Keys for Success: Pocono 500- Pocono Raceway LONG POND, Pa., (June 7, 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...
Keys for Success: Pocono 500- Pocono Raceway
LONG POND, Pa., (June 7, 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 2.5-mile, triangle-shaped Pocono Raceway for the Pocono 500.
Track: Pocono Raceway (race 13 of 36 NSCS point's events)
Race: Pocono 500
Track Length: 2.5 miles (200 laps)
Banking in Turn 1: 14 degrees
Banking in Turn 2: 8 degrees
Banking in Turn 3: 6 degrees
Race Record: Rusty Wallace, 144.892 mph (July 21, 1996)
Trivia Question: The three turns at Pocono are modeled after turns at three other tracks. What are those tracks? (Answer Below)
KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger) "The straightaways are so long, you need to get all of the speed down them that you can. I've always liked the uniqueness of the three different corners and the challenge they presents to the teams to set up the racecar to be fast at each of the different ends."
KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) "Each of the corners are tough. Turn 3 is still the one that leads to the longest straightaway. If you can get your car to work on the new asphalt, you'll have an advantage on Sunday."
CHRIS CARRIER (Crew Chief, No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger) "Gas mileage and brake packages will be key. Five-hundred miles is a long race here and it's a long distance (2.5 miles) around this racetrack. The penalty for running out of fuel here is huge as compared to other tracks such as Bristol (0.533-mile). If you run out of gas here in Turn 1, your day is pretty much shot. You'll see all the crew-chiefs start working on gas mileage windows right from the start of practice on Friday all the way through race day on Sunday.
"Brake packages will also be a key to the race. You've got a front straightaway that's almost three-quarters of a mile long and when you dive off the first corner, you've got to slow that car down some how. Brake specialists will really work hard in trying to figure out how to cool the brakes down -- too much -- too little -- there's going to be a lot of teams worrying about brakes until this race is over Sunday afternoon."
Answer to Trivia Question: Turn One is modeled after the now defunct Trenton Speedway. Turn Two is like Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Turn Three is similar to The Milwaukee Mile.
-credit: dodge motorsports