[megan] I don't think so
[Matt_Austin] What do you think then?
[megan] I think this is simply a chance to clear up a few things that some are stretching to unnecessary proportions
[Matt_Austin] I guess I might just be a little bitter that they are replacing Bobby. Especially since I bought tickets to see the race this weekend.
[megan] I don't think replacing is the exact word. I do have my own thought on the situation about this weekend, but I will keep that to myself.
[Matt_Austin] Well, the entry list has been announced and his name is nowhere to be seen. It's just really disappointing to sit out a championship driver just because the team surrounding him isn't quite up to par with the others in the garage.
[megan] yes, it is disappointing to not see his name on the list I won't deny that
[Matt_Austin] I just hope this year isn't the end of his career. I would really like to see him take a step back from the cup series and possibly run for the championship in the trucks or nationwide series.
[megan] well, time will tell
[zachpsu] Looks like the start streak is over this weekend?
[megan] if he cannot find a ride, yes I believe so, but there's still a little time I think
[megan] hi Emily
[BobbyD] Anybody know what they are using for engines? TRD or are they Triad engines?
[megan] pretty sure triad
[Crazy Ivan] that's what i saw too, Triad
[BobbyD] Well there lies part of the problem. Should have stuck with MWR and the TRD engines. MWR is tearing up the track now.
[Crazy Ivan] Perhaps Mikey doesn't want to share.
[BobbyD] And they were all running like crap together back then causing the split. MWR seems to have pulled their program together.
[Crazy Ivan] I'd love to see a dyno comparision between TRD and Triad engines
[BobbyD] Me too. Seems underpowered week in and week out. I head straight to 28 when I look for qualifing or finish. Shame really. He is better than that.
[rjs] I'm really going to have a hard time watching this race if Bobby isn't in it, He's been in every single race I've ever watched
[Crazy Ivan] I hear a lot of comments about being loose and/or tight in the corners. I wonder how much of this is chassis setup, and how much horsepower.
[rjs] At michigan AJ said it felt like he was dragging an anchor
[msnascar47] Am I actually into the chatroom?
[JTG Daugherty Racing] Hay gang, thanks for joining us. we will get started at 3:00 PM Thanks!
[Mickey47] Hello JTG Daugherty Racing
[msnascar47] I'm early but wanted to be sure I could get in -
[megan] yes, hello
[JB] hi everyone
[msnascar47] Just so you know, I'm Rita
[tekniklyrawly] whatsup!!! eberyone
[JB] hhi Rita
[JB] waiting on some news
[Falcon58] Despite the current circumstances of the last few weeks, I would like to truly thank JTG for taking the time to reach out to us Labonte fans to help us better understand everything.
[megan] definitely thanks
[JTG Daugherty Racing] We want to thank everyone for joining us. Booby and Brad are here and are curently getting setup on their computers.
[lilguymike] Brad and who?
[Steve] you mean BOBBY?
[JTG Daugherty Racing] Sorry Bobby
[Steve] hey Mickey
[Mickey47] Hey Steve
[msnascar47] Coke anyone?
[megan] pretty good turnout
[Steve] Hi megan!
[megan] hi Steve
[JB] big news
[fredb] hey guys hows it goin
[Laureen] I'lI'll take a smile with that Coke, thanks
[bigmo1979] Wouldn't want to miss the big announcement
[Mickey47] I wonder how much media is in here?
[megan] hello Bobby
[azflautist] Hi Bobby!
[Steve] Hey BLAB!
[Bryan] Hi bobby!!!!
[JB] hi bobby
[Mickey47] Hello champ!
[msnascar47] Howdy Bobby
[Rob] Hey Bobby hope your day is great
[fredb] hi Bobby
[Bobby Labonte] Hello everyone, thanks for coming in. Brad and I are here and ready to answer your questions.
[megan] Hi Brad
[Mickey47] Hello Brad
[Matt_Austin] Bobby, are you racing this week?
[JB] hey Brad
[msnascar47] hye Brad
[Brad Daugherty] Hello to everyone! Thanks for being here, I appreciate everyone taking the time to join the conversation.
[Steve] where to start?
[jkenninger] How can something like last week happen? Who is held accountable and how are you going to make sure it doesn't happen again?
[Bobby Labonte] Thanks for all of the support, we all have a passion for what we are doing, we all believe what we are doing with the program and we want to make sure we continue to represent all of the sponsors the right way.
[Bryan] Hey Brad, with AJ in the car, what did you guys learn at Michigan?
[Bobby Labonte] I will not be racing this week.
[Roger/SpeedwayMedia] Bobby or Brad how much did you learn fron AJ being in the car at Michigan?
[Coolhands2000] oh no :(
[JB] why not bobby?
[Roger/SpeedwayMedia] How much does the loss of the streak concern you Bobby?
[labontelvr47] I thought Id never see this happen
[msnascar47] Should we be ok with you're not racing ???
[Brad Daugherty] jkenninger, last week was a failure on behalf of our engine supplier. We recieve our engines from from them. They also send support staff and it's their responsibility to make sure our engine is compliant and ready to perform.
[Steve] Brad, What do you think about employees having less the complimentary things to say about you driver on social media?
[Laureen] HWith one race away from Gordans record -- why does this have to be happening now?
[Falcon58] Is that 100% official Bobby or are there still any possibilities out there
[Bobby Labonte] As far as oil situation goes, that was the second oil related incident of the weekend. None of us are happy about it. The guys are in the shop, troubleshooting and trying to ensure it doesn't happen again.
[Bobby Labonte] Sorry I won't be able to answer everything, these are coming in pretty fast!
[BobbyD] Are you receiving your engines from Triad? If so, why not TRD?
[josephwolkin] Since you have been having so many problems with Triad Racing Technology, do you feel like a move to Toyota Racing Development would have an impact on the organization in a different way?
[Brad Daugherty] Bryan, the biggest thing we learned was the pick-up torque of our engines is not quite where we want it to be. We also learned our car is a lot tighter overall than we'd like it to be, robbing it of speed. Valueable information that we have stalled out over the last few weeks and he was able to give us great feedback.
[MotoX18] Bobby, would you race nationwide series this year when your not in the 47?
[msnascar47] Brad is that an unsponsored race this weekend?
[Mickey47] Why could the team not start Bobby then switch to AJ during the first caution. Twice the imput. Bobby gets the start. As much as I hate to say it the car has a bad history at intermediate tracks so the car will start towards the back and run there most likely unless you have made some major changes.
[Coolhands2000] At many points throughout the season there have been complaints of lack of power. With the support TRD offers, is there a chance of trying a few TRD engines instead of Triad to see how the changes affect the car?
[Laureen] No reason I've heard yet not to start with Bobby driving -- or just keep it that way
[Bobby Labonte] The Streak: It is dissapointing the way it is happeninig. I have had a couple offers this morning, but I have declined them because I don't want anybody else that has an opportunity to do what i do, what they love, to have to sit on the sideline for my sake.
[Brad Daugherty] Steve, I haven't seen anyone say anything negative about Bobby on social media. I have seen people saying they enjoyed and appreciated the feedback AJ gave us. In the end, Bobby is our driver and we hope this process will enhance his ability to get back up front.
[Brad Daugherty] msnascar47, No it is not.
[Steve] hmmmm you havn't been reading then...
[bluess] so why isn't anyone interested in keeping Bobby's starts
[Matt_Austin] I Have been a huge Bobby labonte fan since I was 5. I'm 16 now and am going to the race this weekend, my first cup race ever. I cannot tell you how disappointed I am that you won't be in the race. I was looking forward to it greatly.
