Hi Everyone –
It was a tough race for the old NAPA Toyota at Richmond International Raceway. We thought we had a good car despite a bad qualifying effort. I really had a good car at the start of the race. We moved up. The first two or three stops in the pits really messed us up. We had some issues and it made for a long night. It would have been nice to have seen what the car would have been able to do if we would have had a normal night on pit road, but we didn’t. Now, we just need to put it behind us. Despite it all, I feel like we learned a lot. I really love working with my new crew chief Gene Nead. He is fun. I think he is learning and contributing a lot to Michael Waltrip Racing.
All and all it was a good week for us as we prepared to go to Richmond with all the team meetings and everything we did to prepare. I thought we showed up with a pretty good package. I am real proud of my team. I am just sorry we didn’t get a better finish. We’ll keep working at it and I look forward to going to Loudon. We always run well there. We need to work on getting better results and Loudon could be a good opportunity for us.
Yesterday, we announced that veteran crew chief Pat Tryson will be joining the NAPA Racing Family. He will be the crew chief of the No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota with Martin Truex Jr. We feel very fortunate to have Pat joining us. He has made The Chase five out of six times. He is a passionate competitor, a winner and a championship contender. He and Kurt Busch will start The Chase in seventh place at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and we wish him luck. Pat joins our team the end of season.
Meanwhile, I am currently in Italy to visit my partner Rob Kauffman. He and I are testing a Ferrari at a track called Vallelunga. If it goes well, we might do some Endurance Racing in 2010. You never know, you might see us at the 24 Hours of Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring. This is the second time I have been to Italy to see Rob. I enjoy spending time with him and see how he lives in his world.
Ciao for now!