Many of you may know that I raced in the NASCAR Cup Series back in the day. I was fortunate enough to have my number 22 car paint the sky orange throughout the 1990s and early 2000s. Having competed at Daytona, Talladega, and a multitude of other tracks, I can confidently say that I know how long a lap takes at a typical road race. The trick is in making sure that every lap is a good lap – and that means setting your sights on perfection rather than just getting through the checkered flag.
Last week, I got to finally have some fun at Miami Speedway thanks to the Pure Michigan 300. Now, I’m going to give you a decent idea of how long a track lap takes at this unique track. Be sure to click the link at the bottom of the page to see my entire race weekend, from Friday night to Sunday afternoon.
What Is The Track Like?
Let’s be honest, I was there to drive my car, not walk around the track. So, I did exactly that. I cruised around the track in the afternoon, making my best effort to go from one end to the other without missing a turn or going off-course. Fortunately, there were no incidents of any kind during my visit. Everyone around the track was being, well, careful, I guess.
The track itself is interesting, to say the least. The turns are not as sharp as those you see at a traditional road course. Think Vegas but without the strip joints and casinos. It’s a unique blend of characteristics that make up one of the most picturesque venues in all of motorsports. If you get a chance to go there someday, take it.
What Is The Surrounding Area Like?
Aside from the speedway proper, there is not a whole lot of excitement in the area surrounding the track. There are a few restaurants and bars, but nothing too fancy. If you want dinner on Thursday night, you’re pretty much stuck in the same mold as every other race weekend in the area: you have burger joints and seafood houses on one side of the boulevard and steak houses and Italian eateries on the other. On a more positive note, the cops are always present during the racing season, so you know there’s going to be safety around. We’re also minutes away from the largest airport in the state, so if you’re coming in for a track visit, you’re in for a treat. The airport has a great selection of restaurants and shopping centers, so you might find yourself spending a couple of days before the race even starting just walking around and eating.
How Does The Weather Impact Speed?
Well, as you might imagine, Florida is a tropical place. It can be warm and humid, even when the temperatures are a few degrees north. Naturally, the weather influences how the track conditions are, and how fast the cars can go. If you’re a true hardcore fan, you’ll want to arrive a day or two early and get your fix of Florida sun and surf. The downside is that the heat and humidity create dangerous conditions for the drivers, so you have to be careful not to overdo it. Like I said, it can get pretty humid down there. Not good for the heart or the engines.
How Many Bites Does A Rattan Dog Have?
You might be familiar with NASCAR. If not, don’t be ashamed – the sport is still largely unknown in Europe. There are several theories as to how many pieces of fruit a rattan fruit tree can produce in a year, but none of them are exact. The point is that they can produce a great deal of fruit, and that fruit is extremely acidic, which makes it a bit challenging to eat. You’d probably have to pour some rum or pineapple juice in it first. It’s not something you’d want to do every day, but it would be worth it once or twice, I suppose. Just be careful with those fruit snacks if you ever decide to indulge.
Anyway, that’s all I’ve got for now. As always, feel free to leave a comment below to let me know your thoughts. And if you found this article informative, don’t forget to hit the link at the bottom of the page to read the rest of my coverage from last week’s Pure Michigan 300.