Keys to Success: Toyota/Save Mart 350- Infineon Raceway SONOMA, Calif., (June 21, 2008) -- Each race weekend, random Dodge Motorsports crew chiefs, drivers, engine specialists and team members will give their insight on the 'keys to success' for...
Keys to Success: Toyota/Save Mart 350- Infineon Raceway
SONOMA, Calif., (June 21, 2008) -- Each race weekend, random Dodge Motorsports crew chiefs, drivers, engine specialists and team members will give their insight on the 'keys to success' for the upcoming race. This week, the green flag drops at the 1.99-mile, road course of Infineon Raceway for the Toyota/Save-Mart 350.
Track: Infineon Raceway (race 16 of 36 NSCS point's events)
Race: Toyota/Save-Mart 350
Track Length: 1.99-miles (110 laps)
Race Record: Ricky Rudd, 81.007 mph (July 23, 2002)
Trivia Question: What west coast road course did Infineon Raceway replace on the NASCAR schedule following the 1988 race season? (Answer Below)
Ryan Newman (No. 12 Alltel Dodge) "There are a few keys to Infineon. Basically there are three really heavy braking zones -- Turn 5, Turn 6 and Turn 11. The biggest part of the race track is just pure braking, having good braking. The second most important part is being good through the esses on the backstretch and carrying so much speed down through there."
Sam Hornish Jr. (Driver, No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge) "It is very important to take care of your front valance on a road course. You have to be careful with all the curves and be aware that getting your wheels off course can cause damage. Brakes are obviously important in these types of races, as is fuel mileage. There is a fine line between aggressive and smooth driving on a road course."
Chris Carrier (Crew Chief, No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge) "Road course racing involves every aspect of the race car from the brakes, to the transmission, shifter, drive train and gears. It is particularly difficult on the engine. Engine tuning is one of the biggest issues of the week because that affects gas mileage which typically affects the final outcome of the race."
Pat Tryson (Crew Chief, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge) "Forward bit and braking are the two things here that are always key. You have to be able to get off of Turn 11 with some forward bite. Fuel mileage will be a factor all day, but you have to get your car to brake well and get off the corners."
Answer to Trivia Question: Riverside International Raceway in Riverside, California.
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