Jeff Gordon must’ve been frustrated racing on Sonoma’s Sprint Cup road course on Sunday. Used to being at the head of the action, Gordon trailed during the Toyota Save-Mart 350 because his Gen 6 car’s setup wouldn’t allow for turning right effectively.
This was the first time the Sprint Cup Gen 6 No. 48 car took to a road course, so perhaps the Lowe’s Racing team took something away regarding the car’s handling come the next road course?
It wasn’t a total disaster for the five-time Sprint Cup champion though as he managed to take second place after Juan Pablo Montoya ran out of fuel on the last lap – you get the feeling Gordon would’ve been right in the mix had his car performed properly.
“There’s one thing I’m going to talk to NASCAR about with this car,” Gordon told Auto Week. “We don’t have the body in the right position for the road courses to turn right. When we go to Watkins Glen, as fast as those right-handers are, we’re going to have some issues.
“There’s nothing to lean on. You have plenty of grip on the lefts, because the body still has a little bit of rake on the rights. It has nice side force for the right side of the car for those left turns, but on the right turns, the cars are just so out of control.”
This is one issue the San Diego native hopes NASCAR will eventually address. The next Sprint Cup road course comes at Watkins Glen International’s Cheez-It 355 in August, a race in which Gordon and the Lowe’s Racing team will hope see the No. 48 car perform better.