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  • RTRYFBAR@AOL.COM
    Got it, Brian. Thanks. Keep up the good work. Hope to see you sometime this summer. Guy ... From: BHICKEYJR To: TrackChasers
    Message 1 of 29 , Jun 14, 2011
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      Got it, Brian. Thanks. Keep up the good work. Hope to see you sometime this summer.

      Guy








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      Sent: Tue, Jun 14, 2011 3:33 am
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      I am sorry it was westminster it was a long day

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      Brian:



      I'm not sure which track in South Carolina is Winchester Speedway. Did the
      track have a different name? Please clarify which track you are referring to.
      Thanks,



      Guy

















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      After about 10 years of trying i managed to get the Winchester Speedway of SC.

      in the books. They had a good crowd on hand to watch some very competitive

      racing in most divisions, even though they had low car counts in all divisions.

      Pretty clean facility with a quick well run show.

      So far i have had the pleasure of watching HOT ROD Lamance run his crate late

      model three times at three different tracks in SC. Cherokee,Riverside(their last


      race $50,000 TO WIN) and now at Winchester,and he has won every time i was in

      attendance. I wonder if he would pay my way into the next event he is

      participating in. All in all not a bad way to spend a Friday evening.

      Sat had two track possibilities both get rained out.







      See ya at the track

      Brian











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    • BHICKEYJR@AOL.COM
      I was unable to get to a track on friday so i headed back to the Sandia Speedway in Albuquerque NM for some sat and sun races. Last time i was there, 3 weeks
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        I was unable to get to a track on friday so i headed back to the Sandia Speedway in Albuquerque NM for some sat and sun races.
        Last time i was there, 3 weeks earlier, they ran their new dirt track,and are alternating weeks with the asphalt track. This week they were running
        both the 1/4mile and 1/2 mile tracks on sat night. The SCCA was running this weekend as well, but i was not able to get to the track in time
        to see them race on the roadcoarse on sat. so i had to wait until sun to see them run. They had low car counts in all divisions but ran a fast paced program with some fairly competitive races.
        All in all a good weekend of racing.


        See ya at the track
        Brian


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        From: BHICKEYJR <BHICKEYJR@...>
        To: TrackChasers <TrackChasers@yahoogroups.com>
        Sent: Mon, Jun 13, 2011 9:22 pm
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        After about 10 years of trying i managed to get the Winchester Speedway of SC. in the books. They had a good crowd on hand to watch some very competitive racing in most divisions, even though they had low car counts in all divisions. Pretty clean facility with a quick well run show.
        So far i have had the pleasure of watching HOT ROD Lamance run his crate late model three times at three different tracks in SC. Cherokee,Riverside(their last race $50,000 TO WIN) and now at Winchester,and he has won every time i was in attendance. I wonder if he would pay my way into the next event he is participating in. All in all not a bad way to spend a Friday evening.
        Sat had two track possibilities both get rained out.

        See ya at the track
        Brian

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        From: BHICKEYJR <BHICKEYJR@...>
        To: TrackChasers <TrackChasers@yahoogroups.com>
        Sent: Mon, Jun 6, 2011 6:31 am
        Subject: Re: [TrackChasers] trackChaser update

        Went to A-1 speedway in lacombe La. On sat night. Unlike most tracks the upper divisions had the larger fields with 18 Amods and 12 latemodels.
        The track was in good shape all night with some good races in most divisions.
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        Hello colleagues,

        I ended my last trackchaser update report by telling I was invited by a friend to watch a race outside Belgium. I don't have many longtime friends, but those I have are extremely good ones. Some of you might remember that a few years ago my friend Prosper Mollekens invited me to Kyalami, South Africa. Once again, Prosper was instrumental in this invitation. Not long after last November's trackchasing trip to Southern California, Prosper invited me to dinner with the staff of his former KTR Racing Team: his son Kurt, Frank Couckaert and Jacky Eeckelaert. One of the numerous subjects of the table conversation was my trackchasing. Prosper brought it up remembering that long before I was a trackchaser, I sometimes informed him about other races of his drivers. He steadfastly answered with the catchphrase: "You're everywhere". After my little monologue about the fine art of trackchasing, Jacky Eeckelaert said he'd help me get to more countries and promptly invited me to the Turkish Grand Prix of 2011. As Jacky is Hispania Racing Team (HRT)'s technical coordinator, this was not just an invitation, but one during which I would be his personal guest. Such a generous offer was gratefully accepted and a few months ago, I had a few mail exchanges with Jacky. The deal was that I would buy my airline ticket; the team would fetch me at the airport and put me in the same hotel as the mechanics, who would chauffeur me to the track. As soon as this was settled, I logged on to my favourite air travel site www.swoodoo.de and found a very cheap ticket on a direct flight with Türk Hava Yolari (a.k.a. Turkish Airlines).

        Thus I left work in sunny Brussels at 3.00 p.m. on Friday, took the train to the airport, checked in for my 5.30 p.m. flight and arrived at 10.00 p.m. local time in cold and damp Istanbul. Having been to this wonderful city 4 times already, I knew the airport was an efficient one and indeed, half an hour after landing, I met a man sporting an HRT sign in the arrivals hall. It turned out my chauffeur was a local race fan, who would also drive the mechanics to the track next morning. I was glad to have a local driver, for even though I'm a fan of Istanbul, the dense and somewhat unorthodox traffic is not my cup of tea. Maybe the damp weather helped, but the driver got me rather quickly to the hotel in central Istanbul, near the former Roman hippodrome. I had stayed in this area with Aline when we went to the Turkish part of Cyprus. When I checked in, I was handed a large envelope together with my key. It contained a badge to get through paddock entry control at the track and a note by Jacky, instructing me to be ready in the lobby at 5.30 a.m. on Saturday morning. With this in mind, I set the wake up function of my I Phone to wake me up at 5.00 a.m. with a gentle musical tune and went to sleep.

        Saturday morning, Istanbul still looked very damp, but the rain had stopped. In the lobby, I met the mechanics. They're a very international bunch, consisting of Spaniards, Brits, a Portuguese, an Estonian and two Italians. Two minibuses would bring us to the track, one for the mechanics of fellow trackchaser Narain Karthikeyan's car and one for that of his Italian team mate Vitantonio Liuzzi. I opted for the latter's crew, which allowed me to practice my Italian a bit with his two mechanics. Istanbul is the only city that is part of two continents. The old city, in which I landed and spent the night, is on the European part of the Bosporus, the isthmus dividing Europe and Asia. This part is connected to the more recently developed Asian part by two mile long bridges. The Asian part of the city is growing rapidly and savagely, because of a rule stating that if someone builds a "house" overnight, it is allowed to stand. Thus, this side of the town grows organically. In general, it consists of steadily increasing half circles along the Bosporus. Once the majority of inhabitants of a shanty town area earn a somewhat decent living, they construct proper houses and streets and the ring widens. It's ironic that the Istanbul Park track, about 25 miles inland from the centre of Istanbul, is also an illegal construction, for it was never granted a building permit. Nevertheless, this track looks very impressive. We passed the paddock gate and, indeed, my entrance pass worked. The minibuses were parked behind the truck with the spare parts and I followed the mechanics to the wooden structure (a bit like a giant summer house) that was meant to be the hospitality area. It's in building blocks and put up at any Grand Prix. Compared to some structures nearby, it looked very tiny and flimsy, but HRT is a small and underfinanced team. Nevertheless, at this early hour, there was already a cook on site, to serve us a large and tasty breakfast. After breakfast, the mechanics turned their attention to preparing the cars for the morning warm up. I strolled down the paddock area to take a closer look at the hospitality structures of better funded teams. It's amazing. The MacLaren team has something one would rather expect in a high tech business park and the two storey Ferrari building oozes Italian design. I went back to HRT to wait for Jacky's arrival. He was there just past 8.30 a.m. and I spent most of the day in his company, except for the technical briefings and debriefings. I was introduced to both drivers, but during the rest of the weekend, I hardly had time to meet them again. However, I had lots of interesting information from Jacky and team principal Colin Kolles. The paddock oriented part of the pits looked like a commando post or a control room, with several people looking at computer screens with output of all data gathering and occasionally, they changed some parameters. As Jacky is the technical coordinator, he performed a visit to all of them. However fascinating this all is, I was happy when it was time for the briefings and I could go to the northern extremity of the paddock to watch F1 and Porsche Supercup qualifying and the first GP2 race. In-between, I indulged in the HRT hospitality with very good food and excellent coffee.

        In general, I'm not a fan of Hermann Tilke's race tracks at all. However, here he has done a very good job, with a flowing, undulating and difficult anticlockwise track. From my vantage point, I could only see a fraction of it and the first GP2 race, won by former F1 racer Romain Grosjean (the one the Smiths saw win the first race at Francorchamps last year) was nothing to write home about. As the mechanics were still at work, I got a lift to my hotel from Jacky at 8.00 p.m. I had been at the track for nearly 14 hours. A nice experience, but not one I'd like to repeat week after week. I went to bed early, for on Sunday, it would be the same early rise.

        Sunday was dawning a lot brighter than the previous day. As both cars had qualified, the mechanics were in high spirits, although after breakfast, one could see the tension mount. As there was more racing activity, I spent less time in the HRT pits and hospitality than on the saturday. Neither the Porsche Supercup race nor the second GP2 race were stunners, though. After having lunched at HRT, I watched the final preparations for the Grand Prix. It didn't look that different from most other single seater races I've seen, except that there's so much more technology and people involved. When the cars left for the grid, I strolled towards my vantage point. It struck me that there wasn't such a large crowd in the grandstands. The weather can't be the cause, for although not really warm, it was nice and quite sunny. It must have been the entrance fees. Anyway, after the rather uneventful races of the morning, I wasn't expecting a superb Grand Prix. When I watch races like these, I usually fill in a lap chart. It was a piece of cake for the GP2 and Porsche races, but I had to be more than fully concentrated as during the entire Grand Prix, only two laps were devoid of any passing maneuvers. This is due to the tyres and the aerodynamic aids for passing. For my hosts, the Grand Prix was less comforting, for they were last and second to last, beaten fair and square by the other minnow, the Marussia Virgin of my compatriot Jérôme d'Ambrosio.

        As several team members had to catch planes soon after the finish, I managed to hitch a ride with one of them, an Argentinean engineer called Javier, not after once more thanking both Colin Kolles and Jacky Eeckelaert for their hospitality on this golden opportunity. During the drive to the airport, I had time to declare my great devotion to my driver's home country. I refrained from telling him I liked the Argentine driving standards a bit less, for he was a fine example of the opposite. I've had lifts of several drivers and team personnel in the past and they fall into two categories. Some of them are madmen even on the road, but most drive very cautiously and Javier belonged to that second category. Nevertheless, we got to the airport bang on time for our respective flights. With the hour's difference, I still got home late on Sunday evening.

