The tricky track built for Indy cars 44 years ago that eventually gave way to stock cars welcomed back an old friend Wednesday.
In a shakedown for July’s Pocono 400, Will Power, Dario Franchitti, Marco Andretti and Simon Pagenaud tested tires for Firestone and got their first look at the tri-oval that hasn’t hosted Indy cars since 1989.
They came away as impressed with the track as they were the speeds.
“It was fun and bloody hell it was fast,” declared Power after running a lap of 215 mph in his Verizon Dallara/Chevy. “You are wide open and f****** quick in those corners.
“But it’s a great layout, very smooth and safe, and I liked it.”
lsayre wrote:The track was never designed or intended for NASCAR type racing, and its low banking and relatively tight and narrow turns are not suited to them at all. Dog and pony at best with the big stockers. Slow also.
But with Indy Cars it's different. About 50 mph faster. Able to run 3 wide (on occasion) in the turns. Lots of passing (by comparison).
Freddy wrote:I made it to Indy once in my life. I took a bus ride once around the track. It sure gave a lasting memory! Most people don't realize the corners are only banked 12 1/2 degrees....not much! (I think it's 12.5...is that right?) At 60 MPH in the bus we thought we just might tip over! I can not imagine pushing 200. Yeeeehaaaaa!
jpete wrote:If you sit in a corner, you can see half the track. If you sit where I did, behind pit road, you can't see jack.
Any way you slice it, it's an "experience", but I'd never go back if I wanted to SEE a race.
I actually fell asleep for several laps.
lsayre wrote:For comparison, Daytona is banked at 31 degrees,
Richard S. wrote:I was at Talladega for a tour, not a race. They took you around the track in a van, if you were at the top of that track and tripped it was a long way down. You just can't tell how steep it is on the TV.