Racingone On One: David Stremme

David Stremme is one of this year's NEXTEL Cup Series rookies and the freshman driver took time over the weekend at Talladega to talk to RacingOne about the changes at Ganassi, the Car of Tomorrow, his recent trip to American Idol and much, much more.

RacingOne: How are things going since the changes at Ganassi, including your new crew chief?

Stremme: I think things are pretty good. When Chip and Felix announced all the stuff that is going on and I'm fully behind them 100%. It's going to take a couple races to get things going, but I think already this weekend its showing some improvement through are qualifying compared to Daytona. Will just keep digging. We're getting some cars built and will see how that works out.

RacingOne: Does Ganassi have a car of Tomorrow ready and when is your plan to drive one?

Stremme: The organization does have one. But I don't really follow that program because we've been so busy with what's going on now. I know they are going to be testing them at Lowe's and I'm going to sneak over there and get in the car and see how it runs.

RacingOne: You recently made a trip to American Idol, can you tell me about that?

Stremme: I've been watching that more this year than any. I got to meet Taylor Chris and Katherine. I thought Taylor and Chris were cool. They are true genuine people. Taylor said he played at Talladega in the Infield two years ago and I thought that was pretty impressive. We're going to try and get him to a race and come hang out. My spotter, Mike Calinoff, actually is a huge fan of Taylor and belongs to his fan club so he's pulling for him.

RacingOne: You grew up racing with your family, how is their racing season going?

Stremme: Both my parents I grew up racing around them. My Mom she just kind of races part-time here and there, but she looks after my brother's program that he runs for me. My Dad he still races about every weekend. Matter of fact I was calling him last night (Saturday) to see how they did (Dad and Brother) but it ended up getting rained out on their opening night.

RacingOne: Where will more future NASCAR stars come from with some short tracks closing on a local level?

Stremme: Driver's are going to come from all over I think that something you've seen change in our sport here. We have a driver Bryan Clauson under development running USAC. He just won at Winchester and is doing an awesome job. I think there are some guys in some stock cars in different series that are running good. But if your going to have success you're going to win in just about anything so, they can pull from about anywhere.

RacingOne: Do you like racing at Talladega? Plus what is your favorite track on the circuit?

Stremme: Talladega is always fun to come to. I don't know what's the idea of paving it though after this race. I think the facility is great. Every time I come here they keep doing something to improve it. As for the tracks they all are favorites to me. I have fun at all of them. There are some that stick out a little more - I enjoy Phoenix.

RacingOne: Your owner has teams in other series', do you have the chance to hang out with those guys and see an occasional race?

Stremme: Obviously the Grand Am races when they run in conjunction with the NEXTEL Cup races. I really go over there and hang out and admire what those guys do. I want to get to an IRL race. We got to hang out with Dan Wheldon a little bit this winter. He's a really cool guy and pretty down to earth. I just want to go see what that racing is all about. I think it's a little different than what our racing is.

RacingOne: How has it been working with Coors and what do they have in store in the future?

Stremme: We just released the frost commercial. I have been doing some appearances at some different breweries. They actually are making the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia packaging plant into a brewery, which will be open by the end of the fall. Working with them has been great because they have so much history in our sport and to continue that on. We'll get running better here so we can give them something to drink some alcohol about.

RacingOne: Being from South Bend, did you follow Chicago or College sports?

Stremme: I didn't follow a lot of sports. All I have done is race.

        

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