[Bryan] Bobby, what are your plans for the future? Would you consider going to the truck series or nationwide if the opportunity presented itself?
[fredb] why cant we get Bobby's toyota as competitive as say jgr Toyotas
[Bobby Labonte] I don't know if I would race in any other series at this time.
[josephwolkin] Bobby, for the teams that offered you a ride, were they teams that would have been competitive or would you have been in a start and park ride?
[ryan] Where do you feel the car performs best (i.e. super-speedways, short tracks, etc.)?
[Brad Daugherty] Coolhands2000, We believe that TRD provides an excellent product and at this point, TRD has told us that they don't have room to provide us with an engine set.
[Bryan] Bobby, would you go back to Joe Gibbs if they started a 4th team?
[msnascar47] Bobby has this made you think about retiring - how about your future in racing?
[stombyyy] i wont watch the race if bobby inst in it
[RcRacer13] brad, i hear you saying that bobby is your driver. despite leaving him out to dry this weekend does this mean he will still be around next year?
[Bobby Labonte] Ryan, short tracks
[Roger/SpeedwayMedia] Brad - Have there been talks about possibly trying another liance with. Top tier team?
[Falcon58] If TRD dosent have the room and Triad is underpreforming, is there any discussion about a manufactuer change next year?
[labontelvr47] I wont either stombyyy
[Laureen] @Bobby -- you are most humbe by saying you won't thwart anyone's else's ride -- you are a kind man -- but I have to say every once in awhile you gotta put you first.
[Brad Daugherty] Ryan, no where. Unfortunately, that's why we're doing what we're doing. We went from a few years ago, being good at short tracks, road courses, and intermediates. And as we've continued forward, the car has gotten worse.
[fredb] would love to see bobby back in a chevy
[jkenninger] Hey Brad - How lucky do you feel having Bobby Labonte as your driver? His peronsality and his way of not letting things get to him are unlike most any other driver.
[HughG47] Is there a chance of getting a TRD engine for 1 or 2 races just to compare?
[Steve] Brad, Why no alliance with a bigger Toyota tean like Furniture row and RCR?
[msnascar47] Bobby will you be at the track this weekend???
[bigmo1979] Is there a possibility of fielding 2 cars in a race, so notes could be shard
[Bobby Labonte] I will not be going to the track this weekend.
[MotoX18] Bobby is the Champ
[Brad Daugherty] RcRacer13, right now, Bobby is our guy for this season and we are focusing on making the car better for this season. That is our focus. We don't look to next year until the end of this year, so right now we are doing everything we can to help Bobby Labonte do as best as he can this season.
[bigmo1979] Throughout the weekend between bobby and aj?
[ramizsipilovic] why has JTG handled this situation so poorly, Bobby was not informed this was happeneing prior, and again this week no notice for him to find another ride, all the while you could have simply tested the 2 drivers in the same car at any other track to find out what you already know, which is your equipment is inferior and lacks major horsepower now how is that the drivers fault? this is no-way to treat a guy that has given you all there is to be had and has already proved it.
[bluess] just want to say i am just disappointed in what is happening to you Bobby :(
[Bobby Labonte] I asked the two car question for this weekend. We really can't afford to do that. One car is the limit of our capacity at this time.
[Rocker Chick] What is the possibility of getting a full time Cup ride for AJ. He certainly has proven himiself a willing and capable driver.
[fredb] guess i wont be watching the race this weeks seems like a good wekend to bbq come join us bobby lol
[Brad Daugherty] Roger/SpeedwayMedia, yes. We have had conversations and we are trying to figure out what would be the best move for us going forward. We came out of the MWR situation simply because we were all struggling. Obviously, they have fixed a lot over at MWR so someone like that may be a suitable partner again. We will have to see.
[Bryan] Bobby, I just want you to know that all of your fans have your back through this really difficult time. We all know you can still drive.
[chertam47] Brad, does it bother you that even the media is saying this is a pretty crumby to be treating "your driver"?
[josephwolkin] Do you guys feel that with A.J. being in the car, the feedback has been any different from what Bobby has told you guys?
[Coolhands2000] I feel very sorry for the situation Bobby, we know your heart and desire is o nthe race track. Always remember your fans are still here supporting you 100% through any situation.
[Bobby Labonte] I didn't find out on TV, obviously I knew before the story broke.
[josephwolkin] Bobby, what do you think the team needs to fix?
[rjs] The one big thing that I'm not understanding is that AJ likely will say the same thing as Bobby, and Bobby is a many time winner and champ so he should know best.
[Brad Daugherty] Falcon58, well I think that is part of this process. We are gathering a lot of information, about our team, parts, etc. So to answer your question, I would say yes, it all has to be on the table.
[stombyyy] it would be cool if u ran the truck series next year and could become the first driver to win the cup, nationwide and truck titles, and iroc
[tekniklyrawly] love you CHAMP- from CC,TX
[zachpsu] Bobby, logged on at work to let you know you're a class act and streak or not I'll be cheering for you no matter what's on (or under) the hood!
[Bobby Labonte] josephwolkin: We probably need an alliance with another team or a teammate. That would be the start.
[Rocker Chick] I personally would like to thank Bobby Labonte for stopping outside the media center at Kansas this spring and giving me your autograph. Thank you for rememembering your fans!
[Mickey47] My opinion is if Triad can' t give you the engine and HP you need and TRD won't. it's time to make a change. Look at how well the Hendricks supplied single teams are doing.
[ron fowler] first of all you have handled your face book page very poorly. Next if your having troubles with the car, run 2 with slightly different set-ups and learn something. seems like your grasping at straws, and your hurting fans, sponsers and unsettling a driver situation
[ramizsipilovic] Bobby, are you considering walking away from JTG? i hope you are
[Coolhands2000] From what we heard on the radio the complaints from both Bobby and AJ were similar. Sad it has to take 4 more races to confirm what is already been said.
[Brad Daugherty] jkenninger, I am a huge Bobby Labonte fan, have been for a long time. I have a tremendous amount of respect for him and his character. We are very luck to have Bobby as our driver.
[Steve] Not proven by your actions brad..... sad to say..
[Bryan] Bobby, what happened when you were driving the 51 car and it spun out? Did something break?
[katsky32] Bobby I am sorry they have doone this to you. your sreak is ruined because of this and I for one will not be watching the race. I had plans of watkins glen , louden and daytona guess i will be saving money
[ryan] Do you feel that, if you get enough information over the next several months, the team could use it to improve next season?
[Bobby Labonte] Michigan: I got on the gas and it spun out.
[Bobby Labonte] ryan: yes.
[Brad Daugherty] Steve, we are considering that again. We moved out of MWR because it wasn't working. But as we step back, we are competitive people, we want to race and run up front. The way this sport is going, you have to align yourself. So it is a great option going forward and we are looking at it very seriously.
[ramizsipilovic] Bobby do you feel you will be at jtg in 2014
[msnascar47] Bobby if you have nothing to do this weekend, come on over and we'll throw some chicken on the BBQ --
[katsky32] i am so upset
[NES710] Bobby any chance of getting funds for another car for Ky? Possibly Whataburger?
[josephwolkin] Bobby, what's it like to have the streak come to an end?
[Laureen] Brad -- doesn't this fan uprising influence your decision at all? --- Why not let our champion take the record of starts he deserves --- when it's just 1 to tie and 2 to overtake the current record for Pete's sake. This all seems VERY one sided ...
