2023 Writers’ Roundtable, Vol. 40: Biggest Larson Challenge?

Today’s question: What will be the biggest challenge for 2021 NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Larson as he adapts to NTT INDYCAR SERIES machinery Thursday during the Indianapolis 500 Rookie Orientation Program?. A second is the in-cockpit adjustments he can make to the handling of the car. Larson has reached around 205 or 210 in a Cup Series car at Daytona or Talladega. The pole lap for the 2019 Brickyard 400 – the last Cup Series race on the oval in which qualifying occurred – took 48.448 seconds by Kevin Harvick. A 225-mph lap – which Larson may not reach Thursday – takes just 40 seconds. The more subtle challenge matches what Curt wrote about – the tools in the car to adjust its handling on the fly.

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