06/16 2016

Keselowski drives an Indy car for first time   BY:  David Malsher

2012 NASCAR Cup champion Brad Keselowski tested Team Penske stablemate Simon Pagenaud’s Indy car at Road America today and described it as “a heck of an opportunity.”

The 32-year-old Keselowski commented afterward: “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. It was a heck of an opportunity and I’m glad to have a chance.

“First thing I told Simon [after the test] is that 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 team, they did a great job today and I had a lot of fun.

“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 to think about all of it. It was a heck of a day here at Road America.”

Regarding adapting to the handling of an Indy car, Keselowski commented: “It sure was getting in the corners a lot deeper,” he said.

“I think the Indy car just pulls so many Gs 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.”