Phoenix II: Brad Keselowski preview

* This Week's Charger... The No. 12 Penske Dodge Charger team will use chassis PRS-737 during Sunday's Kobalt Tools 500 at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR). This is a brand-new chassis to the No. 12 team. * No. 12 Penske Dodge in 2010...

* This Week's Charger... The No. 12 Penske Dodge Charger team will use chassis PRS-737 during Sunday's Kobalt Tools 500 at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR). This is a brand-new chassis to the No. 12 team.

* No. 12 Penske Dodge in 2010... After 34 events, Keselowski and the No. 12 Penske Dodge Charger team currently sit 25th in the Cup Series driver and owner point standings.

Brad Keselowski on navigating the tricky Phoenix International Raceway oval

"Phoenix is a very tricky racetrack. It's important, as a driver, to be really smooth with your wheel inputs and the way you work the throttle and brake. That's what I focus on when I get there and I think anyone that runs well there does the same thing. It's also really important to work with your crew chief to come up with a setup that is balanced and will work well with the asphalt at Phoenix. The track is worn down and it sits in that Arizona sun and just bakes, so it's hard to get your car hooked up. But that's part of the reason it's so much fun to race there."

Crew chief Jay Guy on preparing for this weekend's race at Phoenix International Raceway

"The new car we are bringing to Phoenix is one of the lightest cars that we've produced to date and we're excited to see how it races. Phoenix has been called a 'compromising' track because the two ends of the track are different. The main area we'll work on is the exit of Turn 4. You need to have good forward bite off that corner so you can beat everyone to the start/finish line and down into Turn. 1. It's a tough old racetrack. It can be tough on the driver and the equipment, so you need to make sure you take care of both. We had a good run there in the spring race before getting swept up in a late-race accident. I'm confident we can improve on that 16th-place finish and run up front."

-source: penske racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Brad Keselowski