Indianapolis: Dodge Motorsports preview

ENGINEERING TALK "If you want a unique engineering challenge, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will certainly provide it. Nowhere else do we race on a high-speed rectangle and certainly not on a two-and-a-half-mile track. The straightaways are...

ENGINEERING TALK

"If you want a unique engineering challenge, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will certainly provide it. Nowhere else do we race on a high-speed rectangle and certainly not on a two-and-a-half-mile track. The straightaways are nearly as long and the corners are nearly as flat as anywhere we race in the series. Very long straights give the drivers high speed entry into the very flat and very tight 90-degree Turn 1 and Turn 3 corners. Being able to carry enough speed into these corners and still get the car to turn will be one of the biggest challenges of the season for the teams." Howard Comstock, Dodge Motorsports Engineering

DODGE QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

"It's a lot different driving a stock car at Indianapolis.  The line is basically the same -- you want the car to hit the same points.  In Indy cars, you trim the car until you are able to run flat out. In NASCAR, you know that every lap you are going to brake in Turns 1 and 3 as well going into Turns 2 and 4.  You can easily upset a stock car by doing the wrong thing."
Sam Hornish Jr.  No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger

DODGE DRIVERS

"Ever since they diamond cut the track, whatever they've done to the asphalt surface, I've struggled horribly there. Add the Car of Tomorrow and that's twice as many struggles. Indy has definitely been a tough place for me. The first time I raced there, I got a fifth-place finish and didn't even know what I was doing. Sometimes ignorance is bliss." Kurt Busch, No. 2 Miller Lite Vortex Dodge Charger

"To be the first driver to win the Indy 500 and Brickyard 400 would be amazing. We just have to be sure that we position ourselves, do things the right way and make sure we get ourselves to the end of the race. I had a really, really good car there last year and I got caught up trying to go the front too quickly and took us out of contention. Patience will be at the top of my mind this weekend for sure. It would mean the world to me to win my first Cup race at Indy. You couldn't write it any better." Sam Hornish Jr., No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger

"You can't go to the Brickyard without thinking about what the track means not only NASCAR, but to auto racing in general. Being from the Midwestern section of the country myself, I always looked to the spectacle of the Indianapolis 500 and wondered what it would be like to compete there. Now we have the Brickyard 400 for stock cars and it has become one of the most prestigious races in the country as well. There are a lot of thoughts that you have when going to race at Indy and I'm excited to get there for my first race.

"It definitely gives you a sense of pride when you go to Indy as a member of Penske Racing. You look at everything Mr. Penske has been able to accomplish there in open-wheel racing. It would be one of the coolest things I could ever do in a racecar if I could get him his first win in the Brickyard 400. Brad Keselowski, No 12 Penske Dodge Charger

-source: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kurt Busch , Brad Keselowski , Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Team Penske