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Jeff Johnson here, V.I.R. flagger and long time TZ250
racer, 24 years now. Anyway, I was at VIR [March 1-2] for our annual flagger
meeting and took a bunch of pictures of the track showing the improvements and
Please keep in mind this is still work in progress. Pit
road and the track will be painted as soon as the crappy weather permits. The
new start/finish line and tower are not in place yet but should be shortly. I
am told it will be where pit road exit first meets the track. The attached
pictures are numbered and named so that you can follow them around the track.
All of pit road was widened by quite a bit. 4-6 ft.
The pit road exit was extended further down the track and
the track is 4 ft wider on riders right all the way to the turn 1 turn in.
Turn one is 3 ft wider on riders left all the way to the
exit of the turn.
The track is approximately 3 feet wider on riders right
from the exit of turn 1 all the way to turn 5. Although the old and the new
curbs were left in place??
No changes from turn 5 through turn 6
From the exit of turn 6 to turn 7 the track is a good 3
ft wider all the to and past the turn 7 right hander up the hill. Here looks
like the improvement will be a welcome one. With the track being 3 ft wider on
riders right this really fixed up the transition from the full course to the
north course connection. Of course looks can be deceiving this really looks
like a nice change.
For guys that ride track days on the south course, no
pictures, the track is 3 ft wider on the exit of the full course turn 10 on
riders right all the way to turn 11 then the widening switches to the riders
left, 3 ft wider all the way around the old Oak Tree corner to the south course
pit road. I attached those pictures.
There are no more changes until you come back onto the
front straight where you will see the pit in entrance was widened and extended
on riders right. A definite improvement.
I hope all this is clear, understandable and makes sense
to you. If not drop me a note here or my personal e-mail address email@example.com
Just for fun I took a picture of the underside of the
The old flat bed train cars are still there doing their
job. If you look closely you can see where the train wheels attached.
Rocky Mount, Virginia