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I thought some of you guys may be interested.

We are putting on a Track Day at the Gainesville Raceway Roadcourse. The date that has been set and reserved for April 27th, from 9-5. There are 19 total slots available, we have capped the number of drivers to 20, to keep costs down and allow for each driver to get maximum seat time. Last trackday we had almost an hour left of track time but everyone was too tired, you get your money's worth!

It is an open trackday, which means we have the track all to ourselves from 9-5. 8 full hours of track time for 20 people, which equates to roughly 90 minutes of seat time per person. This is based on having 4 people on track at a time, running about 15 minute sessions. This has worked out very well in the past and everyone had more than enough time on the track. We keep it very casual and relaxed, not set run groups. Just line up in the pit lane when you want to run, and when there is an opening the safety steward will let you on the track. You can run as many laps at a time as you'd like, but to be courteous, try to keep it around 15 minutes each time (session). This will allow everyone to get out there and more importantly will allow your car and yourself to cool down and recharge.

I have posted the track layout below. The red line and arrows indicates the course layout we will be following. The dark blue line indicates the pit lane where cars will line up to get pointed onto the track. The light blue line indicates where you can park your car when you are taking a break/waiting. The yellow arrows indicate the pit lane exit onto the raceway and the pit lane entrance off of the raceway. The grass to either side of pit lane will be where you can setup chairs, tents, cooler, tarps, tools and relax.

The track will have insurance paid for the day and we will have EMTs on site, just in case. There will be safety stewards and workers out there to make sure everyone is operating safely. You are welcome to bring a small tarp or tent to stay shaded and I would highly recommend bringing some snacks, beverages and lunch. As there are no concessions on site and the closest restaurant is quite a good distance away. Since we are using the center of the track as our pits you must get there before the running starts, otherwise you will have to wait for the cars to stop before being allowed on track. There will be no leaving or entering the track/pits when the track is "hot" (cars running).

You must wear a shirt, long pants, closed toe shoes and have a Snell rated helmet to drive. Also make sure your car is in good runing condition and would pass a safety tech inspection. No passengers will be allowed in vehicle on the track. The general rule is that you go 4 wheels off 3 times and you're done for the day. This is to keep it safe for the other drivers out there. You are welcome to bring any friends who want to attend, they can stay in the pits or within a safe area for pictures.

Cost for the full trackday is $150. Simply email me and give your full name, type of car and if anyone will be accompanying you. I will provide payment information if a slot is available, paypal is preferred. If we get over the 20 quota I will start a standby list. You can contact me at [email protected] . I must receive your full payment no later than Wednesday April 9th. So hurry up and get your spot!

Track Layout:
 

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The pit-in and pit-out areas have excellent visibility. The track is basically flat and there is nothing in the way to hit or obstruct vision.

The area you are referring to will have a double line of cones setup to keep drivers on line. The last time we ran this setup there were no issues at all with drivers coming close to each other or even the hint of a mishap. You are travelling relatively slow after the kink going left around the skipad. Coming out of the small straight in the other direction you don't have a lot of momentum either, so it's easy staying on line. I do recognize your concern though. That area is a lot bigger than it looks on the map as well. :up:

If we decide it may be an issue we can change the layout.
 

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EDIT: There was a minor change in the track layout. This will make the track a little bit faster and smoother, as well as getting rid of a place for potential offs. New layout in first post.
 

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Wish I could make it but I will be out of town. Can you keep me informed of other dates? What group are you with that is setting this up?
 

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It's kind of a one man operation right now...me.

I just really enjoy trackdays and meeting new car enthusiasts. Too bad you can't make this one. I will post up here next time I organzie one to keep ya informed.
 
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Hi Jim... from the picture you look awfully cute sitting there on that silver Exige!

What a strange name you have for a chick! :D
 

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Hello everyone my name is Jim Navarro and i am the organizer and promoter for the lotus challenge series. I think its great you are organizing this. We are planning on expanding next year to the east coast. Have fun!! BTW this is Jessica who was our model for the event.
I can't make the 27th either - too bad - my first on-track experience was at Gainesville shortly after I purchased my car (still had the paper plates, I believe). Driving from the passenger seat through the reverse curves was what convinced me that a harness was my necessary first mod. Ahhhh, memories.

The model isn't really my type ;), but I'd be interested in an east coast swing of the Lotus Challenge series nonetheless.
 

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Ok one final update to the track layout. The safety steward decided that the previous layout would be too fast, so we are going to run the figure eight. We will also be parking the cars on the center lane, pit lane, instead of on the grass for safety reasons. It will keep all the cars close to the middle of the track and keep any hot cars from possibly igniting the grass. You will be allowed to chill anyhwere on the grass next to pit lane, setup chairs, tents, blankets, coolers, whatever you got.

Just have a few spots left.
 

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Track day is full!

Had a couple of guys sign up from here, I sent out emails to those who signed up and paid so if you didn't receive the email let me know ASAP.

Looking foward to seeing you all out there!
 

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Thanks to everyone for coming out!

Turned out to be a really fun day, we had good weather, no major issues and PLENTY of track time. It was good to see such a variety of cars, keeps it interesting. You guys in the light and dark blue Elises looked like you were getting faster as the day went on, nice meeting you two!

I plan on hosting another gainesville trackday sometime in the fall, when it starts to cool down and I have time to get some more mods and save up more money haha. It will be too hot to run in the next couple of months IMO. I know it will be a long wait for the next one but be on the lookout!

Thanks again to everyone who came out and had fun! And thanks to everyone for being responsible!
 
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