Watkins Glen: Ricky Rudd preview

RUDD RETURNS TO ROAD COURSE ACTION THIS WEEKEND AT THE GLEN CHARLOTTE, NC (August 7, 2007) -- The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series travels to Watkins Glen International this weekend for the Centurion Boats at The Glen in Watkins Glen, New York. ...

RUDD RETURNS TO ROAD COURSE ACTION THIS WEEKEND AT THE GLEN

CHARLOTTE, NC (August 7, 2007) -- The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series travels to Watkins Glen International this weekend for the Centurion Boats at The Glen in Watkins Glen, New York. Ricky Rudd and his #88 Snickers Ford will attempt to tame the road course at Watkins Glen, a track at which he has experienced success on a number of occasions. Rudd, who is known in the racing world as a road course expert, has been looking forward to returning to The Glen for this weekend's event and has been testing his Car of Tomorrow chassis in anticipation for this weekend. The #88 Snickers Ford is proud to have EA Sports and NASCAR 08 as an associate sponsor for this weekend's Centurion Boats at The Glen.

Quoting Snickers Driver, Ricky Rudd:

How is Watkins Glen different from racing at Sonoma?

"Technically to me racing at Watkins Glen isn't as technical as racing at Sonoma. It's a much faster racetrack and aero(dynamics) play a little more of a factor where you don't have that out at Infineon Raceway. It's an easier track, and makes more grip, and I also think that Watkins Glen is a more forgiving racetrack as far as how you negotiate the corners so therefore you have a lot more closer competition at Watkins Glen."

What have you noticed in the Car of Tomorrow's handling at road courses?

"The new Car of Tomorrow doesn't corner as well as the conventional car so you'll see a lot of guys talking about brakes and the high temperatures with the brakes. Since the cars don't handle as well in the turns, you have to bleed off speed so you either will have to get off the gas sooner which nobody wants to do that, or you drive it like you used to do and just end up using more brake."

Is timing and rhythm a big thing at Watkins Glen in regards to pacing through the turns?

"It is a road course and you have a lot more things going on compared to oval track racing. There is somewhat of a rhythm actually because you have the S turns at The Glen and it's a timing rhythm since you have to enter the S's and then quickly turn to the right after a left. You kind of get into it the more you're there and you do get settled into a rhythm. It's a lot of timing that gets involved as far as negotiating the S's, but the rest of the racetrack is fairly straight up."

-credit: ryr

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