Another outstanding season of Time Trials #funwithcars will come to a close Nov. 5-6, 2022, in Braselton, GA, during the Tire Rack SCCA Time Trials National Tour at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta Powered by Hagerty. If you missed the previous eight Time Trials National Tour Powered by Hagerty stops this year, as well as the annual Tire Rack SCCA Time Trials Nationals Powered by Hagerty, then this is your very last chance to get into the action.
There is an entry cap for the weekend at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, so click the link below and reserve a spot today for this Time Trials National Tour (TTNT) before it’s too late.
No Regular Road
Lots of memorable moments have occurred at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta since 1970 when the circuit held its first race – which happened to be an SCCA Can-Am event. Situated on 750 park-like acres in the rolling hills of Northeast Georgia, it’s a splendid 2.54-mile course with 12 corners that include the iconic Esses and a devious downhill run into the final turn.
“Show the track some respect,” is what many say is key to turning fast lap times, but chances are you’re looking for more tips than that. Therein, check out the video below for pointers specific to a few key turns at this particular track.
Fast Laps at Road Atlanta
This will be the third straight year Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta has been on the TTNT calendar. That means there’s a record book for best lap times across the various classes. Below are a few of the existing top times to keep in mind while listening to Gregg Ginsberg call all the TTNT action live at timetrials.scca.com on the Saturday and Sunday.
Unlimited 1: Eric Fleming, 1:23.789 (2006 Chevrolet Corvette)
Max 1: Jason Guzman, 1:30.430 (2008 Nissan GT-R)
Sport 1: Doug Francis, 1:34.035 (2009 Chevrolet Corvette)
Tuner 2: David Marcus, 1:35.117 (2020 Toyota Supra)
Weekend’s Activity ARRC
TTNT at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta will run alongside the American Road Race of Champions (ARRC), hosted by SCCA’s Atlanta Region. For those unfamiliar, ARRC was the name of the SCCA National Championship road racing event beginning in 1964, which became the Champion Spark Plug Road Racing Classic in 1973. In 1985, Valvoline came on board as a partner and, in 1987, the word “Runoffs” made its first appearance for SCCA’s Road Racing National Championship.
ARRC action is held in high regards to this day, so it’s fantastic TTNT participants get to be part of a paddock filled with awesome cars and amazing people. With so much action anticipated, Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta will be open to spectators that weekend. SCCA members, along with retired and active military (including family), will be admitted free of charge with appropriate identification. For others, $15 will provide single-day admission. Check here for more details.
As for the TTNT, drivers get a 20-minute practice per experience group on the full course after lunch on Saturday, followed by a 15-minute TrackAttack session later Saturday afternoon. After that, the fun times will continue into the evening in the paddock.
A TrackSprint will not be possible during the weekend. Instead, TTNT participants head back on the full course for another TrackAttack session bright and early Sunday morning, this one being 30 minutes in length per group. Additional 25-minute TrackAttack sessions will occur for each of the three TTNT groups after lunch, followed by a pressure-filled 15-minute TrackAttack session before winners are lauded during the KONI Podium Celebration.
For a complete look at the weekend schedule, visit the Tire Rack SCCA Time Trials National Tour at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta Powered by Hagerty event webpage.
Photo by Jeff Loewe