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Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports - Q&A

Jimmie, from your perspective, Jeff called it kind of like more old school Martinsville with the tyre falloff. Most drivers seem to like that. What did you think this weekend and do you feel that it's heading in the right direction, kind of like Chad said?

Jimmie Johnson:
Yeah, I agree with what Jeff said, and Chad's point of view, as well. The competitors have been asking for a tyre that falls off, and with changes in the vehicle, this Gen-6 car is allowing Goodyear to comfortably make some adjustments and change. Their green tyre that they've introduced naturally wears out differently, and seems to wear more, which is good, and creates that falloff.

So I think directionally we're going the right way. I do still feel that there are some surfaces that just - the type of surface that's put down doesn't put on good races, and we need to be smart when we resurface tracks.

But tyre falloff is what we're all after. The competitors have been saying that for a long time but Goodyear was afraid to do so with some of the loading and things that we saw with the other car. They still want it to last. The last thing they want is four or five blown right fronts and drivers climbing out of the car mad and hurt talking about the tyre not doing its job. So they're walking a tightrope. It's easy to beat up on them, but they do have a tough job.

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