More Shelton 1/2 day track events added!

Got this note from Tom Prichett of Turn2 regarding added 1/2 day track events at Shelton.  Adding them to my personal planning calendar.

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Hi!

Turn2 has reached an agreement to run the Test N Tune days for several of the race groups at the Ridge Motorsports Park.  There is no impact to how we run the Advanced and High intermediate run groups at all.  We do, however, will make the Low Intermediate group into the TnT run group and there will be no novice drivers driving at these events.  This means that we just added 4 more awesome days to our Turn2 calendar for 2017!  These dates include:

Friday June 16th
Friday Aug 11th
Friday Aug 25th
Friday Sept 8th

We are also in the process and in talks with running several Wednesday night events.  The hours will be from 3:00pm – 8:00pm which will have more limited track time, but the overall expense to run will be less than our regular track day.  Also, it may be easier to ask the boss or the local jail for early release instead of the day off!  More on this as we work out the details on our end.

We do have plenty of space for this coming  Friday and look to register for the following track day joined with SCCA here!

Tom

425-417-3675

 

Open Passing with a Point By

I am now an advocate for open passing at track days with mandatory point-by.  I used to think that open passing with a required point-by as being iffy at HPDE events, but once people get the hang of it, well, it keeps things moving SO much faster.  Most clubs limit let-by/passing to designated straight zones, even for advance drivers.  I think that’s a mistake.

The Cantrell Motorsports events run with the open-passing model and I really like it.  I have a momentum car.  When Colin’s fast turbo Porsche (and supercharged BRZ) clients rumble up, it’s great to be able to point them around under braking.  Less instances of long throttle-off gaps on the straights.  Although many of those cars can easily pass with a simple lift and back to WOT on a long straight, letting them around in an (appropriate) turn is awesome.

Some turns are not suited to passing/let by. The sequence might involve too much variability.  It’s a judgement thing and managed by the car letting by. I’m thinking of the T1 to T5 at The Ridge.  But all through the back there are great options for let by, including the long bit where there is normally no let-by permitted from T6 to T11 (although getting the passing done before T9 I think works best).

In any event, I’m a convert. YMMV.

SCCA Tracknight In America Events for 2016

Just got an email from the SCCA folks. Here’s what up for our area in 2016: http://www.tracknightinamerica.com/e…052&within=250

Track Night 2016: Portland – September 16
September 16, 2016, 03:00 PM – 09:30 PM PDT
Portland International Raceway
Portland, OR

Track Night 2016: Seattle Southwest – September 14
September 14, 2016, 03:00 PM – 09:00 PM PDT
The Ridge Motorsports Park
Shelton, WA

Track Night 2016: Portland – August 26
August 26, 2016, 03:00 PM – 09:30 PM PDT
Portland International Raceway
Portland, OR

Track Night 2016: Seattle Southwest – August 25
August 25, 2016, 03:00 PM – 09:00 PM PDT
The Ridge Motorsports Park
Shelton, WA

Track Night 2016: Portland – July 29
July 29, 2016, 03:00 PM – 09:30 PM PDT
Portland International Raceway
Portland, OR

Track Night 2016: Seattle Southwest – July 28
July 28, 2016, 03:00 PM – 09:00 PM PDT
The Ridge Motorsports Park
Shelton, WA

Track Night 2016: Portland – July 1
July 01, 2016, 03:00 PM – 09:30 PM PDT
Portland International Raceway
Portland, OR

Track Night 2016: Seattle South – June 24
June 24, 2016, 03:00 PM – 09:00 PM PDT
Pacific Raceways
Kent, WA

Track Night 2016: Portland – June 17
June 17, 2016, 03:00 PM – 09:30 PM PDT
Portland International Raceway
Portland, OR

Track Night 2016: Seattle Southwest – June 16
June 16, 2016, 03:00 PM – 09:00 PM PDT
The Ridge Motorsports Park
Shelton, WA

Track Night 2016: Seattle South – May 27
May 27, 2016, 03:00 PM – 09:00 PM PDT
Pacific Raceways
Kent, WA

Track Night 2016: Portland – May 20
May 20, 2016, 03:00 PM – 09:30 PM PDT
Portland International Raceway
Portland, OR

Track Night 2016: Seattle Southwest – May 19
May 19, 2016, 03:00 PM – 09:00 PM PDT
The Ridge Motorsports Park
Shelton, WA

Track Night 2016: Portland – April 15
April 15, 2016, 03:00 PM – 09:30 PM PDT
Portland International Raceway
Portland, OR

Not sure I’ll attend any of these, but you never know. In general, they are roughly 1/2 the cost of other lapping events, although they are also nearly 1/2 the amount of lapping. However, due to the timing, it’s quite possible to comfortably handle even Portland events (including the drive down from Seattle area) in one day.