        After a short night, I packed another bag for a two day plant chasing trip to England with Aline. We always do our plant shopping in the Maidstone area as with "The potted garden" it boast the most versatile nursery we know of in Europe. As we also did some grocery shopping, the car's boot was full to the brim. We were asked to stop for a luggage check by the Dover customs. Upon opening the boot, the custom's officer smelled the scent of the plants. He said he was a keen gardener himself and the scent was enough to convince him to let us pass without any further controls. Just like last time, Seafrance was not endearing itself. On our crossing back into France, there were not a lot of passengers. Thus they kept the restaurant, the snack bar and half of the toilets locked.

        Next week, I'll stay mainly local before embarking on a long road trip for the rest of the month.

        Number of races in 2011: 22
        Of which on new tracks: 21
        Number of countries in which trackchased: 9
        Of which new countries: 1

        Roland

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      • BHICKEYJR@AOL.COM
        Managed to make it over to Santa Maria Speedway in Ca. for their regular Sat night show. Good sized croud in attendence to watch large fields of cars in each
        Message 3 of 29 , Jun 29, 2011
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          Managed to make it over to Santa Maria Speedway in Ca. for their regular Sat night show. Good sized croud in attendence to watch
          large fields of cars in each of the 4 classes that ran. The track stayed competitive all evening with very good racing in all divisions.





          -----Original Message-----
          From: BHICKEYJR <BHICKEYJR@...>
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          Sent: Tue, Jun 21, 2011 9:19 pm
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          I was unable to get to a track on friday so i headed back to the Sandia Speedway in Albuquerque NM for some sat and sun races.
          Last time i was there, 3 weeks earlier, they ran their new dirt track,and are alternating weeks with the asphalt track. This week they were running
          both the 1/4mile and 1/2 mile tracks on sat night. The SCCA was running this weekend as well, but i was not able to get to the track in time
          to see them race on the roadcoarse on sat. so i had to wait until sun to see them run. They had low car counts in all divisions but ran a fast paced program with some fairly competitive races.
          All in all a good weekend of racing.

          See ya at the track
          Brian

          -----Original Message-----
          From: BHICKEYJR <BHICKEYJR@...>
          To: TrackChasers <TrackChasers@yahoogroups.com>
          Sent: Mon, Jun 13, 2011 9:22 pm
          Subject: Re: [TrackChasers] trackChaser update

          After about 10 years of trying i managed to get the Winchester Speedway of SC. in the books. They had a good crowd on hand to watch some very competitive racing in most divisions, even though they had low car counts in all divisions. Pretty clean facility with a quick well run show.
          So far i have had the pleasure of watching HOT ROD Lamance run his crate late model three times at three different tracks in SC. Cherokee,Riverside(their last race $50,000 TO WIN) and now at Winchester,and he has won every time i was in attendance. I wonder if he would pay my way into the next event he is participating in. All in all not a bad way to spend a Friday evening.
          Sat had two track possibilities both get rained out.

          See ya at the track
          Brian

          -----Original Message-----
          From: BHICKEYJR <BHICKEYJR@...>
          To: TrackChasers <TrackChasers@yahoogroups.com>
          Sent: Mon, Jun 6, 2011 6:31 am
          Subject: Re: [TrackChasers] trackChaser update

          Went to A-1 speedway in lacombe La. On sat night. Unlike most tracks the upper divisions had the larger fields with 18 Amods and 12 latemodels.
          The track was in good shape all night with some good races in most divisions.
          Sent on the Now Network� from my Sprint® BlackBerry

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          From: "Vanden Eynde Roland" <roland.vandeneynde@...>
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          Date: Wed, 11 May 2011 11:42:14
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          Subject: [TrackChasers] trackChaser update

          Hello colleagues,

          I ended my last trackchaser update report by telling I was invited by a friend to watch a race outside Belgium. I don't have many longtime friends, but those I have are extremely good ones. Some of you might remember that a few years ago my friend Prosper Mollekens invited me to Kyalami, South Africa. Once again, Prosper was instrumental in this invitation. Not long after last November's trackchasing trip to Southern California, Prosper invited me to dinner with the staff of his former KTR Racing Team: his son Kurt, Frank Couckaert and Jacky Eeckelaert. One of the numerous subjects of the table conversation was my trackchasing. Prosper brought it up remembering that long before I was a trackchaser, I sometimes informed him about other races of his drivers. He steadfastly answered with the catchphrase: "You're everywhere". After my little monologue about the fine art of trackchasing, Jacky Eeckelaert said he'd help me get to more countries and promptly invited me to the Turkish Grand Prix of 2011. As Jacky is Hispania Racing Team (HRT)'s technical coordinator, this was not just an invitation, but one during which I would be his personal guest. Such a generous offer was gratefully accepted and a few months ago, I had a few mail exchanges with Jacky. The deal was that I would buy my airline ticket; the team would fetch me at the airport and put me in the same hotel as the mechanics, who would chauffeur me to the track. As soon as this was settled, I logged on to my favourite air travel site www.swoodoo.de and found a very cheap ticket on a direct flight with Türk Hava Yolari (a.k.a. Turkish Airlines).

          Thus I left work in sunny Brussels at 3.00 p.m. on Friday, took the train to the airport, checked in for my 5.30 p.m. flight and arrived at 10.00 p.m. local time in cold and damp Istanbul. Having been to this wonderful city 4 times already, I knew the airport was an efficient one and indeed, half an hour after landing, I met a man sporting an HRT sign in the arrivals hall. It turned out my chauffeur was a local race fan, who would also drive the mechanics to the track next morning. I was glad to have a local driver, for even though I'm a fan of Istanbul, the dense and somewhat unorthodox traffic is not my cup of tea. Maybe the damp weather helped, but the driver got me rather quickly to the hotel in central Istanbul, near the former Roman hippodrome. I had stayed in this area with Aline when we went to the Turkish part of Cyprus. When I checked in, I was handed a large envelope together with my key. It contained a badge to get through paddock entry control at the track and a note by Jacky, instructing me to be ready in the lobby at 5.30 a.m. on Saturday morning. With this in mind, I set the wake up function of my I Phone to wake me up at 5.00 a.m. with a gentle musical tune and went to sleep.

          Saturday morning, Istanbul still looked very damp, but the rain had stopped. In the lobby, I met the mechanics. They're a very international bunch, consisting of Spaniards, Brits, a Portuguese, an Estonian and two Italians. Two minibuses would bring us to the track, one for the mechanics of fellow trackchaser Narain Karthikeyan's car and one for that of his Italian team mate Vitantonio Liuzzi. I opted for the latter's crew, which allowed me to practice my Italian a bit with his two mechanics. Istanbul is the only city that is part of two continents. The old city, in which I landed and spent the night, is on the European part of the Bosporus, the isthmus dividing Europe and Asia. This part is connected to the more recently developed Asian part by two mile long bridges. The Asian part of the city is growing rapidly and savagely, because of a rule stating that if someone builds a "house" overnight, it is allowed to stand. Thus, this side of the town grows organically. In general, it consists of steadily increasing half circles along the Bosporus. Once the majority of inhabitants of a shanty town area earn a somewhat decent living, they construct proper houses and streets and the ring widens. It's ironic that the Istanbul Park track, about 25 miles inland from the centre of Istanbul, is also an illegal construction, for it was never granted a building permit. Nevertheless, this track looks very impressive. We passed the paddock gate and, indeed, my entrance pass worked. The minibuses were parked behind the truck with the spare parts and I followed the mechanics to the wooden structure (a bit like a giant summer house) that was meant to be the hospitality area. It's in building blocks and put up at any Grand Prix. Compared to some structures nearby, it looked very tiny and flimsy, but HRT is a small and underfinanced team. Nevertheless, at this early hour, there was already a cook on site, to serve us a large and tasty breakfast. After breakfast, the mechanics turned their attention to preparing the cars for the morning warm up. I strolled down the paddock area to take a closer look at the hospitality structures of better funded teams. It's amazing. The MacLaren team has something one would rather expect in a high tech business park and the two storey Ferrari building oozes Italian design. I went back to HRT to wait for Jacky's arrival. He was there just past 8.30 a.m. and I spent most of the day in his company, except for the technical briefings and debriefings. I was introduced to both drivers, but during the rest of the weekend, I hardly had time to meet them again. However, I had lots of interesting information from Jacky and team principal Colin Kolles. The paddock oriented part of the pits looked like a commando post or a control room, with several people looking at computer screens with output of all data gathering and occasionally, they changed some parameters. As Jacky is the technical coordinator, he performed a visit to all of them. However fascinating this all is, I was happy when it was time for the briefings and I could go to the northern extremity of the paddock to watch F1 and Porsche Supercup qualifying and the first GP2 race. In-between, I indulged in the HRT hospitality with very good food and excellent coffee.

          In general, I'm not a fan of Hermann Tilke's race tracks at all. However, here he has done a very good job, with a flowing, undulating and difficult anticlockwise track. From my vantage point, I could only see a fraction of it and the first GP2 race, won by former F1 racer Romain Grosjean (the one the Smiths saw win the first race at Francorchamps last year) was nothing to write home about. As the mechanics were still at work, I got a lift to my hotel from Jacky at 8.00 p.m. I had been at the track for nearly 14 hours. A nice experience, but not one I'd like to repeat week after week. I went to bed early, for on Sunday, it would be the same early rise.

          Sunday was dawning a lot brighter than the previous day. As both cars had qualified, the mechanics were in high spirits, although after breakfast, one could see the tension mount. As there was more racing activity, I spent less time in the HRT pits and hospitality than on the saturday. Neither the Porsche Supercup race nor the second GP2 race were stunners, though. After having lunched at HRT, I watched the final preparations for the Grand Prix. It didn't look that different from most other single seater races I've seen, except that there's so much more technology and people involved. When the cars left for the grid, I strolled towards my vantage point. It struck me that there wasn't such a large crowd in the grandstands. The weather can't be the cause, for although not really warm, it was nice and quite sunny. It must have been the entrance fees. Anyway, after the rather uneventful races of the morning, I wasn't expecting a superb Grand Prix. When I watch races like these, I usually fill in a lap chart. It was a piece of cake for the GP2 and Porsche races, but I had to be more than fully concentrated as during the entire Grand Prix, only two laps were devoid of any passing maneuvers. This is due to the tyres and the aerodynamic aids for passing. For my hosts, the Grand Prix was less comforting, for they were last and second to last, beaten fair and square by the other minnow, the Marussia Virgin of my compatriot Jérôme d'Ambrosio.

          As several team members had to catch planes soon after the finish, I managed to hitch a ride with one of them, an Argentinean engineer called Javier, not after once more thanking both Colin Kolles and Jacky Eeckelaert for their hospitality on this golden opportunity. During the drive to the airport, I had time to declare my great devotion to my driver's home country. I refrained from telling him I liked the Argentine driving standards a bit less, for he was a fine example of the opposite. I've had lifts of several drivers and team personnel in the past and they fall into two categories. Some of them are madmen even on the road, but most drive very cautiously and Javier belonged to that second category. Nevertheless, we got to the airport bang on time for our respective flights. With the hour's difference, I still got home late on Sunday evening.

