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I may be at a track day near you this year...

Long story short, I'm very close to a temporary assignment in Cleveland, OH for the next 12 months. Part of my company's policy is to pay for a return trip home every 2 weeks. In my mind, it doesn't necessarily need to be home. Yes, I'll need to go home sometimes and yes I'll want to go home but I've built in a NASA track schedule. I still need to confirm things as it gets closer but here is what I'm thinking. If any of the below are near you and you'd like to come out to meet up or even take your FX out on the track (I'll warn you ahead of time, some regions won't let the FX on the track) let me know. At the very least, we could meet and I can get you a ride on the track.

3/10/12 - Road Atlanta (obviously Atlanta)
3/24/12 - VIR (Dalton, VA I believe all the way down in south Virginia near the North Carolina border) This track is on my bucket list!
4/13 - Mid Ohio (somewhere in central Ohio about 1:30-2 hours south of Cleveland. I think the town is Lexington?)
4/21 - our usual NJMP in south Jersey with my home region
4/30 - Watkins Glen in upstate NY with my home region
5/19 - Homestead (near Miami)
6/9 - Gingerman (near Chicago kind of. Hour and a half or so around the lake over on the east side)
7/14 - my home event at Pocono just up the street from my house
8/11 - NJMP in south Jersey with home region
8/25 - FIR near Phoenix
9/8 - Nationals at Mid Ohio. This will just be visiting and helping friends who will be racing
9/29 - Watkins Glen with home region
10/6 - Road America up near Milwaulkee
10/27 - Infineon near San Francisco
11/10 - Buttonwillow near Los Angeles
12/8 - 25 Hours of Thunderhill. 25 hour race with some amateur and some professional racers. I'll just be there volunteering and helping out where I can

If you're in the Cleveland area, there is also a decent track about an hour away - Nelson Ledges. I've never been but have a bunch of friends that have gone several times and love the place. Apparently they frequently have open track days where you just show up and pay and drive as much as you can handle.

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Re: I may be at a track day near you this year...

Perhaps we'll meet up. I'm hoping to do one or two days this year, but I'll have to see which of the NASA or SCDA days will work out.

You mention some tracks don't allow the FX, does Lime Rock, Watkins Glen and Monticello allow it?

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Re: I may be at a track day near you this year...

Usually it's not so much the track as it is the party running the track day. NASA Northeast will usually allow you to run the FX because they've seen me with mine on the track and know that it's capable. They do say "no SUVs" but allow the FX SCDA I know some people there so, if you were going to do one of their events, let me know and I can talk to one of their head instructors to make either he's there or that it's ok on the date you want to run. I've heard good things about SCDA but most of their track days are on weekdays

If you get a track day at Monticello, let me know! The place is mostly shut down to "clubs" and has become much more restricted lately with who they allow on the track. I went from something like 15-17 track days there in 2010 to 2 last year

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Re: I may be at a track day near you this year...

Ok thanks, good info because I didn't see anything in the 2011.8 CCR mentioning an SUV restriction (maybe it's just for racing?). I will definitely let you know as soon as I decide which days. The fact that NASA does events on weekends is a big plus, but at this point I have so much unused vacation the weekday SCDA isn't a deterrent.

As far as Monticello goes, since SCDA hasn't posted their schedule yet, I'm not sure if them being there this year will even be a reality. However, I will definitely be doing one of their CTS-V HPDE events this year. I did one at Lime Rock in 2010 and it looks like the Monticello one will spend more time on the track.

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I don't have the time (or really care to) comb through the CCR but I'm pretty sure somewhere it says that NASA does not allow SUVs for HPDE/racing/anything. I know I've heard from other regions that they do not allow it. Either way, northeast does, so you're good

Chances are SCDA is not doing an event at Monticello. They REALLY cracked down on anything other than their own event. Even the Ferrari Club didn't get an event last year and one of Monticello's owners is a Ferrari Club member and races in the 360 (or maybe now the 430) cup.

If you do go to the CTS-V event, search out Vinnie Sano (short guy) and say hi from me. If he's available and willing, see if he'll take you for a ride. Great guy

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Chances are SCDA is not doing an event at Monticello. They REALLY cracked down on anything other than their own event. Even the Ferrari Club didn't get an event last year and one of Monticello's owners is a Ferrari Club member and races in the 360 (or maybe now the 430) cup.
They just released their schedule. As usual, you were right

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If you do go to the CTS-V event, search out Vinnie Sano (short guy) and say hi from me. If he's available and willing, see if he'll take you for a ride. Great guy
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Re: I may be at a track day near you this year...

I'm about to register and book my trip for 3/10-11 at Road Atlanta if there's anyone in that area? I'll post in that region as well separately to make sure I don't miss anyone...

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Consider flying down to San Fran in October!

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Re: I may be at a track day near you this year...

10/27... on my list

Is that where you're at? I'd love to check out that hotrod of your's

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