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Author Topic: Patriot Course Circuit Cross Sept 5th  (Read 1991 times)
Stu
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« on: August 10, 2015, 07:40:09 AM »


Anyone interested?  I'm signed up.

https://www.nasaproracing.com/events/2148
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« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2015, 04:10:21 PM »

Hmmm...sounds interesting. I may have to look into this more.


There could possibly be a place for something like this at the new 2 mile road course at Dominion Raceway in Thornburg, VA...only 45min north of Richmond.
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« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2015, 06:59:31 PM »

It's pretty awesome that NASA can basically host a time trial on the Patriot Course for $85!  Gripfest was created by a few local car nuts a few years ago because there were no affordable track days, and the chance to take a few autocross-style runs at NCCAR for about $100 was pretty extraordinary.  And, it turns out, visionary: TSCC was inspired to do similar events at Academi, and it looks like NASA was paying attention, too. 

Would be awesome if VMSC could hold similar events at Dominion Raceway Smiley  I just hope Dominion Raceway is affordable enough and safe enough to do it.  I really worry about autocrossers hitting high-speed tracks in autocross cars with very little (no) safety equipment, no instructors, and drivers used to driving 10/10 all the time.  Hard to tell yet what they're planning at Dominion, but from the early photos, it looks like a place where roll cages and HANS may be required.
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« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2015, 07:20:50 PM »

It's pretty awesome that NASA can basically host a time trial on the Patriot Course for $85!  Gripfest was created by a few local car nuts a few years ago because there were no affordable track days, and the chance to take a few autocross-style runs at NCCAR for about $100 was pretty extraordinary.  And, it turns out, visionary: TSCC was inspired to do similar events at Academi, and it looks like NASA was paying attention, too. 

Would be awesome if VMSC could hold similar events at Dominion Raceway Smiley  I just hope Dominion Raceway is affordable enough and safe enough to do it.  I really worry about autocrossers hitting high-speed tracks in autocross cars with very little (no) safety equipment, no instructors, and drivers used to driving 10/10 all the time.  Hard to tell yet what they're planning at Dominion, but from the early photos, it looks like a place where roll cages and HANS may be required.

I've run this event years ago.  You're absolutely right about the danger of approaching it like an Autocross and driving 10/10s, unlike track events you can't ease into it. You have a start light, a drag start and you're off. The elevation changes on the patriot course don't help. That being said its a blast and they do a great job of running it.
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