This would be our team's third race. Both our previous races were on a speedway (Charlotte Motor Speedway). Generally, ChumpCar converts the speedway by using part of the oval, part of the infield, or adding some brake/turn elements somewhere.
Road Atlanta is an actual road course. It is 2.54 miles in length, with twelve turns and plenty of elevation changes. It is a phenomenal track. I've been to Road Atlanta many times to see the Petite Lemans races, but I honestly never thought I'd be there as a part of a race team. The track was opened in 1970, and immediately served as a host for Can-Am races. It was sold several times, sort of declined, and went bankrupt in the early 90's. It was purchased by Panoz in the mid-90's and a bunch of improvements were made. Panoz is also the one that put the kink at the end of the back straight to keep people from going airborne and becoming roadmeat. A 1:06.2 is the current lap record, and something tells me we will not beat that in our Z machine.
|Road Atlanta track map|