Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Easiest Way to Get on Track? Track Night in America!

Brian in the NMS #86 on track at Carolina Motorsports Park

The Sports Car Club of America has released their 2016 "Track Night in America" schedule, and it's an awesome program that the NMS team is targeting for later this year. Now in it's second year, the Track Night in America (TNA) program was designed to make it very easy for drivers to take their own cars to the local track on a week night, and get a little experience in a learning their way around the pavement in a safe and relatively low cost format. By "relatively low cost", it's less than the hundreds you'd pay at a regular track day or high performance weekend, but not free. After the success of events at a few locations last year, TNA is now expanding to new tracks in more locations, and looks to be a big hit!

For the NMS squad, we're excited to see that two of the new tracks in the series this year are close to each of  us. For NMS-South that means Carolina Motorsports Park  (CMP) in Kershaw SC (a bit north of Camden), while NMS-North is looking at the brand new facility of Dominion Raceway in Thornburg VA.

While your NMS squad remains focused mostly on driving in local Autocross competition, we will continue to expand our motorsports driving in 2016 to national level events, as well as building on our previous experience at other types of events on NASCAR tracks, working at Atlanta...., High Performance Driving Experiences at CMP, and charity laps at Virginia International Raceway.

For more information, go to the TNA website at Track Night in America LINK
To read a report on a TNA event from last year, check out this article from Racer magazine: LINK

2016 Track Night in America Schedule

-Thunderhill Raceway Park; Willows, CA     April 14, May 12, June 23, July 21, Aug. 18, Sept. 15
- High Plains Raceway; Deer Trail, CO           May 11, June 15, July 20, Aug. 10
- Thompson Speedway Park; Thompson, CT  Apr 26, May 17, Jun 7 + 30, July 19, Aug. 2, Aug. 30
- Palm Beach International Raceway; Jupiter, FL   April 19, May 24, June 28, July 26, Aug. 23
- Roebling Road Raceway; Bloomingdale, GA    April 13, additional dates TBD
- Atlanta Motorsports Park; Dawsonville, GA      April 20, May 25, June 29, July 27, Aug. 24
- Blackhawk Farms Raceway; South Beloit, IL    May 24, June 28, July 26, Aug. 23
- Putnam Park Road Course; Greencastle, IN       May 12, June 13, July 19
- NOLA Motorsports Park; Avondale, LA           April 25, May 19, June 9
- Palmer Motorsports Park; Palmer, MA              May 2, June 23, July 28, Aug. 18
- GingerMan Raceway; South Haven, MI            May 25, June 29, July 27, Aug. 24
- DCTC Driver Training Facility; Rosemount, MN    May 4, additional dates TBD
- New Jersey Motorsports Park; Millville, NJ   April 27, May 11, June 22, July 13, Aug. 10, Sept. 14
- Portland Intl Raceway; Portland, OR April 15, May 20, June 17, July 1, July 29, Aug. 26, Sept. 16
- Pittsburgh Intl Race Complex; Wampum, PA  April 28, May 18, June 8, July 14, Aug. 11, Sept. 12
- Pocono Raceway; Long Pond, PA                    May 3, June 14, additional dates TBD
- Carolina Motorsports Park; Kershaw, SC         April 7, May 26, June 23, July 21, Aug. 25
- Memphis International Raceway; Millington, TN    April 26, May 24, June 28
- Harris Hill Raceway; San Marcos, TX                April 13, May 4, June 15, July 13, Aug. 3
- MotorSport Ranch; Cresson, TX                         April 12, May 3, June 14, July 12, Aug. 2
- Dominion Raceway; Thornburg, VA                  May 10, June 21, July 12, Aug. 9
- Pacific Raceways; Kent, WA                              May 27, June 24
- The Ridge Motorsports Park; Shelton, WA        May 19, June 16, July 28, Aug. 25, Sept. 14

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