DRO: Where do
you want your career to go in the long term?
I'd like to be POWERade champion. I've finished
number two twice and actually went down to the
final race of the year with [former teammate]
Darrell (Alderman) in the semi finals in '94
to find out who would be champion. I actually
won more races that he did that year, but he
qualified number one more and didn't go out
as early in a few races and he was able to win
So obviously, that's my main goal, but another
goal for me is to win Indy. I had a dead heat
in the final there against Warren back in 1993
and he happened to get the win light. That was
probably the toughest loss I ever had.
DRO: You've been
a long-time Pro Stock guy, but have you ever
had aspirations to drive a nitro car?
Geoffrion: A couple
of years ago I was actually this close to being
in a Funny Car, but you know, my parents are
just now getting able to stomach this, never
mind a Funny Car or Top Fuel car. They've allowed
me to follow my dreams, but they're getting
older and I just
the stress would be something I wouldn't want
to put them through. They've accepted Pro Stock
and supported me, so I'll just leave it at that.
Besides which, I love Pro Stock cars; I love
shifting a car.
DRO: So it sounds
like you didn't come from a racing family.
in my family raced. I wasn't born an Andretti,
or a Johnson in drag racing, but I was just
fortunate that my father told me when I was
young, "Hey, look at it like a credit rating.
Don't burn any bridges because you don't know
when you're going to have to cross one again."
He told me that if you do all your things right
and work your way up, you can probably go a
long way. But timing is everything; I was just
in the right place at the right time.
DRO: Is there
anything else that you'd like people to know
about yourself or your new team that we haven't
that I flat-out love driving this new Ford and
plan on making all those Ford fans proud. Hopefully
we've already made them somewhat proud, but
we're going to win races here before long. It's
a neat program that we're involved with here.