Chase Elliott believes the next race will be a big challenge for all drivers “I think it’s going to be a fun challenge for everyone,” said Elliott “I mean, I’ve never entered a race like that where you literally just have no idea what to expect.
Road racing, in my opinion, is a lot about brake markers and visual aids and these little nuances around the track that you can see with your eyes to help your hands and your feet do the right things at the right time."
, as quoted by nascar
Elliott will use simulators
This track is a big unknown and simulators will be able to help drivers find out its main characteristics “I mean, heck, I have no idea where I need to stop on Turn 1 on Sunday, or 2, 3, all the way back around to the start-finish line.
So I think that’s going to be super, super difficult for everybody, and it’s going to be one of those things where you have to creep up on it, and it’s a hard thing to guess. We can run in the sims and iRacing and all those things until we’re blue in the face, but ultimately that doesn’t — in my opinion — give you those visual aids that you need to do the right things at the right time.
The only way to get that is laps around the race track and 65 laps is not really a ton of time to figure those things out. So, learn. Learn fast and try not to make any big-time mistakes in doing it”. Like Eliott and Harvick also knows nothing about the track and will be preparing for it soon "I think it’ll be interesting.
I have no clue what I’m doing,” Harvick said “The last time I only made a little bit of a 2002 24‑hour race, so it’s been a long time since I made any laps there. I’m a week‑of preparation guy, so I’ll start Monday and Tuesday on iRacing just to get acclimated with the track.
We’ll go to the simulator on Wednesday, back on iRacing Thursday, Friday, Saturday, just to make sure that it’s fresh in your mind so you know where to shift and things like that, and then it’s just trial and error after that.
“I’ve watched enough races there that I know the race track in my mind, but I don’t know where our cars need to be and what gear I need to be in. I’ll learn that next week, and we’ll be ready and hopefully have a good day”.