really quick here. On a green flag start of a run, it seems like eight or 10 laps into a run you lose so much that you really can't gain that back no matter how fast your car is because of the way the traffic works. So starting up front is definitely a big part of it."
 
ON BUILDING MOMENTUM FOR THE LAST SIX RACES
"These guys started building momentum last year. It's extremely important, but we've done nothing to make it more important than the last races or last year. It's a matter of building together as a team."
 
JAMIE MCMURRAY, NO. 1 AXE TWIST CHEVROLET -  QUALIFIED 9TH
CONGRATS ON GREAT WIN LAST WEEKEND:  “Yeah it was really special to not only win that race for my team and I, but for Chip with everything that was on the line there.  It’s fun to be able to get to be a part of making some history, and I don’t know if anyone will ever get to beat that.  It was really special; I had a good week.”
 
ON HIS QUALIFYING RUN:  “Well if that cloud would go I thought that we’d be ok, but I had a really good lap there.  That was quite a bit faster than I was in practice and faster than I expected to go so I feel good about it.” 
 
ON GOING OUT FIRST:  “That will not be a pole lap, I don’t think, but it’s a good lap for having to go out first.  It’s hard with any track we go to with the exception of Indy because going out early is never good.  I hope that cloud will go away that’s there right now, and if it does I think that will hold up for a top 12 or top 15.” 
 
JEFF GORDON SAID THAT IF YOU RAN FAST LAST WEEKEND IN INDY, YOU PROBABLY HAVE A PRETTY GOOD CHANCE OF RUNNING FAST THIS WEEKEND TOO.  DO YOU AGREE?  “Yeah, I mean somewhat.  This has not been a very good track for me.  This has been my weakest track probably.  I feel good that we have a good setup from Indy, but we don’t’ even have anything close to that in our car right now.  We’re not taking a whole lot from Indy this weekend into the plan for our car.” 
 
MARK MARTIN, NO. 5 GODADDY.COM CHEVROLET – QUALIFIED 10TH
ON BEING BACK IN POCONO:  “Oh, I love racing here.  I’m glad to be back here.  We’re hoping to have a great showing with our HendrickCar.com Chevrolet here.  I haven’t been comfortable with the car yet.  We’ll see how that time turns out.  I couldn’t drive the car hard because it’s been giving me mixed signals and we need to get the car a little more comfortable.  We’re working on it.  I’m really proud of these guys.”
 
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES COMING HERE—IT SEEMS LIKE A REALLY FUN, ACTION-PACKED WEEKEND HERE AT POCONO:  “Well I think this truck race is going to be awesome.  I’m so proud of the guys here for bringing them up here; it’s going to be a great show.  I can’t wait to watch it myself.”
 
TELL US ABOUT THIS WEEKEND:  “Well, we sure would like to win with the HendrickCars.com Chevrolet.  Everybody needs to check them out at hendrickcars.com.  We sure would like to win this thing, but I just haven’t been able to drive the car hard.  It gives me mixed signals—like snaps, and it just does different things so I’m afraid that I’m going to wreck it.  I almost wrecked it a couple times.  I feel like I could drive it harder but it’s giving me mixed snappy, signals with the backend.  We need to get that under control.  We really believe in what we’re doing right now.  I’m really proud of the work that we’re doing.  We’ve got a lot of work to go in front of us, but we’re working hard and we’re getting some speed back.  We haven’t felt as good about it as we did last weekend in Indy but we’re still working.” 
 
KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 SHELL/PENNZOIL CHEVROLET – QUALIFIED 14TH
WHY DO YOU LIKE YOUR RACE CAR SO MUCH?  “It just drives good.  We unloaded and it was good in race trim.  Anything better than 35th is good for us in qualifying.  I’m looking forward to Sunday.”
 
WHATS THE PLAN TO RUN DOUBLE-DUTY THIS WEEK?  GOING BACK AND FORTH TO IOWA?  “We’ll do everything here and then we’ll go to Iowa tomorrow and just if we make qualifying we do and we’ll just race.” 
 
