David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
11/2/20 8:42 a.m.

[Editor's Note: This article originally ran in the February 2013 issue of Grassroots Motorsports.]

Where every basketball court, football gridiron and soccer field is built to the same regimented standard, motorsports venues feature so much variety: Some tracks are tight and technical, others are big and thrilling. It’s those thrilling tracks that have defined our scene. 

Sure, the tight circuits can be fun, but close your eyes and picture a legendary motorsports scene. Whether it’s Can-Am cars at Bridgehampton, dueling GTP prototypes at Sebring, or IndyCars at Laguna Seca, it’s the sweeping, adrenaline-triggering tracks that produce motorsports memories that are larger than life. 

Fortunately, these epic tracks aren’t the sole domain of professional motorsports. Most of them—well, the ones that haven’t been consigned to the history books—host all kinds of events, from open track days to club races. 

The trick, of course, is quickly getting up to speed. That’s where we can help. Sure, anyone can list the land’s most epic tracks; we can also offer some professional help on how best to tame them. 

Just don’t forget to send us some on-track photos, okay?

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adam525i (Forum Supporter)
adam525i (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
11/2/20 12:27 p.m.

Since you asked...Corner 3 at Mosport this past August with the BMW CCA Trillium ADS

carczar_84 Reader
11/2/20 1:20 p.m.

A wet Laguna Seca from the day after Thanksgiving a few years ago:

codrus (Forum Supporter)
codrus (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UberDork
11/2/20 2:30 p.m.

Well, if we're sharing Laguna photos. :)  This was the BMWCCA event earlier this year, right before everything went nuts with Covid-19

Rodan Dork
11/2/20 3:34 p.m.

I think Laguna will always be my favorite track... it's just such an icon here in the West.  After riding the track a number of times on two wheels, I finally got there on four for the Miata weekend in '17.

Leading the pack through T4

Down the Corkscrew

We're looking forward to visiting some of the big Eastern tracks in retirement in a few years.

buzzboy Dork
11/2/20 5:28 p.m.

Road Atlanta and Sebring are amazing.

Sebring is incredible. It was my first time racing a track that I previously knew from a video game, and that somehow made it so much cooler. Going through 17 and 17a in the wet as the square concrete patches bump you about is incredible and terrifying. Also, the braking lines get really slippery when wet.

I've gotten to drive both our W123 and a friend's XJ6 at Road Atlanta. Really like the whole section from 1-5. It was cool learning just how fast I could get going through there. I'm sure I'm still leave seconds on the table. Turn 12 freaks me out with that concrete wall staring at you, especially as both times I've been the track was wet and cold(snowed).

edmagoo New Reader
11/4/20 12:35 a.m.

I was hoping for more than some insight into just turns 1, 2, and 3 at Watkins Glen.

I get that high HP cars need fine control up the esses and low power cars need to carry as much speed as possible exiting turn 1 in order to maximize speed all the way up the back straight. I probably could improve my line through turn 1 a bit but I doubt I would gain huge time there even carried out to the end of the back straight.

My biggest problem has always been the toe of the boot. My low power car just seems to lose all speed as it hits the hill in that corner and every line I attempt to take on that corner just feels wrong.

Maybe I'm actually losing more time through the high speed turns but emotionally it feels like that turn is what is killing my lap times. (a bunch of almost right corners and one wrong corner)

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