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Brian Vickers, Michael Waltrip Racing - Q&A

No, we were flying home with Denny and Austin had left, so her ride was leaving. I'm pretty sure she is very upset about that decision (Laughter).

I can tell you, there's no bigger fan I have than her and no one has more confidence in me than her. It had nothing to do with that. She was probably stuck between a rock and a hard place, and you know, just did what she was told she had to do. But she made it back -

Ty Norris:
She jogged back. Was she in flip-shops? So she got to victory lane and he was all sweaty and she was more sweaty. (Laughter) I think she was just as excited.

Brian Vickers:
Probably more.

What was the second part of the question? Actually, you know what let me back up for a second. I actually don't know this, but I'm going to speculate, my dad is what you would call extremely superstitious.

And I'm sure, because she always watches the race with my parents in the stands, and I'm sure when it came time for her to go or stay, and the only reason if she would stay is if we won and we were racing for the win - I'll have to check on, this but I can almost guarantee Dad said, you're leaving - don't do anything different. Because if you stay, expecting him to win, in his mind, that jinxes the win.

So I'm going to go on the limb and say - he agrees, you know my father well. Is this not an accurate statement?

Rodney Childers:
Yes.

Brian Vickers:
So he probably told her to leave. I'm going to have a word with him. (Laughter).

Ty Norris:
Aaron's have been an incredible partner of Michael Waltrip Racing for 12 years, with Michael and his garage behind his house running six to eight Nationwide races when he started.

They have gone through a lot of change, and what has been amazing is that they have given us every opportunity to sit there in front of them and talk about NASCAR, talk about Michael Waltrip Racing, the relationship we've had, and they are believers. They are believers in Michael Waltrip Racing and they are believers of Brian.

Michael has made no bones about it; in the last 30 to 45 days, he talks about Brian a lot as being that candidate that we want to go ahead and try to get moving forward with. All I can tell you is wins help a lot of business issues, and so this was a great day for that.

Q:
That was part of my question. Brian and Ty, are you confident that Brian will be in the #55 full-time next year?

Ty Norris:
He's been our focus, and we would love to have him in the car, but we need commercial support. So you can't do - this is true for every race team, true for every probably sports entity, but certainly for NASCAR race teams. You do nothing without sponsors, and that's why we do so much for them.

And Toyota has been a great supporter of Brian, and when we talked to Toyota about Brian being our driver, he's part of the freshman class from Toyota, so of course they liked Brian.




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