DALE EARNHARDT, JR., NO. 88 AMP ENERGY/NATIONAL GUARD CHEVROLET – QUALIFIED 20TH
HOW WAS YOUR QUALIFYING RUN:  “It was alright.  I felt like I lost the most over in three and four.  I got off in there too deep and the car got loose and backed up the race track there in the center.  I just had to wait on it a little bit too long.  I was just trying to do what we could.  We weren’t very good in practice, we made a little bit of a gain and helped the car with a little bit of changes that we made right before qualifying.  The track is a little bit looser here for us than it was the last trip.  We’ve just been trying to catch up and trying not to over adjust on it.”
 
WAS THERE ONE PLACE IN PARTICULAR THAT GAVE YOU TROUBLE?  “The tunnel is always tricky here, but not really.  Just the track is characteristically a little different and we’re just trying to creep up on it without over adjusting too much.  Tomorrow you might find out that it just reverts back to where it was.  The wind could be playing a little bit of a role.”
 
WHAT DOES YOUR TEAM NEED TO DO OVER THE NEXT SIX RACES?  “Well, run good.  Get good finishes.  Pretty obvious stuff.  Just try to be the best we can.” 
 
IS CONSISTENCY THE KEY?  “We need to do it every week.  That is being consistent.” 

Sunday, July 25, 2010

McMurray wins

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES
BRICKYARD 400
INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT
JULY 25, 2010
 
Jamie McMurray Wins the Brickyard 400; Chip Ganassi First Team Owner in History to Win Daytona 500, the Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400 in the Same Year; Team Chevy Drivers Capture Four of Top-Five Finishing Positions and Five of the Top-10
 
Indianapolis – Jamie McMurray, No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet, continued this self-described season of a lifetime with today’s win of the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  He became just the third driver in the 17-year history of the race at the famed Brickyard to win both the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400 in the same season.

McMurray started fourth in the 160-lap/400-mile race and ran solidly in the top-five for the majority of the race. He led twice for a total of 16 laps, the final time for the last 11 laps.

McMurray’s victory put team owner Chip Ganassi in a class of his own by becoming the first team owner in history to win the Daytona 500, the Indianapolis 500 and the Brickyard 400 in the same season.
 
This victory marked the 12th time a Chevrolet driver has won the Brickyard 400; and McMurray's win was the eighth consecutive for Team Chevy.

Team Chevy drivers captured four of the top-five and five of the top-10 finishing positions in race No. 20 of the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) season.

Kevin Harvick, No. 29 Shell-Pennzoil Chevrolet, finished second to extend his points lead to 184 points with six races remaining before the start of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

Clint Bowyer, No. 33 Wheaties Fuel Chevrolet, remains in 12th position in the Race to the Chase point standings with a fourth place finish in the Brickyard 400.

Two-time NSCS champion Tony Stewart, No. 14 Old Spice/Office Depot Chevrolet, finished fifth and remains ninth in the standings.

Jeff Burton, No. 31 Prilosec OTC Chevrolet, took the checkered flag in sixth place. He sits seventh in the point standings.

Jeff Gordon, No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet, struggled with handling issues throughout the race, only able to collect a 23rd place finish. The four-time NSCS champion remains second in the standings.

Four-time defending NSCS champion Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, also suffered handling woes and crossed the finish line in 22nd place.  Johnson is now fourth in the points order.

Pole sitter Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 42 Target Chevrolet, led the most laps in today’s race until a two-car accident on lap 146 sent him to the garage. He was scored with the 32nd finishing position.

Greg Biffle (Ford-third) completed the top-five finishers.

The next stop for the Series will be on August 1, 2010 at Pocono Raceway.
 
JAMIE MCMURRAY, AND CREW CHIEF BONO MANION, NO. 1 BASS PRO SHOPS / TRACKER BOATS CHEVROLET – RACE WINNERS
OWNERS FELIX SABATES AND CHIP GANASSI – RACE WINNERS
POST RACE PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT:
 
THE MODERATOR:  We'll get rolling here.  We're now joined by today's winner of the Brickyard 400, Jamie McMurray.  Currently Jamie is 16th in points, 151 out of 12th.  Jamie is now the third driver to win both the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400 in the same year.  Other drivers who have done it are Dale Jarrett in '96 and Jimmie Johnson in '06.
            Jamie, tell us about your day.
 
