SCR: Now you and Robbie totally click together. What happened to turn the relationship around?Kenseth: I was surprised when he called and wanted me to drive his Busch car in early 1997. At the first race in Nashville, we clicked right away in the first two or three hours. We worked good together and I was surprised at how much he listened and how much he taught me right away. As soon as that happened, I knew it was a good match. I never dreamed it would turn into what it has today, but I knew that our personalities matched right away.
SCR: The 2003 Winston Cup championship-is it something you envision yourself accomplishing and can you do it?Kenseth: Last year, Robbie talked about the championship from the start of the season and although we were winning races, it just never felt right to me. I felt like we were on track to win some races, but I didn't feel like we could win the championship. This year, I feel like we're more ready to do it. We just have to stay consistent, avoid mechanical trouble, and I can't do anything stupid on the racetrack. If we can do that, I think we have a good chance.
SCR: You're in your early 30s, not exactly a young gun, but young enough that you could race another 20 years if you wanted to. What kind of things do you see for yourself after racing?Kenseth: I have no idea what I will do after racing. Hopefully, I can make enough money that I won't have to do anything. Heck, I'm only 31. I don't really think about life after racing because I think it's a long ways away. If I had four or five days off right now, I wouldn't know what I would want to do two days from now. That said, I don't have a clue what I want to do 15 years from now. I'm just trying to enjoy myself right now and keep it together as long as we can.