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June 13, 2005

Washed out in Brainerd

Well, to cut a long story short, it rained. They cancelled and thats that. We did the class and track overview but the problem with Brainerd is that the long straight is a NHRA drag strip. It's over a mile long and has the fastest corner in north america in the middle of it (the instructor took a Ferrari 348 around it last year at almost 170).

But, because it's drag strip, its got two lanes with 2 sets of seriously long tire patches for 600 feet down it. So, 4 swaiths of rubber. The NHRA use a compount called VST on that section to make it stickier. Apparently, this stuff is so sticky, it'll pull your shoes off.

But, when it rains, the VST is about 3 times as slippy as ice. NOT GOOD. You can't even walk on it, it's so slippy.

So, it rained. The porsche club were here over the weekend and only had 1/3 days when they could drive and apparently 5 cars went off. One went off at 50ish mph down the straight when he veered slightly from the center line between the lanes where there is no VST. Once, he touched the VST then he spun several times and hit the wall.

So, the track management shut us down and I'm glad. The thoughts of running down that straight in that condition wasn't making me happy. So, there is another one in July that we'll try goto instead.

Plus, there are 3 deer that cross over to the infield in the mornings and then terrorize the cars in the afternoon as they try to leave the track again.

So, I'm relieved. It was looking pretty bad this morning. I don't understand why they don't make a second straight maybe with an S parallel to the drag strip so that people can use the track besides drag cars. Bikes race here also and I can't imagine it's any better for them than us in cars.

Anyway, there it is.

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