          After a short night, I packed another bag for a two day plant chasing trip to England with Aline. We always do our plant shopping in the Maidstone area as with "The potted garden" it boast the most versatile nursery we know of in Europe. As we also did some grocery shopping, the car's boot was full to the brim. We were asked to stop for a luggage check by the Dover customs. Upon opening the boot, the custom's officer smelled the scent of the plants. He said he was a keen gardener himself and the scent was enough to convince him to let us pass without any further controls. Just like last time, Seafrance was not endearing itself. On our crossing back into France, there were not a lot of passengers. Thus they kept the restaurant, the snack bar and half of the toilets locked.

          Next week, I'll stay mainly local before embarking on a long road trip for the rest of the month.

          Number of races in 2011: 22
          Of which on new tracks: 21
          Number of countries in which trackchased: 9
          Of which new countries: 1

          Roland

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        • BHICKEYJR@AOL.COM
          Finally got back out on the road again after a extended visit to the Bronx. After deciding to avoid the storms in the southeast,i headed out west to catch the
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            Finally got back out on the road again after a extended visit to the Bronx. After deciding to avoid the storms in the southeast,i headed out west to catch the sat night show at the Midvale Speedway in OH,thanks to Mr Smith for posting the event earlier in the week.
            After the show i headed south west to continue my journey. Before going to bed i found an off road race that was on my way, over in Marengo,IN.
            I arrived at the Crawford County 4H Fairgrounds at 2:30pm, in time to catch the last few laps of the truck race and the final 10 lap feature for the buggies. The Mid America Off Road racing series runs here several times each year.

            See ya at the track
            Brian
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            Managed to make it over to Santa Maria Speedway in Ca. for their regular Sat night show. Good sized croud in attendence to watch
            large fields of cars in each of the 4 classes that ran. The track stayed competitive all evening with very good racing in all divisions.





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            From: BHICKEYJR <BHICKEYJR@...>
            To: TrackChasers <TrackChasers@yahoogroups.com>
            Sent: Tue, Jun 21, 2011 9:19 pm
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            I was unable to get to a track on friday so i headed back to the Sandia Speedway in Albuquerque NM for some sat and sun races.
            Last time i was there, 3 weeks earlier, they ran their new dirt track,and are alternating weeks with the asphalt track. This week they were running
            both the 1/4mile and 1/2 mile tracks on sat night. The SCCA was running this weekend as well, but i was not able to get to the track in time
            to see them race on the roadcoarse on sat. so i had to wait until sun to see them run. They had low car counts in all divisions but ran a fast paced program with some fairly competitive races.
            All in all a good weekend of racing.

            See ya at the track
            Brian

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            From: BHICKEYJR <BHICKEYJR@...>
            To: TrackChasers <TrackChasers@yahoogroups.com>
            Sent: Mon, Jun 13, 2011 9:22 pm
            Subject: Re: [TrackChasers] trackChaser update

            After about 10 years of trying i managed to get the Winchester Speedway of SC. in the books. They had a good crowd on hand to watch some very competitive racing in most divisions, even though they had low car counts in all divisions. Pretty clean facility with a quick well run show.
            So far i have had the pleasure of watching HOT ROD Lamance run his crate late model three times at three different tracks in SC. Cherokee,Riverside(their last race $50,000 TO WIN) and now at Winchester,and he has won every time i was in attendance. I wonder if he would pay my way into the next event he is participating in. All in all not a bad way to spend a Friday evening.
            Sat had two track possibilities both get rained out.

            See ya at the track
            Brian

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            To: TrackChasers <TrackChasers@yahoogroups.com>
            Sent: Mon, Jun 6, 2011 6:31 am
            Subject: Re: [TrackChasers] trackChaser update

            Went to A-1 speedway in lacombe La. On sat night. Unlike most tracks the upper divisions had the larger fields with 18 Amods and 12 latemodels.
            The track was in good shape all night with some good races in most divisions.
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            From: "Vanden Eynde Roland" <roland.vandeneynde@...>
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            Hello colleagues,

            I ended my last trackchaser update report by telling I was invited by a friend to watch a race outside Belgium. I don't have many longtime friends, but those I have are extremely good ones. Some of you might remember that a few years ago my friend Prosper Mollekens invited me to Kyalami, South Africa. Once again, Prosper was instrumental in this invitation. Not long after last November's trackchasing trip to Southern California, Prosper invited me to dinner with the staff of his former KTR Racing Team: his son Kurt, Frank Couckaert and Jacky Eeckelaert. One of the numerous subjects of the table conversation was my trackchasing. Prosper brought it up remembering that long before I was a trackchaser, I sometimes informed him about other races of his drivers. He steadfastly answered with the catchphrase: "You're everywhere". After my little monologue about the fine art of trackchasing, Jacky Eeckelaert said he'd help me get to more countries and promptly invited me to the Turkish Grand Prix of 2011. As Jacky is Hispania Racing Team (HRT)'s technical coordinator, this was not just an invitation, but one during which I would be his personal guest. Such a generous offer was gratefully accepted and a few months ago, I had a few mail exchanges with Jacky. The deal was that I would buy my airline ticket; the team would fetch me at the airport and put me in the same hotel as the mechanics, who would chauffeur me to the track. As soon as this was settled, I logged on to my favourite air travel site www.swoodoo.de and found a very cheap ticket on a direct flight with Türk Hava Yolari (a.k.a. Turkish Airlines).

            Thus I left work in sunny Brussels at 3.00 p.m. on Friday, took the train to the airport, checked in for my 5.30 p.m. flight and arrived at 10.00 p.m. local time in cold and damp Istanbul. Having been to this wonderful city 4 times already, I knew the airport was an efficient one and indeed, half an hour after landing, I met a man sporting an HRT sign in the arrivals hall. It turned out my chauffeur was a local race fan, who would also drive the mechanics to the track next morning. I was glad to have a local driver, for even though I'm a fan of Istanbul, the dense and somewhat unorthodox traffic is not my cup of tea. Maybe the damp weather helped, but the driver got me rather quickly to the hotel in central Istanbul, near the former Roman hippodrome. I had stayed in this area with Aline when we went to the Turkish part of Cyprus. When I checked in, I was handed a large envelope together with my key. It contained a badge to get through paddock entry control at the track and a note by Jacky, instructing me to be ready in the lobby at 5.30 a.m. on Saturday morning. With this in mind, I set the wake up function of my I Phone to wake me up at 5.00 a.m. with a gentle musical tune and went to sleep.

            Saturday morning, Istanbul still looked very damp, but the rain had stopped. In the lobby, I met the mechanics. They're a very international bunch, consisting of Spaniards, Brits, a Portuguese, an Estonian and two Italians. Two minibuses would bring us to the track, one for the mechanics of fellow trackchaser Narain Karthikeyan's car and one for that of his Italian team mate Vitantonio Liuzzi. I opted for the latter's crew, which allowed me to practice my Italian a bit with his two mechanics. Istanbul is the only city that is part of two continents. The old city, in which I landed and spent the night, is on the European part of the Bosporus, the isthmus dividing Europe and Asia. This part is connected to the more recently developed Asian part by two mile long bridges. The Asian part of the city is growing rapidly and savagely, because of a rule stating that if someone builds a "house" overnight, it is allowed to stand. Thus, this side of the town grows organically. In general, it consists of steadily increasing half circles along the Bosporus. Once the majority of inhabitants of a shanty town area earn a somewhat decent living, they construct proper houses and streets and the ring widens. It's ironic that the Istanbul Park track, about 25 miles inland from the centre of Istanbul, is also an illegal construction, for it was never granted a building permit. Nevertheless, this track looks very impressive. We passed the paddock gate and, indeed, my entrance pass worked. The minibuses were parked behind the truck with the spare parts and I followed the mechanics to the wooden structure (a bit like a giant summer house) that was meant to be the hospitality area. It's in building blocks and put up at any Grand Prix. Compared to some structures nearby, it looked very tiny and flimsy, but HRT is a small and underfinanced team. Nevertheless, at this early hour, there was already a cook on site, to serve us a large and tasty breakfast. After breakfast, the mechanics turned their attention to preparing the cars for the morning warm up. I strolled down the paddock area to take a closer look at the hospitality structures of better funded teams. It's amazing. The MacLaren team has something one would rather expect in a high tech business park and the two storey Ferrari building oozes Italian design. I went back to HRT to wait for Jacky's arrival. He was there just past 8.30 a.m. and I spent most of the day in his company, except for the technical briefings and debriefings. I was introduced to both drivers, but during the rest of the weekend, I hardly had time to meet them again. However, I had lots of interesting information from Jacky and team principal Colin Kolles. The paddock oriented part of the pits looked like a commando post or a control room, with several people looking at computer screens with output of all data gathering and occasionally, they changed some parameters. As Jacky is the technical coordinator, he performed a visit to all of them. However fascinating this all is, I was happy when it was time for the briefings and I could go to the northern extremity of the paddock to watch F1 and Porsche Supercup qualifying and the first GP2 race. In-between, I indulged in the HRT hospitality with very good food and excellent coffee.

            In general, I'm not a fan of Hermann Tilke's race tracks at all. However, here he has done a very good job, with a flowing, undulating and difficult anticlockwise track. From my vantage point, I could only see a fraction of it and the first GP2 race, won by former F1 racer Romain Grosjean (the one the Smiths saw win the first race at Francorchamps last year) was nothing to write home about. As the mechanics were still at work, I got a lift to my hotel from Jacky at 8.00 p.m. I had been at the track for nearly 14 hours. A nice experience, but not one I'd like to repeat week after week. I went to bed early, for on Sunday, it would be the same early rise.

            Sunday was dawning a lot brighter than the previous day. As both cars had qualified, the mechanics were in high spirits, although after breakfast, one could see the tension mount. As there was more racing activity, I spent less time in the HRT pits and hospitality than on the saturday. Neither the Porsche Supercup race nor the second GP2 race were stunners, though. After having lunched at HRT, I watched the final preparations for the Grand Prix. It didn't look that different from most other single seater races I've seen, except that there's so much more technology and people involved. When the cars left for the grid, I strolled towards my vantage point. It struck me that there wasn't such a large crowd in the grandstands. The weather can't be the cause, for although not really warm, it was nice and quite sunny. It must have been the entrance fees. Anyway, after the rather uneventful races of the morning, I wasn't expecting a superb Grand Prix. When I watch races like these, I usually fill in a lap chart. It was a piece of cake for the GP2 and Porsche races, but I had to be more than fully concentrated as during the entire Grand Prix, only two laps were devoid of any passing maneuvers. This is due to the tyres and the aerodynamic aids for passing. For my hosts, the Grand Prix was less comforting, for they were last and second to last, beaten fair and square by the other minnow, the Marussia Virgin of my compatriot Jérôme d'Ambrosio.

            As several team members had to catch planes soon after the finish, I managed to hitch a ride with one of them, an Argentinean engineer called Javier, not after once more thanking both Colin Kolles and Jacky Eeckelaert for their hospitality on this golden opportunity. During the drive to the airport, I had time to declare my great devotion to my driver's home country. I refrained from telling him I liked the Argentine driving standards a bit less, for he was a fine example of the opposite. I've had lifts of several drivers and team personnel in the past and they fall into two categories. Some of them are madmen even on the road, but most drive very cautiously and Javier belonged to that second category. Nevertheless, we got to the airport bang on time for our respective flights. With the hour's difference, I still got home late on Sunday evening.

