Chicagoland: Rain Delay Interview & Post-Race Notes
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DRIVE TO END HUNGER CHEVROLET SS - Comments during red flag
YOU WERE RUNNING 6TH WHEN THE RAIN CAME. HOW WAS YOUR CAR?
"We started sixth and we were passing cars; and then we had some guys change-up the strategy with two tires, so we had to come back a little bit from that, but the car is really, really strong. We were a little bit tight on the longer runs, but we've got a really strong race car. So I'm excited about the rest of the race; get this rain out of here and get this Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet up a little bit further forward."
WHAT'S THE DISCUSSION ABOUT THE STRATEGY MOVING FORWARD BETWEEN YOU AND (CREW CHIEF) ALAN GUSTAFSON AT THIS POINT WHEN YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT'S AHEAD OF YOU THE REST OF THE DAY?
"Well, we can use the conditions that we had when this race started. It rained earlier. So, we're really just thinking about what the track conditions are going to be and what our car has been doing on our first run and each run after that. It's really just about tuning the car to make it go as fast as possible; and keep the team warmed-up and ready to go and just keep that mindset to be ready at any time. Don't get complacent. We're fired-up. This day is going well for us and we hope it continues."
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DRIVE TO END HUNGER CHEVROLET SS, FINISHED 6TH: A BIG SMILE ON YOUR FACE WHEN YOU GOT OUT OF THE CAR. WHAT DID YOU ACCOMPLISH TONIGHT?
"Well, that was an incredible accomplishment. It just shows how much fight this team has in them. We never give up. And, what an awesome Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet race car we had tonight. Whoa! Man, it was so much fun! To think how far down we were with 40 laps to go, I know we were like 18th on one of those last restarts. So, to be able to come up through there and get 6th and have a shot at a top-5 was a lot of fun. That's what we needed to get this thing started off right. And I'm proud of this team. Can't wait to get to this next race. What is it? Loudon? We're ready!"
WAS THE FAST PACE A PRODUCT OF THE LATE RESTART AND BEING COOLER?
"When it turns to dark like that, it was going to be fast anyway because of the overcast. But, to be able to have a night race like this where the temperature has dropped so much, the cars are just stuck like glue. If anything, I thought our car was better when we went back racing. We were going to try to make adjustments to make it better during the daytime, but the nighttime sort of brought the car to us. The car just turned a little bit better; we needed that."
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