Jimmie will be here at the top of the hour to take your questions!
We've got Jimmie!
Hey Jimmy, with this achievement where does this rank among all of your other achievements in the racing world.
I would say the five championships would be No. 1 and this would be No. 2.
What do you think about the Bristol Re configuration?
I haven't been on the track yet, so I'm not sure, but I'm certainly hoping for the best.
How special was it to be able to kiss the bricks with your daughter?
It was very special. I'm not sure she'll remember it because she was so young, but we have photos forever.
Now that you've won for the third time this season and are virtually locked into the Chase, how will you approach these next six races?
The first priority is wins for bonus points. Second priority is consistently running up front. It does a lot for the whole team to be in that pressure situation.
Not that you're satisfied, but are you ever awed with what you've accomplished, and is it possible to understand the historical context of what you've done while still being at the top of your game?
You look at the stats and I'm definitely in awe of them. It's weird to actually be that guy is a wild experience...definitely impressive stats. I'm asked the question often and it's hard to answer eloquently.
You've kissed those bricks so many times, when you race in the brickyard, do you think to yourself that you know you are good at this track and no matter what position you start you will get to front and win? Do you try to build confidence and does it put any pressure on you when you know if you won at the brickyard you would be tying with some of the greats?
Track position is hard to overcome there. So if late in the race you lose it, your most optimistic of thoughts won't do you any good. I knew two laps into practice on Saturday, we had a good shot of winning.
After missing out last year, how satisfying would it be to win the championship again? Multiple championships again?
It's the ultimate goal. It's what you wake up early every morning for. I'm optimistic. I feel like we're in good shape and we'll work hard to get there.
so what is it like to have your driver teammate dale jr to have the points lead this late in the season and do you see jr winning another race before the post season begins or maybe during the post season you thoughts on that.......
I think it's awesome. He's been so fast and a great resource for myself and my other teammates to pull from. He and Steve are doing a great job. He has a great feel for the car. I'd rather be chasing a teammate than anyone else.
When are you going to retire and give the rest of them a shot?
No plans on retiring soon!
I will be at Watkins Glen next weekend. My question is, which road course is tougher on you as a driver. Watkins Glen or Sonoma?
Sonoma has been. It took me a lot longer to figure out than the Glen.
Hey Jimmie! Does your 4th win at Indy feel more special to you than your very first?
Man...the first championship, first Brickyard win, those firsts are always special. But the fourth is special. They both are very meaningful. It's hard to say. It's a good question.
What is it about Indy that you love? What makes you so good there?
To be honest, it took me about 5-6 years to get it right. It's a very challenging track. The history of the Speedway is the magic. We all want to be a part of it. It's special and we all want it.
Jimmie, which driver has given you the best advice in your career? What was the advice?
From a lot of people, it was older advisors or businessmen that I knew, crew chiefs, drivers, whoever, and it was hard to hear it, the best piece of advice was "be patient." As a young kid it was the worst thing to hear. But now where I'm at, patience is the key. It's amazing what will work out if you're patient.
Do you think your win at the Brickyard will build more momentum for you going into the chase?
Without a doubt. That's a big win. Any victory late in the season is beneficial. The Brickyard is an even bigger win.
Car setup at Indy seemed nearly perfect,can you make enough adjustments at Indy to car to compete if your set up is off by even just a little?
No. Sure you can make big changes, but it takes time on pitstops to make them. Track position is so important there that if you take that time, you'll never get back to the front.
Who do you think are the biggest threats you'll have to go up against to contend for the 2012 Sprint Cup?
I think all 12 in the Chase will be a threat. Look at last year, prior to the start of the Chase, there was one set of drivers we thought of as contenders, and Tony Stewart was not one of them. Once it started, he emerged.
How do you think being on a great Hendrick Motorsports team influences your racing week to week? Do you think the game changes at all when you're not surrounded by other quality drivers?
I'm surrounded by the best people in the business. They're inspiring. We expect a lot out of each other. That culture is great. They want to exceed and stay on top.
Jimmie I live in Southern NH Do you like the Loudon Track? We have always wished they would increase the banking it and bring the speed up a bit. Your thoughts?
Flat tracks make for single groove racing. I love the area. I love the fact that we're so close to Boston and the major market. I think it's important for us to be there. I personally like progressively banked tracks. I like having more chances to race. So I share your thoughts. But I love the area and think it's important that we go there.
How much are you and Dale Jr. able to share setup information? I know your driving styles aren't exactly the same, but there is some overlap there, right?
Oh yeah. All four teams always do. That's how we've continued to improve our equipment. All of that information is shard amongst the four teams.
In the equation of Driver, Crew and Crew Chief, what percentage would you give each component to reach your level of success?
It's impossible to say. We couldn't do it without any of the components. It's a team sport. We have to cover each other at times due to mistakes. Sometimes you can rebound and still win. But our competition is so close you can't be weak in any one area.
Thank you to the fans. I hope to give you more reasons to cheer later in the year.