            After a short night, I packed another bag for a two day plant chasing trip to England with Aline. We always do our plant shopping in the Maidstone area as with "The potted garden" it boast the most versatile nursery we know of in Europe. As we also did some grocery shopping, the car's boot was full to the brim. We were asked to stop for a luggage check by the Dover customs. Upon opening the boot, the custom's officer smelled the scent of the plants. He said he was a keen gardener himself and the scent was enough to convince him to let us pass without any further controls. Just like last time, Seafrance was not endearing itself. On our crossing back into France, there were not a lot of passengers. Thus they kept the restaurant, the snack bar and half of the toilets locked.

            Next week, I'll stay mainly local before embarking on a long road trip for the rest of the month.

            Number of races in 2011: 22
            Of which on new tracks: 21
            Number of countries in which trackchased: 9
            Of which new countries: 1

            Roland

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          • RTRYFBAR@AOL.COM
            Brian: Nice seeing you on Saturday. You missed Allan and Nancy Brown at Marengo by a day. Allan reported that they were there on Saturday. Guy ... From:
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              Brian:

              Nice seeing you on Saturday. You missed Allan and Nancy Brown at Marengo by a day. Allan reported that they were there on Saturday.

              Guy








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              Sent: Mon, Jul 18, 2011 9:58 am
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              Finally got back out on the road again after a extended visit to the Bronx.
              After deciding to avoid the storms in the southeast,i headed out west to catch
              the sat night show at the Midvale Speedway in OH,thanks to Mr Smith for posting
              the event earlier in the week.

              After the show i headed south west to continue my journey. Before going to bed
              i found an off road race that was on my way, over in Marengo,IN.

              I arrived at the Crawford County 4H Fairgrounds at 2:30pm, in time to catch the
              last few laps of the truck race and the final 10 lap feature for the buggies.
              The Mid America Off Road racing series runs here several times each year.



              See ya at the track

              Brian

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              Managed to make it over to Santa Maria Speedway in Ca. for their regular Sat
              night show. Good sized croud in attendence to watch

              large fields of cars in each of the 4 classes that ran. The track stayed
              competitive all evening with very good racing in all divisions.











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              From: BHICKEYJR <BHICKEYJR@...>

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              Sent: Tue, Jun 21, 2011 9:19 pm

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              I was unable to get to a track on friday so i headed back to the Sandia Speedway
              in Albuquerque NM for some sat and sun races.

              Last time i was there, 3 weeks earlier, they ran their new dirt track,and are
              alternating weeks with the asphalt track. This week they were running

              both the 1/4mile and 1/2 mile tracks on sat night. The SCCA was running this
              weekend as well, but i was not able to get to the track in time

              to see them race on the roadcoarse on sat. so i had to wait until sun to see
              them run. They had low car counts in all divisions but ran a fast paced program
              with some fairly competitive races.

              All in all a good weekend of racing.



              See ya at the track

              Brian



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              From: BHICKEYJR <BHICKEYJR@...>

              To: TrackChasers <TrackChasers@yahoogroups.com>

              Sent: Mon, Jun 13, 2011 9:22 pm

              Subject: Re: [TrackChasers] trackChaser update



              After about 10 years of trying i managed to get the Winchester Speedway of SC.
              in the books. They had a good crowd on hand to watch some very competitive
              racing in most divisions, even though they had low car counts in all divisions.
              Pretty clean facility with a quick well run show.

              So far i have had the pleasure of watching HOT ROD Lamance run his crate late
              model three times at three different tracks in SC. Cherokee,Riverside(their last
              race $50,000 TO WIN) and now at Winchester,and he has won every time i was in
              attendance. I wonder if he would pay my way into the next event he is
              participating in. All in all not a bad way to spend a Friday evening.

              Sat had two track possibilities both get rained out.



              See ya at the track

              Brian



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              From: BHICKEYJR <BHICKEYJR@...>

              To: TrackChasers <TrackChasers@yahoogroups.com>

              Sent: Mon, Jun 6, 2011 6:31 am

              Subject: Re: [TrackChasers] trackChaser update



              Went to A-1 speedway in lacombe La. On sat night. Unlike most tracks the upper
              divisions had the larger fields with 18 Amods and 12 latemodels.

              The track was in good shape all night with some good races in most divisions.

              Sent on the Now Network� from my Sprint® BlackBerry



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              From: "Vanden Eynde Roland" <roland.vandeneynde@...>

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              Date: Wed, 11 May 2011 11:42:14

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              Hello colleagues,



              I ended my last trackchaser update report by telling I was invited by a friend
              to watch a race outside Belgium. I don't have many longtime friends, but those I
              have are extremely good ones. Some of you might remember that a few years ago my
              friend Prosper Mollekens invited me to Kyalami, South Africa. Once again,
              Prosper was instrumental in this invitation. Not long after last November's
              trackchasing trip to Southern California, Prosper invited me to dinner with the
              staff of his former KTR Racing Team: his son Kurt, Frank Couckaert and Jacky
              Eeckelaert. One of the numerous subjects of the table conversation was my
              trackchasing. Prosper brought it up remembering that long before I was a
              trackchaser, I sometimes informed him about other races of his drivers. He
              steadfastly answered with the catchphrase: "You're everywhere". After my little
              monologue about the fine art of trackchasing, Jacky Eeckelaert said he'd help me
              get to more countries and promptly invited me to the Turkish Grand Prix of 2011.
              As Jacky is Hispania Racing Team (HRT)'s technical coordinator, this was not
              just an invitation, but one during which I would be his personal guest. Such a
              generous offer was gratefully accepted and a few months ago, I had a few mail
              exchanges with Jacky. The deal was that I would buy my airline ticket; the team
              would fetch me at the airport and put me in the same hotel as the mechanics, who
              would chauffeur me to the track. As soon as this was settled, I logged on to my
              favourite air travel site www.swoodoo.de and found a very cheap ticket on a
              direct flight with Türk Hava Yolari (a.k.a. Turkish Airlines).



              Thus I left work in sunny Brussels at 3.00 p.m. on Friday, took the train to the
              airport, checked in for my 5.30 p.m. flight and arrived at 10.00 p.m. local time
              in cold and damp Istanbul. Having been to this wonderful city 4 times already, I
              knew the airport was an efficient one and indeed, half an hour after landing, I
              met a man sporting an HRT sign in the arrivals hall. It turned out my chauffeur
              was a local race fan, who would also drive the mechanics to the track next
              morning. I was glad to have a local driver, for even though I'm a fan of
              Istanbul, the dense and somewhat unorthodox traffic is not my cup of tea. Maybe
              the damp weather helped, but the driver got me rather quickly to the hotel in
              central Istanbul, near the former Roman hippodrome. I had stayed in this area
              with Aline when we went to the Turkish part of Cyprus. When I checked in, I was
              handed a large envelope together with my key. It contained a badge to get
              through paddock entry control at the track and a note by Jacky, instructing me
              to be ready in the lobby at 5.30 a.m. on Saturday morning. With this in mind, I
              set the wake up function of my I Phone to wake me up at 5.00 a.m. with a gentle
              musical tune and went to sleep.



              Saturday morning, Istanbul still looked very damp, but the rain had stopped. In
              the lobby, I met the mechanics. They're a very international bunch, consisting
              of Spaniards, Brits, a Portuguese, an Estonian and two Italians. Two minibuses
              would bring us to the track, one for the mechanics of fellow trackchaser Narain
              Karthikeyan's car and one for that of his Italian team mate Vitantonio Liuzzi. I
              opted for the latter's crew, which allowed me to practice my Italian a bit with
              his two mechanics. Istanbul is the only city that is part of two continents. The
              old city, in which I landed and spent the night, is on the European part of the
              Bosporus, the isthmus dividing Europe and Asia. This part is connected to the
              more recently developed Asian part by two mile long bridges. The Asian part of
              the city is growing rapidly and savagely, because of a rule stating that if
              someone builds a "house" overnight, it is allowed to stand. Thus, this side of
              the town grows organically. In general, it consists of steadily increasing half
              circles along the Bosporus. Once the majority of inhabitants of a shanty town
              area earn a somewhat decent living, they construct proper houses and streets and
              the ring widens. It's ironic that the Istanbul Park track, about 25 miles inland
              from the centre of Istanbul, is also an illegal construction, for it was never
              granted a building permit. Nevertheless, this track looks very impressive. We
              passed the paddock gate and, indeed, my entrance pass worked. The minibuses were
              parked behind the truck with the spare parts and I followed the mechanics to the
              wooden structure (a bit like a giant summer house) that was meant to be the
              hospitality area. It's in building blocks and put up at any Grand Prix. Compared
              to some structures nearby, it looked very tiny and flimsy, but HRT is a small
              and underfinanced team. Nevertheless, at this early hour, there was already a
              cook on site, to serve us a large and tasty breakfast. After breakfast, the
              mechanics turned their attention to preparing the cars for the morning warm up.
              I strolled down the paddock area to take a closer look at the hospitality
              structures of better funded teams. It's amazing. The MacLaren team has something
              one would rather expect in a high tech business park and the two storey Ferrari
              building oozes Italian design. I went back to HRT to wait for Jacky's arrival.
              He was there just past 8.30 a.m. and I spent most of the day in his company,
              except for the technical briefings and debriefings. I was introduced to both
              drivers, but during the rest of the weekend, I hardly had time to meet them
              again. However, I had lots of interesting information from Jacky and team
              principal Colin Kolles. The paddock oriented part of the pits looked like a
              commando post or a control room, with several people looking at computer screens
              with output of all data gathering and occasionally, they changed some
              parameters. As Jacky is the technical coordinator, he performed a visit to all
              of them. However fascinating this all is, I was happy when it was time for the
              briefings and I could go to the northern extremity of the paddock to watch F1
              and Porsche Supercup qualifying and the first GP2 race. In-between, I indulged
              in the HRT hospitality with very good food and excellent coffee.



              In general, I'm not a fan of Hermann Tilke's race tracks at all. However, here
              he has done a very good job, with a flowing, undulating and difficult
              anticlockwise track. From my vantage point, I could only see a fraction of it
              and the first GP2 race, won by former F1 racer Romain Grosjean (the one the
              Smiths saw win the first race at Francorchamps last year) was nothing to write
              home about. As the mechanics were still at work, I got a lift to my hotel from
              Jacky at 8.00 p.m. I had been at the track for nearly 14 hours. A nice
              experience, but not one I'd like to repeat week after week. I went to bed early,
              for on Sunday, it would be the same early rise.



