|11-02-2010 12:39 PM|
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.
|10-21-2010 01:36 PM|
Mid Ohio, my home track
Summit Point, Shenandoah
|08-10-2010 07:35 AM|
NURBURGRING - GERMANY
I lapped this circuit about 40 times in 2009, its definately my favourite track and I just cant get enough of it. At 13 miles long its demanding on the driver and car for every lap that you do. The first lap I completed in 11mins 23secs and the best in a standard ST225 was 9mins 41, these were all completed on a public session which sees you using the track alongside every motor vehicle known to man. 2010 will see me travel back there in about 2 weeks time with my new Focus ST225 which I now have Code Red remap, Dreamscience CAIS and Eibach suspension fitted so hopefully going to be coming in close to the 9 minute mark for a lap of "the Green Hell"!!
SILVERSTONE - UK
I attended the Ford Fair in 2008 in my standard ST225 and managed to complete 5 laps in one of the track sessions. Its a nice circuit with some fantastic corners, just need to be on the track in a session with other people who are experienced in track time or your times are seriously affected!!
SNETTERTON - UK
I've only managed 4 laps of this circuit and its the tightest of all the circuits that I've driven but it just adds to the overall excitement, not many opportunities to overtake and the corners can be extremely tight when sharing them with another car.
|08-10-2010 05:50 AM|
Pocono- All three tracks.
South- a blast. Basically Nascar 1 (about 110 in the SVTF) and a bigh multi-apex infield portion.
East- Technical. T1's entry is rough and it makes it interesting. I caught a 'vette here.
North- Takes Nascar 3 backwards. High speed off of 3 and you dive into the infield very hot. Its a blast.
Goin to Monticello in September.
|08-10-2010 03:44 AM|
|mikebontoft||I've been to Miller Motorsports Park here in UT (MMP) I was hoping to run autoX on it but ended up out of town. the other was in a parking lot. I'm lacking :(|
|07-13-2010 12:03 AM|
I think my friend Dave was talking with you when I was on track. NHMS is a tough course to learn in 2 days..... I just had a miserable time dealing with turn 3! I would love to just spend a track day up there just driving the course with no traffic etc. I could not find a rythm there like I seem to have at Lime Rock on a good day. But heading into turn 1 @ 100MPH without using the brakes was lots of fun!
Check out my post in this forum to see how Dave handled my car in his race on Saturday. He claimed 3rd place in ITE!
|07-01-2010 09:57 AM|
I've got dozens of track days at Road Atlanta...fun place. I was able to do a PCA school at Barber a few years ago and really enjoyed it. I only saw it mentioned once in this thread.
|06-14-2010 01:09 PM|
St. Louis Raceway Park
Indianapolis Raceway Park
I'm trying to just list the long tracks that we raced (125 ICC Shifterkart)
Nothing beats Road America, just ask the pro drivers.
|01-23-2010 09:35 PM|
Lime Rock Park, Lakeville, CT: This is a very fast track with not a single "conventional" corner...except maybe West Bend. All the others are either multi-apex (Big Bend), "throw-aways" (Left Hander), massively uphill (yup, The Uphill lol) or massively, gut-wrenchingly downhill (ummm, The Downhill...see a pattern here? ;) ). The new down-to-the-roadbed repaving job is glass smooth. The old surface with its concrete patches was teeth-rattling in a street car! This track should not be missed...a classic challenge. LRP is my "home" track and always going to be a favorite. Close to a dozen time trials and track days, and definitely more to come.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway: With the inside-the-oval chicanes it's a low speed lap with some definite challenges, but not a "scary" track. "The Bowl" is fun...downhill entry, uphill exit. This is not a horsepower track, especially when the oval turns 1 & 2 are not used. I told people I saw higher speeds on the interstate driving TO the track than I did see while driving ON the track lol. Love that New Hampshire "autobahn"...One SCDA track day, but I will probably skip it from now on.
Monticello Motor Club, full course: A huge, approximately 4 mile lap with elevation changes, corner combinations, all sorts of challenges for a thinking driver. There's little "conventional" about the layout here, as with Lime Rock. Many corners need to be "sacrificed" with an eye on nailing a perfect exit a corner or two ahead. Very little runoff room folks! Be very careful as there are few tire walls, and miles and miles of Armco, much of it quite close to the track. This is already a favorite in the making. One SCDA track day last year...more to come for sure.
Gingerman Raceway, Michigan: A former orchard or farm I believe...NOTHING to hit, period, done lol OK almost nothing if you consider the little bit of guardrail near Start/Finish. Much of the rest is just a wide track with acres of runoff, reasonably fast too. Too bad I likely will never be out that way again with a track car, but it was a fun and safe course. Two days spent in a Porsche Club of America "track day".
Streets of Willow, CA: This is sort of an oversized autocross course, with significant elevation changes thrown in. Not a major power track, as most straights are short...but tough to get right as the corners come up quick. Turn 1 is a bit of a nailbiter off camber uphill with the pavement dropping away just as you get into the braking zone for 2. Luckily the desert soil stops you damn quick should you go off course. The "big track" next door, Willow Springs, is on my agenda next time I visit the west coast. Two days spent in a driving school there.
|12-22-2009 02:44 PM|
Looks like I will join the Summit Point crowd. I started going to Summit Point in 1991 with my dad to watch vintage racing. In 1997, as soon as I was old enough to get my divers license I did my first performance drivers school on the Jefferson Circuit with my BMW 2002tii which is long gone now. I’m most familiar with the Main track and have driven it many times with my dads late E30 M3 (great car!!!) and the most recent summit point experience was the Shenandoah circuit with the SVTF for an hour long unrestricted “parade” lap…..Very neat and technical track. Made me realize I need to upgrade my pads.
And the last track experience I had (not really an official track but close enough) was at the BMW performance center in South Carolina for the “M School”. All I can say is WOW unbelievable experience. Everything was top notch. Everything from the cars and instructors to the accommodations. Very impressed!
I’m planning on doing more driving events this upcoming year and would like to venture to more tracks. I’m going to make it a point to get to VIR since I have never been there. From what I hear and from what I just read in this thread its and awesome track. Looking forward to it!!
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