Keys for Success: Pennsylvania 500 - Pocono Raceway LONG POND, Pa., (August 2, 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 for Success: Pennsylvania 500 - Pocono Raceway
LONG POND, Pa., (August 2, 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 Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500.
Track: Pocono Raceway (race 21 of 36 NSCS point's events)
Race: Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 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: What racecar driver won the first race at Pocono Raceway? (Answer Below)
RODNEY CHILDERS (Team Director, No. 19 Best Buy Dodge Charger) "The key to Pocono is having a balanced car. You have to make sure that you can keep your car turning through three completely different corners. You have to keep the front end turning without losing the back of the car."
CHRIS CARRIER (Crew-Chief, No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger) "Pocono is a unique track in that none of the three corners are the same. You have to figure out which turn the car is strongest in and realize that you may have to give a little in the other turns to be your best overall."
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 so your car can come off of turn three as fast as possible. I've always liked the uniqueness of the three different corners and the challenge that it presents to the teams to set up your car to be fast at each of the different ends."
* Answer to Trivia Question: Mark Donahue won the first race on the 2.5 mile Pocono track on August 3, 1971. The race was a CART Series sanctioned event that continued as a 500-mile race at Pocono thru 1989. The first NASCAR event was on August 4, 1974.
-credit: dodge motorsports