            JAMIE McMURRAY:  Well, first off, the 42 car had a great tire test here.  It gave us a really good starting point.  Qualifying went well.  I think everybody saw last year that track position is key to running well here.  So after qualifying, we felt like if we could keep our track position, we would be okay.
            Honestly, our times were pretty good in practice, but I didn't feel like our car handled that well.  Bono just kept preaching to me that, There's not going to be a tremendous amount of passing.  We have enough speed to maintain, keep our track position all day.
            We had a third or fourth place car, felt like.  Didn't feel like we had a dominant car.  But we had a really smart race.  We didn't make any mistakes.
            I think Bono did a really good job with taking two tires.  Don't know if you know, but it was a really big risk for us because I thought I had a flat left front.  I'm glad that we were pitted towards the end of pit road because it gave us time to work it out.  Bono was, If you think you have a flat, we need to do four.  But I was like, I don't know.  I do know that four tires probably will not give us the track position we need when it comes down to the end.
            He made a good decision to stick with two tires.  When I got out in front, I honestly didn't think anybody would catch me.  The 29 hadn't been as good as us all day.  I thought I'd be able to drive away from him.  I got really tight.  Kevin got up underneath me.  I kind of let him go because I was going to try to cross over going into one.  As soon as I let off the gas, the caution came out.  I was pretty frustrated.  Give it all I have on this last restart to give up what I loss.  We finished second two or three times, come so close to winning, you don't want to give that up.
            When Kevin gave me the outside, I thought that was my only chance.  On the restart we both spun the tires really, really bad.  But when I got down to turn one, my car had a lot more grip than it did the run before.  I don't know if the air pressure built up.  I worked my tires in really, really hard under the yellow to get the pressure built up.  Man, I just had way more grip that last run than I did the run before that.
 
            THE MODERATOR:  We're also joined by today's winning crew chief, Kevin 'Bono' Manion.  Talk about your race from top the box.
 
            KEVIN MANION:  Well, it was a long day and it was a long 11 laps there at the end.  You know, track position, a couple weeks ago at Chicago, we sat on the pole, just maintain track position, had an opportunity to win.  After Happy Hour yesterday, we made a 12 lap run, which takes about 15 minutes here, 20 minutes, time in and out of the garage.  We were looking at all the laps after the race, after practice rather, in the lounge.  Jamie says, Can we win?  I said, Absolutely.  We had enough speed to where if you put us in the right position, there was no one going to pass you because passing and track position is at a premium.  Passing is so difficult.  Good cars can pass, as we saw last year with the 20 and the 48.
            There at the end, it was on schedule to go green the whole way and you just knew there was going to be a caution.  It opened that door, opened that opportunity to take two or four.  That was probably the right call with two today.  I actually said in a team meeting, Four tires will win this race, even though we thought we were going to take two in our strategy to get out front.  All in all, great day.  Real happy to be here.
 
            THE MODERATOR:  And also joined by team owner, Felix Sabates.  Another big day in Indy.  Your thoughts on the day.
 
            FELIX SABATES:  Somebody say 11 laps?  I thought it was a hundred laps.  It felt like it anyway (laughter).
            No, Bono made a great call.  I was listening to Jamie.  He thought he had a flat tire.  I think it was one of those things that Jamie was lucky we were at the end of pit road, able to figure out we didn't have a flat tire, making the two tire call.  Biffle was the first car on four tires.  He got behind the 29 car and couldn't pass him.  In this place here, if you don't get up front, you're screwed.  That was a great call you made, so congratulations.
 
            THE MODERATOR:  We'll open it up to questions.  One interesting note, Jamie.  You are now the top trending topic on Twitter, so congratulations for that.
 
            Q.  Jamie, Kevin Harvick was in here a while ago and said something about what you have accomplished two thirds of with Chip, the Daytona 500, this race and the Indy 500 all in one year.  He said pretty simply, This will probably never happen again.  What is your response to that?
            JAMIE McMURRAY:  Well, it most likely won't.  I think it's very hard to have    I mean, Chip is just having such a year between the NASCAR side and the IndyCar side.  I'll be honest.  I thing I think of the most is they almost won the 24 Hours of Daytona.  I think they finished second.
            It's so hard to get both organizations going at the same time.  This race, the Daytona 500, and the Indy 500 are races of strategy.  You see guys dominate those races and not win.  So it's just remarkable what he's been able to put together and the people he's been able to hire.
            I feel very honored to get to be a part of that accomplishment.
 
