The Verizon IndyCar Series heads to Watkins Glen this weekend following one of the best races last weekend in the Lone Star state.
Graham Rahal took an in incredible victory on Saturday night by just 0.080s from James Hinchcliffe. Texas Motor Speedway marked the final oval race of the season as the teams and drivers now move on to the Watkins Glen International circuit in New York for what is sure to be a just as exciting race as the Firestone 600.
Watkins Glen was a late edition to the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series calendar following the withdrawal of the Grand Prix of Boston earlier this year. The last time the series raced at Watkins Glen was in 2010, meaning that a number of drivers go into this weekend having no raced an IndyCar on the circuit.
Watkins Glen is extremely high speed with little room for error so concentration will be key to a good lap of the track.
The track has been completely repaved which should produce some very fast lap times and will also gives the drivers increased traction on the surface and speaking to Paddock Eye about Watkins Glen in the build up to the Firestone 600, Cara Adams from Firestone said:
We had some really fantastic feedback from some of the drivers on Watkins Glen, they really liked the compound construction we brought. With the track being entirely repaved it has very good amount of grip so we went to the test prepared with compounds and constructions for this increased amount of grip, so we are happy with the race tyre we’ve selected, so we’re excited for next week.
The first Verizon IndyCar Series on track action at the glen gets underway on Friday morning at 11AM with first practice.
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