How to Set the Perfect Qualifying Lap

Let a bunch of racing pros explain what it takes to set a timed lap.

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When it comes to racing, qualifying is one of the most important sessions of the weekend. A higher starting position means less cars to pass during the actual race, and more clean, unblocked air. Thanks to this video, we get to find out exactly how to set the perfect qualifying lap.

, an organization focused on driver development, put together an excellent video of some of our favorite racing legends explaining all of the factors one needs to consider when laying down a flying lap.

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IMSA winner Ricky Taylor and IndyCar winner Graham Rahal make an appearance, as well as Porsche factory driver Patrick Long, Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato, and Indy Lights driver Sage Karam.

There's a whole lot to consider when setting a qualifying lap, including optimal tire temps, downforce settings, and even fuel levels. But that's just the tip of the iceberg for qualifying. Watch for yourself to learn the rest.

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