Arrive and Drive at ORP
After another three-day weekend at Oregon Raceway Park, I can say without doubt that ORP is my favourite track. That’s pretty significant considering I’ve been fortunate enough to drive such world-class facilities as Miller, Sears Point, Laguna Seca, VIR and Road Atlanta in the past year alone.
ORP has only been around for about three seasons, so the pavement is in excellent condition. It is built on rolling farmland, and frankly there isn’t a flat straight anywhere. Lots of elevation change, lots of camber change, and lots of curves. It is a very busy lap, and often I find myself going two or three laps before remembering to take a breather and check the gauges. But the important thing is that everything seems to flow perfectly into an intense and exhilarating lap. If you haven’t been there … well, why not?
We had a big group this time. Six cars and seven drivers. Not a negative comment from the entire group … and all wanting to return.
This was also the inaugural outing for the Cup car. I have to admit I had some reservations about the purchase … frankly I was not sure I was driver enough for the car. But it was an absolute joy to drive … the interior was a symphony of exhaust and intake and gearbox sounds for which I have experienced no equal. And once I got myself acclimatized to the controls and fine-tuned the inputs, I was able to retire the point-by finger … which may be more about the car than the driver, but very satisfying nonetheless.
Thanks to Adare Motorsports for problem-solving and coaching on the Cup, but more importantly for getting the weekend together and getting our group on the track.