[Bobby Labonte] Ramiz: That is the indication I get.
[stombyyy] are you currently negotiating with another team to form a alliance?
[jkenninger] Hey Bob - How about a Mountain bike trip this Sunday up here in Duluth, MN ? I've got room for one more....
[Coolhands2000] Brad, I just hope Bobby isn't anymore of a victim of this then what have already been done.
[Brad Daugherty] bigmo1979, yes. The one thing we kept stalling on is that we thought about running a second car this year, because financially we could do that. But we were struggling so much with our one car, that we didn't feel like the revenue was worth what we could gain. That's why we are doing this with two drivers. Having two bad cars wouldn't make us any better.
[ramizsipilovic] Bobby im sorry how can you feel that i am so angry they are treating you this way, please you deserve so much better support its killing me to see this
[bigmo1979] Who throws a better pitch? Harvick or yourself?
[fredb] i already invited him to my bbq jkenninger lol
[zachpsu] Laureen-- In all fairness Jeff Gordon's in a better spot to keep that streak alive just because of how his career moves panned out with aligning with Hendrick
[Bryan] Brad, what is the biggest misconception that Bobby Labonte fans have that you would like to clear up with us?
[Mickey47] Not use to that extra Hendricks HP were you Bobby? It's been a long time since you drove a car with that kind of HP. lol
[Falcon58] Of course it will be tough this weekend with you not out there, but I think it will be easier for all of us as fan to handle after this weekend has passed. That being said, Bobby you constantly talk about your drive to continue racing and win races and it is obvoius that is true listening to you on the radio. I know you dont have a crystal ball, but do you see yourself in a Sprint cup car next year, with JTG or anyone else?
[katsky32] exactly have bobby start the damn race then put aj in the badcar
[Coolhands2000] katsky32 lol
[jaa 47] Honestly have bobby drive half the race then change to AJ and compare
[Lisafor47] Bobby, as just one of your 20,012 FB fans, I just want to say I'm really upset about this....you'll always be my driver!
[fredb] i tottally agree let Bobby start if you get abut the same feedback from both drivers why ruin bobby's streak
[zachpsu] I'd love to see Bobby have a competitive ride in the truck series
[Coolhands2000] That would be the classy thing to do. bobby's streak would continue and the information would still be gathered.
[msnascar47] Bobby is the streak really all that big a deal - you can't catch Jeff.
[Rocker Chick] Brad & Bobby: How do you chose the questions in which you answer?
[ramizsipilovic] Brad you should be ashamed to think your driver is the problem when you know you equipment is crap, how would you like to tell all his fans that we are all wrong and you actually learneda darn thing thru this all
[Coolhands2000] msnascar47 It's the principal of the fact, Bobby's legacy will be his wins, championships, and his incredible start streak.
[RcRacer13] bobby, has your brother offered you a chance in his car?
[jaa 47] Why alienate a fanbase?? We are very unhappy with you guys and to dig yourself into a bigger whole makes zero sense
[Mickey47] Brad, In all seriousness. I appreciate that the team gave Bobby a ride when it looked like no one else was. I am very thankful for that as a Bobby fan and have came to really like this whole team an it's owners. I just hate the way things have turned out.
[MotoX18] Im gunna cry If I dont see you racing in any series this weekend bobby
[HughG47] Are there things you found at the KY test that will be in the car this weekend? Or to say it another way...is this week's car mch different than past 1.5 mile cars?
[jkenninger] yea, put him in terry's car, i'm sure he really wants to do that......
[Brad Daugherty] Laureen: No. The fan uprising doesn't affect me at all. We have to continue to conduct our buisness the way that will be best for our company. Tremendous amount of respect for Bobby, but we have to remember that his streak would have ended years ago before we gave him the ride. The fan uprising is just a handful of people and that doesn't direct the way that we do our buisness. We obviously love our fans and need them to do what we do, but at the end of the day we have to make the decisions that are best for our company.
[tekniklyrawly] me2 moto
[Roger/SpeedwayMedia] Well said Brad
[Coolhands2000] Wow, well then Brad I hope your team finds what it needs.
[JC62] Brad & Bobby, what kind of support does Toyota give you with respect to optimizing engine performance and how might that compare with other teams?
[bluess] Brad! you are absolutely wrong about your fan base, dude!
[fredb] i think i can speak for every bobby fan its not just a handful f upset fans its every bobby fan
[katsky32] a hand ful of meaningless fans???? i have bought my last piece of fan gear for thie crap team
[msnascar47] Brad, I'm gonna get ya, if Bobby doesn't run all 3 races in July - so watch out.
[NES710] For those of us who were unable to get on earlier, please repeat what was announced at 3pm est!
[ramizsipilovic] Brad guess what its the fans that hekp pay your bills and we dont appreciate being misled
[Bryan] Bobby, which teams offered to give you a ride this week?
[jaa 47] Yea brad way off base. When you guys are out of the sport in a few years. I'll be laughing
[megan] have to look at it from both sides
[Roger/SpeedwayMedia] Exactly megan
[chertam47] Well Brad, glad to know the fans don't matter. I'm sure the few of us that you speak of will remember that when it is time to choose one of your sponsors over someone elses.
[msnascar47] what megan said
[zachpsu] katsky Brad didn't say 'meaningless' fans. Makin' a mountain out of a mole hill
[dokeeffe] Bobby, you are a champion and no doubt a future HOF'er. I think you are an awesome guy and thank you for carrying yourself like the champion you are. Please continue and wish you the best in whatever you decide to do in the future.
[Roger/SpeedwayMedia] Cant let emotions affect business
[bobby4ever] Brad must be a glutton for punishment, think I'm gonna go take a dump in my #47 hat lol
[Falcon58] Brad, Is AJ's schedule definitley just five races or could that also possibly change?
[jkenninger] people relax. holy smokes. deep breaths and count to ten.
[Rocker Chick] Catch 22: No team without fans, No Fans without team........hummmmmmmmm
[ramizsipilovic] Bobby wish you the best man really do, but you need a better team and ownership this aint looking good at all
[Brad Daugherty] Bryan, probably the dumbest thing I've ever heard is this conspiracy theory that we are trying to sabotage Bobby's career to get it to end. If anything we are trying to enhance his career to get him to perform at an optimal level. If I didn't want Bobby Labonte in our race car, he would not be in our race car. I would have no problems saying that, but we do want Bobby in our race car. I don't know why some people think we would do something like that.
[bluess] i'm done with jtg & D! Good luck Bobby!
[bigmo1979] Any thoughts about a 2nd car for 2014?
[zachpsu] Any way to freeze chat and make this a classy Q&A?
[Mickey47] Brad, It is way more than a handful.
[Brad Daugherty] msnascar47: Bring it on, I'm not hard to miss!
[Falcon58] I agree Zach.
[megan] the next round of fans would come in, just like we did after many of ambrose's fans moved on. just how it is. think this came up during the race
[Matt_Austin] They didn't take Ambrose out in the middle of the year though for someone less talented
[bigmo1979] And if an alliance is in the cards, are you contractually obligated to stick with Toyota?
[HughG47] The bottom line is if the performance gets better then everyone wins....Bobby, team, sponsors, and most of all the fans.
[ramizsipilovic] Brad you have gone backwards three consecutive yrs in a row performance wise, and you attrubute it all to bobby huh, why not test more or guess what maybe practice teach your CC and to work on a car these are just a stupid fans idea?
