A couple years ago there was a solid group of us from AZ that would do track days with NASA. It was a great time but we all sort of drifted away from it for one reason or another.
I've driven at:
Phoenix International Raceway (PIR)- several times (4 maybe) and it is a fun, but tight track. It's great going around NASCAR 3 and 4 wide open and plunging down into the infield. It's also fun when folks talk about going to a NASCAR race there and how cool the track is, then I tell them I've driven on it loads of times in my little Focus! It's sort of like our "home track" here.
Firebird International Raceway (FIR)- all 3 tracks there
Main- Fun track with 1/2 mile straightaway that normally serves as the drag strip, so there is loads of grip. It's kind of a great track to compare cars strengths and weaknesses. For example: there was a middle aged gentleman who i was in HPDE 2 with for a few trackdays in an SRT-8 charger. It was relatively unmodified. At that time my ST had an intake, coilovers, and NT-01's on 17X7 Ford Racing 5 Spokes. We had a great time leading/following eachother around. He could obviously walk me in the 1/2 mile straight but I would destroy him once the turns started. We had a good time talking about it and comparing.
West- probably my least favorite track thus far. It's just slow, tight, hard on tires, etc...Basically no fun area except a single sweeper near the entrance/exit area that is always a little exciting.
East- a good all around track that can take some time to learn. Still relatively small but fun enough for it to be worth the fees for the day. Also the last track I drove on
I've only driven on the Streets of Willow, though I wish I could have taken on the other 2 tracks there. SOW is fun, but strange at the same time. The lack of runoff areas always make me nervous. But both times I drove there it was a total blast. The Focus Challenge there was great, Cali crowd was entertaining, and the track itself is challenging and fun.
California Speedway/ Auto Club Speedway- this was probably the most fun track I've driven on, partially because of the sheer size of it. Your average MPH here is just far higher than on AZ tracks. Plus 45 seconds of WOT can hardly ever be anything but euphoric. I visited this track in 2008 with JetFest 08 (don't hate). Huge turnout, loads of Foci, loads of cars in general, it was a total blast. Gosh I just get excited even thinking about that weekend.
At that time I had coilovers, r-comps, and an intake. So basically a very grippy 135whp grocery getter. Sheesh that was fun. Passing Mustangs, other foci (including a full caged turbocharged one....I love you Paul, that was a good time) and just loads of cars that weren't willing to push it as hard as I was. HPDE 2 was full of noobs that day I guess. But the sheer comical extravaganza that IS that track is just amazing. Everything about it is epic and fun. Super smooth, loads of runoff, great maintenance, its just a great place to be.
That is all :(
Goals: Mazda Laguna Seca
Nurburgring (crosses fingers)
And whatever happens with tracks on the east coast would be great but I won't count on it.
2005 Focus ST 2.3L
A loud, red, good time