Heading into Road America, JR Motorsports will have Cole Whitt in the #88 VooDoo Ride Chevrolet, Danica Patrick in the #7 GoDaddy.com, and will welcome Ron Fellows into the #5 AER Manufacturing Chevrolet. Fellows will also run the other road course races at Watkins Glen and Montreal later in the year.
Cole Whitt on Road America: “I’m not sure what to expect this week-end. Sometimes it’s difficult to establish clear goals when it’s track new to me. I know we want to have a strong finish. A lot of the guys say that half the battle is just keeping all four tires on the track.
“Our team was lucky to go testing last month with Ron (Fellows). He is a great road course racer and an excellent teacher. As a rookie, I’m very thankful that he is running for our team this weekend. He is very open and willing to help. All you have to do is ask.
“It’s neat to be running the VooDoo Ride paint scheme on our car this weekend. It’s probably one of the coolest looking cars I’ve driven. I think the matte black finish looks good and what’s not to like about a green skull on the hood?”
Danica Patrick on Road America: “I’m of the opinion that expectations shouldn’t always equal results. It’s not about what everyone thinks should be done. It’s about how my team and I are working together, what we hope for and what our goals are. Expectations are just a point of conversation.
“Obviously, we want to keep improving on the things we’ve done, and we will. That’s just going to take time. I could go through all the things that I think have been better over the years – and there are quite a few of them. Instead of getting upset about the individual weekends and results, it’s better to think about what you’ve improved on, and the things you need to improve on moving forward, so your results keep getting better.”
Ron Fellows on Road America: ”I have been fortunate enough to finish second at both Road America races over the last two years. But it is no secret that last year was much more disappointing.
“Given the situation in hindsight, I know NASCAR made the right call with the finish. We don’t have to like it, but it’s over and done with. My wife had joked that I wasn’t going to be able to keep the Harley Davidson motorcycle for winning last year anyway.
“But we’re back with yet another oppor-tunity with JRM and AER Manufacturing. I’m hopeful that the third time really is a charm. If we can improve one position from our finish last year, we’ll have this thing won. That sounds a lot easier than it’s going to be.”