Brembo brake facts: IndyCar at Baltimore

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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.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

NHRA Gainesville Steve Torrence
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.