NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers are set to take on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course in a doubleheader with the NTT IndyCar Series.
To get ready for the July 4 event (3 p.m. ET on NBC/NBC Sports App, IMS Radio Network), we complied a turn-by-turn analysis of NASCAR’s newest road-course venue, breaking down a lap driven by NASCAR Cup Series driver Matt DiBenedetto during a January test at the speedway.
Since NASCAR has never raced on the famed road-course layout, we used a lap from an IndyCar Series practice session for a visual representation in GIF form.
Drivers will be carrying a head of steam the opposite direction down the frontstretch, launching into Turn 1 which comes just before the exit of oval Turn 4. They will be heavy on the brakes to make the sharp right-hand turn, the first of a couple heavy braking zones on the road course. The drivers are then greeted with a left-hand Turn 2.
As drivers move through Turn 2, they will start to carry a little bit of momentum as they roll through a slight right-hand Turn 3, gently rolling into the throttle before heading through another series of sharp corners.
Drivers will roll into the right-hander of Turn 4, easing into the corner as they set themselves up for a good angle into a pair of quick left- and right-hand curves.
This pair of turns offers a quick chicane before launching onto the next straightaway. While this isn’t the heaviest of braking zones, drivers will need to use all of the race track off Turn 4 to set themselves up to make this chicane as straight as possible.
Drivers will launch out of Turn 6 and fly down the backstretch of the road course, which is nearly as long as the frontstretch. It will be a drag race into this turn down the straightaway, setting up for the best passing zone on the course. They will be heavy on the brakes going into this sharp left-hand corner, which is equivalent to the heavy braking zone into Turn 1.
Coming off of Turn 7, drivers will slowly ease into the throttle for another quick right- and left-hand chicane, feathering the gas pedal to gain momentum while also making sure they don’t overdrive the corners.
While drivers won’t be carrying a ton of momentum coming out of Turn 9, the right-hander of Turn 10 will still require some braking. Once through the corner, drivers will be quick to the throttle to launch into Turn 11.
Drivers will float out of Turn 10 and into a sweeping right-hand Turn 11. This will give them a great opportunity to gain speed as they race onto the short chute of the oval.
With the speed carried through the short chute, Turn 12 is another heavy braking zone as drivers will need to give themselves a good angle into the sharp right-hand corner. Drivers won’t be using a ton of throttle out of the corner as they have to prepare for a sharper left-hander of Turn 13, completing the final chicane of the road course that is located inside oval Turn 1.
This is the final corner of the road course, a sweeping right-hand turn that sets up for a long launch back down the frontstraightaway and back toward the yard of bricks.