Zippo 200 at the Glen – Watkins Glen International (2.45-mile road course, Watkins Glen, N.Y.)
Saturday, August 9, 2014
The 12 Snap-on Ford Mustang
Driver: Brad Keselowski
Starting Position: 2
Finish Position: 3
THE RACE REVIEW
· Joey Logano qualified the No. 12 Snap-on Ford Mustang in the second position for Saturday afternoon’s race at the 2.45-mile Watkins Glen road course.
· Once the race started, Logano slotted himself into second and began hounding his Team Penske teammate Brad Keselowski for the top spot. On lap six, Logano took the top spot from Keselowski and held onto first for the next handful of laps before Keselowski got back by on lap 10.
· Early on, it looked like the Team Penske duo would be the pair to beat. Staying on the track during an early caution, Logano came to the pits for the first time under green on lap 19. A fast pit stop got Logano out first of the drivers that took four tires and fuel. However, several other teams short-pitted and when green-flag stops cycled through, Logano found himself third.
· The Snap-on Ford was fast despite being both loose and tight in various corners of the road course. Logano moved into second once again and chased down leader Marcos Ambrose as the two drivers pulled away from the rest of the field.
· While running second, Logano came in for his second and final pit stop under green on lap 50. In what was the turning point of the race, the Snap-on team had a great pit stop and Logano was in a race to get out on the track ahead of Ambrose.
· As Logano exited the pits, he raced side-by-side with Ambrose up through the “esses.” Ambrose was able to get position on Logano and the two drivers once again pulled away from everyone behind while fighting for the lead.
· Over the course of the remainder of the event, Logano would find himself chasing Ambrose for the lead. Late in the race, the Snap-on Ford became very tight and Logano found himself using his tires too much.
· With less than five to go, Logano lost the second position but was able to hold off Keselowski for third as the checkers flew.
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING
JOEY LOGANO, DRIVER NO. 12 SNAP-ON FORD
YOU AND AMBROSE LOOKED TO BE THE CLASS OF THE FIELD, BUT YOU COULDN’T GET AROUND HIM. HOW WAS YOUR CAR?
“I wasn’t very good on the long run there and I could hang with Marcos for a while and was actually faster than him. If I could have gotten clean air I thought I could drive away but by the end of the race he was just faster than me. I started losing the tires through the carousel and he started pulling me a little there. I started abusing the rear tires to try to get my balance back and then I didn’t have a rear tire or front tire left and was just hanging on the last few laps. This 12 team doesn’t race many races but they put together a great Snap-On Ford for me today. We were close, a caution or something would have been more fun for me.”