Watkins Glen International
Watkins Glen International (3.4 miles, Road Course) in Watkins Glen, New York
The Sprint Cup moves since 1986 traditionally in August at the historic round course, which also includes the Formula 1 from 1961 to 1980 paid an annual visit. However, the course has been modified several times since 1971 and also the Sprint Cup drove not always the same route. In the said year, the "road course" received an extension, now go to the IndyCars: The part of the track between the "Inner Loop" and Turn 11 has been extended to four other curves, namely "Chute", "Toe", "The Boot" and turn 10. What name; Watkins Glen has attracted a shoe in the truest sense of the word, and otherwise the whole thing does not look. I personally like the old, short variant that NASCAR is still operating today, better. After a fatal accident in 1991, the 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), which should ideally get in steep uphill especially in the main, to take a lot of speed onto the back straight. Turn 10 was previously notorious for its deep gravel bed, where you landed at an excessively high cornering speed and mostly buried. In the course of some reconstruction work after accidents of 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") directly 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 options are optimistic over rated and it crashes. The track is incidentally 2.45 miles (3.94 km) long and it is to drive a total of 90 rounds.
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