Michael McDowell started his season in a good way; He already has 3 top 10 finishes. That is why the team is very optimistic and expects the best. “That’s definitely the best start that we’ve had minus last year, and I think there’s a lot of potential with this Next Gen car for us to have more good results and be in contention,” McDowell, 37, said, as quoted by motorsport.
“We were optimistic about that going into this season that this could be a year for us to really have an opportunity to shine and get better results, and so I think there’s still a lot to come this year and I’m looking forward to some of the tracks that we have circled and seeing where we can stack up against the competition.
“There’s a tremendous amount of development going on right now and there seems to be teams that are sorting it out pretty quickly, so we have to make sure that we keep up with the rapid pace of development of a brand new car”.
McDowell on his progress
Of course, there were some problems, but McDowell believes that his team will solve some problems. “I think that the hardest thing for us has probably been the challenge of just the limited amount of practice that you have and with the newness of this car,” McDowell said.
“You want to try a lot of things because it’s so new, so you want to try different packages, different geometries, springs, stiff, soft, bars, no bars, there are a lot of things that you want to work through that you can’t work through in those 20 minutes.
“I feel like it’s kind of ebbed and flowed a little bit as far as the small teams being able to perform because there’s been tracks where it seems like we’re closer to the competition than we were last year, and then there have been tracks where we feel like we’re pretty similar.
“I think in the next few weeks and definitely in the next few months we’ll have a better handle of what we need to do to get us closer to the competition, so I hope it plays out how we anticipated”. The Dover race will be a big challenge for him “Not nervous with what’s going to happen with it, but more of just how they’re going to drive because it’s such a fast race track, a lot of loading (on the tires), so it’s going to be a challenge the first couple of laps when you unload there to see what you have,” he said.