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Old 10-02-2002, 11:21 AM   #1
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i am starting a track in oklahoma and need to know how much sq ft is needed to get a good onroad track going. indoors of course.
any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 10-03-2002, 01:18 AM   #2
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Hi. Greetings from Malta.

I understand your tracks in America are always fairly short compared to European tracks, which seem to be getting bigger all the time.

We have 2 outdoor tracks in Malta, one with 17 second lap times used for electric and the other with 24 second lap times used for IC. The times I have quoted are both for electric modified touring cars, of course.

I have just visited 3 tracks in Italy. Two of them are about the same as our Electric track - about 17 second laps. the other, which is also used for 1/8 and 1/5 IC is tiny - about a quarter of the size. I would estimate lap times at well below 10 seconds for electric mod.

But frankly my suggestion is just use up the space you have, whatever it may be. At the end of the day it's the same for everyone. If anything small tracks are trickier.

Good luck.

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Old 10-03-2002, 01:33 AM   #3
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Joe is correct there is no recomended size just make the best use of what you have.
My club is an indoor one and we change the design every week we can get anything from sub 5 second laps to almost 10 second laps for the fast guys depending on how tricky we make it.
It doesn't detract from the fun and enjoyment one bit
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WingsFlyby99,

I am located in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Where abouts are you going to start up a new track? I have heard rumers of a new track in Edmond, just North of OKC. Is that you?

Let me know, I'm always looking for a new place to race.

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The only guideline that I would give would be to make sure you have enough room for 8' lanes if it's asphalt. Anything less and you start to get pinched.

It's actually FUN to watch novices (and pros ) on narrow lanes - I usually end up being a source of amusement too - but it's better racing with at least 8 feet. ROAR requires 10' for asphalt.

Basically, if you keep to 8' lanes, you could get by with about 35' x 40 since you really need at least 4 lane-widths wide and at least 5 in length (if you have only four, it gets a really boring track).

But, use what you got! I've seen smaller! With carpet the widths can be smaller.
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Old 10-04-2002, 09:51 AM   #6
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i am still searching for a location. i am trying for something near reno and meridian. but the property there is expensive. i might have to start someplace i don't like until i get enough racers showing up and can then move to a better spot. it will not be in edmond. i believe that is too far north. plus that gives someone else a chance to open another track. if anyone has any ideas, please post. i am open to just about anything. thanks for the info so far.
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Old 10-04-2002, 01:27 PM   #7
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I could post a full pic of my local carpet track if you want, i have no idea how big it is compared to US tracks.
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Old 10-08-2002, 11:39 AM   #8
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i need all the help i can get.
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Our track up here in Grand Rapids is 84'x42'.
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This is by local indoor carpet track, the track is laid out with fire hoses filled with sand. The view is from the rostrum.
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This is by local indoor carpet track, the track is laid out with fire hoses filled with sand. The view is from the rostrum.
that gives a whole new meaning to the term "pound sand!"

I like the organic look and feel to that track. It's also a good size. Do you pull up the track each week? How heavy are the hoses?
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Old 10-12-2002, 09:49 AM   #12
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Sorry for the late reply i havnt been able to access the site for the past few days, no idea why.

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I like the organic look and feel to that track.
LOL, i have no idea what that means but im sure its a compliment
. The track is laid out each week taking about half an hour if enough people help. The bigger hoses can be quite heavy but can easily be draged by 1 person.
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