Things going bump at Pocono as cars get airborne

Jeff Gordon on track during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 at Pocono Raceway on June 5, 2015 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.
Jeff Gordon on track during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 at Pocono Raceway on June 5, 2015 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.
Jeff Gordon on track during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400 at Pocono Raceway on June 5, 2015 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.

Could fans see a car come off the ground Sunday? That was the question Friday as teams took to the 2.5 mile Pocono Raceway in preparation for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup series Axalta We Paint Winners 400 (1:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1). Since the previous race last August, the track has made improvements to the tunnel entering the infield at turn 2.  That, in combination with the aging surface of the track, may have resulted in several bumps in corner known as the “Tunnel Turn”. Those irregularities in the surface showed up during Friday’s single practice session.

Several drivers complained about the surface after the 85-minute session. There was even one report of a car going airborne at the high-speed turn, one of three at the Pennsylvania track. One driver, Brad Keselowski, said that part of the track is “un-drivable.”  NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon who is making his final appearance here as a full time competitor the area isn’t slicker, it’s just rough.

“Last week at Dover I thought the bump going into Turn 3 was rougher there too,” Gordon said. MORE>>>

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