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Scany
08-25-2008, 09:32 AM
Trying to make it there for Sunday.

Jenson Button
08-25-2008, 10:01 AM
Trying to make it there for Sunday.

If you go, take a breathing apparatus with filtration for fine dust. There is no grass around the track or in the paddock. The Grand Am boys are certain to drop lots of tires and make a real dust storm of the place. It will also be interesting to see how the facilities come along. This weekend, there was A LOT left to do before the place will be ready to host such an event.

I would love to make it up there though. The people were friendly, and the facilities will be great when complete. I wonder about traffic getting in and out though. From the Baltimore/DC area it is an easy ride of about 2 to 2-1/2 hours, but 70,000 people in Millville will be interesting.

To the rest of the NCC crowd up there this past weekend, it was great seeing you all. What a fun event. I am sure I will not be forgetting it any time soon. ;o)

woodym3
08-25-2008, 12:22 PM
I'm going up Friday with a friend. The closest room I could get this morning was the Hampton Inn in Pennsville (near Delaware Memorial Bridge) - about 35 miles from track via Rt 49.
The dust will be bad, unless it rains (which that area desparately needs). Then it will be mud.
Last Friday they were still installing the glass windows in the timing & scoring tower. The materials for a few small grandstands (an oxymoron?) were on hand but not erected. I'm wondering where spectators will be forced to park. With the broad runoff areas, spectating on the turns 2 trough 5 area should be doable.
The scheule is very full.
http://www.grand-am.com/assets/2008NewJerseyofficialsched3.pdf

Jenson Button
08-25-2008, 02:08 PM
I'm going up Friday with a friend.
When you are coming back through Baltimore, you should stop in to see Manor Motor Werks and Robin and the boys. We aren't too far out of your way.

Scany
08-25-2008, 03:37 PM
I looked online at the hotels listed at njmp.com and they seemed to have rooms still. I'm thinking about going up maybe Saturday or Sunday, staying till Monday.

Scany
08-25-2008, 03:38 PM
oups! guess my first post did go through..

woodym3
08-25-2008, 10:00 PM
I looked online at the hotels listed at njmp.com and they seemed to have rooms still. I'm thinking about going up maybe Saturday or Sunday, staying till Monday.
I called all of the ones in the Vineland/Millville area and they all said "already booked". I didn't try the Mount Laurel/Swedesboro/etc lodges as they seemed further away than Pennsville.

Car54
08-26-2008, 07:31 AM
The beach is less than 35 miles away...they should have a lot of hotel options.

Good seeing you all up there last weekend. Thanks Woody for keeping me in check ;)

woodym3
08-26-2008, 08:21 AM
Being Labor Day weekend, I assumed the beach hotels would be booked.

Car54
08-26-2008, 11:48 AM
Here's a link to my video of Thunderbolt...where the races will be this weekend.

http://www.vimeo.com/1604036

tenfifteen
08-26-2008, 11:50 AM
I'm going both days... Saturday with a friend, Sunday by myself, and will probably bail before Rolex/Mustang on Sunday.

Btw, if you only bought tickets for Saturday, you can upgrade to Saturday and Sunday for just $3.00 more. Comcast Tix is running some promotion, but you have to call them to ask for it.

woodym3
08-26-2008, 12:45 PM
Here's a link to my video of Thunderbolt...where the races will be this weekend.

http://www.vimeo.com/1604036

Wow! That looks like fun. You must be good. Maybe you should have posted this under Driver Schools.

woodym3
08-26-2008, 12:48 PM
Btw, if you only bought tickets for Saturday, you can upgrade to Saturday and Sunday for just $3.00 more. Comcast Tix is running some promotion, but you have to call them to ask for it.

The Montreal GP is the only event I buy tix in advance. Too much chance a hurricane or something will make me stay home. I hope to see you there Paul.

Scany
08-26-2008, 01:39 PM
Got tickets for Saturday and Sunday.

Got a room at one of the closer hotels from Sunday to Monday, but will cancel it, since I'll be going up Saturday and back Sunday. Staying at a hotel 30 minutes south of the track for $50 a night. More like a bed and breakfast I guess with a shared bathroom.

Can't wait, I've never been to a real big race before. Had something they called Formula Fest in Norway, but that was just a show of old F1 cars and Neon Cup on a small street circuit.

Maybe I'll see some of you there.

tenfifteen
08-26-2008, 03:36 PM
Checked DelVal/NJ again, didn't see mention of a BMW parking area. Have any of you with contacts in those chapters heard anything on this front?

woodym3
08-26-2008, 09:25 PM
Someone asked about it at the instructors meeting last Friday. I can't remember the reason, but no, neither chapter is hosting a corral.

Jenson Button
09-04-2008, 11:45 AM
It sounds like my comments on the dust were on the mark. I understand that there was at least one full course caution caused by the blinding dust.

The Grand Am racers seem to be poo pooing the track. Mark Bunting was complaining that it is too narrow and too dirty.

Scany
09-04-2008, 09:37 PM
Great weekend! Dust was the keyword :)

Got together some footage of what I saw: http://vimeo.com/1667458

woodym3
09-05-2008, 07:49 AM
It sounds like my comments on the dust were on the mark. I understand that there was at least one full course caution caused by the blinding dust.

The Grand Am racers seem to be poo pooing the track. Mark Bunting was complaining that it is too narrow and too dirty.
When the drivers were quoted during the TV coverage as saying the track was narrow they were referring to the marbles and clag that developed off line. It seemed whenever a car went off line in an attempt to pass they suddendly lost traction.
It was dirt on the track that caused Scott Pruitt to crash on Thursday's test day. Seeing this would be a problem, the officials instituted a rule that two or more wheels off received a warning. A second occurance received a penalty. There were several long full course caution periods for cleaning dirt from the track.

The Koni Challenge race is scheduled for SpeedTV at 2 pm Sunday. Stay with it until the end.

I think your video needs a password Anders.

Scany
09-05-2008, 08:41 AM
I think your video needs a password Anders.

Woops! :redface: Think I fixed it now