difficult – for example, getting the perfect balance through the Carousel. Running the test days also helps to confirm that you are comfortable with your car setup.”
Where can you pass?: “A lot of my wins have come on last-lap passes – that’s the only lap you need to lead. The traditional spots are going into Turns 1, 5, and Canada Corner. But it’s really important to come out of Canada Corner strong, so you don’t want to give up exit speed with a late pass going in. The outside of Turn 13 is a possibility, and obviously the last three turns on the last lap are super critical.”
Weather considerations: “You have to be ready to deal with anything. The June Sprints have been run when it’s 70 degrees F and on other years when it is 95 degrees. In October it could be quite cold, which may well affect the first part of the race.”
MR. JUNE SPRINTS
Scott Rettich has won the June Sprints at Road America six times in FE, four times in SRF, and once in FE2. Contesting the Runoffs primarily in FE and SRF3, he has an impressive six golds in FE. During the Road America Runoffs years from
2009-’ 13, he had six podiums and five poles. He is also the owner of Alliance Autosport, which provides arrive-and-drive services in SRF3, FE2, and Trans Am 2. Put simply, he knows of which he speaks.
Most common mistake atRoad America: “There are a number of braking zones at the track where you arrive carrying more speed than you are used to. Drivers try to brake too late, lock up on entry or fall off on track out. They simply try to get more out of the turn than it can give them.”
than Daytona. It is common to see some drivers doing well where mechanical grip is the dominant factor but then fall down by 8 to 10 mph where aero is involved. They need to be aware of what a formula car can do with downforce.”
Importance of running thetest days: “It’s very important to help you get up to speed. I’ve run there a lot and I still sometimes run the test days. The turns on this track are not complex from a technical standpoint but getting the last bits of speed can be quite
On drafting: “In many classes, it’s super important. But you must be mindful of who you are running with. You can’t run around with a back marker and expect to qualify up front. Drafting is an art form.”
Danger areas: “You have to respect the Kink, that’s for sure. You can’t turn in too early and you can’t lift mid-corner. The car has to be settled and it has to stay settled. This is a place where bad things can happen. Work up to it.”
Hardest turn: “The Carousel, especially for a formula car. It determines your run all the way down to Canada Corner and it can be tricky to get your car to maintain full grip past the middle of the turn as the road falls away there.”
Aero vs. mechanical grip: “We are pretty trimmed out [in FE2]. We are lighter on aero here than any track other
DOUBLE THREATScott Rettich is a contender in bothSRF3 (LEF T) and FE2 (BELOW),logging an astounding six Runoffs titlesand eight other podium finishes.