FORD RACING NOTES AND QUOTES Daytona 500 Advance, Daytona International Speedway

  Even though the No. 21 Motorcraft Ford Fusion of Trevor Bayne
suffered body damage in Thursday’s last-lap accident of the second
Gatorade Duel race, the team has decided to try and fix their primary
car.  Bayne will not participate in today’s practice sessions as
repairs continue.  Co-owner Len Wood talked about what went into that
decision this morning at Daytona International Speedway.

LEN WOOD, Co-Owner – No. 21 Motorcraft Ford Fusion – WHAT WENT INTO
THE DECISION TO TRY AND REPAIR THIS CAR AS OPPOSED TO GOING TO A
BACK-UP?  “We were standing there looking at it yesterday and some of
the guys in Jack’s fab shop that helped build the car to start with
said they could fix it.  They said they had the parts to do it, so
Donnie was trying to weigh out whether we needed practice or not and
how much time we could allot to fixing it, so the decision was made to
fix it.  They had more parts that came down on a truck this morning.
They were swapping the 6 out, bringing him another back-up car, so
they brought a few more parts.  They’re moving along really good on
it.  We won’t run today.  We’ll put the race engine in it probably
this afternoon and get ready to hopefully run some tomorrow and then
be ready for the 500.”

IS THERE ANY CONCERN ABOUT POSSIBLE DAMAGE TO COMPONENTS UNDER THE CAR
THAT YOU CAN’T SEE?  “That’s what we did first.  We looked around to
see if there was any frame damage.  Did we bend the front clip?  We
didn’t hit anything with the wheels, so nothing appears to be wrong
with any of that, so that was one of the decisions.  There was grass
everywhere.  Sometimes you see cars almost fold the front end under
when they go through the grass.  You can bend a front clip really easy
like that.  Well, when all the grass came he was backwards and he was
catching it with the back of the splitter, so he didn’t tear any of
that off.  When you put the hood down, the hood still fit, so all of
that was still good.”

WHAT ARE YOU REPAIRING?  “We’re putting a left side on the car from
the rear tire forward, and then there’s a little piece on the
left-front of the nose that had to be patched and a piece over the
right-front fender.  On the right side, they had to beat it out just a
little bit, but they didn’t cut anything.  We’ll probably do some
wrapping and painting.  We’ll do a combination.  We may not have that
part finished until after we run tomorrow.  The main thing will be
getting it back together and get out there to run a few laps tomorrow.
What you’ve got down here is what you’ve got.  It’s not like we’re
gonna go out there and pick up another quarter-of-a-second by trying
this or that.  It’s gonna be a lot about who your partner is on
Sunday.”

WHAT DID YOU THINK OF TREVOR’S PERFORMANCE YESTERDAY?  “We were really
impressed because on Wednesday I don’t think anybody wanted to draft
with a rookie.  It was a little bit frustrating to start because we
couldn’t get going, but then late in practice Kyle Busch said he would
run with us.  They ran about six laps and did the swap and Kyle told
him what to do on the exchange and how to drag the brake.  He helped
Trevor out a little bit, but he only had about six laps of two-car
drafting before that race yesterday.  In December, we ran 400 miles of
drafting practice in that tire test, but none of it was touching
anybody.  Nobody did that until we came back for the January test.  At
that test, we were doing single-car runs trying to get speed in the
car, so we’ll see what he’s got on Sunday.”
FORD RACING NOTES AND QUOTES    Daytona 500 Advance, Page 5       
February 13, 2011    Daytona International Speedway   

   The Wood Brothers have been racing since 1950, but founder Glen Wood
has been coming to Daytona since 1947 and has been to every Daytona
500.  Ford Racing reminisced with Wood earlier this week about what
racing was like on the beach and how he got started coming to Daytona
every February.

GLEN WOOD, Owner – No. 21 Motorcraft Ford Fusion – HOW LONG HAVE YOU
BEEN COMING TO DAYTONA?  “I started coming here in 1947 and this makes
the 65th straight year I’ve been down here.  I came here for the first
time with Bernece’s dad and brother in 1947 in a little ’44 Ford.  We
just sort of started going to races back at home after the war, and I
asked them about going down to Florida and they agreed.  That was the
start and we decided to go back the next year and I’ve done it every
year since then.  I’m lucky that I’ve felt good and haven’t been sick
to where I couldn’t go during this time, but the other thing about
coming down here is I’ve always driven.  I’ve come down here before by
plane for the Fourth of July race.  I haven’t been to every one of
those, but I have been here for all of the 500s.”

HOW HAS THIS AREA CHANGED?  “I remember when there wasn’t a track here
and you’d come by 92 and see stumps rooted up out of the ground
because it was just wilderness out here.  It’s just like you see in a
lot of places where there are swamps, palm trees and water.  I’m sure
Big Bill noticed that it was getting built up on the beach with houses
right along where the track was, and that was a big change.  There got
to be several houses in that last two miles down to the lighthouse and
it got so that they would have to tell them, ‘You can’t go out.  If
you’ve got to go anywhere, get out of here now and don’t come back
until tonight.’”

YOU RACED ON THE BEACH.  WHAT WAS IT LIKE? – “You would start down by
the lighthouse and I can remember the first year I ran it there were
more than 100 cars in the race.  Can you imagine that many starting
and then realizing that we’ve all got to slow down and make that turn
at the North Turn (where the North Turn Restaurant is now).  What
they’d do is they would turn off the ocean and get back up on the
highway right there and go two miles down toward the lighthouse.  I
don’t know how many of us ran over the bank down on the other end.
One of the guys asked me one time, ‘How do you keep from running over
the bank?’  First thing, when you would come over the last rise, you
could see the turn so I would pump my brakes a little bit to see if
I’ve got some.  Back then, it was common to have a vibration break a
brake line and you wouldn’t have any brakes, so that was the worst
thing you could do going down in there without any brakes.  So, I
would pump the brakes and realize the turn was coming up and just
slowed down.  Curtis Turner was the best that ever was on the beach.
I’d say he would throw it sideways for at least 100 feet and it was
the prettiest drift you ever saw coming into the North Turn and he
never did go wobbling out like a lot of them.  He went out of there
just as pretty every time.  He is one of the legends over here from
the very start.  I didn’t drive quite like Curtis did and even though
I’d have some drift once you got into it, he was just the one you had
to watch.  He enjoyed doing that on every dirt or half-mile track, but
when it got serious and he needed to tighten up to keep things
together, he’d drive it a little more stable.”

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