DOVER, Del. — He has had success at Dover International Speedway in all three NASCAR national series and Erik Jones hopes to see that same success on Monday in the Gander RV 400, especially if the new rules package delivers the same type of racing we’ve seen at the 1-mile mile track in the past.Jones, driver of the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, won in 2016 at Dover in the Xfinity Series, the year before he became a full-time driver in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. He was also a contender in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series at Dover and the 2015 champion.RELATED: Erik Jones driver page | StandingsWith the new rules package in full effect, Jones hopes that the racing will be much like it was during those races.“It reminds me a lot of the old Xfinity cars here with the high downforce,” he said. “At that time, I had a really good idea of how to get around this place and kind of knew what my car needed to be good and really had a good feel for this track. I think it’s going to bring some of that back for Sunday.”This weekend marks Jones’ fifth start at the track in the Cup Series, where he has one top-five finish. That came in the fall of 2018, when he started 16th and finished fourth.“It’s an adjustment, coming back and having a new rules package, you kind of have to relearn what you had in the past and adjust and figure out what it’s going to take to be competitive again,” Jones told NASCAR.com. “We just have to take what we had and adapt to a new rules package and continue with what we had in the past, as well. I think we know what it takes to be good here at Dover, we just have to apply it to a new package and a new mindset and really put that into the race.”Jones made a qualifying lap of 162.999 mph and will start 15th for Sunday’s race. Like a lot of the other drivers, Jones took notice of the fastness of his car and is looking forward to what those speeds can produce. Chase Elliott topped the board with a track-record mark of 165.960 mph in qualifying.“We’re just really fast,” Jones said. “I don’t know how much faster we can go in the sense of tires and what the tires can take. I think we’re getting close to the limit of that. But as far as going out and going fast, we’re race car drivers, we want to go fast and we definitely got that this weekend.”But going fast comes with its difficulties and it will definitely take a toll on the drivers’ bodies, possibly making it tougher than ever before due to the high speeds.“Physically, yeah. It’s going to be more challenging,” Jones said. “It’s a long race and those corners are hard on your body. I think in that way, it will be tougher. As far as driving the cars, it’s just different. I wouldn’t say it’s necessarily more challenging, it’s just a different way of getting there and a different mindset of how you need to approach it.”Ten races into the 2019 season, Jones has two top fives and three top 10s, and knows that the beginning of his season has been a lot of preparation and educating himself on the new package.“It’s been a learning process, especially the mile and a half tracks with the new downforce motor package, you have to relearn what you did in the past,” Jones said “It’s a totally different style of racing and I think most of our focus and preparation is just trying to figure out how to race on those mile and a halfs and how to be really good at them. That’s been a lot of my year and I think it changes each week.”Crew chief Chris Gayle has been with Jones since his Cup Series debut in 2017 and that longevity has been an added bonus to the learning process.“Me and Chris have a really good relationship and he’s able to really pinpoint the things we need to work on and figure out our weaknesses and where we can be stronger,” he said. “He’s a good team leader. It’s been nice to have him here to help with that stuff and see as we go through the years, the growth.”Keeping his eye on the prize, Jones and his No. 20 team are hopeful that their time is coming and that Dover might be the place for it.“We need to have a good weekend here in Dover and really get it turned around and in the right direction and I think we can do that,” Jones said.
September 15, 2011 Regular News Cooley buys more property in Tampa Cooley buys more property in Tampa The Thomas M. Cooley Law School has purchased a second Tampa Bay property following the recent announcement of Cooley’s new Tampa Bay campus in Riverview, about 15 minutes from downtown Tampa.This second property is a 4.5-acre parcel abutting the east side of the 8.8-acre lot on which Cooley’s new Tampa Bay campus is situated. The two properties together will provide a campus setting of 13.3 acres with more than 500 parking places.“We have exciting, long-range plans for our Tampa Bay campus and now have the facility, space, and resources to develop an exceptional legal education environment for our students and faculty,” said Jeff Martlew, associate dean of Cooley’s Tampa Bay campus.Cooley’s campus facility is a single-floor 130,470-sq.-foot property on the south side of Camden Field Parkway, just west of Highway 301 and within sight of I-75. The new addition abuts a large retention pond west of the campus building, and includes two smaller ponds — one with a fountain — east of the building.Cooley President Don LeDuc said he looks forward to opening Tampa Bay’s doors for classes in May 2012, with Martlew at the helm as its associate dean.“This purchase completes our Tampa Bay campus and provides an excellent facility in a nice setting with some open space, as well as allowing flexibility for the future,” said LeDuc.
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