              Sunday was dawning a lot brighter than the previous day. As both cars had
              qualified, the mechanics were in high spirits, although after breakfast, one
              could see the tension mount. As there was more racing activity, I spent less
              time in the HRT pits and hospitality than on the saturday. Neither the Porsche
              Supercup race nor the second GP2 race were stunners, though. After having
              lunched at HRT, I watched the final preparations for the Grand Prix. It didn't
              look that different from most other single seater races I've seen, except that
              there's so much more technology and people involved. When the cars left for the
              grid, I strolled towards my vantage point. It struck me that there wasn't such a
              large crowd in the grandstands. The weather can't be the cause, for although not
              really warm, it was nice and quite sunny. It must have been the entrance fees.
              Anyway, after the rather uneventful races of the morning, I wasn't expecting a
              superb Grand Prix. When I watch races like these, I usually fill in a lap chart.
              It was a piece of cake for the GP2 and Porsche races, but I had to be more than
              fully concentrated as during the entire Grand Prix, only two laps were devoid of
              any passing maneuvers. This is due to the tyres and the aerodynamic aids for
              passing. For my hosts, the Grand Prix was less comforting, for they were last
              and second to last, beaten fair and square by the other minnow, the Marussia
              Virgin of my compatriot Jérôme d'Ambrosio.



              As several team members had to catch planes soon after the finish, I managed to
              hitch a ride with one of them, an Argentinean engineer called Javier, not after
              once more thanking both Colin Kolles and Jacky Eeckelaert for their hospitality
              on this golden opportunity. During the drive to the airport, I had time to
              declare my great devotion to my driver's home country. I refrained from telling
              him I liked the Argentine driving standards a bit less, for he was a fine
              example of the opposite. I've had lifts of several drivers and team personnel in
              the past and they fall into two categories. Some of them are madmen even on the
              road, but most drive very cautiously and Javier belonged to that second
              category. Nevertheless, we got to the airport bang on time for our respective
              flights. With the hour's difference, I still got home late on Sunday evening.



              After a short night, I packed another bag for a two day plant chasing trip to
              England with Aline. We always do our plant shopping in the Maidstone area as
              with "The potted garden" it boast the most versatile nursery we know of in
              Europe. As we also did some grocery shopping, the car's boot was full to the
              brim. We were asked to stop for a luggage check by the Dover customs. Upon
              opening the boot, the custom's officer smelled the scent of the plants. He said
              he was a keen gardener himself and the scent was enough to convince him to let
              us pass without any further controls. Just like last time, Seafrance was not
              endearing itself. On our crossing back into France, there were not a lot of
              passengers. Thus they kept the restaurant, the snack bar and half of the toilets
              locked.



              Next week, I'll stay mainly local before embarking on a long road trip for the
              rest of the month.



              Number of races in 2011: 22

              Of which on new tracks: 21

              Number of countries in which trackchased: 9

              Of which new countries: 1



              Roland



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            • RPMGORDY@aol.com
              Guy, Add the oval at the Berlin Fairgrounds in CT. to my list. Stopped on the way to New England last weekend to see the Nutmeg Kart Club.It was one, hot
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                Guy,

                Add the oval at the Berlin Fairgrounds in CT. to my list. Stopped on
                the way to New England last weekend to see the Nutmeg Kart Club.It was one,
                hot day.

                The reason for going to New England was so Suz could have more
                surgery in Boston. Bowel obstructions were fixed, but more cancer was found. She
                will need still more chemo when she gets home in 4-6 weeks. It never seems
                to end for her as she fights the good fight.

                A first for me was talking to Roland on the phone as he reported in
                from ID while waiting out a rain shower. Hope he added his 4th new state of
                his trip that appeared to be quite successful.

                The latest issue of Flat Out magazine has a short story of and photos
                from our own Colin Casserly. A diverse collection of photos for sure from
                around the planet. Good stuff.

                Off to Lernerville tomorrow for WoO sprints in their only twin 30's
                format. I could use some cheering up, and this is just the venue to do so.
                Adios.

                Gordy


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                RTRYFBAR@... writes:


                Brian:

                Nice seeing you on Saturday. You missed Allan and Nancy Brown at Marengo
                by a day. Allan reported that they were there on Saturday.

                Guy








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                From: BHICKEYJR <BHICKEYJR@...>
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                Sent: Mon, Jul 18, 2011 9:58 am
                Subject: Re: [TrackChasers] trackChaser update


                Finally got back out on the road again after a extended visit to the
                Bronx.
                After deciding to avoid the storms in the southeast,i headed out west to
                catch
                the sat night show at the Midvale Speedway in OH,thanks to Mr Smith for
                posting
                the event earlier in the week.

                After the show i headed south west to continue my journey. Before going to
                bed
                i found an off road race that was on my way, over in Marengo,IN.

                I arrived at the Crawford County 4H Fairgrounds at 2:30pm, in time to
                catch the
                last few laps of the truck race and the final 10 lap feature for the
                buggies.
                The Mid America Off Road racing series runs here several times each year.



                See ya at the track

                Brian

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                Managed to make it over to Santa Maria Speedway in Ca. for their regular
                Sat
                night show. Good sized croud in attendence to watch

                large fields of cars in each of the 4 classes that ran. The track stayed
                competitive all evening with very good racing in all divisions.











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                Sent: Tue, Jun 21, 2011 9:19 pm

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                I was unable to get to a track on friday so i headed back to the Sandia
                Speedway
                in Albuquerque NM for some sat and sun races.

                Last time i was there, 3 weeks earlier, they ran their new dirt track,and
                are
                alternating weeks with the asphalt track. This week they were running

                both the 1/4mile and 1/2 mile tracks on sat night. The SCCA was running
                this
                weekend as well, but i was not able to get to the track in time

                to see them race on the roadcoarse on sat. so i had to wait until sun to
                see
                them run. They had low car counts in all divisions but ran a fast paced
                program
                with some fairly competitive races.

                All in all a good weekend of racing.



                See ya at the track

                Brian



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                Sent: Mon, Jun 13, 2011 9:22 pm

                Subject: Re: [TrackChasers] trackChaser update



                After about 10 years of trying i managed to get the Winchester Speedway
                of SC.
                in the books. They had a good crowd on hand to watch some very competitive
                racing in most divisions, even though they had low car counts in all
                divisions.
                Pretty clean facility with a quick well run show.

                So far i have had the pleasure of watching HOT ROD Lamance run his crate
                late
                model three times at three different tracks in SC.
                Cherokee,Riverside(their last
                race $50,000 TO WIN) and now at Winchester,and he has won every time i was
                in
                attendance. I wonder if he would pay my way into the next event he is
                participating in. All in all not a bad way to spend a Friday evening.

                Sat had two track possibilities both get rained out.



                See ya at the track

                Brian



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                Sent: Mon, Jun 6, 2011 6:31 am

                Subject: Re: [TrackChasers] trackChaser update



                Went to A-1 speedway in lacombe La. On sat night. Unlike most tracks the
                upper
                divisions had the larger fields with 18 Amods and 12 latemodels.

                The track was in good shape all night with some good races in most
                divisions.

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                Hello colleagues,



                I ended my last trackchaser update report by telling I was invited by a
                friend
                to watch a race outside Belgium. I don't have many longtime friends, but
                those I
                have are extremely good ones. Some of you might remember that a few years
                ago my
                friend Prosper Mollekens invited me to Kyalami, South Africa. Once again,
                Prosper was instrumental in this invitation. Not long after last
                November's
                trackchasing trip to Southern California, Prosper invited me to dinner
                with the
                staff of his former KTR Racing Team: his son Kurt, Frank Couckaert and
                Jacky
                Eeckelaert. One of the numerous subjects of the table conversation was my
                trackchasing. Prosper brought it up remembering that long before I was a
                trackchaser, I sometimes informed him about other races of his drivers. He
                steadfastly answered with the catchphrase: "You're everywhere". After my
                little
                monologue about the fine art of trackchasing, Jacky Eeckelaert said he'd
                help me
                get to more countries and promptly invited me to the Turkish Grand Prix of
                2011.
                As Jacky is Hispania Racing Team (HRT)'s technical coordinator, this was
                not
                just an invitation, but one during which I would be his personal guest.
                Such a
                generous offer was gratefully accepted and a few months ago, I had a few
                mail
                exchanges with Jacky. The deal was that I would buy my airline ticket; the
                team
                would fetch me at the airport and put me in the same hotel as the
                mechanics, who
                would chauffeur me to the track. As soon as this was settled, I logged on
                to my
                favourite air travel site www.swoodoo.de and found a very cheap ticket on
                a
                direct flight with Türk Hava Yolari (a.k.a. Turkish Airlines).



                Thus I left work in sunny Brussels at 3.00 p.m. on Friday, took the train
                to the
                airport, checked in for my 5.30 p.m. flight and arrived at 10.00 p.m.
                local time
                in cold and damp Istanbul. Having been to this wonderful city 4 times
                already, I
                knew the airport was an efficient one and indeed, half an hour after
                landing, I
                met a man sporting an HRT sign in the arrivals hall. It turned out my
                chauffeur
                was a local race fan, who would also drive the mechanics to the track next
                morning. I was glad to have a local driver, for even though I'm a fan of
                Istanbul, the dense and somewhat unorthodox traffic is not my cup of tea.
                Maybe
                the damp weather helped, but the driver got me rather quickly to the hotel
                in
                central Istanbul, near the former Roman hippodrome. I had stayed in this
                area
                with Aline when we went to the Turkish part of Cyprus. When I checked in,
                I was
                handed a large envelope together with my key. It contained a badge to get
                through paddock entry control at the track and a note by Jacky,
                instructing me
                to be ready in the lobby at 5.30 a.m. on Saturday morning. With this in
                mind, I
                set the wake up function of my I Phone to wake me up at 5.00 a.m. with a
                gentle
                musical tune and went to sleep.



