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How they keep the rubber on the road

An intricate network of mechanisms in the suspension system undergo a wide range of adjustments to keep a race car's grip on the road.

Updated: June 20, 2007, 7:37 PM ET
By Bill Borden | Special to ESPN.com

When a team begins setting up a race car for competition on a particular track their concern is how to maintain a consistent and reliable tire patch in contact with the track surface.

The size and type of the track dictates what type of suspension components they will use to accomplish that goal.

A flat surfaced oval track will generally require a stiffer setup than a banked track because the car will experience more lateral load that causes the body/chassis to roll over more in ...

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