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While listed at 2 miles, the actual length of the track is 1.82 miles. It is a fast, flowing circuit with banked corners, unique for a road racing facility. While over the recent years the facility has been a bit challenged in it's maintenance, since 2003 when the new management began, we have seen major rejuvination and improvements of the facility. Much of the track has seen new repaving, runoff areas have been increased and graded smooth, drainage systems installed, there's been paving in the paddock, and even flush toilets installed. If you haven't been there in the last 5 years, it's not the same place. You can click on the aerial view here : http://maps.yahoo.com/#mvt=s&lat=41....1.017103&mag=2 for a general overview of the track.
Originally built as a dirt road course in 1961, Nelson Ledges has grown to characterize club racing. Nelson was the first racing facility to use tire walls entirely. Once known as the "busiest track in the country" for it's number of events, Nelson Ledges has been the regular haunt of driver's such as actor Paul Newman and Speed GT and Touring Car champion Micheal Galati, and Micheal Andretti ran his SCCA liscensing school here. From 1975 to 1977, Nelson Ledges hosted a round of the SCCA Trans Am series, where drivers such as Ludwig Heimrath, Bob Tullius, George Follmer, John Greenwood and Peter Gregg tackled the challenging high speed turns.
In 1980, the Longest Day 24 hour Endurance Race began, and was at the time the only 24 event in the United States for production cars. Over the years of the Longest Day, drivers such as Dick Gouldstrand, Bobby Carradine, John and Jeff Andretti, Hurley Haywood, Ross Cheever and the Archer brothers tried their hands at night racing here, as well as myself. Many manufacturers brought their own prototypes to test, Mazda with their RX-7 turbo, Chevrolet with Guldstrand and the ZR-1 Corvette, Porsche hired Fred Baker to run a 944 Turbo before they were imported, VW debuted their supercharged GTI, Caterham reintroduced the "7" to North America, and in the late 80's/early 90's many events were won by Consulier, which later went on to become Mosler with a rich history in GT racing. With rFactor's endurance racing capability, we hope to create our own "Longest Day".
Build Progress: - .001 %
01/12/2008 - Project begun. Full GPS and data recorded from the facility itself.
01/18/2008 - GPS data imported into BTB, basic layout created. Fine tuning of nodes in progress.
Please, if you can volunteer any support of this project, I'll be very appreciative of any time and advice and help you can give. I'm sure I'll get very annoying over at the track building forums with all my questions.