Saturday, March 31, 2007

La Carrera Panamericana Get-Together

On May 5th there will be a "Carrera Corral" at Infineon (Sears Point) where those wishing to make a run for the border can polish up before the big race not to mention shake down their cars if they wish. I will be on hand to help should anyone want instruction or help finding the best line or want some tips.

Gerie Bledso wrote;

Hello, Carreraista!

As you may know, we have scheduled the second annual "Carrera Corral" at Infineon (Sears Point) for May 5. Like last year, it is being scheduled as part of a NASA racing and HPDE (High Performance Driving Event) weekend.

The Corral is a good way to bring Carrera people in the Bay area (and others who might be interested) together to learn more about the race, improve their driving technique, and swap some Carrera stories.

I have been informed by NASA that the slots in HDE are filling up rapidly. So, if you intend to get out onto the track you need to sign up--now. (They also have a Time Trials event, which requires the purchase of a transponder.)

It costs $159 for one day and $279 for two days -- to drive your own car on the track for four sessions each day. You also have to join NASA (National Auto Sports Association) and have your car inspected.

Go to for more information and to register.

If you sign up for Group 1, you will be give a volunteer instructor--like me (?!)--who will help you learn the track and good car control. Speeds start slow and pick up over the day. Passing is limited.

In Group 2, you are on the track with Group 1, but you do NOT have an instructor. Passing is limited.

Group 3 runs alone. You must have sufficient experience to participate in this group, since passing rules are much more liberal, and you have no instructor.

Group 4 also runs alone. This group tends to be skilled and fast. It also includes folks who are qualifying for their racing license. You need lots of wheel to wheel experience to run with this group. Unlimited passing.

HPDE is really not about speed. It is about learning "the line" around the track, excellent car control, and having fun. Racing or being reckless is not tolerated.

Passengers may ride in most groups by signing a waiver and paying a $5 fee.

Just about any car will do. You can even rent a car from Hertz to bring to the track.

The Carrera Corral will occupy a corner in the paddock. Look for the big banner. We'll be there at 7:00 AM on Saturday setting up. The HPDE drivers and instructors must be there at 7:30.

We are also planning a Carrera Orientation session with an optional dinner on Friday evening, if enough folks sign up. Details are being worked out.

If you are coming up to Sonoma for the NASA event and want to spend the night, you may call in Marin Inn (in Novoto) for a room. The offer a discount for NASA.

Please let me know if you are interested in the Corral, HPDE, Carrera Orientation -- or all of the above.

But if you want to get out onto the track with NASA HPDE, please do not wait to sign up.



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