52 OCTOBER 2020 scca.comTECHNICAL
Miserendino: “When you
come out of Turn 6, you want
to get back to the left. Spec
Racer Fords can go flat – you
have to pay attention, but
you can make it flat. Turn 7
is critical because it leads
you into a solid passing
opportunity down into Turn 8.”
Cunningham: “Out of Turn
6, you need to get back over to
the left, but you don’t need to
rush. Let it track out, and then,
in a separate transaction, ease
over to the left to prepare for
Turn 7. Try to let it flow back
over there; you’ve got time.
“Turn 7 is not flat out – at
least in the cars I’ve driven.
It’s a real corner, so you have
to pay attention. Just a little
bit of a breath or a short shift
before you get there, all the
way to the left, early turning
with slow hands to hit a late
apex – pretty much late apexes
everywhere. And don’t use too
much of the road on the way
out because that can bite you.
“Work up to speed on
Turn 7. Even if it ends up
being flat out in your car,
you’re not going to go flat
out on your first lap.”
HURRY DO WNS
The section through Turn 7 andinto 8 is frequently called HurryDowns, with racers rushing towardsa tricky downhill braking zone.
Miserendino: Turn 8 is another downhillbraking zone – kind of a sleepy passingopportunity. Guys are not expectingit. It’s not like Turn 5 where you’recoming off a long straightaway.
You can catch folks off guard if youhave a good run through Turn 7.”
Reynolds: “It’s easy to over-slow
the car for Turn 8. You can really
carry more speed than it may look
like – it’s probably one of the more
deceiving corners but it’s important,
setting you up for the Carousel and
all the way to the Kink. You can
really make up a lot of time here.
“It’s deceiving how fast you
can go, and you’ll notice a lot of
drivers have issues with that – they
think they really have to park it,
but that’s just not the case.
“Coming out, you can get into
trouble if you go too far out in the
grass. It’s pretty bumpy out there.
But if you can really push it to the
edge, you’re rewarded for it.”