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Tel: (317) 875-7417 Track Lengths: Long Course: 1.766 miles Long course with loop: 1.807 miles Long course with Times Square, Line A: 1.788 miles Long course with Times Square, Line B: 1.772 miles Long course with Times Square, Line C: 1.820 miles Long course with Times Square, Line D: 1.830 miles Long course with loop and Line A: 1.828 miles Long course with loop and Line B: 1.813 miles Long course with loop and Line C: 1.860 miles Long course with loop and Line D: 1.871 miles Short Course (4 turns): 0.528 miles Short course with Times Square, Line A: 0.549 miles Short course with Times Square, Line B: 0.534 miles Short course with Times Square, Line C: 0.581 miles Short course with Times Square, Line D: 0.592 miles All track lengths are measured on the track centre line.
Via US 70: Go west from Indianapolis to the Cloverdale exit #41 (approx 45 minutes). Go north on US 231 to US 40. Turn right on to US 40, and drive past the Putnam Park sign. Take the next right turn onto County Road 550E, and go south for 1.5 miles.
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The front straightaway is downhill; I usually shift from 3 to 4 just past the timing tower.
Turn 1 is a classic type 2 turn. There are brake markers, so picking braking and turning points is pretty easy; I usually start braking at 1.5 and turn in just past the last marker, still on the brakes (but lessened). As soon as you are lined up for the apex, get off the brakes and back on the throttle towards turn 2. For my car, turn 2 is a type 1 turn because I don't brake from 2 to 5; so getting 2 right is really important. Shift to 3rd under braking, turn in just when you can see the apex berm, back on the throttle...throttle steer to the runoff berm. Exit speed is really important here; if you aren't pushing out to the runoff berm you didn't go fast enough through the turn.
Turn 3 is flat out for most cars, but it is important to be in the correct position to take 4 flat out as well (if I'm offline a little bit I lift the throttle a bit for turn-in comfort. The exit of 4 is a good place to pass higher-powered cars that don't handle so great.
4 exits downhill, then the track goes uphill to 5. My car revs to 7K so no shift is necessary...straightline brake, slight late apex, back on the throttle to 6, which is taken flat out.
7 is a tight 90 degree righthander...so slow for most cars that it is a good place to try to outbrake someone. I usually leave the car in third gear and let it lug at 3.8K unless I've just outbraked someone; in that case, I go to second for a bit more power.
7 exits downhill to a not so tight (not really a hairpin, although some people call it that) not so wide 180 degree turn named "dead bear turn". I usually trailbrake into it, and actually apex a bit past where the apex berm ends.
Uphill to 9, an off-camber turn that I barely lift for on turn-in. The pit exit is in between 9 and 10, and you can pop out left a bit for extra room, and clip the turn-in berm on the way to the apex of 10.
Turn 10 is the most important on on the course. Unfortunately, there is zero runoff room, just the ARMCO that seperates the main straightaway from the pits. Grab a hold of the 'nads, late apex and if you entered correctly, you won't have to lift!