[Coolhands2000] Hoping at some point the bridges can be rebuilt, sad to see the toxic relationship between the fans and race team right now.
[Lisafor47] You can have all the business you want, but if you don't have emotional fans in the seats, you don't have a business, just saying. Bobby was voted into the All-Star race by the fan vote before Danica's arrival--his fans are more than a handful--he is a respected driver who has earned that respect.
[msnascar47] Bobby has a good weekend, be watching for you at Daytona - you will be driving there right?
[Bryan] Brad, have you guys tried to bring in an investor to help bring in some extra cash for your team?
[katsky32] i am done like i said had plans for 3 more race trips and i live in floria so alot of money was to be spent.. done. BOBBY you are a class act. I met you at the Glen last yr and at daytona this yr. I wish you and your family well but i am sad at the way you have been treated. Kenny Wallace said it best!
[dokeeffe] JTG - I wish fans would realize that this is not PERSONAL this is business and JTG needs a new direction/perspctive. I appreciate everyones passion for Bobby (I am right there with you) but this is a very expensive business that cant survive being average as a whole.
[josephwolkin] Let's say if you guys chose not to resign Bobby, what's the chances that you'll sign A.J.?
[tekniklyrawly] i totally agree with dokee
[Brad Daugherty] Falcon58, no. He is ONLY scheduled for 5 races. We have no plans to change that.
[ramizsipilovic] your plans change week to week Brad
[Matt_Austin] Brad, Bobby was suppose to race this weekend but that changed. Typical out of a
[Matt_Austin] Tar heel
[ramizsipilovic] what are you doing Brad to put a motor ion the car?
[rjs] As long as this all helps Bobby get closer to a victory, thats what us fans want to see.
[zachpsu] Bobby-- what will you be doing to relax this weekend since you won't be at the track?
[Steve] Brad, does a lot of the feedback seem the same as Bob was giving? Did to me on the radio.
[JC62] Brad, do you feel you are getting the necessary support from Toyota to get the engine performance you need?
[Mickey47] Bobby, I am so sorry to see this happening to you.
[Bobby Labonte] Hang on, I am still here, working up a few things to say.
[tdc54] It is not Bobby's fault that you are average and you will not get the fan following you have with this past champ. You didn't have it with Ambrose and you won't get it with AJ.
[derek] all the car needs is a better engine you dont need a new driver to firgrue that out
[Brad Daugherty] bigmo1979: Yeah, we've talked about that for a few seasons. Again, that's why we are doing this. If we realize we are capable of running better than we have been and as well as we think we can, then there is a good possibility that we can run two cars on a limited basis.
[labontelvr47] Hold on everyone..Im just as broken hearted as the rest of you but.what other team and driver would do something like this..they are at least trying to keep us in the loop
[msnascar47] Bobby -- as your fans, tell us how you'd expect us to act
[ramizsipilovic] Bobby man we need you to kick some butt man
[Rocker Chick] Okay I have been reading some of these posts. People do you get IT that Bobby nor Brad had to do this chat? They did it out of consideration of US, the fans. Thanks guy for your time.
[zachpsu] Would love to see Bobby get a win this year, even at a crap-shoot track like Daytona
[ramizsipilovic] Bobby loose in tight center loose off?
[tekniklyrawly] yes sir, thanks brad for keeping us -fans informed
[Binky McGee] I suggest an anouncement about all this be made on NASCAR Hub or something like that by Daugherty. This chat room is chaos!
[Mickey47] I is appreciated that y'all came here to chat with us.
[megan] yes, thank you
[tekniklyrawly] Bobby r u coming to corpus- this weekend?
[msnascar47] I'm with Mickey, just wish you'd have done it sooner.
[Brad Daugherty] josephwolkin: Not what we are trying to do right now. We are focusing on our car for THIS season and we want Bobby to reap the benefits from what we are doing with AJ.
[ramizsipilovic] what are the other 3 races Bobby is booted from the car Brad?
[HughG47] Hopefully you can post a Twitter or FB update a few days after the AJ races to state any findings (high level).
[tekniklyrawly] good luck this weekend 47 Team!
[Bobby Labonte] First of all, again I want to thank everyone for their support. It obviously means the world to me as I have a passion for racing. We have great sponsors here at JTG Daugherty, and we have a great race team. There are a lot of committed people that work here. Our sponsors are what keep us funded and racing. Our owners juggle all of the balls in the air at all times. We don't question how our sponsors run their business.
[Coolhands2000] ramizsipilovic Watkins Glen, Homestead, Atlanta I think
[DC] Brad, will Bobby be back in the 47 at Daytona?
[omnedon] Bobby are you going to be in the car at Martinsville? I feel the short track is where the car performs better due to the the driver not tha car
[msnascar47] Brad one more thing, if AJ wrecks the car early in the race, does he get to race another one to make up for it.
[ramizsipilovic] Oh Bobby is benefitting ? he never benefitted like this before in his career.. funny jimmy johnsoon is niot benefitting the same way
[Rocker Chick] Great poiint, Bobby Labonte.
[msnascar47] Jimmy Johnson isn't have problems with his car
[Rocker Chick] Really HMS has a miserable time at Michigan.
[bigmo1979] Is sponsorship going to be an issue going forward say2014 and on? Or has clorox and Bushs company given their support going forward?
[Brad Daugherty] Steve: Some was. But we also learned a lot of things that were described differently from AJ that helped us look a lot deeper into our set-up It was very helpful and we think it will be the same in Kentucky this wekeend as well.
[Bobby Labonte] I spent two days testing with our race team, trying different mapping and even a different type of engine. That was the first test that we did since January and we had a great test. I feel like AJ is a hellofa driver, I also know that what I feel in a race car is right. We had a great test in Kentucky and I am disappointed that I am not going. But as you move forward, you need to support our race team. Even though I might not agree, it is still going to benefit us to keep moving forward in a positive way. You can express your opinions but I would appreciate it if it was done in a positive manner.
[Steve] Thanks brad
[Bobby Labonte] As part of a single car team for the last year and a half, it is hard to compare some things like multi-car teams can do. As I drive the race car I know that taking lots of chances on restarts can be beneficial but I don't want to take those risks, and possibly jeopardize the car because we don't have the resources that many other teams do. If I tore up a lot of race cars it would not help us out any.
[nate47] bobby just got to say been a fan of yours scence i started watching racing .u are a class act and a real wheel man and if your not racing this wknd im not watching. cant wait to see ya back on the track.thanks for all the years of hard work maybe one day we can shake hands if time allows it wish u the best for real we all no u can drive there is no dout in that and maybe u can find a nation wide race team if nothing else this wk.i just dont like the fact u have to be in a yota kind of shrinks your chances
[Laureen] Brad - you may know racing, but I know as a technologist that in the social web brand sentiment is vitally important to sponsors. It's not logical to make key decisions based on what a fan thinks; but I would expect any business to understand the power of the consumers in todays social platform. I'm like a mama bear protecting her Champion -- as are many of us ....... please just understand where we are coming from & your team will be golden & we'd be beholden. Thank you.
[Brad Daugherty] JCr2: We don't get support from Toyota on our engine program. We get our support from TRIAD and they are left in charge of providing us with a competitive engine.
[tdc54] We don't question how the sponsors run their business, but their business is not the race business. They spnsor the cars. Fans are their business. Unhappy fans based on bad decision making is not good busniness.
[JC62] Do you feel like you get the support from TRIAD that is necessary?
[Brad Daugherty] msnascar47: No.
