The secrets of oval racing

The secrets of oval racing

Often dismissed for being all about bravery and turning left, oval racing suffers more misconceptions than most forms of motorsport. The reality is more sophisticated

Running three-wide battling for the lead at Chicagoland Speedway in 2008 with Penske team-mate Helio Castroneves to his inside and Chip Ganassi Racing's Dan Wheldon on his outside, Ryan Briscoe could be forgiven for having a lot on his mind.

But as well as the tiny corrections at the wheel and the barrage of radio traffic from his spotter, the fence post at Turn 3 kept drawing his attention.

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