I'm tired of being nice as I'm sure Ryan is to his race team.
Been a fan way to long to set back and "pretend" it's all going to be alright next week! In Nascar there is no next week when you are competing with 42 other teams. Especially using Hendrick engines/chassis. There performances are looking like a low budget two car team. Absolutely ridiculous!
I have said many, many times how I felt about Tony Gibson as a crew chief. He's a much older old school crew chief using what appears to be old school chassis set ups that DO NOT work! Bottom line, he isn't getting the job done.
I have no problem with the buddy program as long as your successful but are you capable of playing bad cop when things aren't going well? I can't see Ryan as a Army tough hard type of person. He's more of a very mellow "go with the flow" yes man. Right now, he needs to be much more demanding and leave the buddy stuff in "the sand box!" He could possibly loose the Army sponsorship if his performances don't improve?
Racing is a very demanding and very tough business. The results are shown each and every race. You can't hide a bad handling car and we all can see which teams are on target. The thing is. This teams been together now in it's third year and Newman's performances have gotten worse overall!
Nothing more depressing than seeing Newman struggle all day then get wrecked out like it's a mercy killing!
I will get over all of it as I'm sure Ryan will. This teams needs a lot of soul searching and the weakest links need replaced immediately!