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Old 01-22-2010, 09:09 AM   #1
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Greetings all,

I am in the process of getting into Miata's and am looking to buy a turbocharged car. I am curious what types of racing is available to me being here in Knoxville TN. I am interested in AutoX and Track Racing, but we have very very few tracks anymore it seems. I used to drag race a Fiero, but that is just over too quickly. So I want to get into Miata racing.

I work a VERY Full time job, so looong trips to races are out of the question this year. Everything would have to be done over a weekend. What type of options are out there for Turbocharged Miatas?

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Well if you want to do autocross, I recomend not using a turbocharged miata. It is actually a handicap, especially if you are new to it. If you do decide to drive a boosed miata, get one with a small turbo. Something like a Garrett T25. I put a T2860 on my miata and on the tighter courses the extra power is very hard to control. Instead of spending money on a turbo, get some sway bars and a good wheel/tire combo. Oh and go to every autocross you can. IMHO autocrosss is 20% car performance and 80% driver performance. Good luck
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You can find large and small events of many different types here:
Automotive Events - Competition and Racing Calendar with Online Registration

For large tracks within driving distance I searched and found these:

Nashville Superspeedway has a road course through the infield that also uses parts of the big oval. One of the newer guys on the forum posted video from running there recently. You need a turbo to keep up with traffic there.
Nashville Superspeedway


Road Atlanta. Worth the drive from anywhere.
Road Atlanta Track Map

North Carolina Speedway at Rockingham, NC
http://www.na-motorsports.com/Tracks...ngham/rock.pdf


Barber Motorsports Park
http://www.barbermotorsports.com/ima...ckgeometry.pdf


Talladega Grand Prix Raceway


Atlanta Motorsports Park in Dawsonville
http://www.atlantamotorsportspark.net/pdf/3d.pdf



High Rock in NC
http://www.racehighrock.com/ClientRe...uments/Map.pdf


Carolina Motorsports Park in SC



Bluegrass Motorsports Park in KY
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Or, for autocross... there's always a supercharged car!
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One of the newer guys on the forum posted video from running there recently.
Video here:



Since taking that video, I went from 14" to 15" tires, NB shock mounts, and ditched the passenger. I'm about 4 seconds a lap faster now, and could probably have kept up with the evo a bit better.

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You need a turbo to keep up with traffic there.
That's probably the case for most road courses in my experience.
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Thank you all for that. I am a very experienced turbo driver and know all about throttle control to maintain driver control with one. So I do intend on running a turbo on my miata. Personally, the bigger the better. You just have to know how to drive with one.

thank you for the track listings. I did not know so many were within a weekend trip.
I am looking forward to getting started. Are these tracks all hosts to scca events? I will check the event listing link when I get off work. Or at least not until I am in my server room with the door closed.
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ETRSCCA for autox. We have events at Pellissippi,Bristol's parkinglot,walter state, and we are always looking for more. It's a small region compared to something like Tenn. Region, but theres quite a few really good drivers in it. Hope to see you out there sometime this year.

You can find open track days at Nashville Motorspeedway quite a bit. Road Atlanta has the occasional HPDE. And there's the other tracks that sixshooter listed.

Tenn. Region hosted an autox inside the speedway once in 08, I think they plan to do it again, but sbrian2 on these forum would be the person to ask.
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Or, for autocross... there's always a supercharged car!
True enough there is

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ETRSCCA for autox. We have events at Pellissippi,Bristol's parkinglot,walter state, and we are always looking for more. It's a small region compared to something like Tenn. Region, but theres quite a few really good drivers in it. Hope to see you out there sometime this year.

Sounds great! You can count on seeing me there this year Been looking forward to it for some time.
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