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Old May 8th, 2015, 09:32 AM   #1
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Went to Road America last weekend

For a track that looks huge on the outside, that's one small track!

In the late nineties, my college buddies and I would go catch CART races there (yeah, Eff the IRL!) and we're amazed at how fast those cars ran around the track. when I went on to hot laps I realized how small the track actually is. There is only one real straight away and the rest of the time you're scrubbing off speed in every corner.the majority of cars there were c5 Corvette, Godzilla's, and the random rarity such as a factory five Daytona Coupe, a NASCAR hand me down, or a random 1970'stranger Trans Am.

There was one Viper owner there by the name of Vince who had a red Gen II GTS that was all track prepped with the assistance of JonB.

All in all it was a great weekend with weather in the 70's.
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Old May 8th, 2015, 07:50 PM   #2
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For a track that looks huge on the outside, that's one small track!

In the late nineties, my college buddies and I would go catch CART races there (yeah, Eff the IRL!) and we're amazed at how fast those cars ran around the track. when I went on to hot laps I realized how small the track actually is. There is only one real straight away and the rest of the time you're scrubbing off speed in every corner.the majority of cars there were c5 Corvette, Godzilla's, and the random rarity such as a factory five Daytona Coupe, a NASCAR hand me down, or a random 1970'stranger Trans Am.

There was one Viper owner there by the name of Vince who had a red Gen II GTS that was all track prepped with the assistance of JonB.

All in all it was a great weekend with weather in the 70's.
Small?? Compared to what? Le Mans? Nordschleife?

It's 4.048 miles long. A Gen IV ACR will hit 150+ three times on that track.
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Old May 9th, 2015, 12:15 AM   #3
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Im certainly looking forward to running there. 4 mi is fine for me.
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4 miles is not a small track at all. Most are around 2.0 to 2.5 mile nowadays.
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My buddy was driving the Godzilla with the plate......Godzilla.

He turns some terrific times there.

I was going to go,as a spectator,but plans changed etc.

I drove that track day,in the day when I had the car.........at this event.

Would of been nice to meet you.I bench 123 and am proud of that fact.

Who would of thought?

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Small?? Compared to what? Le Mans? Nordschleife?

It's 4.048 miles long. A Gen IV ACR will hit 150+ three times on that track.
I will add sustained 150+ until turn 1
Plus the elevation changes too...
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Steve, HadVenom, Tony W., etc.

There were turn after turn short bursts and jaunts, but no real straight away to let the two tone Firebird that I was in really sing. We were running in the "A" group and had the misfortune of lining up behind a late 60's Mustang fastback that was blackflagged earlier in the day for dropping oil.

We caught him every. single. turn.

Ultimately we had to come in due to high water temps in the radiator. The problem's cause is still unknown at this time. Poss a bad water pump.

I also learned that I don't ride bitch too well as my stomach wasn't a fan of the lateral throws of the car.

I had a four point harness that when I strapped in, I pulled it tight again. Then one more time for good measure. I figure, if you have a hard time breathing from your body being compressed, you STILL may not be strapped in enough.

The real shocker was this one burst uphill to a bridge and immediately after passing underneath is a hard 90' left turn. It scared the living daylights outta me for a first time on a hot lap with an unknown track to me. Our laptime was in the high 2:40s.

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I will add sustained 150+ until turn 1
Plus the elevation changes too...
Yes. Just had another look at my video. 158 before turn 1.
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Turn 1 separates the men from the boys there.

The straight away into Turn 5 is longer than most other tracks main straight lol.

Key points to that track:
Turn 1 messes with everyone, very intimidating due to the speed of entry.
You have a lot of room in turn 5 that is relatively new, and you generally over brake because of the fear you learned in Turn 1
Carousel is a tough turn for any car....no car likes a sustained corner like that
Kink is a lift (at least) unless you have a lot of balanced aero-downforce!!!!!!!!!!! A mistake here means hitting both walls with all 4 corners of the car.
Take turn 14 as a double apex or as 2 corners (small entry corner and bigger lead out corner) and you will maintain a lot more speed for the straight.

Fun track........way more technical than you would expect from a big track.

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Small?? Compared to what? Le Mans? Nordschleife?

It's 4.048 miles long. A Gen IV ACR will hit 150+ three times on that track.
+1, never heard anyone call RA small before... Not sure about the OP...
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