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Old 01-25-2007, 08:56 AM   #15
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...We love road racing as well but have never been. We need to do your track and watch the Vettes roll around. ...
Wow, I am pretty impressed that you could tell that those were Vettes in the picture



At Mid-Ohio season ticket holders get to pick a camping spot on Thursday night. I suppose a line forms for others outside the gate. We've never had season tickets or waited in line. We usually save the money and park in the camping area. Most people show up Friday evening and Saturday am. Getting there before lunch on Friday should get you a very nice spot anywhere around the track. There is always practice and qualifying on Fridays and with the smaller crowds that's the time to visit the paddock and garages.

The above picture is from the SCCA Runoffs from 2 years ago, which we no longer host. But we now have the NASA Championships which bring many many 'Vettes as well! And actually a more interesting variety of cars and classes.

We camp at every event but the motorcycle races. Like I said we like to sleep

We would love to hang out if you come up...

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Old 01-25-2007, 10:47 AM   #16
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hey did any of u nascar fans notice...

the toyota camry is on board...

NASCAR.COM - Toyota to race Cup, Busch beginning in '07 - Jan 23, 2006

it will be interesting to see how toyota will do...

the roush ford team says they will kick toyota's beeehind...

although his quote is...."i expect to had toyota their heads"

Kansas City Star | 01/25/2007 | Roush not frightened by the Toyota monster

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Old 01-25-2007, 11:46 AM   #17
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Steve, Couldn't tell there were Vettes in the picture; however, being a long time Corvette owner/fanatic, I do know all about the ALMS and Mid-Ohio.
I will contact you as plans develop as that would be great to be able to camp side by side in our Airsteams. Thanks for the information.
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Old 01-25-2007, 09:07 PM   #18
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Old 01-29-2007, 07:33 PM   #19
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I'm interstest in going to int Indy race in July. Is the site in your photo a typical site one can get by arriving at 7:00am Friday prior to race, or is this a site you would need to have an annual pass to get? Is the camping area on the website for this race the same as the races you have been to??
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Old 01-29-2007, 09:18 PM   #20
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We usually stay in the "tent" camping area and spend $25/weekend instead of the $50 to park around the track (all the RV spots outside the tent camping area are on the outside of the track, see overhead view below).
It is difficult for me to say but I would guess that the competition for the trackside spots is pretty stiff during a popular "Pro" weekend. We attend SCCA club weekends too where it's always take your pick of spots.

Come to think of it I bet nothing longer than a 22' TT usually parks with the tents. But there are always at least a few TTs and a bunch of pop-ups.

Here's a picture of the "tent" camping area from the track...

Picture of track from "tent" camping area...

Explaination of areas in overhead view...

The red star on the last picture represents that awsome spot under the tree at the bottom of the hill. There are at least 60 spots down in that area with 1/5 of them along the track fence. When we got that spot it was opening day of a week long event. It turned out to be right on top of a swale that flooded during rainstorms. It only rained once though

Every spot is first come first served. I wish I could be more certain on availability but some would say that there isn't a bad spot anyway. And even though some may not have the view, all the RV spots have ready access to the track and the paddock.

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We'd like to do a NASCAR race someday. Does anybody have advice on camping at any northern tracks like Michigan, The Glen or Chicago?Thanks,

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We stayed at Watkins Glen State park a few years ago. It was in September. We drove to the track for a look see. It was only a few minutes from the State Park. The BMW club had rented the track for the weekend for some club racing. We tried to get in to watch the activities but were turned away at the gate. No club membership...... No entry! lol, well we tried!!

We found a grass hill just outside the track and watched the Bimmers do their stuff. It was interesting.
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We stayed at Watkins Glen State park a few years ago. It was in September. We drove to the track for a look see. It was only a few minutes from the State Park. The BMW club had rented the track for the weekend for some club racing. We tried to get in to watch the activities but were turned away at the gate. No club membership...... No entry! lol, well we tried!!

We found a grass hill just outside the track and watched the Bimmers do their stuff. It was interesting.

We had the same thing happen at Lime Rock, CT years ago. Way before I'd even heard of the SCCA (secret sports car club). We moved on that day and it was 10 years before a co-worker turned me on to club racing at Mid-Ohio. Since then I've been a spectator, SCCA Marshall, and won a region autocross championship in my then new '96 Neon. Now the boys and I just 'stream to the track. I really hope we can travel a little and perhaps make it to a new track this season.

By the way I can't help but wonder if it was you that Pontiac hired for the emergency Aztec redesign. I'm sure that you were the best qualified candidate for the job! That Pacer is the most unlikely beautiful car I could imagine. My son thought that it was Photoshoped! No, that's old school skill I told him

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Old 02-19-2007, 03:39 PM   #23
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I take my AS (land yacht 396XL) to a lot of NASCAR tracks and park in the infield. We have never had any damage and have a lot of fun. Don't expect to go to sleep early though. I have used ear plugs in the past and have done fine.
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Old 11-18-2007, 06:56 AM   #24
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Pocono Race last June

Seems fitting that I now find this thread on the last day of the Nascar season, its a little old but I can toss in some info about the 1 race we went to this year. We went up to Pocono for the June race and had a great time (except for the fact that Jeff Gordon won - but that is a different issue :-)...

Anyway, we camped outside turn 3 in the hayfields with about 40-50,000 of our closest friends. see pic # 1. It was fairly well organized, each spot was marked off with white chalk stuff so you could see where your 'space" was and where the next guys started/stopped so that made it nice. The spots were about 20 feet wide and supposedly 80 feet long (more or less). You can see the lane markings in pic #2 (and yours truly...:-).

When you reserve an RV spot you get it for the whole weekend so we were there 4 days/3 nites. We ran totally self-contained the whole time, to the amazement of all the surrounding sobs... We were the only AS within the herd around us, and what everyone else did as soon as they pulled up was to unload these huge, mostly un-mufflered generators and crank them up. Then they would unroll a coil of rusty metal flex pipe as the exhaust extension so that it would get to the boundary of "their land" -- which naturally meant that the smoke was blowing right into the next guys "land". Anyway, we were on the end and it wasn't much of an issue for us (but I did wish they would invest a little into a muffler, but then again this is NASCAR and engines need to be loud...

Anyway, the guy right next to me was nice and talkative and kept wanting to offer me to plug into his generator so I could "charge-up" but I said my batteries were just fine. No A/C of course, but temps weren't really that bad so the Fantastic fan was just enough. We ran everything we wanted - lights, fans, TV, watched a couple movies at nite etc etc the whole 4 days and the batteries were only down to 3/8 on day 4. Anyway, they were all amazed at the capacity.

It did rain one night, and the issue with the fields is they can turn into a soupy mess real quick. But we had no problems. Also, everyday a "honey-wagon" pumper truck went up and down each lane so if you needed to they would drain your tanks and even re-fill your fresh water (I guess maybe they had 2 tanks on the truck ??) but we were just fine with our tanks.

Anyway, a couple of other pics from Pocono (why do all the ladies like Dale Jr so much... my wife just drools over him and he doesn't look anything like me... what's up with that ???)

So, not sure which races we will hit in 2008 but will plan on 1 or 2...

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