Track STOP: NYST Turns 8-9-10

“I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.” Wow, who remembers that one? I’m really showing my age. But we’ll get back to that in a moment….

For the next STOP on our virtual track laps tour, let’s look at New York Safety Track’s sequence Turns 8-9-10.

After the handful of seasons that NYST has been operating, I have observed two distinct lines through this sequence. The first approach is to turn in for 8 just late enough to apex late and be setup closer to the left for turn in for 9. Then the same principle is used to turn in for 9 just late enough to apex late and to be set up on right for the turn in for 10. This will allow the rider to have an early drive to 11.

The second approach is to line up the apexes of 8-9-10, creating the straightest possible line. This allows the rider to have much greater speed throughout the sequence. This is where “Pay on Tuesday” comes in. This second approach puts your exit to 9 directly at the apex of 10 and removes the early drive to 11.

So, the question becomes, is it faster to give up the drive to turn 11 in favor of more corner speed and straightening out the apexes? Or, is it better taking the first approach, that give you an early drive to 11? The first is my preferred approach but the only true way to find out is do split lap times and compare them. Hey, maybe we can have our own myth buster’s episode? -Bill Sink

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