Kvapil's Team Hitting Its Marks Driver Comments on Fuel Injection Issue Statesville, N.C. (July 28, 2010) - As the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series begins to return to tracks for second visits, Travis Kvapil feels his team is starting to get into a ...
Kvapil's Team Hitting Its Marks
Driver Comments on Fuel Injection Issue
Statesville, N.C. (July 28, 2010) - As the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series begins to return to tracks for second visits, Travis Kvapil feels his team is starting to get into a groove. Kvapil's Long John Silver's team earned a top-25 finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway last week and is ready to apply that flat-track experience to Pocono Raceway this weekend. The team will also use knowledge gained in its 22nd-place finish at the Long Pond, Pa., track earlier this year.
Kvapil will have the opportunity to qualify the No. 38 Ford Fusion on speed for Sunday's Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 at the 2.5-mile oval nicknamed the "Tricky Triangle." He has seven previous Sprint Cup starts at Pocono. His best finish is 16th.
Comments from Long John Silver's Racing team driver Travis Kvapil on Pocono Raceway and NASCAR's consideration of fuel injection:
"Pocono is a very unique racetrack. I'm excited to go back. We had a decent run there a couple months ago - I think we finished 22nd. And I feel like the things we learned at Indianapolis and at previous trips to Pocono we can take back to Pocono, and all these tracks we'll visit for the second time, and have more speed in our cars. We've figured out a package that the team knows I like and that seems to work well, and we've been pretty consistent with it track to track, just making adjustments as needed.
"So I'm looking forward to going back to Pocono. The race fans are always very welcoming there, so it makes for a fun environment. I think we can have a good qualifying run and a good race on Sunday.
"There's been talk recently about NASCAR getting close to approving fuel injection for 2011. If NASCAR approves it for next year or down the road, I really don't think it will mean much to a driver. Obviously the big emphasis will be on the engine builders. Fuel injection is electronically controlled, and that's always something that NASCAR has stayed away from and kept it very simple with the carburetor. They've tried to keep a lot of the electronic components out of the racecar to avoid any sort of cheating.
"Other series have run fuel injection in the past and had a lot of success with it. Actually, NASCAR is probably one of the last to go down that route. I feel confident that they'll have researched it very well and it will be a very solid system. I don't believe that drivers behind the steering wheel will even know the difference."
-source: front row motorsports