The Inside Track Rick Mayer Mid-Ohio Preview. The Track: Mid-Ohio is a driver's track. There is typically a larger spread in qualifying times (relative to other tracks) down the grid as this track is very technical. Mid-Ohio was repaved last...
The Inside Track
The Track: Mid-Ohio is a driver's track. There is typically a larger spread in qualifying times (relative to other tracks) down the grid as this track is very technical. Mid-Ohio was repaved last year. The track is all asphalt now with no concrete. It's very smooth and European like. It was low grip last year but has seasoned a bit and should be better this year. The curbs are big but flat; it's a gain if you can use them. It's very hard to pass like- speed cars here. The only real passing zones are braking into the keyhole and braking into the right hander at the end of the straight. With passing being difficult, qualifying on pole will be even more important at Mid-Ohio.
Handling: Mid-Ohio is typically an understeer track. Getting through and off the low speed corners is where the lap time comes from. Top speed is slow here, under 160 mph; we run max aero here. Ideally, you want to be a bit quicker on the straight, compared to the cars in your class, to get an advantage into the back straight braking zone, and you need a good run off the keyhole. Unfortunately there are some "not common knowledge" setup particulars here that we won't go into that aid getting around Mid-Ohio. Dampers don't play a big roll here. Getting the dampers right could help your curbing and you can gain on the rise over the hill if you can get the car to work with less rebound, this will help keep the wheels on the ground.
The race: Mid-Ohio race in 2006 didn't have very many yellows. All the GT2 cars will need 2 stops if the race is green. Competitively, this should be the best track this year for the Porsches against the Ferrari's. The mostly short slow corners favor the Porsches' torque. Although the 997 is different then the 996, they may struggle to cure their understeer. This track is very easy on tires; the Ferrari's should be easily able to double stint tires here. But can the Porsches? Guess we'll see come Saturday.