When you put us here at the biggest race, the Daytona 500, everybody brings their A game. It's the most difficult race to win.
Jimmie, put this in some kind of historical perspective. I don't know if you're able to do this at this moment. Winning in your 400th career start, you joined a great list of people that have done that, Lee Petty, Richard Petty, Richard Pearson, Dale Earnhardt. What does that mean to you having accomplished that?
I had no clue about that. Just to hear those names and my name in that sentence is pretty awesome. The history side is hard for me because, one, I don't know these stats. Happy to hear about them, though. I'm still in the sport competing, not in that mental space to reflect back all that much.
I am so proud to be in that same category with those guys, feel I have a lot of years left. I certainly hope to make more history and do other cool things within the sport.
It's a huge honour. There's no other way to put it. Any time you're mentioned with those greats, it's a huge honour.
Switching to a new car, how long does it take you to discover the setups that you think are going to work? Some people mentioned it's a lot like it was eight to 10 years ago. Are you finding any numbers that you have useful to this year?
We never stop learning. Something's always evolving and changing. Just when you think whatever mindset has become extinct, whatever setup is never going to be in a racecar again, a guy finds a way to make it work once again. We see this happen all the time.
This car is introducing some very old school thought, tools to be used on the racecar. So nothing's really ever gone. It always seems to find its way back into the sport. We'll learn all year and even past that.