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Road America’s Turn Eight

Of all the race tracks that I have driven and raced on in North America, Road America is up there as one of the best (yes, I know, that’s not a news flash). I grew up in Plymouth, 5 miles from the track’s gate. I’ve been going to this track from virtually the day I was born. I remember collecting aluminum cans during the June Sprints and Champ Car races to help pay for pedal bikes. It was at Road America where I watched my racing heroes, Emerson Fittipaldi, Juan Pablo Montoya, and SCCA legend (in my eyes) Jeff Miller in absolute awe, wondering what it must be like to sling a car around one of the longest and most beautiful tracks in North America.

Road America is not one of the most technical tracks (such as Mid-Ohio), but it is, as most who have driven it say, “A driver’s track.” It’s got fast corners, slow ones, long and short straights, some easy corners, and corners such as the Carousel and the Kink that make you think, “Do I really want to try and go faster through there?”

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