Circuit of The Americas turn-by-turn analysis

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The NASCAR Cup Series, Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series are set for their first trip to Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, a tripleheader weekend which will include practice and qualifying sessions.

Cota Track Layout
Cota Track Layout

Saturday will be a doubleheader for the Camping World Truck Series and Xfinity Series, with Trucks taking to the track for the Toyota Tundra 225 at 1 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. Xfinity’s Pit Boss 250 race will then be held at 4 p.m. ET on FS1, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

The Cup Series finishes the weekend with Sunday’s EchoPark Texas Grand Prix at 2:30 p.m. ET on FS1, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Before drivers take to the 3.41-mile, 20-turn road course, here is a turn-by-turn breakdown, courtesy of eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series driver Bobby Zalenski.

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TURN 1

Once drivers take the green flag, it‘s a steep uphill climb into a left-hand hairpin turn to kick off the lap.

Turn 1
Turn 1

TURN 2

It‘ll be a right-hander out quickly after the exit of the first corner as the track goes back downhill.

Turn 2
Turn 2

TURNS 3-5

The third corner starts the esses portion of the circuit. Turn 3 is a left-hand corner, Turn 4 is a right-hand corner and Turn 5 is another left-hander.

Turns 3 4 5
Turns 3 4 5

TURNS 6-7

This corner is a long, sweeping right-hander, which is immediately followed by a left-hand corner.

Turns 6 7
Turns 6 7

TURNS 8-9

Drivers will want to maintain a centered line out of Turn 7 to get a good entry into the right-hand, sweeping eighth turn. Turn 9 is another quick left-hander.

Turns 8 9
Turns 8 9

TURN 10

This left-hand corner acts more like a kink in a straightaway. Drivers will use this section to set up for a good passing zone leading into the entry of the 11th turn.

Turn 10
Turn 10

TURN 11

Like the first corner but without as much elevation change, Turn 11 is another hairpin left-hander. A long straightaway awaits drivers at the exit of this corner.

Turn 11
Turn 11

TURN 12

After taking the longest straight on the course, drivers with face another sharp left-hand turn, which doesn‘t provide a lot of grip for acceleration out of the corner.

Turn 12
Turn 12

TURNS 13-14

These two corners are tight right-handers following a short chute coming out of Turn 12.

Turns 13 14
Turns 13 14

TURN 15

Drivers will have to decide if they want to enter this sharp left-hand turn tight or with a wider angle depending on what arc they want to take through the corner.

Turn 15
Turn 15

TURNS 16-18

These three turns make up the carousel section, which consists of a series of sweeping right-handers.

Turns 16 17 18
Turns 16 17 18

TURN 19

This left-hand turn isn‘t as tight, serving more of a rolling corner which sends you out into a short straight before heading into the final turn.

Turn 19
Turn 19

TURN 20

The last turn of the course is a hard-braking, sharp left-hand corner. Drivers will be trying to get a good launch off the corner to maximize speed down the frontstretch and toward the start-finish line.

Turn 20
Turn 20