                Saturday morning, Istanbul still looked very damp, but the rain had
                stopped. In
                the lobby, I met the mechanics. They're a very international bunch,
                consisting
                of Spaniards, Brits, a Portuguese, an Estonian and two Italians. Two
                minibuses
                would bring us to the track, one for the mechanics of fellow trackchaser
                Narain
                Karthikeyan's car and one for that of his Italian team mate Vitantonio
                Liuzzi. I
                opted for the latter's crew, which allowed me to practice my Italian a bit
                with
                his two mechanics. Istanbul is the only city that is part of two
                continents. The
                old city, in which I landed and spent the night, is on the European part
                of the
                Bosporus, the isthmus dividing Europe and Asia. This part is connected to
                the
                more recently developed Asian part by two mile long bridges. The Asian
                part of
                the city is growing rapidly and savagely, because of a rule stating that
                if
                someone builds a "house" overnight, it is allowed to stand. Thus, this
                side of
                the town grows organically. In general, it consists of steadily increasing
                half
                circles along the Bosporus. Once the majority of inhabitants of a shanty
                town
                area earn a somewhat decent living, they construct proper houses and
                streets and
                the ring widens. It's ironic that the Istanbul Park track, about 25 miles
                inland
                from the centre of Istanbul, is also an illegal construction, for it was
                never
                granted a building permit. Nevertheless, this track looks very impressive.
                We
                passed the paddock gate and, indeed, my entrance pass worked. The
                minibuses were
                parked behind the truck with the spare parts and I followed the mechanics
                to the
                wooden structure (a bit like a giant summer house) that was meant to be
                the
                hospitality area. It's in building blocks and put up at any Grand Prix.
                Compared
                to some structures nearby, it looked very tiny and flimsy, but HRT is a
                small
                and underfinanced team. Nevertheless, at this early hour, there was
                already a
                cook on site, to serve us a large and tasty breakfast. After breakfast,
                the
                mechanics turned their attention to preparing the cars for the morning
                warm up.
                I strolled down the paddock area to take a closer look at the hospitality
                structures of better funded teams. It's amazing. The MacLaren team has
                something
                one would rather expect in a high tech business park and the two storey
                Ferrari
                building oozes Italian design. I went back to HRT to wait for Jacky's
                arrival.
                He was there just past 8.30 a.m. and I spent most of the day in his
                company,
                except for the technical briefings and debriefings. I was introduced to
                both
                drivers, but during the rest of the weekend, I hardly had time to meet
                them
                again. However, I had lots of interesting information from Jacky and team
                principal Colin Kolles. The paddock oriented part of the pits looked like
                a
                commando post or a control room, with several people looking at computer
                screens
                with output of all data gathering and occasionally, they changed some
                parameters. As Jacky is the technical coordinator, he performed a visit to
                all
                of them. However fascinating this all is, I was happy when it was time for
                the
                briefings and I could go to the northern extremity of the paddock to watch
                F1
                and Porsche Supercup qualifying and the first GP2 race. In-between, I
                indulged
                in the HRT hospitality with very good food and excellent coffee.



                In general, I'm not a fan of Hermann Tilke's race tracks at all. However,
                here
                he has done a very good job, with a flowing, undulating and difficult
                anticlockwise track. From my vantage point, I could only see a fraction of
                it
                and the first GP2 race, won by former F1 racer Romain Grosjean (the one
                the
                Smiths saw win the first race at Francorchamps last year) was nothing to
                write
                home about. As the mechanics were still at work, I got a lift to my hotel
                from
                Jacky at 8.00 p.m. I had been at the track for nearly 14 hours. A nice
                experience, but not one I'd like to repeat week after week. I went to bed
                early,
                for on Sunday, it would be the same early rise.



                Sunday was dawning a lot brighter than the previous day. As both cars had
                qualified, the mechanics were in high spirits, although after breakfast,
                one
                could see the tension mount. As there was more racing activity, I spent
                less
                time in the HRT pits and hospitality than on the saturday. Neither the
                Porsche
                Supercup race nor the second GP2 race were stunners, though. After having
                lunched at HRT, I watched the final preparations for the Grand Prix. It
                didn't
                look that different from most other single seater races I've seen, except
                that
                there's so much more technology and people involved. When the cars left
                for the
                grid, I strolled towards my vantage point. It struck me that there wasn't
                such a
                large crowd in the grandstands. The weather can't be the cause, for
                although not
                really warm, it was nice and quite sunny. It must have been the entrance
                fees.
                Anyway, after the rather uneventful races of the morning, I wasn't
                expecting a
                superb Grand Prix. When I watch races like these, I usually fill in a lap
                chart.
                It was a piece of cake for the GP2 and Porsche races, but I had to be more
                than
                fully concentrated as during the entire Grand Prix, only two laps were
                devoid of
                any passing maneuvers. This is due to the tyres and the aerodynamic aids
                for
                passing. For my hosts, the Grand Prix was less comforting, for they were
                last
                and second to last, beaten fair and square by the other minnow, the
                Marussia
                Virgin of my compatriot Jérôme d'Ambrosio.



                As several team members had to catch planes soon after the finish, I
                managed to
                hitch a ride with one of them, an Argentinean engineer called Javier, not
                after
                once more thanking both Colin Kolles and Jacky Eeckelaert for their
                hospitality
                on this golden opportunity. During the drive to the airport, I had time to
                declare my great devotion to my driver's home country. I refrained from
                telling
                him I liked the Argentine driving standards a bit less, for he was a fine
                example of the opposite. I've had lifts of several drivers and team
                personnel in
                the past and they fall into two categories. Some of them are madmen even
                on the
                road, but most drive very cautiously and Javier belonged to that second
                category. Nevertheless, we got to the airport bang on time for our
                respective
                flights. With the hour's difference, I still got home late on Sunday
                evening.



                After a short night, I packed another bag for a two day plant chasing trip
                to
                England with Aline. We always do our plant shopping in the Maidstone area
                as
                with "The potted garden" it boast the most versatile nursery we know of in
                Europe. As we also did some grocery shopping, the car's boot was full to
                the
                brim. We were asked to stop for a luggage check by the Dover customs. Upon
                opening the boot, the custom's officer smelled the scent of the plants. He
                said
                he was a keen gardener himself and the scent was enough to convince him to
                let
                us pass without any further controls. Just like last time, Seafrance was
                not
                endearing itself. On our crossing back into France, there were not a lot
                of
                passengers. Thus they kept the restaurant, the snack bar and half of the
                toilets
                locked.



                Next week, I'll stay mainly local before embarking on a long road trip for
                the
                rest of the month.



                Number of races in 2011: 22

                Of which on new tracks: 21

                Number of countries in which trackchased: 9

                Of which new countries: 1



                Roland



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                  Brian:

                  Nice seeing you on Saturday. You missed Allan and Nancy Brown at Marengo by a day. Allan reported that they were there on Saturday.

                  Guy








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                  Sent: Mon, Jul 18, 2011 9:58 am
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                  Finally got back out on the road again after a extended visit to the Bronx.
                  After deciding to avoid the storms in the southeast,i headed out west to catch
                  the sat night show at the Midvale Speedway in OH,thanks to Mr Smith for posting
                  the event earlier in the week.

                  After the show i headed south west to continue my journey. Before going to bed
                  i found an off road race that was on my way, over in Marengo,IN.

                  I arrived at the Crawford County 4H Fairgrounds at 2:30pm, in time to catch the
                  last few laps of the truck race and the final 10 lap feature for the buggies.
                  The Mid America Off Road racing series runs here several times each year.



                  See ya at the track

                  Brian

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                  Managed to make it over to Santa Maria Speedway in Ca. for their regular Sat
                  night show. Good sized croud in attendence to watch

                  large fields of cars in each of the 4 classes that ran. The track stayed
                  competitive all evening with very good racing in all divisions.











                  -----Original Message-----

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                  Sent: Tue, Jun 21, 2011 9:19 pm

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                  I was unable to get to a track on friday so i headed back to the Sandia Speedway
                  in Albuquerque NM for some sat and sun races.

                  Last time i was there, 3 weeks earlier, they ran their new dirt track,and are
                  alternating weeks with the asphalt track. This week they were running

                  both the 1/4mile and 1/2 mile tracks on sat night. The SCCA was running this
                  weekend as well, but i was not able to get to the track in time

                  to see them race on the roadcoarse on sat. so i had to wait until sun to see
                  them run. They had low car counts in all divisions but ran a fast paced program
                  with some fairly competitive races.

                  All in all a good weekend of racing.



                  See ya at the track

                  Brian



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                  Sent: Mon, Jun 13, 2011 9:22 pm

                  Subject: Re: [TrackChasers] trackChaser update



                  After about 10 years of trying i managed to get the Winchester Speedway of SC.
                  in the books. They had a good crowd on hand to watch some very competitive
                  racing in most divisions, even though they had low car counts in all divisions.
                  Pretty clean facility with a quick well run show.

                  So far i have had the pleasure of watching HOT ROD Lamance run his crate late
                  model three times at three different tracks in SC. Cherokee,Riverside(their last
                  race $50,000 TO WIN) and now at Winchester,and he has won every time i was in
                  attendance. I wonder if he would pay my way into the next event he is
                  participating in. All in all not a bad way to spend a Friday evening.

                  Sat had two track possibilities both get rained out.



                  See ya at the track

                  Brian



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                  Went to A-1 speedway in lacombe La. On sat night. Unlike most tracks the upper
                  divisions had the larger fields with 18 Amods and 12 latemodels.

                  The track was in good shape all night with some good races in most divisions.

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                  Hello colleagues,



                  I ended my last trackchaser update report by telling I was invited by a friend
                  to watch a race outside Belgium. I don't have many longtime friends, but those I
                  have are extremely good ones. Some of you might remember that a few years ago my
                  friend Prosper Mollekens invited me to Kyalami, South Africa. Once again,
                  Prosper was instrumental in this invitation. Not long after last November's
                  trackchasing trip to Southern California, Prosper invited me to dinner with the
                  staff of his former KTR Racing Team: his son Kurt, Frank Couckaert and Jacky
                  Eeckelaert. One of the numerous subjects of the table conversation was my
                  trackchasing. Prosper brought it up remembering that long before I was a
                  trackchaser, I sometimes informed him about other races of his drivers. He
                  steadfastly answered with the catchphrase: "You're everywhere". After my little
                  monologue about the fine art of trackchasing, Jacky Eeckelaert said he'd help me
                  get to more countries and promptly invited me to the Turkish Grand Prix of 2011.
                  As Jacky is Hispania Racing Team (HRT)'s technical coordinator, this was not
                  just an invitation, but one during which I would be his personal guest. Such a
                  generous offer was gratefully accepted and a few months ago, I had a few mail
                  exchanges with Jacky. The deal was that I would buy my airline ticket; the team
                  would fetch me at the airport and put me in the same hotel as the mechanics, who
                  would chauffeur me to the track. As soon as this was settled, I logged on to my
                  favourite air travel site www.swoodoo.de and found a very cheap ticket on a
                  direct flight with Türk Hava Yolari (a.k.a. Turkish Airlines).



                  Thus I left work in sunny Brussels at 3.00 p.m. on Friday, took the train to the
                  airport, checked in for my 5.30 p.m. flight and arrived at 10.00 p.m. local time
                  in cold and damp Istanbul. Having been to this wonderful city 4 times already, I
                  knew the airport was an efficient one and indeed, half an hour after landing, I
                  met a man sporting an HRT sign in the arrivals hall. It turned out my chauffeur
                  was a local race fan, who would also drive the mechanics to the track next
                  morning. I was glad to have a local driver, for even though I'm a fan of
                  Istanbul, the dense and somewhat unorthodox traffic is not my cup of tea. Maybe
                  the damp weather helped, but the driver got me rather quickly to the hotel in
                  central Istanbul, near the former Roman hippodrome. I had stayed in this area
                  with Aline when we went to the Turkish part of Cyprus. When I checked in, I was
                  handed a large envelope together with my key. It contained a badge to get
                  through paddock entry control at the track and a note by Jacky, instructing me
                  to be ready in the lobby at 5.30 a.m. on Saturday morning. With this in mind, I
                  set the wake up function of my I Phone to wake me up at 5.00 a.m. with a gentle
                  musical tune and went to sleep.



