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      01-17-2020, 08:15 AM   #1
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The Race Track Thread

Happy Friday, All.

In a continued effort to purge our place of refuge from the real world of The Manscaping Thread, the Hairdressers Thread, The Lotion Thread, and The Mani-Pedi Thread (which was done in irony ) I bring the linchpin to finally put this back together and get us to our roots:

Welcome to The Race Track Thread!!

The Rules

1. It is preferred that you are the driver but not necessary. Race tracks are special places and if you did laps as a passenger you get an honorable mention.

2. If you know the FIA Grade of the track, please add it to the listing.

3. If configurable track, please state the configuration.

4. Number of Laps

5. If doing hot laps with a recognized driver, pls name the driver.

6. Country track is located.

Let's get this party started!!

1. CoTA, FIA Grade 1, 250+ Laps. USA. M6.
2. Hockenheimring, FIA Grade 1, 8 Laps. Germany CLK Black Series, full cage.
3. Hockenheimring, Short, Non-Graded, 5 Laps, Robert Wickens. Germany CLK Black Series, full cage.
4. Ascari Race Center, FIA Grade 2, 60+ Laps. Spain. Various BMWs.
5. Virginia International Raceway, FIA Grade 2, 60+ Laps. USA. M3.
6. Birmingham International Raceway, FIA Grade 2, 120+ Laps. USA. M6.
7. New Orleans Motorsports Park. FIA Grade 3, 60+ Laps. USA. M6.
8. No Problem Motor Raceway, FIA Grade Goatfarm, 120+ Laps. USA. M6.

Put them up everyone and continue the PURGE!!!
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I'm going to VIR in May for 4 days of North Course track time.
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      01-17-2020, 08:56 AM   #3
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Pocono Raceway - the road course, not the tri oval. Passenger in Viper, maybe 30+laps during Ferrari Day at Pocono back in 2006ish. A lifelong friend and his brother raced Vipers. OMG, it was freakin awesome.

He thought I was gong to cry like a girl when we hit the straight away and was right next to the wall, was he wrong.....
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1. High Plains Raceway, Full Course, 150+ laps, USA
2. Pueblo Motorsports Park, 50+ laps, USA
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1. Road Atlanta, FIA Grade 2 I believe, Numerous Laps, USA
2. Talladega Gran Prix Raceway, Numerous Laps, USA
3. Daytona International Speedway, FIA Grade 2 I believe, Numerous Laps, USA


Now to be honest, this was when I was traveling around with a Bike group when younger that consisted of guys who raced the season circuit. I wasn't as skilled as these guys, so I only did the stuff close to me and mainly for fun.

I got passed a lot!

With cars, all my exploits have been on drag strips. Fastest I have been in the 1/4 was in the high 9's.....which these days is not that fast anymore.
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I’ve done DE events several times at:

Putnam (IN)
Mid Ohio
Grattan (MI)
Waterford Hills (MI)
Gingerman (MI)

Each includes dozens of laps at speed.

I’ve also done the BMW course in Greer, SC.

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Iíve done DE events several times at:

Putnam (IN)
Mid Ohio
Grattan (MI)
Waterford Hills (MI)

Each includes dozens of laps at speed.

Iíve also done the BMW course in Greer, SC.
I did this just a month ago. It was a blast!
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Iíve done DE events several times at:

Putnam (IN)
Mid Ohio
Grattan (MI)
Waterford Hills (MI)

Each includes dozens of laps at speed.

Iíve also done the BMW course in Greer, SC.
You must be a neighbor I've done Grattan a handful of times. This year I'll likely be at Grattan, Mid-Ohio, and Waterford Hills. Possibly Gingerman as well.
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I mentioned a little of this on that top speed thread, but here is the rest of it.

Using either a Ducati 996 street bike or a race-prepped Honda CBR 600RR, I did a dozen years of track days averaging a dozen dates per year. No way I can say how many laps I did, but I can list the tracks:

MidOhio (home track)
Road America (favorite)
Laguna Seca (only two days on this one using a rented ZX6R)
Putnam in Indiana
Gingerman in Michigan
VIR
Beaver Run in Pennsylvannia
Barber in Alabama
Autobahn Country Club near Chicago
Watkins Glen in NY

Last year I drove my M Roadster at a track day at Sebring in FL. Was not as enjoyable for me as being on a bike. Will probably stay retired from track day events.
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You must be a neighbor I've done Grattan a handful of times. This year I'll likely be at Grattan, Mid-Ohio, and Waterford Hills. Possibly Gingerman as well.
I was a neighbor but have moved south since my track days. I’d forgotten about Gingerman, a fun track too, so went back and edited my post to include it.

