The WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca circuit is located in California and home to the iconic ‘corkscrew’.
It has 2 layouts and specific tips for racing on the different layouts can be found by expanding the buttons below.
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Passing is not too easy at Laguna Seca. Please be patient, courteous and avoid dive bombing.
Turn 2 Left: Andretti Hairpin
One of the best overtaking spot of the track, but it can also be very messy at race start. Be patient on the first lap and remember that your primary goal at race start is to not cause any accidents. Gaining spots is more than secondary.
During the race, exploit the draft on the start/finish straight and attack under braking. Attacks on inside are obvious, but you can also make it work on the outside, as you will be in a favourable position for the following corner.
Turn 3 and 4 Right
No passing here under normal circumstances. You may finish an attack started at the hairpin, but otherwise there is not enough space for a clean pass.
Turn 5 Left
This looks like a good place to attack, but it is actually rather dangerous. The braking zone is quite short, the line is narrow and will bring you wide in the middle of the corner. Side by side can be managed, but both drivers need to have good car control and be willing to leave plenty of room. It is usually better to wait for another passing opportunity.
Turn 6 Left
Very difficult corner – even alone by yourself. Do not attempt side by side racing – at best it is a huge waste of time and, more often than not, it just ends up in a crash.
Turn 8: the Corkscrew
Yes. Zanardi famously did it. But this doesn’t mean that you should always try to pass here. The corkscrew is blind and narrow, you approach it with a right/left under braking, and you can bottom out on exit.
Attacks here are seldom clean – even without considering the dive bombing that often takes place. Our advice is generally not to attack here. If you really can’t resist the temptation, you must be sure to be fully alongside before you enter the braking zone.
Turn 9 Left: Rainey, and Turn 10 Right
No passing here. Just concentrate on getting a good exit from turn 10 to set up the attack for the final hairpin.
Turn 11 Left
This is the other classic passing spot at Laguna Seca. This slow corner offers different strategies to overtake your opponents: inside under braking; brake early, undercut and pass with a better acceleration on exit; fake an attack here, get a better exit than the other car and set up an easy pass into the following Andretti hairpin.
There is only one thing that you really must avoid: dive bombing.