I think Gingerman is a far better track for a novice to learn on. It's a short track with more focus on learning the "line". At Road American one can get in trouble very quickly as the speeds build, especially at the turn 3, 5, the kink, and Canada corner. Don't get me wrong, Road America is my favorite track in America that I have driven, once I've gathered some experience. Mid-Ohio is also relatively accessible from Chicago, as well as Putnam Park.
I've been fortunate to have lived all over the US, and have driven many of the famous tracks, Laguna Seca being the latest.
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