            Q.  You were not the guy that all the fanfare was surrounding coming into this weekend.  Certainly Chip.  Juan was the guy.  You're so humble, it never seemed to bother you.  You went out and did the job.  Can you talk about the emotions.  At Daytona, you said, This is like a dream come true.  Now you're winning the second biggest race of the year.  What was going through your mind at the end of all of that?
            JAMIE McMURRAY:  To start with, I saw Christy walk in.  I reminded me something.  I didn't sleep the night before qualifying, neither did Bono, because we thought it was going to be a big deal to get on the pole at the Brickyard 400.  I talked to him.  I didn't sleep last night, ran 200 qualifying laps trying to get a rhythm down.  He said, I didn't sleep either, looking at notes till at 11:30 at night.  We qualified fourth.  I was really torn up over that.  It wasn't because Juan had the pole.  I thought we had a legitimate shot at it.
            Went back to the motorhome, and talking to Christy, I'm really torn up I am not going to be on the pole here.  Christy doesn't ever give her opinion on anything to do with racing.  And she's like, Heck with the pole, win the race.  That's the first thing I thought of after I won.  She had a good point.  I'm pretty happy right now.
            It's just remarkable to get to be here.  I mean, I'm a big believer in fate.  I really believe that this was Juan's weekend.  He had a really good tire test here.  He ran so well last year, had a chance to win the race.  I just think that things normally work themselves out.
            I'm looking with 15 or 20 laps to go and Juan is leading.  Not that I was content, but, If this is the way it's supposed to be, then that's just the way it is.  Then I was like, I'm going to be really happy for Chip and Juan and everybody at our team because this is really big.  It's just a major accomplishment what we've all been able to put together.
            That team, the 42 team, has had some really good cars.  They just have had some bad luck and got put in bad position.  So, I don't know, it was unfortunate for them.
 
            THE MODERATOR:  Let me also welcome team owner, Chip Ganassi.  He becomes the first owner to win the Daytona 500, the Brickyard 400 and the Indy 500 in the same year.  Congratulations.  Your thoughts on how things unfolded today.
            CHIP GANASSI:  Let's see.  First of all, thanks to everybody.  When you come down to the end there, I think there was about 10 laps to go on that last yellow.  I'll tell you, what Jamie was talking about, this is such a team sport.  Let me tell you how that other team helped us win today.  There was 10 laps to go.  For all yesterday and today, all the crew chiefs talk about is, What do you do with 10 to go?  Four tires?  They can point to the races where four tires have won, you can point to the races where two tires have won.  We were in the enviable position of running 1 2.  A lot of times when you're running like that, you can do a split strategy so you have both sort of angles covered.
            I was behind the pit stand.  Johnny Morris brought up to me, Maybe we ought to think about two.  The 42 was going for four.  I looked at Bono.  I said, Do you think we should do the split strategy here?  He said, Yeah, let's go for two.  I said, Okay.
            That was the call.  The only reason we could do that is because we knew the 42 was going for four.  As a team, we had sort of both strategies covered there, I guess.  That's the great thing about having a teammate.
 
            Q.  Chip and Felix, you had to reorganize the team a couple years back, brought Jamie back.  Talk about the struggles from where you were a couple years ago to where you are today.
            CHIP GANASSI:  I mean, you know, everybody looks at the year with Franchitti there when we didn't find sponsorship for him.  We were looking for sponsorship at the beginning of the financial crisis.  I'm sure there's not a person out there that wasn't affected by the financial crisis.  And we were, too.  That just happened to be the year we were looking for a sponsor for Dario.  We didn't get it done.
            So we had to pull our wings in a bit and make some changes, take it a little bit on the chin, which we did.  But we always knew we'd be racing.  I think a lot of people in the media had us written off that we were bye bye.  Everybody was ready to kiss us off.  We knew that wasn't the case.  But, yeah...
 
            Q.  Jamie, this time last year you had no idea where you were going to be driving this year.  Chip, someone had written your team was in disarray.
            CHIP GANASSI:  Where is Newton?  He wrote that (laughter).
 
            Q.  You had returned from about a six week absence.  All of you up there were facing difficult questions about what the future held.  That being said, here you are today.  Is it almost surreal what a difference a year makes?  You have one winning team here and one heartbroken team in the garage.  What do you say to Juan and Brian?
            CHIP GANASSI:  Which one do you want first?
 
