Two fast straights leading into tight corners highlight the Grand Prix of Baltimore street circuit and braking challenges for the IZOD IndyCar Series this weekend. As at Sonoma, Brembo brake facts have been supplied again for this weekend to illustrate the speed differential from the end of straights heading into corners.
Once cars launch from the chicane onto the rest of the front straight, the IndyCars will reach an estimated top speed of 162 mph before decelerating to roughly 45 mph in 482 feet in 3.9 seconds, at an estimated G loading of 3.28 Gs.
Launching from Turn 1, through the Turn 2 kink, the second tough braking point is heading into Turn 3. Top speeds reach 150 mph but the cars have to slow to 33 mph for the right-hand, 180-degree hairpin, one of the tightest corners on the 2013 calendar all year. Braking distance there is 430 feet in 4.08 seconds.
A mix of medium and low speed corners make up the rest of the 13-turn, 2.04-mile circuit that’s fairly hard on brakes, but particularly at Turns 1 and 3.