Watkins Glen, NY (WBNG Binghamton) After racing at one of the most historic tracks in the world, some drivers made a pit stop at Watkins Glen International. Some drivers wanted to get used to having a new team, some wanted to get used to driving the new Gen-6 car prior to next months Cheez-it 355 at the Glen.
Much of the time drivers are worried about speed when their driving, but on Monday one of their biggest concerns was actually the brakes.
"At Sonoma, we don't have as much speed so you're slowing down from 140 to 40," said Kurt Busch, who sits 14th in the Sprint Cup standings. "Here it seems like you're slowing down from 180 down to 100, but that 180 to 100 is much more difficult on the brakes. It really spikes the heat into the rotors."
"It's going to be managing your brakes, trying to keep them cool so you've got stopping power so you have the ability to race when you need to and pass people is going to be the trick," said Ron Fellows.
"We're really running through a lot of brake stuff," said Michael McDowell. "They had a lot of issues in Sonoma. This testing is really, for me, just going through the basic baseline stuff and working on braking and braking systems and cooling."
The real test of the breaks will come on August 11 when the drivers take to the course for the Cheez-it 355 at the Glen.