Hooked on Driving has been around the Pacific Northwest for a number of years. I never was able to connect with them back when I had my old SVT Focus, but finally got a chance to attend an event at The Ridge last weekend. What a great group. The day was very well run with the right balance of structure and driver freedom. After a few events where I was starting to lose my sense of why I was attending track days, this day really helped me remember why I liked these days. There was enough open track to really practice adjustments to certain areas of the track. There were knowledgeable instructors who were able to provide insights without needing to control every moment of the experience. Just the right balance for me. The run groups were relatively small, so unlike, say, Audi events, there was room to breath on the track. I’d rate them right up at the top of the organizers for my purposes. YMMV, but for my $300, they’re a good investment. Kudos to Paul, Lane, and team.
Got this from Tom Pritchett via MotorsportReg.com:
We have been asked lately what Late Apexing is. Well, at least our format. Late Apexing is an event held on several Wednesday evenings through out the season. Between 2pm and 7pm, you can come and enjoy the warm afternoon air blowing through your open windows as you hear the howl of the car next to you pass by. Or is it you passing the other car? Anyhow, this was a success in the 2017 track season and we will continue with it in the 2018 track season. We begin our first one next Wednesday on April 4th and then again on April 18th. All of our Late Apexing dates are open on http://www.motorsportreg.com for registration.
Here are the dates
April 4th, 18th
June 6th, 27th
August 15th, 29th
September 5th and 26th
This gives us an additional 10 more track days for the season and as a plus for these days, they are only $200.00! Now if you can only convince the boss to leave early…
We have been asked if there is a T2 season pass for our drivers. Living so close to Snoqualmie Pass and understanding the draw that this has for skiers, I have been trying to figure out how this may work. The challenge is how we work in our diverse events into something that will work for our drivers. I have decided to use a system that we came up with a few years ago. We will create packages of 10 or more days for 10% off the package. You decide which days and what kind of days you want and what kind of mixture of those days you want! Seeing that we have 28 regular track days available right now, there is a lot to choose from. Just plan them out, or just commit to days and figure out the days later. No problem! We will make it as simple as we can for you.
Have a great day and I hope to see you at the track soon!
To see the calendar for the 2018 season, it can be found on http://www.turn2lapping.com
Last fall, Mark Viskov suggested that Club Lotus NW might be done with track days at Portland after the 2017 event. His optimism had sunk some due to rising costs and other issues.
I was bummed.
However, the clnw.org website suggests that a 2018 event is in the offing.
AND: In fact, a Club Lotus NW event actually shows up in the PIR calender as well, so I’m VERY hopeful. Maybe I’ll take my daily driver hatch down for a spin.
Looks like the All British Meet weekend was pushed out in September due to the Verizon IndyCar Gran Prix coming to town on Memorial Day Weekend.
Yay! Club Lotus is my absolute favorite club-based event organizer. Mark Viskov is the man!
The folks at Pacific Raceways published a listing of all the road course events. That listing also presents the ProFormance Racing School dates in a separate table.
Preliminary schedule for local venues:
- Pacific Raceways; Kent, WA
May 25, June 13
- Portland International Raceway; Portland, OR
April 13, May 18, June 8, August 10
- Ridge Motorsports Park; Shelton, WA
April 12, May 16, June 7, July 24, August 8, September 13
I got this from Peter Belfanti:
Like a Bad RASH…. We are back for 2018!!
As all ways we are going to offer maximum track time in open track formats, minium BS, for the best price possible.
Mark your calendars for 2018
March 17th Saturday – ORP instructor and worker training – this is how you get your certification to instruct for the year.
March 18th sun – 19th mon – Oregon Raceway park 2 DAY SEASON KICKOFF
April 8th mon – Oregon Raceway Park
June 11th mon – Oregon Raceway Park
July 16th mon Oregon Raceway Park
August 16th – Portland International Raceway
Registration will be opening for all events shortly on Motorsports Reg!
Yours for the sport
Skip Day Track Days
I have not tracked with this group. Most of their events are at ORP. It’s a little far for my tastes, if ever try it, I think I’ll be out with Cantrell Motorsports. Their by far my favorite group to track with. So sad that they could not get it work financially at Shelton.
May 3, 2018 — Portland International Raceway
June 7, 2018 — Portland International Raceway
August 2, 2018 — Portland International Raceway
September 6, 2018 — Portland International Raceway