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      01-21-2013, 10:45 AM   #1
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Summit Point/Jefferson Circuit Thoughts

Does anyone have any thoughts on the Jefferson Circuit at Summit Point compared to the other circuits there? I want to try some new tracks this year and I am wondering whether the Jefferson Circuit is worth the drive (about 3.5 hours) or if I should wait for events at the other Summit Point tracks. I have several other tracks within a similar range, so no need to get to this one if people don't enjoy it.
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Does anyone have any thoughts on the Jefferson Circuit at Summit Point compared to the other circuits there? I want to try some new tracks this year and I am wondering whether the Jefferson Circuit is worth the drive (about 3.5 hours) or if I should wait for events at the other Summit Point tracks. I have several other tracks within a similar range, so no need to get to this one if people don't enjoy it.
It's fine however it doesn't have the run off areas like VIR. Make a mistake and you might be kissing the concrete barriers sooner than you think @ summit.
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I think you're confusing Jefferson with Shenandoah. The Jefferson you'll either hit a tree or a berm, but not many concrete walls.

The Jefferson is a good place to learn car control/throttle control, think of it as a high speed autox. There are some good increasing/decreasing radius turns. It's small and gets boring after awhile though. Find a club that runs it both directions, going one direction each day. That really makes it unique as I can't think of any CW/CCW tracks in the north east. The Jefferson also has it's own skidpad, hopefully you get to spend a good amount of time on it.

My first track event (2006) was on the Jefferson...a group called Cone Killers. Learned so much that day.

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Jefferson circuit is OK - Car54's description is accurate...it's like a giant autox course. Personally I would not make a 3.5 hour drive to run only on Jefferson circuit.
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DelVal chapter runs a pretty good three day school usually in April. Jeff for two days, both directions; then Main on Monday.
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DelVal chapter runs a pretty good three day school usually in April. Jeff for two days, both directions; then Main on Monday.
That is the event I am thinking of going to, but I am not sure yet if I will be able to stay for Main on Monday. If I can't do Monday, I am thinking of staying closer to home with a NJMP event, taking a extra trip (probably in May) to Watkins Glen and then trying to get to Summit Point later in the year.

Related question: VIR is about a 7 hour drive for me, but I am hearing that it is worth it?
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Related question: VIR is about a 7 hour drive for me, but I am hearing that it is worth it?
Absolutely!!! VIR is well worth a 7 hour drive - it takes me almost 5 hours and I've made the trip several times in a fixed-back race seat
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That is the event I am thinking of going to, but I am not sure yet if I will be able to stay for Main on Monday. If I can't do Monday, I am thinking of staying closer to home with a NJMP event, taking a extra trip (probably in May) to Watkins Glen and then trying to get to Summit Point later in the year.

Related question: VIR is about a 7 hour drive for me, but I am hearing that it is worth it?
I think of Thunderbolt as a slightly larger Jefferson...both not that exciting. There's a lot to be said for trying new tracks for the sake of trying new tracks.

VIR is a must if you live in the north east, just be sure for your first time there, get plenty of rest and be there for 2 days. Don't try to drive after work and get there at midnight for a 8am drivers meeting.

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