Statesville, N.C. (6/12/12) – – ‘Speramus Meliora’ is the motto of the City of Detroit, which in Latin means ‘We Hope for Better Things.’ After experiencing a flat tire early on in the race at Pocono, the No. 34 team is adopting the city’s slogan as they too are hoping for better things as they head into the Motor City.
Ragan has a pair of top-10 finishes and a career best effort of 3rd in 10 career starts at the 2.0 mile oval.
David Ragan on Michigan:
“We had a good car at Pocono, but couldn’t get our lap back after losing a tire early in the race. Ford has a strong reputation at Michigan and it would be great to get them a respectable finish in their home state.”
“I’m interested in seeing how the track’s new surface fairs this weekend. I can’t remember the last time we’ve raced on two freshly repaved racetracks back to back. I anticipate seeing a big pickup in speed as we did at Pocono, which should make for a great race for the fans.”
Jay Guy on Michigan:
“Racing on repaved racetracks always poses a challenge for us as crew chiefs. You don’t really have anything to look at in terms of notes, because it is hard to anticipate how much the track is going to change. I think we are going to see some really fast lap times for the second week in a row. Our challenge will be to make adjustments as the track takes on more and more rubber throughout the weekend.”
“The ARCA cars are racing at the same facility as us again this weekend. We saw at Pocono how much of a challenge it can be for the teams and drivers when the two rubber compounds work against each other. The track we qualified on at Pocono was slicker than anything we raced on in our 5 days there. Fortunately this weekend, the Nationwide cars qualify in-between the ARCA race and our qualifying session, so the laps they put on the track should help the overall grip level to improve by the time we go out.”