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A breakdown of the Indy course, with interactive map:
“On the start, it’s deceiving, because it looks wide but it funnels down pretty quick,” Andretti says. “I’ve been on my head here before (when his car flipped after contact); Helio (Castroneves) put me on my head here in 2011.”
“Turn 2 is key for your straight speed heading up to 4,” Andretti says.
“You have to get the power down and try not to lift through Turn 3,” Andretti says.
“Four is a pretty fast entry, (coming into) a really technical bit through the back,” Andretti says.
This is the section that starts the course snaking through the parking lot at Al Lang Field.
Exiting here, the cars get back on the street and head toward Pioneer Park.
“That’s where a lot of the time is, Turn 4 through 9,” Andretti says. “You really just have to get off the brake and get the front to hook up, try to get back to power.”
Coming out, cars head toward the water; setting up for Turn 9 is critical.
“Turn 9 is important for the back straightaway,” Andretti says. “The kink’s pretty easy.”
“Turn 10, Dan Wheldon Way, it’s definitely an important braking zone, and you can actually use some of the exit before the tires there,” Andretti says.
Cars sort themselves out after a tricky Turn 10 as they pass the boats.
“It’s a pretty flat-out chicane heading into the hairpin,” Andretti says.
The hairpin is so long, it’s classified as two corners.
On the exit here, cars will set up for the long airport runway straight or veer right to enter the pits.