The second race of NASCAR’s Contender Round in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup takes place this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Team Penske has done its homework.
Ford Racing was in attendance when the duo of Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski tested at the 1.5-mile speedway last month in preparation for Saturday’s Bank of America 500. “The Study of Speed” takes a dramatic look at the two teams as they work together and try to achieve the ultimate goal of not only winning on Saturday night, but capturing Ford’s first series championship since 2004.
“When I come to a test my mindset is obviously you’ve got to do the same thing over and over again because you’re trying to feel the difference between each change you make,” said Logano, who is in his second year driving the No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Fusion for car owner Roger Penske.
The two-day test took place Sept. 2-3 and featured an array of team personnel that studied every lap the drivers made.
“You have almost 100 engineers that do nothing but work on car design, study data, and try to make us faster in any direction possible that they can find,” said Keselowski, who is looking for his second series championship after winning in 2012.
The two Team Penske drivers have combined to win three of the first four Chase races with Keselowski and his No. 2 Miller Lite Fusion winning the opener at Chicagoland Speedway and Logano taking the checkered flag at Loudon and Kansas. Logano’s win last week automatically qualified him for the Eliminator Round, which will begin in three weeks at Martinsville Speedway.
Keselowski, looking to rebound from a tire failure that resulted in a 36th-place finish at Kansas, can take comfort in the fact that he’s the defending winner of this weekend’s race and is tied with Logano for most victories on the year with five.
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