[zachpsu] What other teams run TRIAD? How does the #47 compare to those teams?
[Steve] Brad, What's it gonna take to get more ponies from Triad??
[Mickey47] What is something happens to the car at Kentucky like at Michigan so that you don't get your info? What then? Will Bobby be out more races?
[klfolkes] Brad, why wasn't Bobby's input not good enought to begin with, since AJ had the very same feedback??
[megan] thanks for giving us a little more insight from your perspective, Bobby
[Brad Daugherty] bigmo1979: Yes we have their support in 2014 and going forward.
[ramizsipilovic] Bobby how can you be so positive with this when they are embarassing you so poorly?
[Binky McGee] Thanks for your statements Bobby and I will continue to watch the progress of Brad's team. Too bad you can't get someone like Mark Martin to help you like MWR did!
[Brad Daugherty] DC: Yes.
[nate47] brad how many races have a triad motor won in all 3 classes just saying maybe a switch needs to happen there yall have said many times not enough motor to compete for a pole or the win just wondering what u guys are doing to fix that
[Bobby Labonte] JC62: I feel like they are doing the best that they can. They lost a lot of business from last year and that has hindered their funding and may have caused them to be behind the curve a little bit.
[NES710] We need confirmation that Bobby will be drving at Texas in November!!!
[Mickey47] Yes, Thanks Bobby. You are a class act. You have never openly bashed any team you have been on even though I'm sure you would have liked to. Not many drivers left like that today.
[Brad Daugherty] Steve: LOL, great question! We are working on it!
[Steve] Lol Thanks!
[jkenninger] Can I call you Bob? I feel like I've got a good vibe with you
[dokeeffe] Thank you both Bobby and Brad for hosting this and bearing the brunt of the fans. Best this week!
[KWeb47] Bobby, will you be racing the Michigan race in August?
[Brad Daugherty] Mickey47: No.
[Bobby Labonte] KWeb47: Yes, it is on the schedule.
[Bryan] Bobby, what are your plans this weekend? Do you plan to hang out with family?
[zachpsu] Bobby -- Do you have any fun plans for the weekend?
[Binky McGee] Good luck to Bobby and Brad. Take care!
[Bobby Labonte] Nes710: yes
[Coolhands2000] If the information is the same again at Kentucky, will you think about putting Bobby in the car for the 3 races AJ has yet to run?
[KWeb47] Thanks Bobby,
[Steve] So at this point it is only the 5 races? All the others Bob is in?
[klfolkes] Bobby, You'll still race in CLT in Oct, won't you?
[Bobby Labonte] zachpsu: no
[Brad Daugherty] klfolkes: He didn't have the same feedback. There were a few things that were similar, but in large, he was much more vocal about what he felt because it was new to him. The point is, we are gaining new perspective that is very valuable to us.
[NES710] Thank you Bobby - we need you to be here in your home state!
[KWeb47] I hope this isn't the last race i watch you run in person!
[ramizsipilovic] Bobby are you out for Atlanta the place you own for AJ?
[Steve] Hey Bob, Having a bbq at my house, your invited!
[rjs] Bobby as long as this is all to help you we'll support it. We just want to see you up front fighting for the win!
[derek] any info if u will be with jtg in 2014?
[Bobby Labonte] Steve, as long as you use Kingsford Charcoal!
[josephwolkin] So overall, how long do you believe it'll be to fix all of the issues with your team?
[dokeeffe] @ Steve - hope you are using Kingsford!
[Steve] of course!
[Dan] Bobby, a few years back at a meet and greet at Dave and Busters in Charlotte you said you wanted to help a young team get started just like you did with Gibbs. That it wasn't necessarily about winning. It that still true.
[tdc54] Is Bobby in at Homestead? If he isn't we're stayin' home.
[AJN] Sorry I'm late has the schedule Bobby is out been figured out yet?
[Brad Daugherty] nate47: Maybe you're right. That's why we have to back-up all the information we have as a part of this painful process. But I agree with you. We can't just slam the door on TRIAD, we respect their company and our working relationship with them.
[ron fowler] soSo brad are you looking at changes in your R&D and the shop if you still cant get a handle on things
[msnascar47] Brad and Bobby - thank you both for answering all my questions
[ramizsipilovic] Brad what are your plans to improve your situation with your equipment and i dont need to hear anything about driver please?
[Laureen] Hey Bobby: Did you end up reading the ebook I gave you in Daytona? Hope it brought a bit o joy.
[Roger/SpeedwayMedia] Brad will we be able to get a transcript of this?
[Brad Daugherty] Folks, I apologize but I have to step away for a quick radio interview. I will be back momentarily. Thanks!
[Spart] When will the log be posted? I arrived late, sorry.
[Coolhands2000] Bobby you're such a class act and a great role model. Tyler and Madison are very lucky to have you as a father.
[BobbyD] You need to slam the door on TRIAD. Do whats best for the team and sponsors. Remember?
[Bobby Labonte] Dan: At Gibbs we won, first you have to build it, build it correctly, then you win. When you do all of that you have a better chance of winning.
[Steve] Same here, thanks for answering my questions. Don't feel any better about this weekend as a long time BLab fan.....
[ramizsipilovic] Bobby they cant build it here bro?
[Bobby Labonte] Laureen, I did, and thank you.
[josephwolkin] However, you guys were successful, well at least some what last year, what do you think the team needs to give you as a driver to be successful?
[Spart] Any news on a ride for the weekend Bobby? Or anything in the works at least? I see no point in watching the race if you are not going to be driving.
[Laureen] Nice !!
[ramizsipilovic] Sorry for being do mad Bobby, but you deserve so much better
[HughG47] Bobby, going to the dirt track with your teams this weekend since not at KY?
[bshell00] Ever consider racing in truck series?
[Mickey47] Coach Gibbs is a class act and knows how to build a organization and hire the best people. I wish you had never left JGR.
[msnascar47] I said earlier this week - nothing negative from me until I heard it from Bobby - so far haven't heard any. love ya Bobby
[ron fowler] well bobby if you have anytime off in october you should come up to northern michgan to bow hunt
[Bobby Labonte] Ramiz: Yeah, it is like anything else. It takes time and money. The model is different today, aligning ourselves with another organization would be a step in the right direction.
[tekniklyrawly] or come to texas and hunt for hogs
[Coolhands2000] Bobby when you do decide to leave cup racing, I hope you do decide to give it a try in the Truck series. A championship there would be an awesome accomplishment.
[cypressjr] and we got plenty of hogs
[ron fowler] we have tons of deer in n.michigan
[Chris] Yes I never understood why JTG never hooked up with any of the other Toyota teams. Any chnce of this in the future?
[rjs] Bobby, I know this is all for the best, I hope it pays off and we see you in victory lane within the next few seasons! We'll stick with you every step of the way
[JC62] If Triad is struggling and behind the curve, is there ever an opportunity to test another engine? Maybe continue to assist Triad in their corrective action but allowing for a more competitive situation on raceday? Sounds like the Triad folks are good people but maybe need feedback from you also.
[derek] bobby have you ever thought about going back into truck or the nationwide series to race?
[RcRacer13] truck championship, sprint cup and a nationwide? winner to me
[AJN] Do the other toyota teams want to have a technical alliance? Seems like Chevy and Ford has "satalite teams" but none of the toyota teams do that
[msnascar47] Bobby, was so happy to hear Earl Jr won last weekend - things are looking up in that directin
[tekniklyrawly] I would love to c bobby at SHR
[ramizsipilovic] but they are not addressing the problem with the cars man, they are addressing the pilot, not the prob
[Steve] Agree Ramiz
[cypressjr] agree Ramiz
[BobbyD] @Chris. JTG was hooked up with MWR. That fell apart when they were both underperforming. Now MWR is tearing up the track.
