The race season at Michigan International Speedway in Michigan has now started and while we wait for the racing to begin, it’s a good idea to know the lengths of the race track.
Most tracks are around two thirds of a mile in length which makes them perfect for racing on mobile phones. However, as motor sport has grown in popularity, longer tracks have become staples. Michigan International Speedway is a legendary track that was first built in 1965 and today is one of the longest tracks in the world. It is also one of the most challenging. Its length makes it almost impossible to monitor. While some may claim that it is impossible to gauge the true distance of this track, we will do our best to provide an estimate.
The Track And The Banking Sector
First, let’s discuss the track itself. This is a concrete track with a slightly oval shape. The banking is extremely high which makes it particularly susceptible to fast driving. It is banked slightly on the inside and outside which helps promote close racing. There is one thing that you need to know about this track though and that is it is long. The straightaways are very, very long and it would not be a stretch to say that there are some curves on the track that are longer than the entire lap. This extreme length results in a significant number of spectacular crashes during practice and qualifying especially since the track is so incredibly smooth. This is the main reason why this track is called “The Wall’.
Practice and qualifying at MI speedway are often interrupted by rain showers and thunderstorms which makes tracking the cars more challenging. This is because the surface layer of the road is usually wet and it becomes a sliding affair once the downpour is over. However, despite all of this, this track is probably the best in the United States. This is because of its length, its relatively high banking, and the fact that it is a concrete surface. All of these factors contribute to making it a truly memorable track to race on. The concrete also makes for ideal tire wear since the friction from the contact between the tire and the concrete is excellent. This also helps promote better traction during heavy downpours of rain which make the track even more interesting to race on.
The Distance According To Google Earth
Looking at the track from above, the straightaways are actually quite easy to spot. They are a series of long horizontal rectangles which run perfectly parallel to the starting line. Since there are no turns at MI speedway, there is no way for the spectators to determine the distance of the track. However, if we look at the track from a different perspective, we can actually get a pretty good idea of how long it is. Google Earth is a helpful tool in situations like these. For example, if we pull up a corner of the track on Google Earth and then zoom out, we can get an idea of how long it is. Zooming out even farther will show us the entire lap which we can then use as a basis for estimating the length of the track.
Looking at the corner from above, we can see that the track is slightly banked on the outside. This helps promote faster cornering but it also makes it more difficult to judge how fast a car is going. If we look at this same spot on Google Earth, we can actually get a pretty good idea of how fast that car was going. This is because the track is longer than it appears from the above image and it becomes a bit more difficult to judge how fast a car is going when it is not a straight-line. This is why it is always a good idea to look at a track on Google Earth before a race to get an idea of how fast the corners are. This will help you line up your car appropriately and hopefully make you go faster than you would have otherwise. Another good idea would be to look at the weather conditions before the race to see if any rainstorms are on the horizon. If there are any signs of weather disasters, you may want to consider postponing your race or switching to a different track. Some of the other banking on this track is very, very tight which helps promote high speeds. However, this also makes it more dangerous since there is no room for mistakes. On the opposite side of the track, there is a long, skinny bump which acts as a place for cars to brake and slow down before entering a corner. This is similar to a swinger at a road course but on a smaller scale which makes it a bit less dangerous considering that there is more room for error. This is where the comparison may end since this is definitely the place where drivers can make mistakes and crash. One last interesting thing to point out is the location of the grandstands along the track. Since it is a rather long and straight track, the grandstands are actually placed along the entire length of the track and they are staggered. This is so that the spectators can get an idea of what is going on the entire time since there is no place to sit except for the track itself. This is because there are no turns at MI speedway. Due to its unique design, this is one of the most memorable tracks to race on even if you are not a huge motorsport fan. This is simply because the extreme length makes for some very cool driving even for those who have never been there. The fact that there are no turns also makes it easier for those who have never been there to catch a glimpse of what is going on since they will not be swerving around corners to get a better view which is more typical of a road course. This uniqueness makes for some great stories when it comes to recounting the glory days of motor sport at MI speedway. The only negative thing to mention is that, due to its extreme length, this track is rather difficult to navigate during a blackout. This is because there is no room for mistakes and you will definitely want to make sure that you are not going the wrong way when you are driving at high speeds. Since most of the action happens at extremely high speeds, this can be very dangerous indeed especially when the lights go out. Due to all of this, it is always a good idea to consult a map or a guidebook if you plan on driving at night. This way, you will know where you are going and there will be no surprises when the lights go out. This also helps avoid any accidents since other drivers will not be able to see you when the lights are out. If there is no parking available at the tracks, you may want to look for parking lots elsewhere since this can be quite a daunting task when you are in the dark. This is especially true if you are a single car driver as you will not want to be parking next to large vehicles. Getting a good parking spot at night is very helpful as it will make it easier to navigate during the race. This is also why it is always a good idea to carry a flashlight with you if you plan on driving at night. It will help you see where you are going and it will also illuminate the area around you so that you do not hit any parked cars or obstacles during your frantic dash to the finishing line. Most of the time, the farther back you park, the better. This is because the closer you park, the more people you will jostle as you try to leave the parking spot. Since there are no turns at MI speedway, it is safe to say that maneuvering is not necessary and you will get where you are going without worry. This, however, does not mean that it is a simple ride to the finish line as the banking is extremely high and this can really put the skids on your car if you over-corner or under-corner. This is all dependent on how much pressure you are putting on the accelerator which, at the end of the day, is all up to you. You are the professional driver of your car and it is up to you to push it to the limit. This is what will make the difference between a good and bad race for you. Practice and qualifying at MI speedway are often interrupted by rain showers and thunderstorms which makes tracking the cars more challenging. This is because the surface layer of the road is usually wet and it becomes a sliding affair once the downpour is over. However, despite all of this, this track is probably the best in the United States. This is because of its length, its relatively high banking, and the fact that it is a concrete surface. All of these factors contribute to making it a truly memorable track to race on. The concrete also makes for ideal tire wear since the friction from the contact between the tire and the concrete is excellent. This also helps promote better traction during heavy downpours of rain which make the track even more interesting to race on.