FORMER WINNER: Just days after breaking a bone in his foot in a testing accident at Road Atlanta, Keselowski willed his way to victory in the 2011 “fall” race at Pocono Raceway. The victory was the second of the season for the driver and helped propel him into the 2011 Chase for the Championship.
RETURNING TO THE SCENE: Ironically, Keselowski and the No. 2 Miller Lite Ford team returned to Road Atlanta to test on Tuesday of this week, just as they did in 2011.
SCREENING “RUSH”: On Monday night, Keselowski and members of Penske Racing were treated to a private screening of the upcoming Ron Howard film “RUSH.” The movie depicts the rivalry and battle for the 1976 Formula One title between Niki Lauda and James Hunt. Penske Racing also competed in F1 during the 1976 season. The team’s victory, with driver John Watson, in the 1976 Austrian Grand Prix remains the last F1 victory by an American constructor.
A FAMILY AFFAIR: Keselowski’s father, 1989 ARCA RE/MAX Series champion Bob Keselowski, made his only NASCAR Cup Series start at Pocono Raceway in 1994. Brad’s uncle, Ron Keselowski, picked up a win at the 2.5-mile triangle in the now-defunct USAC stock car division in April of 1974.
MEET KESELOWSKI: Keselowski will make an appearance at the Luna Rossa located at U.S. 209 in Gilbert, Penn., beginning at 7 pm on Thursday, June 6.
PENNSYLVANIA NATIVE: Chris Hill, shock specialist on the No. 2 Miller Lite Ford, hails from Pittsburgh, Penn.
HOW DO YOU EXPECT THE NEW CAR TO RUN AT POCONO? “I expect a very fast race this weekend with the new Generation 6 car. The new surface at Pocono should still have a lot of grip, even though it has been through the Pennsylvania winter. We should be entering Turn 1 at an even higher rate of speed than we did last year when it probably had the highest entry speed on the circuit. Couple that with the fact that we are running 400 miles now and you really find yourself picking up the tempo. I’m looking forward to it. I’ve always enjoyed racing at Pocono.”
WHAT DO YOU REMEMBER MOST ABOUT YOUR WIN TWO YEARS AGO? “The pain. I was in a lot of pain that weekend. Honestly, I wasn’t exactly sure that I could go the distance. There was nothing we could do to take away the physical pain of my injuries, so I spent a lot of time getting myself mentally prepared. But once I got in the car I was fairly comfortable. (Crew chief) Paul (Wolfe) and the guys gave me a great car, which made it easier. I think that win galvanized our team and led us to some great things.”
-Penske Racing PR