Thursday, November 12, 2009

David Reutimann - Phoenix Preview

Fan question of the week: Billy from Florida asks, 'Last week you had to try and save gas at the end of the race, do you ever practice driving differently to save gas for situations like that?'

"You really don't practice it until it becomes time to try and save fuel. I mean, there are things you can do on the track - like peddling the throttle and just trying to slowing down. Then under caution, you can turn the car off or ride on the bottom of the track. Obviously, I'm not the greatest at it (smiling)."

Is there anything learned from the Phoenix race earlier this season that can be applied this weekend since that was a night race and this one will take place in the middle of the day?

"I think the spring race was a good measuring stick to how we can run this weekend at Phoenix in the Aaron's Dream Machine. I don't think the time of day is going to effect speed as much because of the track being a shorter, flatter track."

Phoenix is only a mile long, but wide and flat. Do you race it like a normal short-track?

"It's a little different than a normal short track because of the space it provides. You can really pass here, so it makes it easier on you when compared to other short tracks."

With the unique configuration at Phoenix, what's the key to having a fast car there?

"Since Phoenix is relatively flat, we need to get our Aaron's Dream Machine as low to the ground as possible and turning good in the corners."

What are your goals for this weekend at Phoenix?

"The goal is to win. We ran really well there in the spring, so I'm confident that we'll have a really good Aaron's Dream Machine once again."

2009 NSCS Points Standings: David Reutimann sits 16th, 214 points behind Kyle Busch in 13th place – the highest non-Chase driver.

Chassis Information: The No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine for this week is chassis No. 651. This is a brand new Aaron's Dream Machine.

Race Information: This weekend the Sprint Cup Series heads West to Phoenix International Raceway. ABC will broadcast race coverage for the Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 presented by Pennzoil beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Nov. 15.

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