            Q.  Any order you want.
            CHIP GANASSI:  What do I say to Juan and Brian?  They should have taken two.
            JAMIE McMURRAY:  That will be the front page.
            CHIP GANASSI:  I don't know, you know.
 
            Q.  Is that off the record?
            FELIX SABATES:  I hope so.
            CHIP GANASSI:  Look, I told you.  It takes a team to win in this sport.  Bono will tell you that he and Brian Pattie are like brothers.  Jamie will tell you he and Juan, I wouldn't call them brothers, but they're open book, and they help each other all weekend.
            This is a win for the team.  Certainly we sit here, I don't want to take anything away from Jamie and Bono, but the team wins and the team loses.  Today was certainly a mixed emotions day in that respect.  Without the 42 team, the 1 car wouldn't have won, I don't think, and vice versa.  That's what happens.
            Is it surreal?  Yes.  From where we were a while back, people had Jamie written off, people had us written off.  But I think what I said once before, a semester at sea for Jamie.  He couldn't have come back a better person.  We had grown as a team and he had grown as a driver.  We picked up where we left off, I think.  And I'm really happy about that.
            What else were you asking?
 
            Q.  Jamie, as well.
            JAMIE McMURRAY:  Well, I think it's very similar to what Chip said.  For me, and I just said this on TV, I think it's a lesson for all the media, that instead of writing the story that this guy should be fired, the story should be this guy needs to find a new situation.  I'm going to use Elliott Sadler.  I go back and I watch all these races while I run or work out.  I'll watch Pocono this week.  Since we had two weeks off, I watched last year's race and I YouTubed a race, found the race from 2005.  Elliott qualified on the pole, led like the first 40 laps.
            I think it's just a situation where you got to get the guys in the right position with the right crew chief and the right team and the right owner.  I'll tell you something that Chip said to me right before I got in the car.  He said, Let's go out and do this thing.  I said, I'll give you everything I got.  He said, I know, that's why I hired you.  I believe in you.  You go out and do your best, that will be enough.
            I think every driver is different, but for me that's what drives me, is having somebody behind you.  I think it's been really good for both Chip and I to experience all of this together because we were together when things weren't great and we kind of built this together along with the 1 team to where it is.  I think it's made me, I won't speak for Chip, but it's made me really appreciate Bass Pro Shops, McDonald's, everyone that is a part of our race team.  When you're a part of an organization that just has sponsors knocking the doors down, I don't think that the drivers appreciate that as much as they should.  For me to go through what I went through, it makes me really, really appreciate what we have with Bass Pro Shops.
            Johnny Morris was here today in Victory Lane.  We go and sign autographs at Bass Pro Shops.  Johnny will be the one that will call.  Do you mind going and signing autographs?  When you have relationships like that with your sponsors, it makes you want to go out and help them.  Really fortunate to be where we are.
 
            Q.  Kevin, Juan seemed to run on clean air for most of the race.  After he pitted for four, he found himself in dirty air.  How much do you think that played in him not being able to recover?
            KEVIN MANION:  I think that was everything.  We knew on that last stint there that people were gonna take two.  It's a fact.  It's written in stone that, you know, maybe fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, tenth, some of them guys are going to take two.
            If you are a leader, have a really good balanced car, it's hard not to take four tires.  Greg Biffle and Juan were running 1 2, they both took four.  That was their opportunity they thought to win the race.  Our opportunity to win this race was to take two.  When Glove asked me in the team meeting this morning, What's your plan today?  Whatever it takes to win the race.  That was our plan.  Our car ran best in clean air.  Juan and the 16, of two cars that I know that took four, that were running 1 2, 1 2 3, traffic definitely played a major part in Juan or Biffle not winning.
 
