MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
TEAM CHEVY PRESS CONF. TRANSCRIPT
APRIL 26, 2019
RYAN PREECE, NO. 47 KROGER CAMARO ZL1 met with media in a breakout session at Talladega Superspeedway. Select highlights:
WHAT IS IT LIKE TO TRY TO GAIN RESPECT WHEN RACING AT A SUPERSPEEDWAY?
“I’ve already learned that I’m the rookie and not a lot of people are going to want to follow me. So I’m trying to be that guy that’s just following the leader and you know, hopefully I’m in the right position in the last lap to try and take advantage of a slingshot move. So we’ll see. But as far as respect, I think that’s just something where when guys start racing around you and you show a, what’s the word I’m looking for? I’m not being erratic is one thing. So if you show that you’re not erratic, I think more people will work with you over time.”
DO YOU EXPECT TO FIGHT HANDLING ISSUES HERE LIKE AT DAYTONA?
“I think I’m fighting more handling issues today than I did at Daytona, but this is also our typical package. I would say that we run on intermediate tracks that we, or you know, maybe just actually all of us haven’t really run. So, it’s a different animal and I felt like handling was an issue. I don’t know unless other people aren’t saying the same thing, but that’s kind of what we agreed this is, this is something that we came to and we didn’t really expect to be fighting handling and we unload it, and it was certainly an issue. So, we got it a lot better. But I think it’s going to be something you’re going to see on Sunday.”
HOW DO YOU CHARACTERIZE THE INITIAL PART OF YOUR CAREER TO THIS POINT?
“It’s been full of highs and lows for sure, but something that, you know, hard work and never giving up always prevail. So we just have to keep heading in that direction and, I feel like ultimately by the middle of the season, towards the end of the season, we should be hitting our stride and be exactly where I want to be. It’s just, it takes time. We’re working on that and, obviously I’m extremely thankful for the opportunity that JTG Jody and Tad and, and Brad and Gordon that have given me, and Kroger being behind me 110%. I get those texts every single week from all those guys. It’s a good feeling to know that no matter what, at the end of the day, they’re proud of me and we’re just going to keep moving forward.”
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