The Setup: Mid-Ohio with Steve Barker

The ninth round of the 2023 season for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES rolls into the Buckeye State for The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Presented by the 2023 Accord Hybrid at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, near Columbus. Q: What is it like preparing for Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course?. So, it’s a lot of things like that that we have to evaluate and take into consideration when it comes to Mid-Ohio. It’s more extreme than a lot of other tracks that we go to. Barker: I think one of the hardest parts is the entry to Turn 2, going over Turn 6, Turn 9 and then Turn 12, just because the car goes over a crest either on the entry to the corner or the exit of the corner. When the track temp is 110-120 degrees, you have less grip than when it’s around 80-85 degrees. So, it’s a huge challenge for us to get everything – all of the basics – right like that and to match the car balance, the tires and everything with the grip and the track temperature that’s out there. Q: What is the challenge of getting the car balance in qualifying versus the entirety of a stint in the race?. Barker: I think with most tracks, qualifying is kind of more important. Barker: I think, in general, like most drivers, he wants the car to be perfect.

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