            Q.  Jamie, I don't know what it is about you in the big races.  Daytona 500, Darlington, the 600, Indy.  Do you have any idea why it seems to step up in those?  Bono, developing chemistry with a new driver seems to be a science that takes a while to develop most of the time.  We've seen multiple examples this year where it doesn't work.  What do you attribute your success to with Jamie this year?
            KEVIN MANION:  I would have to say similar likes, similar age, Jamie being around, being available.  Starting last year around Homestead or a week before Phoenix, you know, we really kind of thought we were gonna get something started and continue.  From that day forward, the relationship grew.  We knew we had to put it in fast forward.  We didn't have time.  So it was testing over the winter.  Simply going to lunch two or three times a week.  I know Jamie is a germ freak now.  So am I.  He's made me a germ freak   almost (laughter).
            That's it.  It's just really simple.  We had to speed the process up.  That's through testing and, like I said, a couple weeks ago we had a day off, he came and picked me up on a tracker boat.  I took him tubing.  I was doing the driving.
            It's just good friendship, good chemistry, but also business.  I'm business.  I'm at work every day.  It's just a good team.  Chip, Felix, Teresa, have assembled a good team.
            JAMIE McMURRAY:  I think it's coincidence a little bit that we've run well at all those big races.  After sitting on the pole at Darlington and running second, then going to Chicago with the same car, sitting on the pole, finishing fifth, we had a car that they had given all the updates to, and we were going to bring here.  I asked Bono, Any chance we could bring the same car we ran at Darlington and Chicago?  He's like, Absolutely.  We raced Chicago Saturday.  I went to the shop on Monday, the car was stripped down, they were taking it in to repair it.
            A lot of it has to do we brought our best stuff and the guys worked hard to get the car ready to come here.  Felix said it's because they pay more money.  That might have something to do with it.
 
            Q.  During qualifying, Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon both pegged your team as well as Juan's team as the main contenders for this race.  What does that respect mean to you?
            JAMIE McMURRAY:  I think that's awesome.  It seems like every year you have an organization that is a little bit above the rest.  It seems like it's been Roush, it's been Hendricks.  I think our organization, I really don't think there's any better cars out there.  The science that's behind it, it's not just trial and error.  I mean, the engineers do a really good job at using the tools that they have, and those tools function when we get to the track.  You can have computer programs that tell you a lot, but if it doesn't function when you get to the track, it doesn't matter.
            They just build really fast, lightweight cars.  The setups and stuff that go in them, they just work really well.  So I think that means a lot to me that that organization who you would consider one of the best thinks that we're a threat.
 
            Q.  Chip, Kevin Harvick said something very simple a while ago about what your teams have accomplished this year.  He said this will probably never happen again.  Your reaction, please?
            CHIP GANASSI:  I want to thank Richard for giving me the 29 engine this weekend.  He gave me the 29 and the 31 engines.  I tell him that every week, you know (smiling).
            First of all, those guys, they give us great engines, ECR.  Kevin and I are old buddies.  For him to say that, that's a pretty big statement.  He's a great guy and I've always liked him as a friend.  I respect him as a driver.  I hope I'll learn to respect him as a historian and maybe hope he's right (laughter).
 
            Q.  Chip and Jamie, getting back to the Juan situation.  This is the second consecutive year he's dominated this race and did not win.  You know him pretty well.  What effect will this have on him?
            CHIP GANASSI:  He's probably over it already, I'm sure.  I mean, I know he's mad.  I'm sure he's mad, but he's over it.  It's racing.  This is what he does for a living.
 
            Q.  Jamie, is there any part of you that has sympathy for what he went through here today and last year?
            JAMIE McMURRAY:  Absolutely.  For anybody that can lead that many laps of a race, they certainly had the best car.  It's been their year, though.  I would guess that they're not shocked by what's happened today because it seems like they've had a lot of bad luck.  I don't know what happened to him.  Honestly, I didn't even know he was involved in a wreck until under that caution I saw him walking out of his car.  I didn't want to ask what had happened because I was more concerned with what I was doing at the time.
            Yeah, I mean, that's hard on anybody to lead that many laps.  This is a special place to Juan from winning the Indy 500, being the guy that can be the only guy that's won both those races.  So, yeah, that's really tough.
 
            Q.  Chip, if you were to speak to a group such as the Kelly School of Business, what would you tell them are the two or three things to building a business for the kind of success you've had?
            CHIP GANASSI:  I don't know.  Hard work, passion and sacrifice.  That's what I'd tell 'em.  Does that answer it?
 