[klfolkes] Why is Toyota tying your hand by only letting you race w/them?
[ramizsipilovic] they even said they are staying with Triad thru 2014 even after getting beat by 5 mph every single week
[cypressjr] Phoenix Racing is Chevy, Michigan
[katsky32] best of luck Bobby-- just sad at this happening to a class act. I am proud to have been a fan of yours and will continue to watch u... not the team.
[RacerJoe] So - if car/engine is an issue, when would JTG have to decide to make either engine change or manufacturer change to ensure 2014 is ok?
[AJN] Seems like triad has taken a few steps backwards this year. All the cars with Triad engines have run worse than last year
[Bryan] Bobby, have you ever thought about owning a cup team?
[ramizsipilovic] Bobby i want you to go out on top man not like this you are the Champ man 3 series Champ, you dont do that and not be able to drive it
[Coolhands2000] Pretty sure they are under contract with Toyota for another season or 2. Probably a similasr contract with Triad because TRD can't build one more engine a week.
[bigdog] MWR changed drivers
[Mickey47] Bobby, Do you feel Toyota is a big part of this problem by not supplying engines to the team?
[ramizsipilovic] Toyota is crap they dont support anyone outside of the big 6
[tekniklyrawly] I Would so support a BLR Team
[tdc54] MWR is running better. Didn't need to change. Truex is still there.
[msnascar47] are you still here Bobby?
[HughG47] Is most of the issue engine or are there gains to be made in the chassis and aero? Everyone keeps beating on the engine...is that the main issue?
[Coolhands2000] Bobby what ever happened to Terry's team with Stavola?
[18blabonte47] bobby, why do i get the feeling you can't really say much about anything?
[nate47] it wouldnt be so bad if triad share dthe same paaion as brad and bobby its imp for even the gd teams to lead or be up front every wknd i mean if triad had gave them something to run up front every now and then it would be dif.why cant yall buy motors from jgr or mwr
[ron fowler] I would buy stock in a BLR race team
[Spart] Sunday is going to be a really really sad day for Nascar if BLab does not race.
[nate47] ron fowler me to
[Bryan] Bobby, have you ever SERIOUSLY considered owning one? Like having you and Terry start one?
[AJN] Howcome Hendrick and Roush-Yates can supply engines for so many cars but Toyota can only supply 6 cars?
[Spart] Ron, you could always start a Kickstarted to fund a part of the race team for Bobby? Never know...might work.
[Bobby Labonte] I have an agreement with Toyota. They graciously let me out for one race, Michigan. I do some testing and work for them my agreement with them is to do that, that was my word to them and that is what I will do.
[NES710] Bobby can you take over the broadcasting for Michael Waltrip?
[cypressjr] Class act as usual
[ramizsipilovic] Bobby sorry my questions are so tuff but i dont put sugar on it if you know waht i mean i need you in vic lane again man
[Bobby Labonte] AJN: That is just how they are structured.
[tekniklyrawly] yes bobby- there is plenty of oilfield here in Texas experiencing a MAJOR boom, who would LOVE to Sponsor a Native Texan
[tdc54] That's why you are so well respected, Bobby.
[nate47] bobby thats why u have so many fans u keep ur word unlike some people
[Bobby Labonte] 3 more minutes
[Laureen] Grad & Bobby: Thanks for this venue to discuss our concerns & for just good old fashioned listening -- although I suppose it feels like a firehose. Listening is a big part of doing it right and all opinions have their place. All the best luck going forward. I have faith you'll figure it out.
[Mickey47] That's class and a rarity these days. A man of his word.
[KWeb47] Bobby, was Joe Nemecheck one that offered you a ride this weekend?
[NES710] We also have lots of billionaires and GOP members who could sponsor your team!
[Mickey47] Godspeed Bobby Labonte!
[klfolkes] While Brad's gone ... What does DcZ mean already? :)
[HughG47] Yes, thanks to Bobby & Brad. Maybe do this once a month?
[Steve] Thanks for taking the time Bob, appreciate your honesty and integrity!
[Spart] Humphries in the 19 car and is a toyota and is sponsored for the weekend...
[chertam47] As always you are a class act and a Man of his word.
[tekniklyrawly] Thanks Bobby & Brad, and everyone with the 47 Team at JTG Daugherty racing
[derek] anyway you can at least start and park this year
[Spart] Could always look into driving for him
[derek] this weekend
[JC62] Got to tell you, this conversation has been too cool. Thanks again Brad & Bobby for opening up and being so candid. The best of luck for the rest of the season!!
[JC62] Got to tell you, this conversation has been too cool. Thanks again Brad & Bobby for opening up and being so candid. The best of luck for the rest of the season!!
[msnascar47] Thank you Bobby and Brad -
[Spart] For Kentucky that is
[Bryan] Thanks for taking the time to talk to us, Bobby. We all have your back.
[Coolhands2000] Thank you so much for your time Bobby. Keep strong and keep patient. You're the man
[tekniklyrawly] Blr in 2015?
[zachpsu] Thanks Bobby, good luck out there, I'd love to see you stay involved with the sport even as your time with JTG seems to be winding down
[sed2012] Thanks Bobby! Great info. Best of luck to you!
[ramizsipilovic] Need a commitmnet from the owners to get to vic lane cause they are sure coming up way way short
[klfolkes] Team kept posting it, but never told us what it meant, haha
[rjs] I hope this is all for the best, man! Keep up the awesome work and we'll see you in victory lane soon!
[megan] thanks to Brad and Bobby for coming in. much appreciated
[Bobby Labonte] Any more questions?
[jodi g] would like nothing better...than to see Bobby L in VC
[NES710] yes, but none you can answer!
[zachpsu] What's your favorite color aside from checkered?
[Laureen] Yea -- what's for dinner?
[Spart] I honestly just want to know if there is any chance at all of you finding a ride for the weekend.
[AJN] Thanks guys
[nate47] other than has there been a offer for nation wide this wk
[JC62] Yes Texas bbque for Lexington bbque?
[derek] are you gonna race for jtg in 2014???
[ramizsipilovic] seein and doing 2 different things Ma'am
[ron fowler] what about a ride for this weekend?
[lc] I meant DcZ, of course :}
[Roger/SpeedwayMedia] Bobby- any thoughts of starting a team in say 2to3 years?
[Bobby Labonte] I will not be racing this weekend.
[msnascar47] Bobby wanna meet us at What-A-Burger?
[cypressjr] I'm buying
[nate47] will not be watching then
[Steve] Hey, hes coming to my bbq!!
[Spart] Very sad...
[Mickey47] Thanks Brad and Bobby. Thanks to everyone for keeping it clean and civilized.
[fred] i asked first steve lol
[tekniklyrawly] bobby have u been to the whataburger by the bay?
[jodi g] Workin on it..want to see BL up front too
[fred] bbq in utah lol
[tekniklyrawly] he's coming to my ranch
[Steve] Herte's to better days!
[msnascar47] Why don't we just all go visit Bobby
[tdc54] Don't know if I will watch, then.
[tekniklyrawly] Love you champ
[NES710] Hook em Horn!
[Shirleyd] 1st race I will not watch sine 1999
[NES710] oops Horns!
