Another race weekend is here, but this time it’s a bit different than NASCAR weekend.
Engines will still be roaring, but from a whole different type of car.
“You take an INDYCAR, and it’s like a rocket turned from vertical to horizontal,” Watkins Glen International President Michael Printup said. “They have these big wings on them, and it creates massive downforce. I mean 12-15 thousand pounds of downforce to stick them to the track.”
Different type of cars this weekend, traveling on a different type of course.
“The course has two configurations,” Printup said. “The short shoot, which is the short 2.4 mile course. So, when they come around turn five at the very back of the track for NASCAR, they keep coming straight. It’s called the short shoot. So, they only have seven corners in NASCAR. We have all 11 employed this time.”
Traveling the entire track, INDYCARS go an extra mile with the boot they travel. That extra mile doesn’t seem like much when it comes to the amount of speed these cars can go.
“What we would like to see is these INDYCARS going so fast,” Printup said. “I mean, they’re going 150 miles per hour up through the ‘S’ for example. That is turn two. In NASCAR, they’re doing about 90. So, it’s just a difference of speed. So, we are going to break the all time Watkins Glen record this weekend.”
Now record breaking speed is one thing, but what else are the fans expecting to see this weekend?
“Scott Dixon winning,” race fan Conor Guyer said.
“This one is our chance to see different cars on a really historic track,” race fan Jose Medeiros said.
“Just the overall experience of being at Watkins Glen,” race fan Bill Guyor said. “First time here, never have been here before. We have only been here an hour, and I can see it’s a beautiful facility. So, we’re looking forward to a nice weekend.”