Keep Cool and Keep on Course; Kvapil Turns On Road-Course Mindset Statesville, N.C. (June 15, 2010) - A road-course race measured in kilometers in the middle of wine country might not sound like a typical NASCAR event, but Travis Kvapil says...
Keep Cool and Keep on Course; Kvapil Turns On Road-Course Mindset
Statesville, N.C. (June 15, 2010) - A road-course race measured in kilometers in the middle of wine country might not sound like a typical NASCAR event, but Travis Kvapil says that uniqueness is what makes the trip to Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., so fun. The driver of the No. 37 Long John Silver's Ford looks forward to the challenge of NASCAR's first-of-two road courses this year, where he will strap in for the 352-kilometer (219-mile) Toyota/Save Mart 350.
Kvapil and the team recently prepared for the 1.99-mile course by testing at Virginia International Raceway. Sunday's event will be Kvapil's third start at the Sonoma Valley track. His best finish is 21st.
Comments from Long John Silver's Racing team driver Travis Kvapil on road-course racing and Infineon Raceway:
"Road racing is a lot of fun. I don't have a lot of experience doing it. I ran a couple races at Sonoma and a couple races at Watkins Glen, and tested at places around the Carolinas quite a bit. It's always a challenge when we go road-course racing because we only do it twice a year. You have to have a different mindset when you go road-course racing.
"You're really hard on the brakes, down-shifting, turning right. It's just a lot of things going on that we're not normally accustomed to at a typical Sprint Cup race. But I'm looking forward to it. I've brushed up on road-course racing in the past couple weeks with a little bit of testing. I'm excited to go out there. It's a lot of fun, even though it's different, and I think we'll have a good solid day.
"It's neat to travel the country and see places like Sonoma. The San Francisco-Oakland area is very pretty and they have the wine country there. I'm not a big wine-and-cheese guy, but it's always cool to get out there and see different parts of the country. And the track is a really cool racetrack. It's not really a high-speed track. There are a lot of tight corners, 11 or 12 turns, and elevation changes, so we go uphill and downhill. And it's just a very unique course and very tight course. You've really got to be on your toes there. It's kind of like a short track of road-course racing compared to a Watkins Glen where it's more high-speed with bigger, faster corners. You've just got to keep your cool and keep it on course, take care of your equipment and you'll come out of there with a good day.
"For a smaller team at Sonoma, it's just about hitting the set-up and getting as much out of the racecar as you can. It's similar to when you go to places like Martinsville. The horsepower and aero advantages and disadvantages don't really come into play. So if we can just get a good-handling racecar that turns really good and has good forward drive, we should be able to have a really good run."
-source: front row motorsports