Race Tracks

race1Atlanta Motorsports Park – Dawsonville, GA

This new world class facility has 17 turns over a 1.9 mile track with some great elevation changes. Located 1hr. north of Atlanta in Dawsonville, Ga. Some call it the roller coaster that never ends as you are always busy in the car with all the twists and turns. Oh and don’t forget about the long high speed up the hill straight you will have to tame!

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race2Barber Motorsports Park – Birmingham, AL

Barber Motorsports Park is a World Class 2.38 mile track located on the outskirts of Birmingham, Alabama. It is one of the premier tracks in the country and home to the Honda Indy Car Grand Prix and Pirelli World Challenge. It is also the home of the Barber Museum with over 1200 Vintage Motorcycles and racecars and the largest collection of Lotus cars as well as other significant makes. All located on 740 beautiful acres!

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race3Daytona International Raceway – Daytona Beach, FL

Daytona International Speedway is the home of “The Great American Race” – the DAYTONA 500. Though the season-opening NASCAR Sprint Cup event garners most of the attention – as well as the largest audience in motorsports – the enormous 480-acre motorsports complex boasts the most diverse schedule of racing on the globe, thus earning it the title of “World Center of Racing.” In addition to eight major weekends of racing activity, rarely a week goes by that the Speedway grounds are not used for events that include civic and social gatherings, car shows, photo shoots, production vehicle testing and police motorcycle training.

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Road Atlanta – Braselton, GA

Road Atlanta is a 2.54-mile (4.088 km) road course located just north of Braselton, Georgia, USA. The facility is utilized for a wide variety of events, including professional and amateur sports car and motorcycle races, racing and driving schools, corporate programs and testing for motorsports teams. The track has 12 turns, including the famous “esses” between turns three and five; and Turn 12, a downhill, diving turn. The track is owned by Panoz Motorsports, and is the home to the Petit Le Mans, as well as AMA motorcycle racing, and smaller events throughout the year.

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race4Roebling Road – Bloomingdale, GA

Roebling Road Raceway is a 2.02-mile (3.25 km) road racing course located in Bloomingdale, Ga. 25 minutes west of Savannah, Ga. Opened in 1959, Roebling Road is relatively unique amongst racetracks in that it lacks any accommodations for spectators; there are no grandstands, no picnicking areas, nor any other sort of viewing facilities. The track was designed by John Rueter and held its first Sports Car Club of America event June 11–12, 1960. The track was financed by and named after SCCA supporter Robert Roebling, great-grandson of John A. Roebling.[1] Roebling Road hosts events more than 300 days a year. Events range from media, pro teams testing cars, club racing, and performance driving education events. Club races include the SCCA, the BMW Car Owners Club of America, the Porsche Club of America, the North American Sports Car Association, and the Vintage Drivers Club of America. The track is used by cars, motorcycles and karts. The PBS television series MotorWeek records its winter track-testing segments at Roebling Road.[2] The track is a very safe and forgiving track, making it ideal to learn on. It is characterized by large amounts of run-off room and only a single wall. Roebling is unusual in that it is owned by a local racing club, the Buccaneer Region of the SCCA.[3] As a not-for-profit, non-spectator oriented track, it is one of the least expensive tracks to run on in the U.S.[citation needed] Roebling hosts several driver’s education oriented events each month. The format varies with the hosting organization. There are relatively expensive events where the organizers provide high performance cars and, there are significantly less expensive events where drivers bring their own cars. As drivers work their way up in skill level, they are allowed to drive on the track “solo”.

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race5Sebring International Raceway – Sebring, FL

Sebring is renowned for its rough surface. The course still runs on old sections of World War II-era landing fields that were constructed of concrete sections with large seams. The transitions between sections are quite rough and often, sparks fly from the undercarriages of the cars as they traverse them. Much of the track has intentionally been left with its original concrete runway surface. The track surface has 3.04 miles (4.89 km) of asphalt and 0.7 miles (1.1 km) of concrete. Mario Andretti, a 3-time 12 Hours winner, said that one of the hardest parts about the original Sebring track was finding the track to begin with! There had been many accounts of drivers retiring due to accidents at night, quite simply because they got lost on the runway sections and couldn’t find the track again. Some drivers got lost even during the day, mostly because the track was poorly marked down with white lines and cones.

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race6Virginia International Raceway – Alton, VA

VIR offers six track configurations, of which 2 can be run simultaneously. The “Full Course” is 3.27 miles in length while the “Patriot Course” stretches for 1.1 miles entirely inside the Full Course. The “North Course” is 2.25 miles long and the “South Course” covers a distance of 1.65 miles. Both consist of a portion of the “Full Course” and short connecting sections that connect to portions of the “Patriot Course” to produce the two courses that can run simultaneously. There is a second pit complex that is used only when running the “South Course”. The longest configuration, “Grand East Course”, is 4.2 miles long, and combines most of the “Full Course” and most of the “Patriot Course” by means of two of the short sections of connecting track used to make the “South Course” and “North Course”. There is also another, seldom run, long configuration called the “Grand West Course” that uses the other two short connecting sections between the “Full Course” and the “Patriot Course.” Since the Patriot course is contained completely inside the Full course, both can be run simultaneously. The “Full” course is the most common configuration and hosts most events throughout a season. One of the most notable sections of the course, second only to the Oak Tree(T11), are the “Climbing Esses” which consist of an initial left up-hill(T7), followed by a right which crests at the apex then dropping slightly into a left (T8)which again crests at the apex dropping slightly, and then up into a final left(T9). The complexity and difficulty of this section is multiplied by the incredible entry speed because of a straight section leading into the Climbing Esses. Most drivers agree that this section of track is among the most intimidating sections of track in North America. Another signature section is the “Roller Coaster” (T14)which is a scaled-down mirror image to the famed “Corkscrew” at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. There are 2 main straights on the track. The front straight is approximately 3000ft long while the back straight is approximately 4000ft long. While the back straight is 33% longer, the front straight is where higher speeds are reached since “Hog Pen”(T17) leads onto it and is a much faster corner than the Oak Tree(T11) which leads onto the longer back straight. There is 130ft of elevation change throughout the course. Some of the raceway’s named curves include “Oak Tree”, “Roller Coaster”, “Hog Pen”, “Horse Shoe”, “NASCAR Bend” (because NASCAR drivers Richard Petty, David Pearson and Wendell Scott had difficulties there during a 1966 Trans Am race), “Snake”, “Spiral”, “Fish Hook”, and “The Bitch”.

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