54 OCTOBER 2020 scca.comTECHNICAL
TURNS 9-10: THE CAROUSEL
Miserendino: “The Carousel (Turns 9-10)makes such a difference for lap times,especially in qualifying. It takes a lot ofthrottle and steering management to keepthe car settled so you can really nail it headedfor the Kink. It’s a very, very long corner. I’veseen guys hug the bottom, but I like to takea wider entry and then bring the car downto the bottom and maintain as much speed,as much grip, as the car will give you. Keepthe car stable and don’t dirt track aroundbecause that’ll kill your speed exiting.”
Cunningham: “People have different lineshere. The faster your car is, the farther tothe left you want to get on entry. The sloweryour car is, the less important that is.
“Just after the turn-in, just when you’rehappy and in a set, there’s a bump in theroad that’s pretty tricky in some cars.
“You can take one apex early or just
follow the inside; I tend to stay out a lane.
You enter with a certain amount of speed,and then level off the throttle and maintain.
Near the end of the corner, I let the carrun a little wide, then lift off the gas to letit turn; then squeeze the power to try toget that apex and get a better launch.
“You don’t want to use too muchroad on exit because you’re reallyhaulin’ the mail, and, yeah, you canuse that curbing a little bit, but it cansnap your car away from you, too.”
Reynolds: “It’s a really long corner, soit’s all about being patient. I try to carry thespeed and stay on the throttle as long aspossible but, at some point, the corner dipsand starts going downhill a little bit. Fromthere, I’m just trying to feather it, just feelingthe car and trying to figure out what the rearend’s doing. I want a little bit of oversteer inthis corner to get me pointed to the apex.”
TURN 11: THE KINK
Miserendino: “The approach to theKink is really unique because asyou’re headed toward it, you’restaring at two walls. You can’tsee the other side, so visually it’svery intimidating. The Kink is anabsolute on-your-toes corner – it’sreally difficult. And it’s reallyimportant to get right becauseif you get it wrong, there’s thelong run down to Canada Cornerand a great passing opportunityfor somebody who did it right.
There’s not much runoff on eitherside, and I’ve seen some hard hitsthere over the years. If you talkto folks who race everywhereand you mention the Kink atRoad America, you will get areaction. It’s a tough corner.”
Cunningham: “You really wantto respect the Kink. It’s such ahigh-speed corner and a smallradius that it’s like you almostdon’t even have to turn thewheel; you just kind of think aboutturning the wheel. You definitelywant to practice your turn-in pointand find a reference point. Makesure you hit the apex and let thecar flow to the outside – don’tpinch it off too much. It’s a corneryou have to respect, and I neverreally go as fast as what the caris capable of unless I have to, likein qualifying. Certainly, as you’regetting up to speed, you musterr on the side of caution.”
TURN 12: CANADA CORNER
Miserendino: “On the run to Canada Corner,
the track meanders back and forth so
you don’t actually get to see the corner
until you’re almost at the end of the
straight. It’s a long stretch but it goes by
quickly because there’s a lot going on.
“As in Turn 5, there’s a lot of exit
curbing in Canada. You want to use some
of it, but you don’t want to use a lot of
it – it’s pretty aggressive on our cars.”
Cunningham: “Not everyone agrees, but
when you come out of the Kink and you’re
on the left side of the road, you follow the
left side, and when the road goes to the left,
you go to the left, you bend the car to the
left, but not so tight that you stay on the
left. Let the car track out toward the right,
which lets you see Canada Corner sooner.
“You’ll find yourself on the left
with your steering wheel straight as
you start your braking, rather than
fighting like hell to get to the left.
“Canada Corner is one of the slower
corners on the track, and it’s easy to
carry too much speed at the apex.
It’s uphill all the way from CanadaCorner to the start/finish line, so youdefinitely want to make sure that youhave the right amount of speed at theapex so you can open the throttle asearly as possible, using all the road.
Reynolds: “I like Canada Corner a lot.It’s another one where you think you reallyhave to park it, kind of like Turn 5, butyou can carry more speed than you think.That’s something you can build up to. Therunoff area at track-out is pretty wide. It’snot ideal to be out there driving over thoserumbles every lap, but you can use it toyour advantage if you have to. And, goinginto Turn 13, it’ll put you on the inside.”