IMO, power is important at the plate, road and short tracks. But handling rules at the intermediates. Speaking of handling it looks like the new chassis and geometry that they brought to the Lowes test worked. Hopefully, that will translate to something good this week.
BTW, for a team that seemed to be running out of bread a few weeks ago, they still can build new chassises. I wonder if someone pony up some bread awhile back?
Penske is as good as it gets in a motor lease situation. Roger Penske, probably above everybody else in the garage is a man of integrity. I definitely feel that Robby will be getting the same motors that Kurt Ryan and Sam are getting. I do not think it is the answer for next season. He needs to be a part of a bigger team. Whether it be DEI or Penske Racing, I don't care. I think both are good organization on the rise. Penske may have more upside with Roger's deep pockets but DEI is a Chevy team which have been better than Dodge. Let's call it a draw. The point is he need to sell out and get a comfy 3-4 year minimum contract and see what develops. If he goes to Penske, I guarantee a road course win next year. Penske's road course chassis are as good as it gets.
From what I have seen in my 25+ years of watching NASCAR, all the horsepower in the world means nothing if you can't apply it to the track efficiently coming off the corners. Coming out of a turn dead sideways and having to lift to keep the car out of the wall (i.e. at California a few weeks ago) kills your straightaway speed...regardless of hp. Having a car that is pushing going into and moreso through the middle and off the corner forcing you to lift kills your straightaway speed. Driving deep into a corner and braking when you see Jesus is going to kill your corner and your straightaway speed. In otherwords, if the car handles like crap, the engine will appear to be down on horsepower when it really isn't.
Well I for one am concerned of the Penski engine deal. All the Dodge motors are the same. It's what ya do to it to make more horsepower. When you start making more horsepower you start playing with the reliability side of it. Ya have to find that balance of horsepower and reliability. We all know that Robby is really hard on engines.
So.. Do the Penski Motor actualy make more horsepower then GEM? Are they as reliable?