Watkins Glen International
Watkins Glen International (3,4 miles, Road Course) in Watkins Glen, New York
The Sprint Cup runs since 1986 traditionally in August at the historic circular course, which also includes the Formula 1 from 1961 to 1980 paid an annual visit. However, the course has been rebuilt several times since 1971 and also the Sprint Cup went not always the same route. In the said year, the "road course" received an extension, now go to the IndyCar: The part of the track between the "inner loop" and Turn 11 was supplemented by four more curves, namely "Chute", "Toe", "The Boot" and turn 10. What name; Watkins Glen was put on a shoe in the truest sense of the word, and otherwise the whole thing does not look. I personally like the old, short version, the NASCAR continues to this day better. After a fatal accident in 1991 route for the following year to the known Busstopp chicane was extended to allow the approach speed for the "Inner Loop" is not too large.
One of the key points is the combination of curves "The Esses" (turns 2-4), you should ideally get a steep uphill especially in the main, to take a lot of speed onto the back straight. Turn 10 was once notorious for its deep gravel, where you landed at too high a speed curve and mostly buried. In the course of some reconstruction work after accidents by Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr 2009 run-off areas were paved and also received several curves a SAFER barrier to further increase security. Watkins Glen offers two good overtaking Ellen: Turn 1 ("The 90") immediately after start-and-goal, where you can overtake on the brakes downhill and of course the Bus stop chicane on the back straight before the "Inner Loop". Who has taken enough speed here, brings in a good postition, but often the possibilities are optimistic overrated and it crashes. The track is moreover 2.45 miles (3.94 km) long and there are a total of 90 laps to go.
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