Drivers can’t have a lead foot on pit road if they hope to win Chase

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Remember the old Sammy Hagar song, “I Can’t Drive 55”?

That’s kind of the same situation with a number of Sprint Cup drivers when it comes to being on pit road.

According to NASCAR’s crack team of statisticians – and not exactly surprising – there’s a number of drivers with lead feet when they’re on pit road.

Surprisingly, Travis Kvapil has the heaviest foot on pit road, having been whistled for speeding a series-leading five times thus far in 2014.

You have to wonder if NASCAR officials haven’t asked Kvapil a time or two, “Where’s the fire at, Travis?”

Dave Blaney and David Ragan also have been whistled for speeding infractions four times, along with Chase drivers Denny Hamlin, Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch.

The only other Chase driver who has been caught multiple times is Kevin Harvick, who’s been guilty of the violation three times thus far this season.

Non-Chase drivers that have also been caught speeding thrice each are Kyle Larson, Casey Mears, Tony Stewart, Brian Vickers, Michael Annett, Reed Sorenson and Joe Nemechek.

Courtesy of Dustin Long of MRN.com, here’s a list of how many Chase drivers have been caught exceeding the pit road speed limits thus far in 2014:

Four times: Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson

Three times: Kevin Harvick

Twice: Aric Almirola, Brad Keselowski

Once: AJ Allmendinger, Jeff Gordon, Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Joey Logano, Ryan Newman

Zero: Greg Biffle, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Carl Edwards

Long also makes a very important point:

“A penalty could prove devastating to a team’s title hopes. No driver has won a Cup race after being penalized for speeding on pit road since Matt Kenseth did so Aug. 2013 at Bristol.”

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Will Power nips Jack Harvey at finish to pace Road America practice

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Will Power led the only IndyCar Road America practice of the weekend Saturday, shooting to the top of the chart on his 22nd and final lap of the session at 1 minute, 46.0021 seconds in his No. 12 Dallara-Chevrolet.

Dixon knocked Jack Harvey’s No. 60 Dallara-Honda from the top spot (which would have marked the first time that a Meyer-Shank Racing car led practice).

Josef Newgarden, Power’s Team Penske teammate, was third, followed by Felix Rosenqvist and Ryan Hunter-Reay (who went off course late in the session but sustained no damage).

Alex Palou, Colton Herta, Graham Rahal, defending race winner Alexander Rossi and Pato O’Ward rounded out the top 10 in the practice that preceded a Saturday-Sunday race weekend doubleheader for IndyCar at Road America.

PRACTICE RESULTS: Click here to see who was fastest in the session

RACE INFORMATION: What you need to know for today’s REV Group Grand Prix

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IndyCar tested some new cooling devices with cars from Andretti Autosport, Chip Ganassi Racing and Team Penske. Several drivers have said the cockpit heat caused by the new aeroscreen was stifling during last week’s GMR Grand Prix, and IndyCar repositioned drink bottles this weekend to keep liquids cool. The pieces tried by IndyCar during the Road America practice won’t be available during the races Saturday and Sunday at the Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, road course.

Scott Dixon, who is seeking to open the season with his third consecutive IndyCar victory, was 15th fastest in the 75-minute session. Other notables in Road America practice: Marco Andretti (12th), Simon Pagenaud (19th).

Power is aiming for his second consecutive pole position after qualifying first last week on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

Qualifying for the REV Group Grand Prix Race #1 will take place at 2:15 p.m. ET (NBCSNNBC Sports Gold).

The broadcast of the IndyCar race at Road America will begin at 5 p.m. on NBCSN.