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Edwards Mum On Future With Roush Fenway

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Friday, July 29 2011

Carl Edwards is still pondering his future with Roush Fenway Racing. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Harold Hinson)

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com

Indianapolis – Carl Edwards showed up at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for this weekend’s Brickyard 400 as the Sprint Cup points leader. However, it was not the here-and-now which was on the minds of the media when Edwards conducted a press conference Friday.

Instead, everybody wanted to know if he had made up his mind on his future at Roush Fenway Racing. No news, is what Edwards had to say.

“We’re working hard on the contract stuff,” Edwards, who is in the final year of his deal with Roush Fenway, said. ” I’ve heard a lot of different ideas out there, but it still remains the same.  I’m going make the decision that’s the best one I can make and I’m going do that outside of the media.  That’s the way I want to keep it going right now.  I have signed a contract and that’s the contract I signed in 2008 to race for Jack in ’09, ’10, and ’11 and try to win the championship, so that is my mission.  That’s the only contract that I have signed right now and that’s the one that I’m going to honor, so that’s what I’m doing.”

The rumor is that Edwards’ top suitor is Joe Gibbs Racing. Edwards would say nothing about that, either.

What he did say is that he disagrees with those who think his situation is distracting to him and his team as it goes for the Cup championship.

“There are a lot of distractions in life, but we’re doing really well,” Edwards said. “We’re leading the

Carl Edwards and Jack Roush celebrate a victory at Michigan in 2008. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)

points and we’re doing well. We’re doing what we need to do, so I’m a competitor. My job is to do the job that I’m hired to do and whatever distractions there are out there I have to be able to shut those off and go race, and that’s what I do.”

Edwards was asked if he thought that he could still win a championship this year with the issue swirling around him.

“Of course,” he said. “I do, I feel like no matter what happens that we have a great thing going here. Jack Roush and Ford and Aflac and everyone, this is our mission right now is to win this championship and that’s our goal right now. I feel like it’s the goal for all of us, so whatever happens will happen, but I think that’s reasonable to believe that it can happen no matter what.”

At least one of Edwards’ teammates said Friday he wishes Edwards would make up his mind and announce his intentions.

“It’s obvious that it’s coming to a head,” Greg Biffle said, “kind of like whether we’re going to approve the debt ceiling or not.  At some point he’s going to have to say that I’m not coming back.  He’s not going to be able to wait until Homestead, we all know that, so Carl is a big boy, he’s a man and he has to make his own decisions.  Eventually, he’s going to have to make a decision and it’ll be best for everybody so, one, we can plan for sponsorships and drivers and teams and people.

“There are a lot of people’s jobs on the line – if we’re gonna be three teams or four teams – so the sooner the better.  I understand contract negotiations take a long time and there is a lot to them, but truly if you know or you’ve made a decision, then it’s time to give everybody enough opportunity to make their decision on the back side of that.”

Danica also mum

Dale Earnhardt Jr., owner of a Nationwide team, was asked about the future of his driver-in-waiting, Danica Patrick.

“I don’t know” what her plans are, Earnhardt said of Patrick, who is driving full time in the IZOD

Danica Patrick still has not told team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. of her plans for 2012. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Harold Hinson)

IndyCar Series this year, said. “I haven’t heard anything. I feel confident that she’s content where she is and happy with what we’re doing and I think things are looking positive for us to put something together. I would like for her to run full time and I’m sure she is considering that and I think she would enjoy it. She seems to really enjoy driving stock cars and racing in the Nationwide Series. We just have to see but I haven’t heard anything about it.”

Asked about Patricks progress in her occasional NNS starts, Earnhardt said, “I think she’s doing great. She’s way ahead of the curve. We’ve had the opportunity to put several drivers in that car and her performance is right on par with all those drivers. We started out struggling and she had a steep, steep climb to go and she’s really come a long, long way. I’m excited about what the potential is with her going forward. I’m really excited about that.”

Double happiness

Not only is Tony Stewart racing a Cup car at his favorite venue this weekend, he is the proud owner of a brand new World of Outlaws trophy.

Stewart won his first WoO race on Wednesday. It came in Canada. It was a long time coming, he said.

“It was awesome,” Stewart said. “I don’t know how many races in the World of Outlaws I’ve run.  To finally win one of those and run against Sammy Swindell, Jason Meyers, Steve Kinser, have a good night, win one of those, was something that’s definitely high on my list of accomplishments, for sure.”

Stewart owns an Outlaws team which has won series championships, but the victory from behind the wheel was special.

– Jim Pedley can be reached at jpedley@racintoday.com

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Friday, July 29 2011
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  • Terry says:

    If Carl sell’s out to Gibbs and Toyota……
    he will look so GREEDY AND PLASTIC that the fans will NOT follow.
    Tony HATED the Toyota-Gibbs-Home Depot AXIS…..
    He want to drive a Chevy and got out….
    Carl has preach the FORD BLUE OVAL…they made him….
    he will now have to look at the camera and
    ….praise the RISING SUN……
    He won’t be welcomed in stands any more.
    Go look in the mirror …Carl…
    FORD and Roush will carry on without him.