CART Nazareth Start Page
- Tech photos by Mark
Kohler. Uploaded 5/18/99
- AAR Eagle Aero Details.
- People at Nazareth. Uploaded
- Lola Is Back, the Hogan
team and aero details. Uploaded 5/6/99
- Aero Doodads at Nazareth.
Nazareth Speedway has a lot of history but the cars,
enignes, and tires have changed a lot the last few years. I'm
not sure CART should race at this track any more.
This is a track map I created for the book Inside Racing:
A Season with the PacWest CART Indy Car Team. There have
been some changes. They're calling The Kink Turn 1 now. The whole
south end is Turn 2, but Turns 3 and 4 are the same. The data
on this map came from a lap by Mauricio Guglemin in 1997. I didn't
get any new data from a team, but the best qualifying laps times
have increased by about a second from 18.8 to 19.6.
The big story this year was CART's speedway-wing rule for
1-mile ovals. The smaller wings cut the downforce in half from
almost 4,000 pounds to less than 2,000 pounds. Of course that
means a decrease in drag so the top speeds are up. Speeds at
Start/Finish were 187 mph instead of the 175 on the map above.
Top speeds on the back straight were up to 192 from 181 on the
map. As a result Turn 1, The Kink, is now a turn that can be
taken full throttle only with a brave driver on a qualifying
setup. The cars brake heavily for Turn 3 and the hope was there
would be some passing there. In the race there wasn't much passing
In a press conference Greg Moore was very adamant the speedway
wing would not work. Mark Blundell said CART shouldn't be racing
at Nazareth. I agree with him. It's too narrow, too short, and
too bumpy for good passing. Racing sanctioning bodies need to
develop track design technology. It's disgraceful that the ovals
at Homestead and Ft. Worth had to be rebuilt twice each. It's
pretty dumb to spend $100 million on a track and have bad or
The other story at Nazareth was the youth of the quickest
drivers and the resurgence of the Lola chassis. From left to
right in the photo are Helio Castro-Neves, Juan Montoya, and
Dario Franchitti being introduced by Mike Zizzo. Montoya (Honda/Reynard)
earned the pole by one thousands of a second over Castro-Neves
(Ilmor/Mercedes-Benz/Lola). Franchitti drove a Honda/Reynard.
All were on Firestone tires.
Christiano da Matta, another youngster, started 17th but finished
just off the podium in fourth driving a Toyota-powered Reynard.
Alex Barron started 18th and finished ninth, ending up the highest
finishing Goodyear-shod car. This in a Toyota-powered Gurney