Races, tracks, drivers and all the drama that comes along with it
Fri Apr 19, 2013 8:24 pm
#48-Jimmie Johnson met with members of the media at Kansas Speedway and discussed many things, including the Penske Pentalties, the transcript in part:
Q) DID YOU GUYS TURN IN PENSKE LAST WEEK? I'M ASSUMING YOU HAVE HEARD BRAD'S (KESELOWSKI) COMMENTS AS FAR AS, THEY FEEL LIKE THEY HAVE BEEN TARGETED AND UNDER THE MICROSCOPE THE LAST WEEK OR SO. YOU AND CHAD (KNAUS) OBVIOUSLY KNOW HOW THAT FEELS. CAN YOU TALK ABOUT WHEN YOU DO HAVE SUCCESS HOW MUCH CLOSER NASCAR DOES SCRUTINIZE EVERYTHING THAT YOU GUYS DO:
Johnson: "When you have success on your side the magnifying glass the viewpoint for everybody, NASCAR, other teams, it gets a lot more intense. The best officiating in the garage area has always been your neighbor. That has just been part of NASCAR for years and years. That is why NASCAR has the procedures in place that they do in the garage area and why even in F1 today they are not allowed to cover their stuff anymore. It's just part of it. With all that being said, no, the Hendrick group and the #48 team did not rat out the Penske cars. There are two decisions teams are faced with in the garage area. Everybody has people watching. We have been very impressed with the #2 cars staff and their ability to have somebody just stand and watch other teams."
"So this environment does take place in the garage area. Yeah, there are eyes open, but when a team sees something they have two options. One, they go home and try to adapt it to their car and understand it and see if they can make it work or they go in the truck and say something. We don't say something. We are a company built on performance. We are a company that tries to understand the rulebook as close as we can to the law. Sure, we have had our issues with it, but that is racing it has been that way since day one of racing. We go in there and we try to be as smart as we can and conform to the rules and put the best race car on the track. With all that being said, no, sure there was a lot of activity around the Penske cars during the test day, just like all the other cars and everybody is watching, everybody is looking, but in no way shape or form did anybody from the #48 car walk into that truck and say anything."
Q) WAS THERE ANY PART OF YOU THAT THOUGHT THE PENSKE PENALTY WAS SOMEWHAT JUST IN THE SENSE THAT BRAD KESELOWSKI WAS COMPLAINING OR AT LEAST TALKING ABOUT YOUR REAR END SUSPENSION LAST YEAR?
Johnson: "I've said this before. Brad is a huge talent. But as we all know, Brad will say things. And when you're in the sport long enough, you learn when you need to be careful. And no team is immune to the issues. I don't want the crew chief's job. Those guys live on the ragged edge and they have to. If not, they're going to run 20th every week. So, I think over time, I've learned and have also clearly experienced some issues where man, you just do your thing and there's no need to spout off what other people are up to. I think there have been a few lessons that Brad has learned along the way this year as to when to say something. With all that being said, it doesn't take away from the fact that with the penalties and with what Penske is going through right now, doesn't take away the fact that they are champions and they did an awesome job last year. And I still think Brad is an awesome driver and that team has awesome equipment and we're going to deal with them week-in and week-out. Again, I've lived through it and good teams survive. Good teams and drivers will always survive. But it's going to put a lot of stress in their world the next six, eight, or ten weeks, depending on how long the appeals last and all that. And we'll all see how they respond to it. But once they get some normalcy back in their lives at-track, they're going to be right there at the front of the pack each week like we've seen so far."(Team Chevy)(4-19-2013)
Fri Apr 19, 2013 10:28 pm
yeah I saw that. He may not have meant it the way I took it, but I liked the part where he was talking of what type of organization HMS is. I took it as a dig on Brad, the way Brad was talking about the type of organization Penske was.
Sat Apr 20, 2013 3:41 am
I think Brad just likes to spout off without thinking which Jimmie essentially refers to in his response. There are eyes all over the place. Watching what is going on. If you are doing things the way they should be done you have no reason to be concerned or to be calling out another team. I think Brad is #### they got caught! Once you win the cup you will have more folks watching you. I think that is human nature. People want to know what you are doing that is making you successful.
Sat Apr 20, 2013 3:59 am
#14smokefan wrote:I think Brad just likes to spout off without thinking which Jimmie essentially refers to in his response. There are eyes all over the place. Watching what is going on. If you are doing things the way they should be done you have no reason to be concerned or to be calling out another team. I think Brad is #### they got caught! Once you win the cup you will have more folks watching you. I think that is human nature. People want to know what you are doing that is making you successful.
that & I think when teams started realizing that Joey was doing better than he should have been, they knew something was up
Sat Apr 20, 2013 9:50 am
i think joe is doing good, because he does have talent, he was way too young to take on the 20 ride
Sat Apr 20, 2013 1:35 pm
I agree mj, even though he really has ticked me off this year. He has been running well and I'm glad to see it, mostly
Maybe Brad's mouth will mature the way his racing has, one can only hope. JJ has been through it all and Brad would be wise to follow in his footsteps.
Seems Brad's chip is back on his shoulder thinking they're being scrutinized unfairly. I don't understand why that surprises him. Did he think there would only be perks by winning the championship?
At least it seems that someone has talked some sense into BK and JL. They're being careful what they say, at least for now.
Sat Apr 20, 2013 2:30 pm
rochelle i know i said this a million times, i just love it, the way he sold out HMS last year, now its happening to him, i think there is a time and place for everything, but for awhile there he thought he was the voice box for nascar, and i have nothing against brad, i think that is something you earn, not take on your own, just because you have the most twitter followers........