Friday, June 30, 2006

The race background

The drivers take part in practice and qualifying races on the Friday and Saturday which determines their start or pole position in the race. The fastest qualifiers of each session goes to the front of the course.

The track has 11 turns and the fastest laps are in the order of 110 mph while the highest speeds along the straight aways are abouut 190 mph (along Lakeshore Boulevard) while the slowest speeds are about 42 mph as the cars leave Lakeshore Blvd and head back into the exhibition grounds. The fastest average speed for the entire race was approximately 98 mph. The total race is 88 laps or about 154 miles.

The winner of the race earns 31 points towards the championship along with assorted points if the have the fastest qualifying times, etc.

The race is run clockwise starting in front of the national trade centre and heading out onto Lakeshore Boulevard and turning back into the exhibition grounds.

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