Pocono Raceway (2.5 miles, Intermediate / Super Speedway, Unique) in Long Pond, Pennsylvania
The track characteristics of Pocono Raceway, which owes its name to the surrounding hills, not really speak for the known stock stiff race. 2.5 miles the trail is actually a Super Speedway, but can rather be classified as Indianapolis: Long, but has too little banking in order to achieve higher cornering speeds. The tri-oval has three completely different turns, each reminiscent of other circuits: Turn 1 is similar with 14 ° banking the defunct Trenton Speedway, during Turn 2 is the Indianapolis Motor Speedway loan. This curve with 8 ° elevation is also called "tunnel turn" because there is the entrance to the infield at her. The tunnel-turn, which is considered difficult to drive than is regularly the scene of spectacular cross-stayer and wall contacts. Turn 3 is similar to the Milwaukee Mile 6 °.
This characteristic is of course a compromise tuning of cars, one can not in any of the three different curves perfectly located on the street and that's probably also turn 2 so difficult to control. Due to the low banking you have also a compromise between speed and downforce find. Both the curves should be able to drive through fast, as will also find a competitive top speed on the very long straights. Actually, the Speedway is therefore rather a challenge for the engineers and not so exciting for the fans. After all, they finally went now to the demand of most parties and travels since 2012 only another 400 miles to Pocono.
For several years already arguing publicly and internally about the meaning and purpose of the second race of the season in the tri-oval in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. On the plus side is probably one hand, the good relationship with the Mattioli family, one of the last independent Speedway owner in the Sprint Cup. Dover and Indy are the others, the last independent of SMI and ISC tracks. On the other hand, is just the little developed north-eastern US market for the NASCAR very interesting. A race around New York is as attractive as the race at the Auto Club Speedway near Hollywood. So it is just sometimes too long hamlets when the convenient location right.
Fortunately, those responsible for the Pocono Raceways now have at least the - revised security measures of the oval and directed massive improvement in security in the way - long moribund after two serious accidents Kasey Kahne and Elliott Sadler in 2010, for example, got the backstretch at last the long awaited outer catch fence, which the oval is now completely fenced. In addition, a SAFER barrier was installed on the inside of the infamous back straight, which replaced the last now only ridiculous highway guardrail. What's missing is the elimination of the lawn at this point in favor of a tarmac run-off area. The impact of Sadler was also the hardest, NASCAR has recorded accident research since the introduction of electronic black boxes so far in the race action!
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