                  Saturday morning, Istanbul still looked very damp, but the rain had stopped. In
                  the lobby, I met the mechanics. They're a very international bunch, consisting
                  of Spaniards, Brits, a Portuguese, an Estonian and two Italians. Two minibuses
                  would bring us to the track, one for the mechanics of fellow trackchaser Narain
                  Karthikeyan's car and one for that of his Italian team mate Vitantonio Liuzzi. I
                  opted for the latter's crew, which allowed me to practice my Italian a bit with
                  his two mechanics. Istanbul is the only city that is part of two continents. The
                  old city, in which I landed and spent the night, is on the European part of the
                  Bosporus, the isthmus dividing Europe and Asia. This part is connected to the
                  more recently developed Asian part by two mile long bridges. The Asian part of
                  the city is growing rapidly and savagely, because of a rule stating that if
                  someone builds a "house" overnight, it is allowed to stand. Thus, this side of
                  the town grows organically. In general, it consists of steadily increasing half
                  circles along the Bosporus. Once the majority of inhabitants of a shanty town
                  area earn a somewhat decent living, they construct proper houses and streets and
                  the ring widens. It's ironic that the Istanbul Park track, about 25 miles inland
                  from the centre of Istanbul, is also an illegal construction, for it was never
                  granted a building permit. Nevertheless, this track looks very impressive. We
                  passed the paddock gate and, indeed, my entrance pass worked. The minibuses were
                  parked behind the truck with the spare parts and I followed the mechanics to the
                  wooden structure (a bit like a giant summer house) that was meant to be the
                  hospitality area. It's in building blocks and put up at any Grand Prix. Compared
                  to some structures nearby, it looked very tiny and flimsy, but HRT is a small
                  and underfinanced team. Nevertheless, at this early hour, there was already a
                  cook on site, to serve us a large and tasty breakfast. After breakfast, the
                  mechanics turned their attention to preparing the cars for the morning warm up.
                  I strolled down the paddock area to take a closer look at the hospitality
                  structures of better funded teams. It's amazing. The MacLaren team has something
                  one would rather expect in a high tech business park and the two storey Ferrari
                  building oozes Italian design. I went back to HRT to wait for Jacky's arrival.
                  He was there just past 8.30 a.m. and I spent most of the day in his company,
                  except for the technical briefings and debriefings. I was introduced to both
                  drivers, but during the rest of the weekend, I hardly had time to meet them
                  again. However, I had lots of interesting information from Jacky and team
                  principal Colin Kolles. The paddock oriented part of the pits looked like a
                  commando post or a control room, with several people looking at computer screens
                  with output of all data gathering and occasionally, they changed some
                  parameters. As Jacky is the technical coordinator, he performed a visit to all
                  of them. However fascinating this all is, I was happy when it was time for the
                  briefings and I could go to the northern extremity of the paddock to watch F1
                  and Porsche Supercup qualifying and the first GP2 race. In-between, I indulged
                  in the HRT hospitality with very good food and excellent coffee.



                  In general, I'm not a fan of Hermann Tilke's race tracks at all. However, here
                  he has done a very good job, with a flowing, undulating and difficult
                  anticlockwise track. From my vantage point, I could only see a fraction of it
                  and the first GP2 race, won by former F1 racer Romain Grosjean (the one the
                  Smiths saw win the first race at Francorchamps last year) was nothing to write
                  home about. As the mechanics were still at work, I got a lift to my hotel from
                  Jacky at 8.00 p.m. I had been at the track for nearly 14 hours. A nice
                  experience, but not one I'd like to repeat week after week. I went to bed early,
                  for on Sunday, it would be the same early rise.



                  Sunday was dawning a lot brighter than the previous day. As both cars had
                  qualified, the mechanics were in high spirits, although after breakfast, one
                  could see the tension mount. As there was more racing activity, I spent less
                  time in the HRT pits and hospitality than on the saturday. Neither the Porsche
                  Supercup race nor the second GP2 race were stunners, though. After having
                  lunched at HRT, I watched the final preparations for the Grand Prix. It didn't
                  look that different from most other single seater races I've seen, except that
                  there's so much more technology and people involved. When the cars left for the
                  grid, I strolled towards my vantage point. It struck me that there wasn't such a
                  large crowd in the grandstands. The weather can't be the cause, for although not
                  really warm, it was nice and quite sunny. It must have been the entrance fees.
                  Anyway, after the rather uneventful races of the morning, I wasn't expecting a
                  superb Grand Prix. When I watch races like these, I usually fill in a lap chart.
                  It was a piece of cake for the GP2 and Porsche races, but I had to be more than
                  fully concentrated as during the entire Grand Prix, only two laps were devoid of
                  any passing maneuvers. This is due to the tyres and the aerodynamic aids for
                  passing. For my hosts, the Grand Prix was less comforting, for they were last
                  and second to last, beaten fair and square by the other minnow, the Marussia
                  Virgin of my compatriot Jérôme d'Ambrosio.



                  As several team members had to catch planes soon after the finish, I managed to
                  hitch a ride with one of them, an Argentinean engineer called Javier, not after
                  once more thanking both Colin Kolles and Jacky Eeckelaert for their hospitality
                  on this golden opportunity. During the drive to the airport, I had time to
                  declare my great devotion to my driver's home country. I refrained from telling
                  him I liked the Argentine driving standards a bit less, for he was a fine
                  example of the opposite. I've had lifts of several drivers and team personnel in
                  the past and they fall into two categories. Some of them are madmen even on the
                  road, but most drive very cautiously and Javier belonged to that second
                  category. Nevertheless, we got to the airport bang on time for our respective
                  flights. With the hour's difference, I still got home late on Sunday evening.



                  After a short night, I packed another bag for a two day plant chasing trip to
                  England with Aline. We always do our plant shopping in the Maidstone area as
                  with "The potted garden" it boast the most versatile nursery we know of in
                  Europe. As we also did some grocery shopping, the car's boot was full to the
                  brim. We were asked to stop for a luggage check by the Dover customs. Upon
                  opening the boot, the custom's officer smelled the scent of the plants. He said
                  he was a keen gardener himself and the scent was enough to convince him to let
                  us pass without any further controls. Just like last time, Seafrance was not
                  endearing itself. On our crossing back into France, there were not a lot of
                  passengers. Thus they kept the restaurant, the snack bar and half of the toilets
                  locked.



                  Next week, I'll stay mainly local before embarking on a long road trip for the
                  rest of the month.



                  Number of races in 2011: 22

                  Of which on new tracks: 21

                  Number of countries in which trackchased: 9

                  Of which new countries: 1



                  Roland



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                • RTRYFBAR@AOL.COM
                  Gordy: What was the date that you went to the Berlin Fairgrounds? From what I read, it looks like Lernerville was a good one this time. 75 Medical exemption
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                    Gordy:

                    What was the date that you went to the Berlin Fairgrounds?

                    From what I read, it looks like Lernerville was a good one this time.

                    75 Medical exemption points for Saldana for NOT racing? Even NASCAR hasn't gotten that absurd yet. Probably because they haven't thought of it.

                    The very best to Sue from Pam and me.

                    I look forward to reading of Roland's northwest travels in the near future.

                    Guy










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                    Sent: Mon, Jul 18, 2011 6:37 pm
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                    Guy,

                    Add the oval at the Berlin Fairgrounds in CT. to my list. Stopped on
                    the way to New England last weekend to see the Nutmeg Kart Club.It was one,
                    hot day.

                    The reason for going to New England was so Suz could have more
                    surgery in Boston. Bowel obstructions were fixed, but more cancer was found.
                    She
                    will need still more chemo when she gets home in 4-6 weeks. It never seems
                    to end for her as she fights the good fight.

                    A first for me was talking to Roland on the phone as he reported in
                    from ID while waiting out a rain shower. Hope he added his 4th new state of
                    his trip that appeared to be quite successful.

                    The latest issue of Flat Out magazine has a short story of and photos
                    from our own Colin Casserly. A diverse collection of photos for sure from
                    around the planet. Good stuff.

                    Off to Lernerville tomorrow for WoO sprints in their only twin 30's
                    format. I could use some cheering up, and this is just the venue to do so.
                    Adios.

                    Gordy


                    In a message dated 7/18/2011 9:05:30 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
                    RTRYFBAR@... writes:


                    Brian:

                    Nice seeing you on Saturday. You missed Allan and Nancy Brown at Marengo
                    by a day. Allan reported that they were there on Saturday.

                    Guy








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                    Sent: Mon, Jul 18, 2011 9:58 am
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                    Finally got back out on the road again after a extended visit to the
                    Bronx.
                    After deciding to avoid the storms in the southeast,i headed out west to
                    catch
                    the sat night show at the Midvale Speedway in OH,thanks to Mr Smith for
                    posting
                    the event earlier in the week.

                    After the show i headed south west to continue my journey. Before going to
                    bed
                    i found an off road race that was on my way, over in Marengo,IN.

                    I arrived at the Crawford County 4H Fairgrounds at 2:30pm, in time to
                    catch the
                    last few laps of the truck race and the final 10 lap feature for the
                    buggies.
                    The Mid America Off Road racing series runs here several times each year.



                    See ya at the track

                    Brian

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                    Managed to make it over to Santa Maria Speedway in Ca. for their regular
                    Sat
                    night show. Good sized croud in attendence to watch

                    large fields of cars in each of the 4 classes that ran. The track stayed
                    competitive all evening with very good racing in all divisions.











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                    Sent: Tue, Jun 21, 2011 9:19 pm

                    Subject: Re: [TrackChasers] trackChaser update











                    I was unable to get to a track on friday so i headed back to the Sandia
                    Speedway
                    in Albuquerque NM for some sat and sun races.

                    Last time i was there, 3 weeks earlier, they ran their new dirt track,and
                    are
                    alternating weeks with the asphalt track. This week they were running

                    both the 1/4mile and 1/2 mile tracks on sat night. The SCCA was running
                    this
                    weekend as well, but i was not able to get to the track in time

                    to see them race on the roadcoarse on sat. so i had to wait until sun to
                    see
                    them run. They had low car counts in all divisions but ran a fast paced
                    program
                    with some fairly competitive races.

                    All in all a good weekend of racing.



                    See ya at the track

                    Brian



                    -----Original Message-----

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                    Sent: Mon, Jun 13, 2011 9:22 pm

                    Subject: Re: [TrackChasers] trackChaser update



                    After about 10 years of trying i managed to get the Winchester Speedway
                    of SC.
                    in the books. They had a good crowd on hand to watch some very competitive
                    racing in most divisions, even though they had low car counts in all
                    divisions.
                    Pretty clean facility with a quick well run show.

                    So far i have had the pleasure of watching HOT ROD Lamance run his crate
                    late
                    model three times at three different tracks in SC.
                    Cherokee,Riverside(their last
                    race $50,000 TO WIN) and now at Winchester,and he has won every time i was
                    in
                    attendance. I wonder if he would pay my way into the next event he is
                    participating in. All in all not a bad way to spend a Friday evening.

                    Sat had two track possibilities both get rained out.



                    See ya at the track

                    Brian



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                    Went to A-1 speedway in lacombe La. On sat night. Unlike most tracks the
                    upper
                    divisions had the larger fields with 18 Amods and 12 latemodels.

