Austin, Texas Flying Lizard enters the home stretch of the 2013 American Le Mans Series season with only three races remaining on the ten race calendar. Round 8 of the championship is International Sports Car Weekend at Circuit Of The Americas in Austin, Texas, an all-new track which the team will visit for the first time ever this week.
Team drivers Spencer Pumpelly (USA) and Dion von Moltke (South Africa) each have racing experience at the 20-turn, 3.4 mile race track from earlier this year but the team will start from ground zero on engineering setup with the No 44 and No 45 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars.
Spencer described the particular characteristics of the racetrack, saying, "COTA is a beautiful, modern facility. The racetrack itself is very technical, including some very slow corners which will require excellent mechanical grip and balance. The curbs are very aggressive but getting around the track quickly requires that you use them, so the cars and drivers take a beating.
One of the best attributes of the racetrack is an abundance of good passing zones, which will mean close racing to the end. We will have a half day test on Tuesday afternoon of race week which will keep Steve Conover and Thomas Blam very busy in getting the cars up to speed engineering-wise, although I am confident that Dion's and my previous experience here can be of good benefit. This will be the first trip to COTA for Nelson and Seth but I am confident they will come up to speed quickly."
Chief Engineer Steve Conover echoed Spencer's assessment of the track and its demands, adding, "While I've never been to COTA I am really looking forward to the challenge. The large number of turns are configured to create a very wide range of track features which will require specific but different attentions.
The track has a very fast straight, several medium and high speed sweeping turns, and most significantly, more second gear turns and heavy braking zones than any other track we visit. There are multiple points where the car must transition directly from lateral acceleration in one direction to lateral acceleration in the opposite direction.
It's a very smooth track which would seem to most encourage a very stiff setup, but the fast line demands that you use the rumble strips and curbing, which are best handled with a more softly sprung chassis. The need for high speed balance, low speed traction, great braking, and positive change of direction will create interesting challenges in chassis setup. I'm very eager to get started!"
The International Sports Car Weekend at Circuit Of The Americas gets the green flag at 3:45pm CT on Saturday, September 21st. Qualifying will be broadcast live online on ESPN3.com and ALMS.com on Friday, September 20th starting at 1:45pm CT.
The race will be broadcast tape delayed in the United States on ESPN2 on Sunday, September 22nd from 12:00pm to 3:00pm CT and live online on Saturday, September 21st on ESPN3.com and ALMS.com from 3:45pm to 6:45pm CT. Internationally it will be available live on MotorsTV and live online on ALMS.com as well.
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