[megan] thanks, Jodi
[ron fowler] I am not even setting my dvr for this weekend
[Steve] guess we all do Jodi!
[BobbyD] Bobby does have some cool sponsors though. Kingsford, Clorox, Scott towels, Bubba Burger. Just need Weber Grills to finish it off. Full day out at the bbq.
[Bobby Labonte] Thank you again for coming in, thanks for your support.
[Steve] Hang in there!
[fred] anytime champ
[Coolhands2000] thank you
[Spart] Will support you to the end. You are our guy.
[klfolkes] Have a good weekend!
[Lisafor47] God bless, Bobby!
[ron fowler] be tough,trust in god and good things will happen bobby
[tekniklyrawly] maybe booby in the 39 next year???
[chertam47] Always there to support you. Enjoy your weekend. I'll be listening to hear all the different things AJ is saying. Gonna miss you.
[Brad Daugherty] Alright Bobby is closing his chat but I'm back! Bring it on!
[Steve] Go easy on your wife, she's not use to you being around on weekends...
[tdc54] Thank you!
[rjs] restrictor plate racing= anyone can win...
[megan] welcome back
[klfolkes] Steve ... Lol
[Mickey47] Jodi, let Tad know I'm sorry to hear his mother is not feeling well, Praying for her.
[derek] brad any info about bobby leaving jtg in 2014
[jodi g] Thanks Mickey.Its been rough.I will.
[NES710] Better not change your minds about the Texas Race!:}
[tekniklyrawly] Brad will u guys be doing any testing?
[mj] Hi J
[Brad Daugherty] derek: We have not discussed 2014. I am hoping we get this thing turned around and Bobby drives this car for a long time.
[HughG47] Brad, everyone in the chat seems to be focusing on the engine (triad) but do you feel there are gains to be made on the chassis and aero....or mainly an engine issue?
[JC62] Brad, if Triad is struggling somewhat, is it possible to test run another engine for a race or two, and be able to give them some feedback? That might not be possible, but I thought I'd ask.
[derek] me to brad thanks for the answer
[Brad Daugherty] tekniklyrawly: Yes, we plan on using all our tests that NASCAR is allowing us to. Our next one will be Watkins Glen.
[ron fowler] brad and jodi any concerns that if you dont do the right thing and resign bobby, and he goes elsewhere sponser go with him
[jaa 47] Anyone able to give me a rundown? Missed the chat
[tekniklyrawly] bobby is out 4 kentucky
[msnascar47] who will test at WG - since Bobby isn't driving there?
[Brad Daugherty] JC62: That is not possible, they wouldn't allow us to do that.
[roll400ex] Has Brian burns ever been a crew chief before this team?
[Steve] Brad, How much does the mapping change the power curve or power period?
[Brad Daugherty] ron folwer: Not concerned at all. Our business is based upon our marketing company, not our race team. We race because we are competitive people and we love NASCAR.
[JC62] I guess there are exclusive supply contracts for a race season?
[ron fowler] brad if you cant turn things around will you consider cahnges in the R&D dept and in the shop?
[Mickey47] Brian is doing the best job with what he has got to work with.
[ron fowler] changes
[Brad Daugherty] roll400ex: He did some crew chiefing at MWR while we were there. But this has been his biggest opportunity.
[JTG Daugherty Racing] Hey gang. Bobby has left, he appreciated the time with you and he wanted to make sure that everyone remains respectful to each other. That point was stressed by him this morning as well as throughout our time together today. We always like the times that we can chat with you, hopefully those that are regulars in the chat room can vouch for that. We would like to open our page back up to everyone, and hope that things can remain friendly as we are all trying to pull in the same direction. We are asking for butterflys and sunshine, just don't get nasty and disrespectful. We enjoy conversations and there are often times/situations where we can answer everything. That happems at all businesses, in all walks of life. We share what we can, as often as we can, but we can't share it all.
[tekniklyrawly] thanks brad for keeping us fans in the loop- obviously the 47 team has adopted us bobby labonte fans- and not all of us represent the negative views adressed earlier-GOOD LUCk 47 Team- REGARDLESS WHO IS DRIVING
[josephwolkin] Are you considering an interim crew chief?
[chertam47] Thanks for the chat.
[roll400ex] I know Brian is doing the best with what he has but wasn't bobby?
[JTG Daugherty Racing] Correction, we aren't asking for butterflys and sunshine... FAT FINGERS :-)
[megan] I'll vouch for you
[msnascar47] Yes, folks if you are so unhappy, please unfriend the team, so the rest of us any enjoy it. thanks
[Brad Daugherty] Steve: With these engines, a big part of the mapping is how the driver manipulates the throttle. And with the ECU, we continue to learn more and more about the fuel and oxygen ratios that will create maximum performance.
[JTG Daugherty Racing] Glad to see that Brad is enjoying this. I am going to ask him to join us a little more often!
[megan] for sure
[derek] jtg is a good team what other teams do you know that would do a chat like this to keep us fans informed fantastic and i hope the best for the team and bobby for a bright furtrue
[JTG Daugherty Racing] Good to see Jodi G in here too! Jodi, do you want to come in more often?
[Brad Daugherty] JC62: We are contractually tied to TRIAD as our engine supplier.
[jodi g] Umm.This seems like a friendly group of good folks.Yes..Id like to join more often.( :
[tekniklyrawly] good bye guys
[HughG47] Dealing with us has got to be easier than going to basket in the NBA.
[rjs] were labonte fans of course were like that :)
[Brad Daugherty] ron folwer: Everyone at our company is under review. So we will make the changes we feel are appropriate in order to better our company going forward.
[Mickey47] Brad, I don't know if anyone else here does, but I pray daily along with my other prayers for God to give everyone on the team and Bobby blessings, wisdom, knowledge, and understanding to build and race these cars each week.
[jeff] brad so the way drivers use the throttle can make the engine have more horse power
[bigmo1979] Any way of seeing 47 merchandise at the track? I hardly ever see anything, last time I saw anything was 2 years ago in Chicago.. I could use an upgrade to my labonte 43 sweatshirt
[ron fowler] thanks brad. just wanted to know if everything was on the table
[tdc54] Right rjs
[JC62] Thanks Brad, this is good stuff. I'll be cheering hard this weekend and wish JTG the best.
[Brad Daugherty] tekniklyrawly: Thank you for being a true 47 fan, I appreciate you. And believe me, this is a painful process for me and our company as it is for you. But in the end, it will make us better in the long run. With fans like you, we WILL continue to thrive.
[derek] hi gib
[bsr29ss] Hello Bobby and Brad.. Just wanted to say I have been a Bobby fan for a long time and hopefully Bobby will be in the car in Michigan in August
[Brad Daugherty] josephwolkin: Not at this point.
[JTG Daugherty Racing] A Gib sighting!!
[megan] woo hoo
[derek] woohoo i saw him what do i win
[JTG Daugherty Racing] I work with him Derek, trust me, there are no winners! :-)
[Mickey47] Gib is not a ninja today. Not hidding. lol!
[Brad Daugherty] roll400ex: That's what we are trying to find out. We're trying to figure out if this is as good as we can be or if we need to go in a different direction.
[Steve] Back to work.... thanks Brad.
[gib] ohh but i have been here since the begining .
[Mickey47] CYA Steve
[Brad Daugherty] Sorry guys, I have to wrap this up, will take 2 more questions.
[msnascar47] Thanks everyone, good luck on Saturday night.
