Apr 10, 2014, 8:00 PM EDT
The streets of Long Beach provide some of the toughest braking conditions the Verizon IndyCar Series will see all year.
On the 1.968-mile street circuit, there’s three deep braking points on the circuit. Courtesy of Brembo, the official brake supplier to the series, here are some interesting brake facts heading into the weekend.
- At the end of Shoreline Drive, the front straight, cars decelerate from an estimated top speed of 167mph to a corner entry speed of 76mph, covering 332 feet in 2.02 seconds.
- The next big braking point is entering Turn 6, coming down from 143mph to 70mph, covering 296 feet in 2.01 seconds. Like Turn 1, Turn 6 is a 90-degree left-hander.
- Then there’s the backstraight. Going into the 90-degree right-hander, Turn 9, speeds decrease from 159mph to 85mph over 1.91 seconds. That corner registers 2.83 G’s.
- The final braking point, for the Turn 11 hairpin, runs into the tightest corner the series runs all year. Speeds are at 42mph through the corner, if not less.
Video from NASCAR America
- NASCAR AMERICA: Assessing Tony Stewart’s return at Atlanta (VIDEO) 0
- Feelin’ free: Frustrations end for Chase-bound Kahne, IndyCar champ Power 1
- Honda preps for first simulations, expresses confidence it can match Mercedes 4
- Kenseth clinches Chase berth; Bowyer falls out of Grid with one race to go 1
- Kasey Kahne rallies in last 2 laps to win at Atlanta, makes Chase 1
- Tony Stewart’s comeback hopes end with rough 41st-place finish at Atlanta 2
- Tony Stewart the obvious fan favorite during pre-race introductions at Atlanta 3