Martin Truex Jr. believes that Sonoma Raceway does not forgive mistakes as they might dramatically affect the lap time.
The Joe Gibbs Racing driver Truex Jr. is a 3-time Cup Series winner at Sonoma, which surely makes him one of the favorites for the upcoming event at the Californian road course. He admits that skills together with good equipment are crucial and the combination of these has helped him reach such results.
“You’ve got to have the technique of how to drive the car and the car needs to do the things that you need to do to use these techniques. So, for us over the years, we’ve been able to match those two together and able to have good speed and have success there. But it’s definitely not easy,” Truex Jr. said.
The latest Sonoma race winner believes that the track does not forgive even slightest errors.
“I think in road courses the big thing is that the places like Sonoma are so technical. One little mistake in one corner messes your whole lap up. So, the big thing is hitting your marks, being consistent, being able to be aggressive in a way you drive the car and attack the race track without making mistakes,” he commented.
“You’ve got to have a car that allows you to do that and at the same time the driver has got to be beyond point at hitting the right spots and doing all the right things with shifting and braking and not wheel hopping, things like that,” he added.
The no.19 car driver also enjoys the challenges that the track brings, including the lack of grip.
“The funniest part about Sonoma is the car is really in a four-wheel slide around the whole race track. From entry to exit, the car is just sliding the whole time and you’re trying to hit your entry, apex, and exit marks every single lap. At the same time your tires are wearing out, you’re losing grip, and you have to keep doing that and keep adapting each and every lap, which you’re basically losing grip on every single corner as you go around the track after a lap or two.”
“So, the car changes a lot and you have to be on top of that, which makes it a lot of fun.”
Truex Jr. will start the NASCAR Cup Series race at Sonoma from the 19th starting position.