[Mickey47] Thanks Brad
[lc] Brad, I met you at TMS in 2007. You were standing in front of the ESPN booth and I was wearing my big yellow 43 jacket. We chatted about Bobby. Since then I have always thought you do have a lot of respect for Bobby, and truly want to see him do well. Thank you so for that!
[bsr29ss] Brad.. You are still a young team.. I know money is an issue.. Maybe think of a 2 car team
[Brad Daugherty] Mickey47: Appreciate the calls and prayers.
[rjs] we all just want bobby to do well, he certainly deserves it!
[Mickey47] Welcome Brad.
[Brad Daugherty] bigmo1979: We will look into that soon and will post an update on our social media pages when we know for sure.
[bsr29ss] I think Bobby and Terry should make their own family team
[fred] man i cant speel today lol
[fred] SPELL TOO
[roll400ex] Brad who do u usually fly with to the races?
[Brad Daugherty] Wanted to make one last point, in the following days, press releases will be abundant with information about AJ being in our race car. Stories will be spun in every direction, but I want to emphasize that we are truly just focused on bettering our race team and Bobby's performance in our race car. Thank you all so much for taking the time to hear our side of things. We appreciate all of our fans, and I understand that we wouldn't do what we do if it weren't for you. Be patient with us, we hope to turn this thing around. Have a great week, see you at the race track!
[bsr29ss] See ya Brad.. have a great week
[klfolkes] Thanks for doing this, Brad!
[derek] stay safe thanks for comeing in chat thank you
[bsr29ss] Did I miss Bobby already?
[bsr29ss] Son of a ....
[bsr29ss] Just my luck..I lost my race engine and now I miss Bobby.. what a great week..lol
[lc] Thank you JTG Daugherty Racing
[tdc54] Thanks Brad. You were great for doing this, but remember most of us are your fans because we are Bobby's fans, no matter where he drives.
[Mickey47] JTG D definitly does things for it's fans that no other team does. Thank you Brad, Jodi, and Tad.
[jodi g] Thanks for the questions and comments
[JTG Daugherty Racing] Ron, after experiencing the barage of hate posts it is sometimes, not always, but sometimes easier to just make a clean sweep. Similar to being in school when the whole class gets punished for the actions of a few. Nobody likes it, not even me, but there are limits. We will publish a "rule book" for our facebook page for everyone to live by so we are all on the same page moving forward. I am sorry that many innocent people's posts were swept away, but we all have our breaking points. We didn't turn off the page, we just wanted to redirect the conversation. Hopefully today's chat will help clear it up.
[tdc54] I had posts deleted that were not in any way hateful or disrespectful. You deleted many posts like that. There were not that many rude ones.
[JTG Daugherty Racing] Just so everyone knows, we will post a recap of the chat on our site and link to it from facebook. We know not everyone could make it in, but this was the only time that Bobby and Brad could make it in together.
[Mickey47] Thanks, It was going so fast I'm sure I missed a lot of what was said.
[JTG Daugherty Racing] tdc54, trust me, there were MANY. I have every comment made for the past 4 years, the last three weeks have been the most aggressive posts we have seen. Not all posts, but enough to set off some triggers.
[mailbox] Hate I missed it Todd. That pesky work thing keeps getting in the way. Thanks for reposting.
[JTG Daugherty Racing] lol, mailbox
[bsr29ss] Agree with Mailbox
[megan] guess I didn't need to bother then huh. oh well
[derek] you may have missed bobby and brad but GIBS HERE
[Mickey47] Todd didn't miss it and he was at work. lol!
[tdc54] I understand, but mine were not among those, yet they were deleted.
[mailbox] Well, if it were My
[bsr29ss] At my job we can't be on our phones.. We get fired on the spot if they see a phone
[fred] same here bsr
[mailbox] sorry, if it were my JOB, I'd be here too
[Mickey47] Todd is JTG Daugherty Racing. I was only joking. lol!
[JTG Daugherty Racing] tdc54, when threads get 50-60-80 posts long I am not going to sift through one by one and pick kthem out. There should be nothing that needs to be picked out. Unfortunately sometimes it has to be all or nothing. We are all very busy. Monitoring the facebook, twitter and chat pages is just a small portion of my job, I can't expend too much time editing/moderating.
[bsr29ss] Anyone know what my problem with my engine is before I go out in 95' temps to tear it apart.. Oil Pressure dropped from 60 to 40, white smoke during idle. and sounds like a helicopter.. pressure check comes up with 0 on 1 plug..
[bsr29ss] no water in oil
[mailbox] Speaking of that job thing, I've got to get back to mine. Mickey, I know who Todd is and know its his job. Sometimes I wish it were mine.
[jodi g] todd works 24/7...to complicate things last week...his power was out due to storms.): yep.24/7
[Mickey47] Something will happen in the bottom of the engine soon.
[JTG Daugherty Racing] BTW, I am sure there were tons of private messages during the chat, we will scrub those to protect the innocent... ;-)
[bsr29ss] Nope..not racing on it anymore until rebuild Mickey
[megan] but the private messages are usually the most fun...man I miss reading those
[bsr29ss] Aww. JTG.. I want to see all the secret messages from the girls for Bobby to marry them
[tdc54] Understood JTG, but in the posts yesterday there was only one person trying to stir things up, most was simple discussion. I read all of them
[Mickey47] Help yourself. I'm sure it will make for interesting reading.
[JTG Daugherty Racing] tdc, we aren't going to unring the bell... I am sorry your posts were deleted.
[tdc54] Thank you.
[Mickey47] Todd, I will be working of course this weekend, but will try to check in Sunday to see how it's going.
[JTG Daugherty Racing] 10-4 Mickey, talk to you then or next week.
[tdc54] Wish the bell could be unrung, though, so maybe Bobby could drive this weekend.
[Mickey47] Got to go make some yarn for your t-shirts. lol!
[JTG Daugherty Racing] It would be great if we could get the chat room back up to the numbers we saw today, that would be fun
[JTG Daugherty Racing] lol
[Mickey47] Speaking of work, got to go eat and get ready to head that way,
[megan] see ya around Mickey
[white54] With the numbers of contributers here today how does any one keep up?
[JTG Daugherty Racing] I am sure we missed a bunch of things, I was difficult to keep up with.
[18blabonte47] Thank you JTG.
[megan] but only 11, 743 words have been said so far (plus this post). that's not so many to keep up with is it?
[white54] I missed a bunch.Thanks things seem a little better today.
[JTG Daugherty Racing] Well, not everyone was in the room to follow along, there will be a lot of unhappy people when they read that Bobby will not be racing this weekend so I expect we will have lingering hostilities. We don't expect to all be on the same page overnight, hopefully this will help turn the tide and help everyone understand that nobody wins when there is too much negativity.
[derek] ill admit i was angry but no matter how i feel wont change anything glad brad and bobby were in here ..... and gib but it will all be alright eventally
[JTG Daugherty Racing] transcript has been posted on twitter, facebook and our website. http://jtgdaughertyracing.com/2013/2013-04-16-17-24-42/live-chat-with-brad-daugherty-bobby-labonte.html
[derek] well as long as im not doing nothing this weekend ill be in here see yall this weekend stay safe have fun
[JTG Daugherty Racing] 10-4, see ya Derek
[JTG Daugherty Racing] Logging out now gang, thanks for spending some time with us. Hope to do it more often, Bobby, Brad and Jodi all appreciated spending time with all of you.
[JTG Daugherty Racing] Good night.