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ENGINEER TALK; INFINEON RACEWAY Howard Comstock, Dodge Motorsports Engineering "After spending the first 15 weeks of the season worrying about making the cars turn left, at Infineon we have to concentrate on making them turn right and we have...

ENGINEER TALK; INFINEON RACEWAY

Howard Comstock, Dodge Motorsports Engineering

"After spending the first 15 weeks of the season worrying about making the cars turn left, at Infineon we have to concentrate on making them turn right and we have to do it without any banking. There are a few important left hand turns here but in a clockwise rotation track you've got to concentrate on getting the setup that will get you through more rights than lefts to be successful. The other issue is that we've had banking at every track for the first 15 weeks of the season to help us get the cars through all those corners, but at a road course there's no banking and no help. Road course racing, especially with a 3,400 pound stock car, is a great engineering challenge. One of those unique challenges Dodge engineers face is braking at Infineon. The brakes go through a true torture test on the 1.99 mile road course. If drivers use their brakes 100 percent, they simply won't last the entire race. Brake conservation is critical in any race strategy, but with 11 turns, Infineon Raceway is a one of the most demanding."

DODGE QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Kurt Busch, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger

"I've really enjoyed the road courses -- those races are so different from what we normally face week in and week out. I jokingly say quite often that it's like having a weekend off because we are so used to turning left and here we are out there making left and right turns and shifting gears. It's really a great change to break up all the oval tracks that we race on. It's like a unique race that we always run in reverse. You always focus on when you can make it with your fuel window and go with that strategy and that's what usually plays out at the end."

DODGE DRIVERS

Kurt Busch, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger

"Teams are getting smarter and everybody that's building these cars can build good road course cars these days and it helps the regulars in the series do well. The road course ringers, they're a good challenge. It's fresh and unique for a weekend, but in the end you're going to see more times than not the guys that are on the schedule week in and week out -- the regulars - are going to have more success."

Sam Hornish Jr., No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger

"To have a good run at Infineon, you have to stay on the island. The race track is the island and you have to make sure you don't get off the island. Last year, I think we did a really good job at that and ran inside the top-10 for the first half of the race before getting hit on a restart. It's a tough race; it's a race of attrition. I think it's one of the toughest tracks as far as contact. You're going to get run into or run into to someone in just about every corner."

Brad Keselowski, No 12 Dodge Charger

"It's definitely going to be a unique challenge for both my Dodge cars this weekend. To race two completely different road courses on the same weekend is going to awesome. Add the thousands of miles in-between Road America and Infineon and it will make for a long weekend. It's what we get paid to do. I love driving these race cars and to have this challenge is exciting. We have long practice sessions on Friday (5.5 hours total) at Road America to help us get acclimated to the track which should really help. It's a long track with some really fast straightaways. Then we'll have to switch our mind over to Infineon on the Cup side and where there are some very technical corners and breaking zones that are critical in being able to get around that place fast. I'm a racer and this is an incredible opportunity to race against great drivers in unique settings."

-source: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Kurt Busch , Brad Keselowski , Sam Hornish Jr.