Our road course was designed by our founder to follow the natural contour of the land's topography. In designing the road course, it was essential to build a track that fit naturally within our preserve and overall facility. The end result was a 1.1 mile road course with 15 tuns that has over 70 feet of elevation change.
Most important in the design considerations was to provide a road course that was technically challenging to drive. It needed to be difficult to master and find the proper line (which varies based on driver ability and vehicle dynamic capability). "This is a drivers' track and you need to be up-on-the-wheel, precise and consistent to turn a mediocre lap."
Another design consideration was to have a quality training ground for drivers of all abilities, as well as, race teams looking to do R&D - whether tune and test suspension, perform lower speed shake down runs or hone driver skills. Hence a variety of right and left turns with different entry, apex and exit configurations.
The last, but certainly not least, design consideration was the overall safety of the track and facility. It's a forgiving track with no walls, guard rails or hard objects to contact. "We don't want to hurt drivers or tear up equipment." If you make a mistake, you will most likely end up on the pavement, run off on grass or maybe a hay field.
It was an honor and most certainly great fun to be included in Pineview Run’s "soft opening”. The prospects that I took out for rides, as well as, the existing member that I rode with all ended their sessions with huge smiles on their faces! Speaking for myself, I had a great time exploring the handling limits of my new Mercedes AMG in a way I could never do safely on public roads and without the very high speed risk I assume at Watkins Glen with my Porsche Cup car. It was an ideal day for me!
*PCA National Certified Instructor, NR PCA Instructor Mentor, Trackmasters Instructor
*Note: Track construction was not yet complete...