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Old 06-15-2014, 08:49 PM   #1
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Question about arced racing lines

I've noticed on long stretches on ovals (I first noticed this during the Indy 500), rather than driving straight down the wall, drivers will drift to the inside then back out again. It would seem like that would put more wear on your tires as well as traveling slightly further on the track (slower?).

Anyone know the purpose of it? I even saw them doing at Catalunya this weekend.
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Old 06-16-2014, 06:00 AM   #2
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Perhaps there is more aerodynamic drag on the car when they are close to the wall?
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Old 06-16-2014, 12:40 PM   #3
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All the little rubber bits are out against the wall. The drivers don't like to drive through that stuff because they lose traction (for the upcoming corner) when their tires pick up any of it. In F1, they are saying that picking up that stuff can affect the next several corners. Best to stay out of it as long as possible, and only move over to the optimum line at the last second.
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All the little rubber bits are out against the wall. The drivers don't like to drive through that stuff because they lose traction (for the upcoming corner) when their tires pick up any of it. In F1, they are saying that picking up that stuff can affect the next several corners. Best to stay out of it as long as possible, and only move over to the optimum line at the last second.
Ah thanks makes total sense.
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Old 06-17-2014, 05:22 AM   #5
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shortest line is the fastest.... shortest line is on the inside.... dive in hard to scrub off speed, and try to stay as inside as possible w/the most speed/drive possible....
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