I took Rosa and myself out for my first ever Track Day at The New York Safety Track, in Harpersfield NY last Saturday: It's 2.1 miles, has 18 turns and 450ft of elevation change - an incredibly intense road track.
Rosa has seen a lot of track time in her life prior to my ownership, and she loved this day of hard driving as much as I did. With super friendly, yet totally organized event organizers (NECC Motorsports!
). $299 for a full day of driving, time trials, and camaraderie with the other drivers.
The whole day was such a rush of fast-coming information to absorb while keeping the adrenaline in check. Each session took a lap or two to find the groove. First in the morning, we delayed a bit for the track to dry enough, then started at 9am. We finished exhausted at 5pm. Rosa and I got just around 3hours total time on the track and loved every fresh crazy second of it.
PS - The Lotus/Mercedes Clubs of Syracuse are hosting a track day at Watkins Glen July 1st for $285 all day. I can't make that one, but anyone else?
On to the pics:
05:40am - The day started with steady rain, but forecast was to clear.
07:00am - The cool, wet morning is quickly forgotten when you meet up with good friends, like Dave and his track-prepped Maserati BiTurbo.. in which he took 2nd overall in the time trials, ahead of a Lotus Exige.. !
My college buddy Doug unloads his MG Midget 1500.
Jason's 2016 Mercedes AMG GTS and Rosa undergoing tech inspection:
08:30am - Things are slowly drying out and we all had faith in the forecast.
09:00 am - Jason just back from the Group A session, thumbs up. The background '88 Porsche 944S Turbo with a veteran driver beat me by 2 seconds in the time trials. I feel pretty good about that.
My first turn on the track - leading a bunch of track-prepped Corvairs in Group B.
Sun came out the rest of the day. Grip got better, Rosa and I got faster but never "departed" the track.
After lunch we got the track instructors to take us around the whole track slowly and methodically discussing the best lines, braking points, apexes. 18 turns is a lot to commit to memory, but everyone who went for the ride felt we improved.
Just a whole lot of fun on a beautiful day, and Rosa never flinched, never balked, never complained, never broke.
Driver's meeting before the Time Trials.
Plenty of eye candy..
Jason enjoyed the ride I took him on in Rosa.
Rosa is so very well sorted, stable, balanced, predictable, heel-n-toe-able, excellent brakes and grip. She and her Dunlops let me know before I exceeded her limits - what a pure joy to drive, with just the right amount of fright.
Next time, I think I'll relax a little more.