Feb 13, 2011; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series crew chief Steve Letarte during qualifying for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Steve Letarte: Dale Jr Needs Faster Cars in 2013

The past couple of days some of NASCAR’s biggest names have been home at Charlotte…working. They have been busy working hard at Charlotte Motor Speedway testing the new G6 2013 car for the Sprint Cup Series.

Among those there is Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his crew chief Steve Letarte. Who have shown they can work together and win. The duo seems proven to win, now they need to win more often and prove they can win a championship.

When speaking Sporting News’ Bob Pockrass, Letarte said that there is one and simple strategy to getting Earnhardt back in victory lane more than once a season.

Faster cars.

Now, I don’t think this is an insult he is making that Hendrick Motorsports is providing the other teams like Jimmie Johnson with faster cars, this is more of a self-assesment of his team.

“The faster you go, the easier the race is to call, the less pressure there is on the driver on the restarts, the less pressure there is on the pit crew. As much as it takes today to run well in NASCAR in the Sprint Cup Series, it comes down to lap times. If you’re a faster car, so much opens up that it takes a lot of pressure off everybody and you find yourself making less mistakes trying to overcome a slower car.”

One thing going for Earnhardt is that he is comfortable with the new G6 car and says that he loves it. He says it drives a lot better than the Car of Tomorrow, which he and all of NASCAR hated truthfully.

Earnhardt and Letarte used the test sessions at Charlotte as a way to build speed and get Earnhardt at the top of the charts.

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