Friday, 8:40 a.m. ET, FOX 29 Philadelphia, Live from Pocono Raceway
Friday, 9:00 a.m. ET, Pocono Raceway Media Center, Media Availability
Sunday, 11:50 a.m. ET, GEICO Display, FanZone
Sunday 12:15 p.m. ET, Fanatics Trailer, Fan Zone
The Driver’s Wheel…thoughts from Ty Dillon
…on how do you prioritize which turns to work on most when setting up the GEICO Chevy for the Axalta Pocono 400?
“I think you try to focus on Turns 1 and 3. Those are the longer straightaways that you have coming off of those two corners. The Tunnel Turn is something that, as a driver, you can work on throughout the day to make your car get through there a little bit better. I ran pretty well there last year, so with how this Germain Racing team has been performing, I’m really looking forward to going back there with the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS. I enjoy racing at Pocono. It’s one of my favorite tracks, and, as much as I love the outdoors, it’s one of my favorite areas to go to. I'm looking forward to having a shot there.”
…on if there is a significant "sensation of speed" for drivers at Pocono?
“The front straightaway is so long that it reminds you of Indy a little bit with all that speed you are gathering going into Turn 1. But Turn 1 at Pocono Raceway is so tight you have to slow down to what feels like a really slow pace, and then you wind the GEICO Chevy’s motor back up down another long straightaway. You really have the three totally different corners - so the ‘Tricky Triangle’ is very interesting. You kind of approach it a little bit different than most tracks you go to that are the same in each corner. When you have three totally different corners, you are kind of dissecting the race track almost the same way you do a road course, not that it feels like a road course, but the way you think about what you need in the race car is the same.”
This weekend, our No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS features associate sponsorship from Twisted Tea, Sherwin Williams Automotive Finishes, ZAK Products, Wix Filters and Caymus Vineyards. Germain Racing is proud to be a Lincoln Electric team and carries the RTIC logo.
Each weekend, Germain Racing’s No. 13 bears a pink heart emblazoned with the name of team owner Bob Germain’s late wife, “Gracie.” In honor of her battle and her passion for helping other women in their battles with breast cancer, the car has long been adorned with a pink ribbon on the C-pillar in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness.
Ty Dillon is making his third MENCS start at Pocono
Dillon finished 18th in his Pocono Cup Series debut, 2015-14, and led laps last June before finishing 21st at the “Tricky Triangle”
Dillon has one NXS start with a third-place finish in 2016 and two NCWTS starts with a best finish of sixth (2012) at Pocono
Dillon has one win and a fourth-place finish in the ARCA Racing Series (2011) at Pocono
Germain has 13 MENCS (best finish 12th, 2014-21) and four NCWTS (best finish 11th, 2011-14) races at Pocono
Weekend Viewing Schedule (excerpts from nascar.com/weekend-schedule)
FRIDAY, JUNE 9: – 11 a.m.- 12:25 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice, FS1
– 4 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Pole qualifying, FS1
PRESS CONFERENCES – 9 a.m.: Ty Dillon
– 5 p.m.: Post-Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying
GARAGECAM – 10:30 a.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
SATURDAY, JUNE 10:
– 11:30 a.m.- 12:25 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series final practice, FS1
SUNDAY, JUNE 11:
– 3 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Axalta presents the Pocono 400 (160 laps, 400 miles), FS1
PRESS CONFERENCES – 6 p.m.: Post-Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race