The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY)


Watkins Glen Internatio­nal Watkins Glen, NY 2pm ET Sunday, NBCSN



1: Once drivers take the green flag, they are faced with a downhill trek into the first corner. Carrying a ton of speed down the straightaw­ay, this is a heavy braking zone in order to get the car slowed down enough to make the right-hand turn. This is one of the best opportunit­ies to make a pass and it can get chaotic quickly, especially on restarts.

2: Drivers hop on a short straight which leads them gradually uphill and into the second right-hand corner. Begins the ascent through “esses.”

3: Continuing the uphill climb through the esses, this sweeping left-hander can be treacherou­s as drivers begin to carry some speed up the slope.

4: Drivers complete the uphill climb and the corner starts to level off, building up speed as they enter backstretc­h of the road course.

5: Backstretc­h allows the drivers to gain a ton of momentum, which leads them into another heavy braking zone and into the bus stop, or the inner loop section of the course. Hot on the brakes upon entry, this is a great place to overtake someone before making a quick series of right- and left-hand turns. Lots of slipping and sliding.

5: Also referred to as the carousel, drivers approach this long, sweeping right-hander. With a banking of 10 degrees, the steepest turn of the road course, it allows drivers to build up speed as they make their way onto the straightaw­ay leading into Turn 6.

6: Drivers use this turn to either make a quick pass or set themselves up for a pass heading into 7.

7: A short chute gives drivers time to adjust to make a good angle through the final corner. Another chance to make a quality pass as the right-hand bend trickles drivers onto the frontstret­ch and down to the startfinis­h line.

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