Kickin' It With Carl: Final Edition
Motivating. Because I realize now that I was reminded by last season how fleeting success is in this sport for everyone but
I didn't want last season to be over. I felt like someone learning something new. You don't want to stop until you get it right, and I felt like we were working really hard, and we were kind of getting closer and it was over. But I've been really anticipating the beginning of the season to see if we can continue that.
Well, I was reminded and convinced how important every small aspect of the team is. In 2008 and other times, we had a bad pit stop or poor qualifying effort, but it wasn't something that kept us down for the whole race. I realized last year those things are hugely important. My pit stops, my qualifying, my restarts, all these things that I didn't really worry too much about because once we got to racing, I could make those things up. I couldn't always do that in 2009, and that's some of the stuff we worked on this offseason.
Well, it always feels good to win and break through and get it out of the way. We had that long, long losing streak after the 2005 season. It went through 2006 and most of 2007, and it felt real, real good to get back to Victory Lane. So I think yeah, it's always in the back of your mind to the extent that it's satisfying when you win.
I was watching
It was cool to hear him say that. The guy's hugely successful, and I listen to people like that.
The first Martinsville race. I was racing real hard with
My pit crew. It's as important as any change we make to the cars, any engineering stuff we're doing. That pit crew plays a pivotal role in your race result every week, and we've made some changes there that I think are going to be very, very good. I'm real excited about that.
Yeah. I went the other day to watch the guys, and I drove the pit practice car. I couldn't get the thing into gear before they got around to the left side, that's how quick they were. I'm going to have to step up my game in the car. I was shocked at how fast they could get from the right side of the car to the left side and have it up in the air, taking the wheels off. It's the fastest I've ever seen it, sitting in a race car.
I can tell you from firsthand experience that he does a very, very good job and deserves any awards that are bestowed upon him for how good he is and how hard he works. On top of that -- and this is not kissing his butt -- he is just a good competitor. Unlike a lot of people that I compete against, he truly enjoys the competition -- not just the winning. He enjoys a good race, and it's really fun to race against someone like that.
It's a big help. I believe in Ford as a company. They make the best cars on the road, and that's why they're doing as well as they are. They've done this alone, not receiving assistance from the taxpayers -- and I think not enough people realize that. Not enough people appreciate that, because they didn't have to go that way. But they took the risk and did it. So for them to devote more resources to our sport and to NASCAR, I hope the fans appreciate that. I do -- and I think it's going to help us.
I think the fans want to see that passion, and if NASCAR wants to keep their hands off and let it be what it is, that's fine with me. I think it's better when penalties aren't incurred. Obviously, certain things . . . like, I got mad at
Rub my wife's belly. [Carl's wife Kate is pregnant.] That's the coolest thing I've ever done in my life. We took our bikes to Costa Rica. That was an adventure. Six guys, and we had fun. We rented a van down there, drove all over, went to a volcano, rode our bikes, did everything. We had a good time.
I had a flat tire on the van 20 miles down a dirt road on this volcano, in the rain, and then we had a flat tire on the airplane coming back, and stopped in the Cayman Islands. If you're going to have a flat tire on your plane, Cayman Islands is the place to be stuck, that's for sure.
Well, I've got some racing resolutions. I can't share those because they're going to inspire my performance. But those are good. As for the others, I guess it's the same thing I try to do all the time. Number one is be a good husband and a good dad this year. Those will be the number one priorities for me.
Just stay the heck out of my way! No, let the fans know what you're thinking. That's one of the greatest things about this sport, that our fans have unprecedented access to us as drivers. So, I hope he has as much fun doing the diary as I did.