Get Going at the Glen
August 8, 2007
This Sunday’s Centurion Boats at the Glen marks the return of the Car of Tomorrow – NASCAR’s new-generation race car that will compete fulltime in 2008. The new car last raced July 1 at New Hampshire International Speedway. This week’s visit to the Glen is the second on a road course this season.
However, Watkins Glen presents a longer layout for driver Kenny Wallace the 78 Cup crew.
The Glen’s 2.45 miles track is also the new car’s longest distance to date.
This week’s race provides another opportunity for the 78 team to get back on track.
After having problems during practice and qualifying at Pocono, the team was sent packing.
Joe Garone, GM of Furniture Row Racing, provides the play by play of the events that transpired and resulted in a no go at Pocono.
“We broke another engine.
This time it was in practice with about 1/2 hour left. At that time, we were the 6th star car of the 8 that needed to qualify, and in the top 30 on time. I believed we were finally ready to break our non-qualifying streak,
but it wasn't to be. In the scramble to get the engine changed, the team did not get one of the oil lines tight enough and it started to leak as Kenny was coming to take the green flag for his qualifying run. Kenny came down pit road and the team did a good job of fixing the problem, but we were not able to cool the engine back down.
In addition, the car now had hot, oily tires.
NASCAR had us go back out under these conditions.
During Kenny’s qualifying lap it started to rain.
The car was sliding all over the place. Kenny couldn't even run as fast as he did in practice.
Despite the disappointment, we will keep working hard and take our best effort to the Glen this weekend. The good news is we had a great test at the Virginia road course. Kenny was two seconds faster than the last time we tested there.”