NASCAR's four-day media tour continued Tuesday in Charlotte. USA TODAY Sports offers quick look-ins on team news conferences.
Team: Hendrick Motorsports
Drivers: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne.
Changes: Nothing major for the best team in the Sprint Cup Series. The crew chief-driver lineup will remain static, and the most notable departures were among engineers.
Recap: Former Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden delivered an address at Hendrick Motorsports' kickoff luncheon Tuesday, and the freewheeling vibes seemed to linger into the team's media availability. During a session that was looser than usual for this medium-starch crowd, Hendrick drivers joked about the new points format and buying a new Corvette for their boss, who waxed poetically and wistfully about his 30-year reign of success.
Best quote: "I wasn't excited about change that much up until a lot of change started happening, and you kind of had to get used to it. So now let's change it all! I'm all for it. A lot of times we change things for the fans, and I think the drivers are going to enjoy some of this stuff as much as the fans are." – Dale Earnhardt Jr., on a proposed overhaul to the championship format.
Offbeat moment: The shortest answer was prompted by a question to Hendrick about whether he would be interested in starting a Formula One team for the second consecutive year. "No."
Noteworthy stat: Next milestone for a team that notched its 11th championship last year and surpassed 200 wins in 2012? Hendrick is four pole positions from 200 in Sprint Cup.
Number of times "excited" was said in general session: Seven.
Up next: Roush Fenway Racing (on Wednesday morning)