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Exotics Racing, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, inner road course. 50th Birthday gift from BILs

1 hot lap as passenger in the BMW X5, to learn the track "first hand"

5 laps with instructor in 911S. Passed everyone at least once, but that Lambo walked away from me when I got close on the back straight. Took him in turn 3. . .
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Watkins Glen in NY (USA); FIA grade 2, full/long course (bus stop and boot); At least 250 laps over multiple HPDE's with the GVC-BMWCCA. No true 'hot laps' with anybody famous, but I was passed by Bill Auberlen twice during the same session (yeah, I'm THAT good ).
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Over the years I too have done many, many, many ride days (at least two times a month for about seven years or so) on a GSXR 750, TLR1000 and an R1, primarily at what is now called Sydney Motorsport Park. Used to called Eastern Creek and it was where the MotoGP used to be be held.

Also, other local tracks in Sydney on bikes
Oran Park
Amaroo

Phillip Island GP Track - Philip Island Victoria Australia- about 60 laps on an R1
Oran Park South track - Sydney Australia - about 100 laps in a Formula Ford
Sydney Motor Sport Park- Sydney Australia- BMW M day - about 50 laps
Donington Park - Leicestershire England - about 60 laps on a Ducati 916
Yas Marina Circuit - Abu Dhabi UAE- about 10 laps in AM GT4

I am going to be a both Spa and Monza GP this year and am planning on driving on at least one of them, can’t wait for that!
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Not my current hobby, but I am sure I will come back to it. Fun thread.

1. Laguna Seca, FIA Grade 2, 40+ Laps. USA
2. Buttonwillow, 80+ Laps, USA
3. Streets of Willow, 120+ Laps, USA
4. Norschliefe (technically not a race track, but WTH), 6 Laps Driver 2 Laps Passenger, Germany
5. Nurburgring F1 Circuit, FIA Grade 1, 2 Laps. Germany

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Club Level Sprints

Wakefield Park, NSW, Australia FIA Grade 4 40+ Laps
Sydney Motorsport Park, NSW, Australia FIA Grade 2 Gardner Cct 100+Laps
SMP, NSW, Australia FIA Grade 3 Druitt Cct 100+ Laps
Mount Panorama, NSW, Australia FIA Grade 3 50 + Laps non competitive, public road outside race days
Amaroo Park, NSW, Australia (Closed) 30+ Laps
Oran Park, NSW, Australia (Closed) South Circuit 50+ Laps, Grand Prix Circuit 50 + Laps
Catalina Park, NSW, Australia (Closed) 20+ Laps (showing my age here)

I don't stray too far from home in case of an ….ahem...incident.
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Haven't really had too much time to track the e92 but the times I did go, I had a great time. After driving on the track for the very first time, I thought "now i get it, this is great!" Going to join the BMW club of North America this season - they do a lot of track events where members can get instructions on how to drive their car properly.

1. Canadian Tire Motorsport Park(Mosport) - FIA Grade 2 - 50+ laps(solo+instruction) - Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada

2. Toronto Motorsport Park(Cayuga) - FIA Grade n/a - 75+ laps(solo) - Cayuga, Ontario, Canada

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1. High Plains Raceway, Full Course, 150+ laps, USA
2. Pueblo Motorsports Park, 50+ laps, USA
Fellow Coloradan. Wonder if I've seen you there. Drive with NASA.
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Just more fun laps, non competitive, non timed


1. Brainerd International Raceway 50+ laps, USA (a lot more drag passes)
2. Raceway Park of the Midlands 20+ laps, USA
3. Road America 10+ laps, USA
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I call BS, In my experience there is no such thing at a race track!

Just like when my mates and I used to start the day by saying “we’ll take it easy today”

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Drive in HPDE 3/4 with NASA. No desire to do time trials, or wheel to wheel.

1-Pueblo Motor Sports Park
2-High Plains Raceway
3-Motorsports Park Hastings
4-Miller Motor Sports Park
5-Pikes Peak International Raceway
6-La Junta Raceway

Lots and lots of laps on all of them, the most on Pueblo Motorsports Park.
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I call BS, In my experience there is no such thing at a race track!

Just like when my mates and I used to start the day by saying ďweíll take it easy todayĒ

I'm counting my laps at Powercruise. Which you know are not timed.
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I'm counting my laps at Powercruise. Which you know are not timed.
Have no idea what Powercruise is sorry, but ok, youíve never timed a lap. All good.
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