the track with you. These 800hp trucks are ripping up the dirt, creating potholes, ruts, berms…. Some of the dirt is getting harder and packed down and it can turn into blue groove, where you’re actually laying rubber down on it. “And then, in that same corner, you can have a pothole – your right-rear tire is slipping, slipping, slipping, and all of a sudden it hits that pothole or rut, and it gets a lot of traction which turns your oversteer into understeer and sends you to the outside of the corner. “So every corner, I’m trying to read the terrain and have memory of the lap before and I try to do it better each time. You want to put the truck where the traction is; but as the race goes on, the traction ends up getting farther and farther from the racing line, so you have to hunt for it,” adds the driver of the No. 1 Rockstar Energy Drink/BFGoodrich Tires Ford. As a driver does that, he’s leaving the inside open, and any student of racecraft knows what happens when the inside line is available…. That makes the spotter’s role critical as he alerts the driver how far behind the competition is. As for actually getting through the
corner as quickly as possible, Rob Naughton, a former Pro
Lite champion now in Pro 2 competition, explains that it’s a
delicate balance to slide the big trucks through tight turns.
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