Defending pole winner Peter Boss greatly enjoys the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, not least because he captured his only career Barber Dodge Pro Series pole to date here in 1999. The 2.258-mile permanent road course is one the premier tracks of its...
Defending pole winner Peter Boss greatly enjoys the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, not least because he captured his only career Barber Dodge Pro Series pole to date here in 1999. The 2.258-mile permanent road course is one the premier tracks of its type in North America. With its flowing corners and up and down elevation changes, Mid-Ohio places a premium on maintaining momentum, and rewards smoothness in driving.
In the hopes of successfully defending his pole, Boss takes us on a lap of the Mid-Ohio Sport Car Course.
Turn- 1 is a fourth gear, fast corner that we take in the Barber Dodge Reynard at about 100 mph. It's pretty tight, and there's a concrete patch that can give the car a little bit of push so you want to turn in early and not scrub off speed.
As you go up the straight you get into fifth gear, then back down to second gear for turns-2, 3 and Keyhole. There are three huge concrete patches through that turn so you have to stay really tight to the curbs to try and get through there without too much push.
Down the straight you're up to sixth gear, and it's a very long straight when you come down into a second or third gear corner (turn-7). It's a bit of a toss up as to which gear you use. Last year I used second gear, but this year I'll use third. It's a pretty quick turn and it's the start of the Mid Ohio trademark (turns 7,8,9) where you come up over the hill and again you have to deal with some large concrete patches. Again you have to find grip through those turns where it's a quick right-left followed by another right.
You have to really pick up the pace through the following series of bends. As you drive through turn --10 you grab fourth gear and the car will give a little wiggle as you crest the brow of the hill before you go into turn-11. It's a third gear corner and you let the hill catch you. Again there is another concrete patch that takes away some grip.
Next you come through the chute, and get up to fourth gear. Turn-12 is a really quick left-hand turn in fourth gear. Here you brush the brake then back to full throttle on the run into the Carousel.
In the Carousel you drop down into first gear and begin to turn around to head back to the finish line. There's not a lot of grip there and it's relatively slow at about 50 mph.
That's a lap of Mid-Ohio. It's a fun track, a little bit technical, where you need to have a good flow and steady rhythm to go quick. It's the kind of track I like to race on.