Pocono to live up to its name on race day

Aaron Creed

Several of the IZOD IndyCar Series drivers have defined Pocono Raceway as tricky, a fitting description for the track known as "The Tricky Triangle."

Tony Kanaan said it best, "they don't call it The Tricky Triangle for nothing."

This was the general consensus after rounds of practice and the qualifying session on Saturday. Now the focus shifts to race day, with the Pocono IndyCar 400 fueled by Sunoco scheduled to take the green flag at 12:15pm.

Many factors will come into play in order to have a consistent and as much of an error free 160 lap race as possible. 2012 series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay gave his analysis on what it will take during race conditions.

"It's more thinking. You have to be so on top of your race tools in the car. As the wind shifts and changes, and you get into one car, two cars in traffic, the place is always changing."

Pocono Raceway, with it's vast track length and the possibility for differing weather conditions in various parts of the track, has always been known to have different nuances that affect the handling of any race car. In addition to the driver's ability, the car has to be set up to handle all of these factors.

James Hinchcliffe explained the importance of mechanical grip following qualifying on Saturday.

"Paramount. This place is tricky. It has earned its name. It's not a marketing ploy. That's an earned reputation. Trying to balance the setup with high banks of Turn 1 and flat of Turn 3 is incredibly difficult."

Graham Rahal has struggled to find speed most of the weekend, but feels that his car will handle better during the race.

"Our race car is pretty good, but our qualifying car seemed to be our weakness here. We will go out there and pound around and hopefully make up some spots. It's going to be tough to pass here with the aerodynamic setup that we have and with the tire grip that we have available to us."

Despite the difficulty to pass and keep the balance between the corners, most drivers are in agreement that there will be the capability to successfully make passes throughout the afternoon.

Will Power, who will start on the inside of row two, expanded on what fans could expect.

"It's a very long race, and you can definitely pass at this place, so it should be really fun to watch."

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