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Reno-Fernley Raceway


Reno-Fernley Raceway (RFR) opened in 2003 to mixed reviews. Tucked beneath the western foothills of Nevada, the property has a pleasant and scenic setting, with the liability of a hot windy day in the summer. At times though, these dry summer days are relieved by a quick thunderstorm that can wash off the track, and have folks back driving in 30 minutes. While everyone seemed to love the very quick and slightly banked esses going down the hill at the end of the main straightaway, and enjoyed the challenge of the double apex turning you around to head uphill, the track was a bit sluggish from there. Following very wide esses up a fairly steep rise, swinging around to a cute but quirky highly banked mini-NASCAR left hander, the driver found himself headed back to the main straight before he knew it. Yes, the original track design left a bit to be desired. BUT -in 2006, RFR invested in a substantial addition to its original layout, and many folks stepped up to praise the efforts-including the HOD drivers from our recent video shoot. HOD filmed most of its DVD "Getting On Track" at RFR if you'd like to see some really beautiful car/driving shots-check out the video (available in the store). The Cable family-enthusiasts AND entrepreneurs have shown a willingness to put their money where their mouth is as they grow this facility. The paving guy got carried away with his efforts for the 2006 season. Well over a mile of asphalt has been laid that dramatically changes the character of the track and adds a LOT of technical challenge. Now, rather than driving up the lazy esses, we have the option (which we will take!) of turning right up a ridge and following tight, banked, esses up this steep slope. Think uphill at the Laguna corkscrew, only with TWO corkscrews in sequence!! Then, imagine arriving at the top of the corkscrew at speed -you’d better have your pony headed down the path over this blind and unique feature of the track. Your concentration will be truly challenged as you seek reference points and work to be consistent as you top the hill. The good news is, this hill is steep enough and the esses are sharp enough to keep your speed down to a rational rate as you crest the hill. Check out Randy Pobst’s tour of RFR (the segment is called "Learning a New Track") on the video and you’ll see what we mean…this 24 Hours of Daytona winner was having fun figuring it out himself!! Once on top of this butte-like area, there is asphalt everywhere and many configurations can be used. HOD will certainly lead cars to the far straight-we called it the "Sunset Straight" in the video, as it's on the westernmost exposure of the track. Following the Sunset Straight is a really fun, technical sequence of late apex hairpins, a quick flick right/left/right sequence, and then drop into a bowl with a fast right hander into the NASCAR turn where you have rejoined the original layout. We hope that they’re able to smooth some of the quite bumpy sections here-these can be a consideration for adjusting your line, and a real problem if you have a low-slung race-prepped car. Remember that the last turn onto the straight is a mid-apexer – my fourth lap had me off pretty big there with my Z race car. Thanks for the runoff, RFR!! With this runoff, HOD thinks that RFR is a great track day track. With the only exception of the fast downhill esses, where we will monitor speeds closely, we think that this track is just a hoot-and there is NOTHING to hit anywhere except on the main straight. The facilities are those of Thunderhill in their early days-an older modular classroom for meetings and clean porta-potties. Fuel is available, but not premium unleaded. It’s about a 10 minute ride to town for gas and other necessities. Bring layers of clothes-as this is high desert. It can be hot, chilly, wet and very dry all in the same day. We’re excited to add RFR as another venue to challenge and entertain our HOD drivers!


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