Nathanial Sparks’ guide to approaching Road America

Nathanial Sparks’ guide to approaching Road America

Mazda Motorsports

Nathanial Sparks’ guide to approaching Road America


MX-5 Cup driver Nathanial Sparks reveals his approach to the Wisconsin circuit, where the series races this weekend

With its long straights and many deceptively simple corners, Road America may seem like a straightforward circuit, but it’s the nuances at this track that separate the fast drivers from the winners.

There are a few things to remember about Road America, especially in a spec racing category such as Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires. Nathanial Sparks, the 2016 series champion who won one of the two rounds at Road America last year, says that those things include the fact that anybody in the top 10 entering the last lap can win, and that Road America is tough on equipment.

“The track is very aggressive,” says Sparks, noting that hubs and control arms can be issues at Road America. “Every year you want to freshen up the car in the beginning of the season. When Road America rolls around, it’s like the beginning of the season because we want to reduce the odds of the car having issues. Everyone is so fast that anyone in the top 10 can win. You really want to increase your odds of being in the top 10 in the last two laps.”

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