Oblivious to the expensive tailored suit he was coiffed in, or perhaps overconfident in the cleaning staff at Henry Ford Museum, NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski hit the ground like a paratrooper and crawled his way underneath Henry Ford's legendary race car.
He just wanted to see what made the car tick.
Keselowski is similarly perplexed when it comes to the new Gen-6 car that will be raced during this year's Sprint Cup season.
He still isn't certain as to what makes that car tick.
"We're all learning, we're all facing the same challenge," Keselowski said.
"We don't know how it's going to run.
"It will be different for everyone."
That's a huge factor for Keselowski, who not only is switching to a new car, but to a new manufacturer.
He won the Sprint Cup crown last year driving the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge for team owner Roger Penske. But with Chrysler dropping out of the series, Penske moved to Ford.
Under normal circumstances, that would leave them behind the eight-ball in terms of the learning curve.
But with everyone switching to new cars, the playing field remains level.
"If there is an opportunity or a time period to switch cars from a manufacturer's standpoint and have it affect you the least, this is it, without a doubt," Keselowski said.
"I think that for us, it couldn't be better timing for us to switch to Ford, which is one of the reasons why I have so much optimism."
Of course he's optimistic. What else would you expect him to say, right?
Wrong. While admitting that his Polish heritage has him looking forward to sampling some Paczki's next month, Keselowski isn't someone who tends to sugar-coat things.
"I think those who know me on a personal level will tell you that I try really hard to say how I really feel about things," Keselowski said.
"So when I say I'm really optimistic about Ford, I really mean it.
"I don't see any reason why we can't go out and run just as well, or better, than last year.
"That's hard for some people to explain, because you always hear those canned answers, 'Yeah, I'm excited for this year.' I know the behind the scenes stuff that's going on and I feel like it's going to be great."
He'll still tell you there's much uncertainty about the new car as the drivers prep for the season-opening Daytona 500 Feb. 24.
Will the drivers be able to employ the tandem drafting that's been so successful in recent years at Daytona?
"I don't know about that," Keselowski said, "but I do know guys are still going to try it.
"There's a lot of things we don't know yet.
"That's something a lot of teams are going to figure out at the start of the year.
"We're going to learn a lot of things, and a lot of them we're going to learn the hard way."
In other words, if you like train wrecks on the racetrack, you might not want to miss the early-season races.
Keselowski believes the new car is easier to drive than the so-called Car of Tomorrow they've employed for the past few seasons.
"And it's a much prettier car," he added. "The old one was ugly.
"When we'd give tours of the shop, I'd always walk people right past the Sprint Cup car.
"They'd say, 'What about that one?' and I'd say, 'I don't know what that car is.'"
Keselowski knows one thing - like the Dodge he drove to the title, the COT is no more.
It's a new year, and time to start anew.
© Copyright (c) The Windsor Star