Racing - Upcoming

Sep 15: Track Day – Putnam Park

It’s been a long time since we’ve been to this venue and it will be a first for many of our newer racers. For this event we are headed to Putnam Park in Indiana.

red-down   Full Season Performance Driving Registration Form

red-down   Car Performance Class Matrix

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General Overview: Road course driving is a great way to learn how to handle your car at higher speeds in a safe and controlled venue. Road courses are typically 1.5-4 miles in length and connected in a loop so that it can be driven in laps. Cars are separated by capability and driver experience and small groups are run on the track at the same time. Road courses are not raced wheel to wheel to determine a winner, instead the club times the laps of each driver to help participants gauge their improvement. While cars are separated to eliminate the need for excessive passing, overtaking is allowed if a faster driver needs to pass a slower driver. You can drive at your own pace to whatever degree you feel comfortable. Corner workers are placed throughout the track to communicate track conditions and observe drivers. The club also funds both an ambulance and medics to be onsite. Road courses have asphalt that benefits grip, so your car will be stable and perform at a much higher level than is possible on the streets. It’s a great way to experience the true power of your car and stretch it’s legs. The club does 3 road courses each year as part of its “Triple Crown Challenge” series. While it’s not necessary to compete, awards will be provided to the fastest drivers. Training on road courses will also be available at all events and in car instructors will be available.

Details: This event will occur rain or shine (unless an extraordinary downpour occurs). Lodging is suggested below if you choose to arrive the night before or need to stay the day after. Participants must have helmets (contact us if you don’t have one, we can point you to a place that sells them discounted to the club). You must also wear closed toed shoes, long pants, and long sleeve shirts/jackets. Come with your tank full, your car in good working order, and don’t forget to empty loose items out of your car before you go out on the track. We will run 5-6 sessions that are 20 minutes long. Putnam Park is a 1.78 mile, 10-turn road course that opened in 1991. The facility is located 35 miles west of Indianapolis, Indiana. The circuit of Putnam Park can be configured fifteen different ways, utilizing the optional turns of ‘The Loop’ & ‘Times Square’. In this combination, the course can be up to 17 turns and 1.871 miles, making it extremely versatile. Coolers will be on hand, water is free to everyone. Once the day is complete, we can begin packing up while calculations are made, shortly thereafter we will conclude with awards! Arrivals can begin at 7am, though generally folks can arrive comfortably between 7:30 am – 8:15 am to register. A Mandatory drivers meeting will be held at 8:30 am, the track will go hot at 9:00 am. Our day should end around 5:00 pm.

Helpful Info: Items that may make the event more enjoyable and comfortable may include sunglasses, hat, suntan lotion, towel, folding chair, and umbrella (for sun and rain). Other items that might be of use are tire pressure gauge, driving gloves, and driving shoes. At the event, there are many folks eager to lend a helping hand with anything if need! It’s a family atmosphere, we all stick together as a group (and yes kids are allowed to come and watch as well).

Registration: For this event all you need to do is send us your matrix sheet (located at the top of this page) and let us know your coming. We need to have you on our list ahead of time so we can create run groups, enter you in our computer, and determine classes. Simply email or call our Performance Driving Director, Mark Schumann, and let him know you’re interested in coming. His phone number is (920) 344-6178 and his email is MarkS@IllinoisVipers.com. Please review the safety requirements at the top of this page before your arrival. When you arrive on premises, you will register with the club and receive a schedule of the day’s event.

The Day of the Event: For your convenience, we have established a club hot-line: (630) 415-3642. Calling the hotline, and pressing option “3”, will provide you with any up to the second changes or additional information that differs from information contained in your mailer. Please call the hotline and check it the MORNING OF THE EVENT to be advised of any changes. Should you have any questions, never hesitate to contact Mark Schumann directly at his number listed in the registration section above. See you there!

Putnam Park Track Map

Cost

Full Day Event: $350

Payment is accepted via cash or check only. Payment can be made upon arrival at the track.

Location Info

Putnam Park
5251 S. County Road 550 E.
Mount Meridian, IN 46135
http://www.putnampark.com/

Suggested Accommodations

Holiday Inn Express
1017 N. Main Street
Cloverdale IN 46120
765-795-5050