Interview: Ricky Stenhouse, Jr
Straight out of Motown, Ricky Stenhouse and Roush Racing refuse to lose as they give the impression of being out the race store doorways and in the direction of Michigan Worldwide Speedway. The outcomes have been sluggish in coming for the veteran driver, however a way of optimism and hope stay; the outfit assured they’ll motor into the NASCAR playoffs later this summer season.
Q: What do you consider the NASCAR-mandated 2019 aerodynamic and horsepower specifics utilized to the automobiles? Helped? Damage?
RICKY STENHOUSE: It’s been working good for us and the group. I really feel like with the excessive downforce, decrease horsepower we’ve been fairly aggressive on a whole lot of these race tracks. There are nonetheless some race tracks that we struggled at with the package deal; as an illustration, we struggled at Pocono final week. Having mentioned that, I believe we’ll fairly robust right here at Michigan with the package deal.
Q: Your outcomes to this point: You positioned sixth at Las Vegas final March, however it took you 10 extra races to complete within the prime 10 as soon as once more. You ran fifth at Charlotte a fortnight in the past. Encouraging?
RS: Yeah, I imply when you have a look at our season, we’re simply not close to as constant as we have to be. We have been constant originally of the yr and getting first rate finishes, and we have been placing ourselves in a great place to be within the factors, however then we slipped a bit bit. We sort of received again on monitor once more, simply with the pace within the automotive, and we began operating extra up entrance. We carried that over to Charlotte, however then we have been out final weekend at Pocono and blew a proper entrance tire. Finally, that value us a whole lot of factors. All in all, it’s been an up and down season, however we’re trying to take that pace and produce it to the race monitor each weekend.
Q: Be it chasing it on race weekends or attempting to get the whole group to speak higher, what does the No. 17 group must do come race day?
RS: Sure, I believe for us, we really must proceed to work within the store. I really feel like as a group we are inclined to get our automotive higher and higher all through the race, in order that’s a great factor to have. For us, as a group, simply ensuring now we have our automotive set-up downforce-wise and having our automobiles nearer to the race monitor may be very constructive.
Q: So far as your driving, what’s your tackle 2019? Are you okay with how you’re doing behind the wheel?
RS: Oh yeah, I’ve been aggressive and we’ve had some points with tires and with me dashing and costing us a spots on pit street. There are positively issues to scrub up, however I positively like the place I’m at, for certain.
Q: Whereas Roush Fenway Racing offers you guys completely every thing they’ve, I simply get the sense that you just guys are combating to your lives on the market.
RS: Oh, little doubt. I believe everyone within the storage sort of feels that means. You have got a pair groups on the market who’re on prime of their sport each weekend. We’ve made progress and I really feel like we’ve introduced extra pace to the race monitor this yr. Nonetheless, every thing isn’t even near the place we would like it. We need to proceed to work exhausting and such as you mentioned, everyone is combating on the market.
Q: We’re mainly on the midway level of the season. How are you wanting on the second half of the season, and extra importantly, the playoffs?
RS: Yeah, for us, we’ve been a place to be within the playoffs and we’ve simply not been in a position to get there. I believe the best way these races are enjoying out, you’ll be able to acquire and lose a whole lot of factors in only one race. With Kansas (P11) and Charlotte (P5), we gained quite a bit and put ourselves proper there and inside placing distance. You already know, we’re going to need to have a few good months in the summertime to ensure we keep constant and get these factors that we’d like. Or if not, get a win. I do really feel like we will make the playoffs.