: Why is it you couldn’t keep a driver around for a long period of time? Are you that hard to get along with?

RL: Some people would say I am. Maybe I’m too much a perfectionist. One thing you have to remember is that, at the time, we were all pretty young, and when you’re young like that, you all make mistakes, and I’m pretty sure I made a bunch of my own. It’s like anything else. At different times, to get the right mix is like getting a good combination for your car. Sometimes you just have to keep changing things until you find what the combination is. To me, to get the right mix of people, you might have to do the same thing. The driver is one of those people, and because the driver is so much higher profile, as opposed to a crew guy, if you get rid of them he’s better known. Basically, some of it was my fault; some of it was their fault. But rule number one: the boss is always right. And I was the boss, so I’ll leave it at that.

: You mentioned earlier that as hard as it was to put the right combination together, it was just as important to put the right crew together.

RL: Well nowadays, especially in the big show, if you really want to nitpick the whole thing, look at Alan Johnson. When he left Schumacher, his whole crew went with him. And when they brought in a crew to work on Schumacher’s car, that whole crew was on Cory Mac’s car before they went to Schumacher’s. So yes. I feel, and everybody has their own theory, but I feel that that’s pretty important.

: Is there anything in the sport of drag racing that you’d like to accomplish, that you haven’t?

RL: The biggest thing, and I don’t think that I will, but I never won a championship. I didn’t ever really run for it because at the time, the way we made our living was by match racing. But then again, I had my years where I could have, but came up short. Number two, I don’t know how many times. Number two in a championship is no different to me than number two in a two-car race that you didn’t win. I don’t say that I regret it, but that’s the only thing I’d say I didn’t accomplish. I don’t think I will, but I’m all right with that.

: You were honored at the NHRA Las Vegas race in April.  Is that recognition of your career important to you?

RL: I don’t know that I’d call it important, but I feel pretty honored myself that they’re even doing it, picking me. Believe it or not, earlier this year right before Pomona I got a lifetime VIP pass from NHRA, which I called Tom Compton and thanked him for. Maybe he might not like hearing it or seeing it in print, but to me that was a pretty big honor. Being honored in Vegas as a starter with names like Prudhomme and Garlits is, to me, an honor in itself.

: Is that an amount of recognition you expected?

RL:  No, not really. Like I told Compton, to me that ranks right up there with being inducted into the Drag Racing Hall of Fame or being the Grand Marshall at the California Hot Rod Reunion. Most of the time the drivers get all the recognition, and they get the passes. Like they have the fifty top drivers, which is very well deserved for them, I think, but you know, I felt kinda left out!  Well guess what… I don’t feel left out anymore!