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    Default Racers/Track Day drivers, which road course is the most fun and why?

    Since there's a ton of experience on these forums and drivers with 10, 20 if not more tracks under their belt, I thought it'd be interesting to see which was your favorite/most fun you've driven, but you can only choose one.

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    Sonoma Raceway (fka Infineon Raceway, fka Sears Point) in Northern California. It has everything. Huge elevation changes, great passing zone hairpins, long wide straights, esses, off camber turns, great flow, huge walls near the tarmac that scare the crap out of you, nice facilities including lots of nice garages and big stands for spectators, well maintained, lots of mechanic shops and a tire shop, the best track store anyplace (not just souveniers, but gear you need on track), a Drag Strip, a kart track, a rally-cross course, located in a nice part of California with nice weather year 'round, good hotels and restaurants, you name it . . .

    It's a truly great professional road course that hosts major races, including one of the only two road courses raced by the NASCAR Sprint Cup each year.
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    Spa Francorchamps because Eau Rouge and its a driver's track. Changing conditions throughout the day. Lots of medium to high speed turns and elevations. and because its SPA!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard EVO View Post
    Sonoma Raceway (fka Infineon Raceway, fka Sears Point) in Northern California. It has everything. Huge elevation changes, great passing zone hairpins, long wide straights, esses, off camber turns, great flow, huge walls near the tarmac that scare the crap out of you, nice facilities including lots of nice garages and big stands for spectators, well maintained, lots of mechanic shops and a tire shop, the best track store anyplace (not just souveniers, but gear you need on track), a Drag Strip, a kart track, a rally-cross course, located in a nice part of California with good hotels and restaurants, you name it . . .

    It's a truly great professional road course that hosts major races, including one of the only two road courses raced by the NASCAR Sprint Cup each year.
    You forgot to mention the best part. 24.4 miles from my front door.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pure EvoIX View Post
    Spa Francorchamps because Eau Rouge and its a driver's track. Changing conditions throughout the day. Lots of medium to high speed turns and elevations. and because its SPA!!!!!
    You lucky dog to have driven Spa, IMHO the greatest road course in the world, although I have not been there. I bet you wish the conditions were dry all day when you drove Spa . . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Schmoe Money View Post
    You forgot to mention the best part. 24.4 miles from my front door.
    Rub it in, you lucky dog.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Loose Caboose View Post
    Rub it in, you lucky dog.
    It's ok. I'm pretty sure Mike lives a stone's throw away from Willow Springs.

    Like literally. Throw a rock and you'll hit it.

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    I consider myself lucky to live 40 miles from Mid-Ohio and it's my choice as the most fun track I've driven. There's so much variety, challenge and cool unique turns. However my experience is limited to 6 tracks total so I'm sure it's easily topped. I wish I lived in an a place with a higher concentration of "great" tracks. From here on out its 8 hour drives to get to anywhere else. Next year my goal is to get to either VIR or Road America.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schmoe Money View Post
    You forgot to mention the best part. 24.4 miles from my front door.
    I have you beat there. My new house is 6.2m away!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hakeem View Post
    I have you beat there. My new house is 6.2m away!
    Dam show off's

    I've yet to run Sonoma but Mid Ohio has to be my favorite so far. It has a little of everything. The rain sucks and makes it a completely different track. But also makes for a beautiful sceneries.
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    5 miles from WSIR!

    Is that a good thing?

    Anyhoo, +1 for Sonoma. Beautiful track in a really nice part of the country.

    I also like Lime Rock in CT. Very scenic and historic track.

    Another great track is The Ridge Motorsports Park in Shelton, WA (about an hour or so south of Seattle). It's a modern, safe, and very entertaining track. Very scenic, too!

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    Laguna Seca. I don't know it by any other name.
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    If I can pick only one, and it can be only a track I've raced on, I'll take Mazda Raceway. I'll be learning that track for the rest of my life. It will never not be interesting.

    Of course, I haven't driven Sonoma yet. I should make that a 2015 goal.

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    Sonoma makes Laguna look like Streets of Willow . . .
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    That's not a bad thing

    I really like Infinion, but I've never been there in real life, so I couldn't say I like that track the best. Interestingly, I dislike Laguna Seca in video game form because I find it incredibly difficult. But, IRL, it's a much easier track with a fantastic flow, setting, and track surface. It left an impression on me to be sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard EVO View Post
    You lucky dog to have driven Spa, IMHO the greatest road course in the world, although I have not been there. I bet you wish the conditions were dry all day when you drove Spa . . .
    Quite the contrary. It was PERFECT. When we arrived, it was wet on the ground and still snowing. Then it stopped snowing, and the track was evolving, then it got semi wet, then damp, them semi dry, then dry. Got 4 track days in 1 at SPA essentially. The next day we drove the exige s and it was bone dry. So fun getting the rear end of the bimmer to dance around Spa.

    Can't ask for anything better. It ended up being all by chance. We drove into Belgium there just to see the track from the outside and for the Belgian waffles. Didn't know we could go in, nor didn't know there was an open track day for the public going on until we heard engine noises. Didn't bring any of our driving gear with us. lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SDSUsnowboards View Post
    That's not a bad thing

    I really like Infinion, but I've never been there in real life, so I couldn't say I like that track the best. Interestingly, I dislike Laguna Seca in video game form because I find it incredibly difficult.
    Is that because instead of bouncing off of walls quickly you get trapped in the dirt and throw the whole race?

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    I can't believe i still haven't driven Infineon. -___-
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    Quote Originally Posted by robburgoon View Post
    Is that because instead of bouncing off of walls quickly you get trapped in the dirt and throw the whole race?
    Puhleez. I graduated from bouncing off walls and competitors several months ago.

    It's a depth perception issue. I don't use brake/turn-in markers very well, so I tend to race around instinctively and it works well for me. But, it's very hard to do in a video game where there is no depth perception, or any feedback from the car. I can't wait for the Occulus Rift, primarily for this reason.
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    Spa
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