No. 12 Penske Dodge Charger News and Notes * This Week's Charger... The No. 12 Penske Dodge team will race chassis PRS-624 during Sunday's 400-mile Cup Series event at Michigan International Speedway. PRS-624 was last raced at the famed ...
No. 12 Penske Dodge Charger News and Notes
* This Week's Charger... The No. 12 Penske Dodge team will race chassis PRS-624 during Sunday's 400-mile Cup Series event at Michigan International Speedway. PRS-624 was last raced at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway three weeks ago when Stremme crossed the finish line in the 16th position.
* Home Sweet Home... Penske Racing considers Michigan International Speedway its "home track." Penske Corporation and team owner Roger Penske both call Michigan home. Penske purchased the two-mile speedway in 1972 and made significant upgrades to the D-shaped oval before International Speedway Corporation bought the track in 1999.
* Hometown Boy... No.12 Penske Dodge race engineer, Brian Wilson, was born in raised in Detroit, Mich. Wilson has been with Penske Racing since the start of the 2004 season. The 29-year-old still has family in Jackson, Mich., located near Michigan International Speedway.
* Penske Power... Penske Racing has 77 NASCAR starts at the two-mile Michigan International Speedway. The organization has accumulated six wins, 21 top-five and 29 top-10 finishes at the venue. The last win for Penske Racing came in 2007 when Kurt Busch captured the checkered flag.
David Stremme on driving at Michigan International Speedway
"Michigan International Speedway is awesome. As a driver, you can search the race track for different lines. If your car does not run well on the bottom, you can move to the middle or the top. Michigan is also special to the Penske Racing family. Penske Corporation is in Detroit and we consider this our home track. It is also home to the "Big Three." We always want to run well so we have bragging rights for Dodge. We know we are bringing a great car to the track and are focusing on getting to the end. We have learned some things since our last trip to Michigan International Speedway which I think will be very beneficial this weekend. [Crew chief] Roy [McCauley] and all the guys on the Penske Dodge have done a great job trying new things to help elevate our program. We learned some things last week (testing) at Dover [International Speedway] which I think will help us not only there but at other tracks as well. We continue to gain on it each week and I am looking to end the year with some really solid finishes."
Crew chief Roy McCauley on racing at Michigan International Speedway
"Michigan is a great race track. You can move around all day long. We are always running two- and three-wide into the corners, which is great for the fans. It is a long race and track position is one of the keys to success. You need to keep the car up front all day. It is even more important now with the double-file restarts."