NASCAR takes a right turn in Texas. Many of them.
The Cup Series will hold its first race on the Circuit of the Americas road circuit in Austin on Sunday, May 23, on the same track used by Formula 1.
This is one of seven road course-style races on the circuit this year, which is a big departure from its traditional oval track schedule.
The 3.41 mile long track has 20 turns including nine to the right and a vertical drop of 133 feet.
Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr. and Brad Keselowski took part in a practice session in March to see how Chevy, Toyota and Ford cars would handle the track.
“The track is fun, you know, it’s got a lot of character,” Elliott said after the test.
“I feel like it’s really a steep learning curve for me just trying to put all the different parts of the track together.
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Keselowski pointed out the first corner, which is a sharp hairpin on top of a hill at the end of the pit straight.
“Turn 1 is designed as if a fan is saying, ‘How can I have the most calamity in this turn at the start,” he said.
“It’s uphill, it encourages one driver to try to brake another driver, which is big on a restart or a start because all the cars are already so close to each other. “
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According to Fox Bet, Elliott, who has five road wins to his name, is the odds-winning favorite, followed by four-time winner Truex and current points leader Denny Hamlin.
However, Elliott finished last behind Keselowski in the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational race held on a virtual version of the track on Wednesday May 19, won by Australian rider James Davison.
Fans can tune in on Sunday, May 23 at 2:30 p.m. ET at FS1 to watch the Cup Series race. Those with a participating television provider can also watch the race online and on smart devices using the FOX Sports app.
The Camping World Truck Series and Xfinity Series will also be competing at the venue on Saturday, with the races being broadcast on FS1 starting at 1 p.m. ET.