            Q.  It's not going to fill up much column space (laughter).
            CHIP GANASSI:  You got to work hard at what you want to do.  You got to work hard at it.  It's the only way I've figured out how to do it:  work hard at it.  You got to turn the other ear to a lot of things and turn your head to a lot of things and keep focused on what you're trying to do.  Stay on your plan.  I can't tell you how many times, I mean, we've been staying on our plan for a long time, how we go racing week in and week out.  We've been staying on plan for a long time.  So you got to sacrifice.  You can't listen to other people.  You got to make sacrifices.  You have to pick and choose sometimes, make a call, A or B, X or Y, make a left or right.  Those are tough calls you have to make.  But you have to plan your work and work your plan and have some passion about what you're doing.  You have to love what you're doing.  I love what I'm doing.
            Like I said, I'm privileged to be in this for a living and honored to represent the people we represent and the companies we represent.  I'm a lucky guy.
 
            Q.  I'm assuming you have not spoken to Juan at this point?
            CHIP GANASSI:  I haven't spoken to him.
 
            Q.  Jamie, you were talking about how appreciative you are, how great it is to be back with Chip.  Do you ever wonder what if you never left what might have happened?
            JAMIE McMURRAY:  We're not dating.  I mean, we're not (smiling).
            I know where you're going with that.  I think that me leaving was good for me.  You know what I'm saying?  I know by me leaving it's made me appreciate the situation I'm in, the relationships I have with Chip, Felix and Teresa.  Even though he just informed me that's not the same car we ran at Darlington and Chicago, I would say, I'm sorry, I forgot to call you (smiling).
            CHIP GANASSI:  That's what I like about Jamie, he's got his finger on the pulse of everything going on.
            JAMIE McMURRAY:  Honestly, I don't think it would be the same if I had not left.  Our friendship is much more than it ever was before.  For me, it's because I've matured so much from when I was here before and learned a lot.
 
            Q.  Felix, when this whole fiasco started with Chip Ganassi being an IndyCar owner coming into NASCAR, I seriously challenged whether he was going to go through with it.  You teamed up with him and stuck with him in one of the longest contracts you've had.  What made it work for you?
            FELIX SABATES:  He wasn't a fiasco.  He saved my butt.
            Chip and I have been friends for a long time.  When I got a call from mutual friends that he wanted to come to NASCAR, it was music to my ears.  Chip is the most dedicated person in racing I ever met.  If you cut his veins, motor oil would come out of his veins.  We have come together for 11 years, and we had one argument, and that was who was going to buy dinner here in Indianapolis.
            If I don't talk to him at least once a day, there's something wrong with him or vice versa.  So we have the relationship that it breeds winning because everybody in the race shop see that him and I speak from the same side.  So it's been a great ride.
            The guy that got to feel like an idiot tonight has to be Jack Roush.  He's the one that let him go.
            CHIP GANASSI:  Inches from a clean getaway (laughter).
 
            Q.  Jamie, eighth race here in Indianapolis.  You were third in '03.  Had your best start today.  Qualifying, racing here in Indianapolis, fourth time in the top 10.  What are your thoughts on Indianapolis?
            JAMIE McMURRAY:  You know all my stats.
 
            Q.  Your thoughts on Indianapolis?  Do you have another favorite track you like to race at?
            JAMIE McMURRAY:  I mean, I think being a NASCAR guy, Daytona is kind of always    for me growing up, that was the race I always watched.  But when stock cars started coming here, this became a track that everyone wants to win at Daytona and Indy.  I told Chip today, we were going to do an appearance together.  I told him, When I walked in the garage this morning, there's just a different feeling in here than you get at almost any other racetrack.  There's just a lot of energy.  And the teams put so much effort into this race, with building new cars.  You always bring your best engine here, everything is just the best.
            I've always enjoyed coming here.  Certainly this is just one of those tracks that every driver would like to say they've been able to win at.  Plus we only race here once a year so it makes it twice as hard to be able to have that.  It's a very special place, for sure.
 
            Q.  Bono and Jamie, not to remind you, you're still chasing the Chase.  It's an understatement to say you come to every race looking for a win.  What is the philosophy, the wild card of Watkins Glen, how do you get into the Chase?
            KEVIN MANION:  We're testing tomorrow for Watkins Glen.  That will help there.  It's going to be tough.  But consistency is the key to making the Chase.  We had a string there, second, 34th, second, 30th.  The seconds are cool, but the 30ths don't cut it.
            I think there's six more races to the Chase, or five.  It's just going to be five top fives.  We picked up another 30 points today.  30 times five is 150.  We're 151 out.  It's going to take some good, strong runs.  That's all I got to say.
            JAMIE McMURRAY:  Well, I view the Chase differently I think.  Every time I pay attention to points, we run 30th.  I don't even really care where we're at in points.  I think you show up every week, do your job.  If you make the Chase, that's wonderful.
            Everyone wants to make the Chase.  Getting to win the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400 means more to me this year than making the Chase.  This year or in 10 years, the guy that won that race one time everybody will talk about.  The guy that finished third in the points, nobody cares.  I would really like to be in the Chase, but I have no focus on that at all.  I know Bono doesn't want to hear that, but I don't.
            THE MODERATOR:  Gentlemen, congratulations.  Thank you for your time.

KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 SHELL/PENNZOIL CHEVROLET – FINISHED 2ND:
POST RACE PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT:
 
THE MODERATOR:  We are joined by second place finisher, Kevin Harvick.  Kevin remains in the championship points lead, currently 184 points ahead of Jeff Gordon.
            Kevin, tell us about your day.
            KEVIN HARVICK:  Well, it was a good day.  We had a solid top five car.  We took a gamble there at the end to take two tires.  On the first restart, it took off great.  We were able to run Jamie down and pass him.  Second restart, it didn't take off so great.  Just got tight.  He drove around the outside of me.
            I guess just the first cycle on those new right side tires carried us through.  We were just tight the whole second restart.
            But still a great day.  Took a chance to try to win the race.  All but capitalized on it and came up one short.
            THE MODERATOR:  We'll open it up to questions.
 
            Q.  Before that last restart, Jamie and his crew were talking back and forth.  He said, I don't know, there's something wrong, something does feel right.  I guess y'all were monitoring that.  Did you pay attention to that?  Did you think he might have a problem?
            KEVIN HARVICK:  Nobody ever said anything to me.  It looked like the roles reversed on the last restart.  He took off and I didn't.  I guess we didn't need the last caution.  Like I say, I just think the sticker right side tires carried us through on that first restart.  Once we got that one cycle on them, I just got way too tight.
             
            THE MODERATOR:  We'll continue with questions.
 
            Q.  Kevin, you're not piling up wins like some of the other guys have done, but yet you're able to be consistent out there every week.  Is that a concern for you or are you know you're good enough now to be contenders in the Chase?  Are you fine tuning on that?
            KEVIN HARVICK:  You know, we've won a couple times this year, been in contention to win a few more.  I didn't see the 48 or the 11 today, so...  You figure it out.  You're a smart man.
 
            Q.  Kevin, your voice alluded to it on the radio when you missed the shift, then you were worried about whether it hurt the engine, then you decided it was the ignition box.  How was that for you in the car?
            KEVIN HARVICK:  We actually had an issue in practice, decided to just roll the dice with the transmission.  I've had trouble with third gear.  We knew if we changed it, we would have to start at the back.
            We left the transmission in.  Everybody looked at it and decided that would be okay.  I've had trouble with it the whole day in the race.  That time I actually missed the shift.  I thought I had broken a valve spring or bent a valve or something and it started missing.  Within about three laps, the ignition box went out.  I flipped the ignition box, luckily that was it.
            So missed the shift, broke the ignition box, lost five spots.  It was a disaster for a couple laps, but we were able to get it all reined back in.
 
            Q.  Kevin, you talk about Jamie taking off and your car not going as well as the previous.  Did you realize that right away or is it a feel or you see him going by?  How do you know that?
            KEVIN HARVICK:  Well, you roll in a corner, your car doesn't point in the right direction.  For me the front tires started chattering, I had to wait for the throttle and wasn't able to maintain the momentum through the corner I needed to.  Really the whole last run, I was just way too tight compared to how I took off.
            When I got the two right side tires and took off, got a good restart, got by Jamie, we were just driving away.  The flip switched on the second restart.
 
            Q.  I know you're not thinking about it right now and you're competitors, but could you maybe give us some appreciation for what Chip Ganassi has been able to do this year with winning the Indy 500, Daytona 500 and this one?  That's really saying something for a team.
            KEVIN HARVICK:  I think as race teams and race drivers and owners and sponsors, you come into the year, if you're in the IndyCar Series, you want to win the Indy 500; if you're in the Cup Series, you want to win here and you want to win at Daytona.  To win all those in one year is remarkable.  It will probably never happen again.

            THE MODERATOR:  Gentlemen, congratulations.