NASCAR star Brad Keselowski swapped his stock car seat for the cockpit of his Team Penske team mate Simon Pagenaud’s No.22 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet during Wednesday’s open Verizon IndyCar Series test session at the Road America circuit in Wisconsin ahead of the KOHLER Grand Prix which takes place from June 24 – 26.
Speaking about the experience after taking over running the car in the afternoon, Keselowski commented by saying:
I’ve always wanted to drive an Indy car, I think (Penske Racing President) Tim Cindric knew that, The opportunity came up to dip my toes in the water and kind of expand my knowledge base and put it in the back of my mind for wherever it goes, I don’t know. But it was a heck of an opportunity and I’m glad to have a chance.
The 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion went on to say:
First thing I told Simon (after the test) is he has a very secure job, at least from me. “I’ve got a lot of respect for him and his team, everyone at Team Penske. This (No.) 22 Menards team, they did a great job today and I had a lot of fun going with them. Simon was fast, really fast and gave me a good rabbit to chase. I learned a ton today and had a lot of fun. I’ve got to let it soak in here to think about all of it. It was a heck of a day here at Road America.
Keselowski noted the differences between his stock car and the single seater IndyCar saying:
It sure was getting in the corners a lot deeper, I think the Indy car just pulls so many G’s through the center of the corner and in the brake zone. You have to build confidence in it because the stock car does everything it can to wreck your confidence and in the Indy car it’s important to have confidence. So you have to kind of unlearn everything you learned in a stock car to be good in these cars. That’s a heck of a process but a fun one.
He concluded by saying:
It’s certainly a different feel, trying to get acclimated to a different seat and you lean back more. I was kind of sitting in Simon’s seat and it doesn’t always fit you perfect, so it wears you out pretty quick. But it’s a good way to get worn out.