NASCAR returns to Austin and the Circuit of the Americas this weekend, but how does it fare at COTA with F1 cars? What is the difference in lap time between the two?
Aside from the Bristol Dirt Race, perhaps the most eagerly awaited race on the 2021 NASCAR Cup calendar was the inaugural race at the Circuit of the Americas.
Opened in 2012, it’s now the permanent home of F1 in the United States (well, one of them anyway…), with series such as MotoGP and IndyCar also using the facility in the Texas state capital.
But NASCAR had never done that. The 2021 race was marred by torrential rain which shortened the race after two serious crashes – from which Cole Custer was fortunately able to escape.
NASCAR returns to COTA this weekend for Take Two – and with the perfect weather forecast it should be a great weekend.
But how do NASCAR and F1 compare at COTA? How much slower are the stock cars compared to the single seaters?
NASCAR at COTA
Despite the inclement weather on race day 2021, qualifying was dry allowing for a pure speed comparison between NASCAR and F1 at COTA.
Richard Childress Racing’s Tyler Reddick secured his first pole position of his career in NASCAR Cup qualifying.
He clocked a time of 2:12.911 minutes – that’s an average of 92.363 mph (148.64 km/h).
At the United States Formula 1 Grand Prix in October, it was Red Bull’s Max Verstappen who secured pole position.
The Dutchman set a time of 1:32.910 minutes – around 40 seconds faster than Reddick’s Cup pole.
Verstappen reached 132.748 mph – or 213.6 km/h.
What about XFinity and Trucks?
In 2021, both the XFinity and Trucks NASCAR series were on the COTA bill.
XFinity qualifying was in the rain, so Trucks was faster.
Kyle Busch drove the XFinity race – taking pole position in 2:40.349 minutes – or 76.917 mph (123 km/h).
Down at Trucks it was Kaz Grala who set the fastest time in qualifying, although that wasn’t in the crucial segment – allowing Tyler Ankrum to take pole.
Grala clocked 2:39:39:978.
That’s 77.4 mph or 124.6 km/h.
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