I love this course. It is so bloody fast. Watching CART race at Road America in the '80's and '90's was a peak experience. Bob Varsha recently called Road America "America's Nurburgring." A better comparison was made in the '80's and '90's by drivers who had raced on both sides of the Atlantic. They said it reminded them of Spa-Francorchamps.
Most of the bends are fast. In the CART days, the key to a fast lap was to be able to take The Kink flat out. It's a testimony to the speed those cars were carrying that today's ALMS GT racers, the most advanced street car-based racers, with plenty of aero, must lift or even tap the brakes to get through The Kink at a much slower entry speed. Turns 3, 5, 8, and 12 (Canada Corner) are slow. Here are some pictures taken at Turn 5 over the decades.
|This picture was taken in 1963, but it could have been in '55, the inaugural year.|
|Phil Hill in Turn 5 on his victory lap in 1957. He also won the inaugural race in 1955. Ferrari 315 S.|