                    The track was in good shape all night with some good races in most
                    divisions.

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                    From: "Vanden Eynde Roland" <roland.vandeneynde@...>

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                    Hello colleagues,



                    I ended my last trackchaser update report by telling I was invited by a
                    friend
                    to watch a race outside Belgium. I don't have many longtime friends, but
                    those I
                    have are extremely good ones. Some of you might remember that a few years
                    ago my
                    friend Prosper Mollekens invited me to Kyalami, South Africa. Once again,
                    Prosper was instrumental in this invitation. Not long after last
                    November's
                    trackchasing trip to Southern California, Prosper invited me to dinner
                    with the
                    staff of his former KTR Racing Team: his son Kurt, Frank Couckaert and
                    Jacky
                    Eeckelaert. One of the numerous subjects of the table conversation was my
                    trackchasing. Prosper brought it up remembering that long before I was a
                    trackchaser, I sometimes informed him about other races of his drivers. He
                    steadfastly answered with the catchphrase: "You're everywhere". After my
                    little
                    monologue about the fine art of trackchasing, Jacky Eeckelaert said he'd
                    help me
                    get to more countries and promptly invited me to the Turkish Grand Prix of
                    2011.
                    As Jacky is Hispania Racing Team (HRT)'s technical coordinator, this was
                    not
                    just an invitation, but one during which I would be his personal guest.
                    Such a
                    generous offer was gratefully accepted and a few months ago, I had a few
                    mail
                    exchanges with Jacky. The deal was that I would buy my airline ticket; the
                    team
                    would fetch me at the airport and put me in the same hotel as the
                    mechanics, who
                    would chauffeur me to the track. As soon as this was settled, I logged on
                    to my
                    favourite air travel site www.swoodoo.de and found a very cheap ticket on
                    a
                    direct flight with Türk Hava Yolari (a.k.a. Turkish Airlines).



                    Thus I left work in sunny Brussels at 3.00 p.m. on Friday, took the train
                    to the
                    airport, checked in for my 5.30 p.m. flight and arrived at 10.00 p.m.
                    local time
                    in cold and damp Istanbul. Having been to this wonderful city 4 times
                    already, I
                    knew the airport was an efficient one and indeed, half an hour after
                    landing, I
                    met a man sporting an HRT sign in the arrivals hall. It turned out my
                    chauffeur
                    was a local race fan, who would also drive the mechanics to the track next
                    morning. I was glad to have a local driver, for even though I'm a fan of
                    Istanbul, the dense and somewhat unorthodox traffic is not my cup of tea.
                    Maybe
                    the damp weather helped, but the driver got me rather quickly to the hotel
                    in
                    central Istanbul, near the former Roman hippodrome. I had stayed in this
                    area
                    with Aline when we went to the Turkish part of Cyprus. When I checked in,
                    I was
                    handed a large envelope together with my key. It contained a badge to get
                    through paddock entry control at the track and a note by Jacky,
                    instructing me
                    to be ready in the lobby at 5.30 a.m. on Saturday morning. With this in
                    mind, I
                    set the wake up function of my I Phone to wake me up at 5.00 a.m. with a
                    gentle
                    musical tune and went to sleep.



                    Saturday morning, Istanbul still looked very damp, but the rain had
                    stopped. In
                    the lobby, I met the mechanics. They're a very international bunch,
                    consisting
                    of Spaniards, Brits, a Portuguese, an Estonian and two Italians. Two
                    minibuses
                    would bring us to the track, one for the mechanics of fellow trackchaser
                    Narain
                    Karthikeyan's car and one for that of his Italian team mate Vitantonio
                    Liuzzi. I
                    opted for the latter's crew, which allowed me to practice my Italian a bit
                    with
                    his two mechanics. Istanbul is the only city that is part of two
                    continents. The
                    old city, in which I landed and spent the night, is on the European part
                    of the
                    Bosporus, the isthmus dividing Europe and Asia. This part is connected to
                    the
                    more recently developed Asian part by two mile long bridges. The Asian
                    part of
                    the city is growing rapidly and savagely, because of a rule stating that
                    if
                    someone builds a "house" overnight, it is allowed to stand. Thus, this
                    side of
                    the town grows organically. In general, it consists of steadily increasing
                    half
                    circles along the Bosporus. Once the majority of inhabitants of a shanty
                    town
                    area earn a somewhat decent living, they construct proper houses and
                    streets and
                    the ring widens. It's ironic that the Istanbul Park track, about 25 miles
                    inland
                    from the centre of Istanbul, is also an illegal construction, for it was
                    never
                    granted a building permit. Nevertheless, this track looks very impressive.
                    We
                    passed the paddock gate and, indeed, my entrance pass worked. The
                    minibuses were
                    parked behind the truck with the spare parts and I followed the mechanics
                    to the
                    wooden structure (a bit like a giant summer house) that was meant to be
                    the
                    hospitality area. It's in building blocks and put up at any Grand Prix.
                    Compared
                    to some structures nearby, it looked very tiny and flimsy, but HRT is a
                    small
                    and underfinanced team. Nevertheless, at this early hour, there was
                    already a
                    cook on site, to serve us a large and tasty breakfast. After breakfast,
                    the
                    mechanics turned their attention to preparing the cars for the morning
                    warm up.
                    I strolled down the paddock area to take a closer look at the hospitality
                    structures of better funded teams. It's amazing. The MacLaren team has
                    something
                    one would rather expect in a high tech business park and the two storey
                    Ferrari
                    building oozes Italian design. I went back to HRT to wait for Jacky's
                    arrival.
                    He was there just past 8.30 a.m. and I spent most of the day in his
                    company,
                    except for the technical briefings and debriefings. I was introduced to
                    both
                    drivers, but during the rest of the weekend, I hardly had time to meet
                    them
                    again. However, I had lots of interesting information from Jacky and team
                    principal Colin Kolles. The paddock oriented part of the pits looked like
                    a
                    commando post or a control room, with several people looking at computer
                    screens
                    with output of all data gathering and occasionally, they changed some
                    parameters. As Jacky is the technical coordinator, he performed a visit to
                    all
                    of them. However fascinating this all is, I was happy when it was time for
                    the
                    briefings and I could go to the northern extremity of the paddock to watch
                    F1
                    and Porsche Supercup qualifying and the first GP2 race. In-between, I
                    indulged
                    in the HRT hospitality with very good food and excellent coffee.



                    In general, I'm not a fan of Hermann Tilke's race tracks at all. However,
                    here
                    he has done a very good job, with a flowing, undulating and difficult
                    anticlockwise track. From my vantage point, I could only see a fraction of
                    it
                    and the first GP2 race, won by former F1 racer Romain Grosjean (the one
                    the
                    Smiths saw win the first race at Francorchamps last year) was nothing to
                    write
                    home about. As the mechanics were still at work, I got a lift to my hotel
                    from
                    Jacky at 8.00 p.m. I had been at the track for nearly 14 hours. A nice
                    experience, but not one I'd like to repeat week after week. I went to bed
                    early,
                    for on Sunday, it would be the same early rise.



                    Sunday was dawning a lot brighter than the previous day. As both cars had
                    qualified, the mechanics were in high spirits, although after breakfast,
                    one
                    could see the tension mount. As there was more racing activity, I spent
                    less
                    time in the HRT pits and hospitality than on the saturday. Neither the
                    Porsche
                    Supercup race nor the second GP2 race were stunners, though. After having
                    lunched at HRT, I watched the final preparations for the Grand Prix. It
                    didn't
                    look that different from most other single seater races I've seen, except
                    that
                    there's so much more technology and people involved. When the cars left
                    for the
                    grid, I strolled towards my vantage point. It struck me that there wasn't
                    such a
                    large crowd in the grandstands. The weather can't be the cause, for
                    although not
                    really warm, it was nice and quite sunny. It must have been the entrance
                    fees.
                    Anyway, after the rather uneventful races of the morning, I wasn't
                    expecting a
                    superb Grand Prix. When I watch races like these, I usually fill in a lap
                    chart.
                    It was a piece of cake for the GP2 and Porsche races, but I had to be more
                    than
                    fully concentrated as during the entire Grand Prix, only two laps were
                    devoid of
                    any passing maneuvers. This is due to the tyres and the aerodynamic aids
                    for
                    passing. For my hosts, the Grand Prix was less comforting, for they were
                    last
                    and second to last, beaten fair and square by the other minnow, the
                    Marussia
                    Virgin of my compatriot Jérôme d'Ambrosio.



                    As several team members had to catch planes soon after the finish, I
                    managed to
                    hitch a ride with one of them, an Argentinean engineer called Javier, not
                    after
                    once more thanking both Colin Kolles and Jacky Eeckelaert for their
                    hospitality
                    on this golden opportunity. During the drive to the airport, I had time to
                    declare my great devotion to my driver's home country. I refrained from
                    telling
                    him I liked the Argentine driving standards a bit less, for he was a fine
                    example of the opposite. I've had lifts of several drivers and team
                    personnel in
                    the past and they fall into two categories. Some of them are madmen even
                    on the
                    road, but most drive very cautiously and Javier belonged to that second
                    category. Nevertheless, we got to the airport bang on time for our
                    respective
                    flights. With the hour's difference, I still got home late on Sunday
                    evening.



                    After a short night, I packed another bag for a two day plant chasing trip
                    to
                    England with Aline. We always do our plant shopping in the Maidstone area
                    as
                    with "The potted garden" it boast the most versatile nursery we know of in
                    Europe. As we also did some grocery shopping, the car's boot was full to
                    the
                    brim. We were asked to stop for a luggage check by the Dover customs. Upon
                    opening the boot, the custom's officer smelled the scent of the plants. He
                    said
                    he was a keen gardener himself and the scent was enough to convince him to
                    let
                    us pass without any further controls. Just like last time, Seafrance was
                    not
                    endearing itself. On our crossing back into France, there were not a lot
                    of
                    passengers. Thus they kept the restaurant, the snack bar and half of the
                    toilets
                    locked.



                    Next week, I'll stay mainly local before embarking on a long road trip for
                    the
                    rest of the month.



                    Number of races in 2011: 22

                    Of which on new tracks: 21

                    Number of countries in which trackchased: 9

                    Of which new countries: 1



                    Roland



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                    Hi all Friday eve. i was in attendance for the weekly racing at the Kingsport Speedway in Tenn. it was a very hot evening with a very large crowd on hand and
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                      Hi all


                      Friday eve. i was in attendance for the weekly racing at the Kingsport Speedway in Tenn. it was a very hot evening with a very large crowd on hand and an equally surprising large field of cars in all divisions, except for the legends div. with only 8, very good racing with only 4 yellows for the whole evening.


                      Sat. night had me at the Clayhill Speedway in Atwood,Tenn. A large crowd was on hand to watch some very good racing with large fields
                      in all divisions on another very hot evening.


                      See ya at the track
                      Brian





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                      Finally got back out on the road again after a extended visit to the Bronx. After deciding to avoid the storms in the southeast,i headed out west to catch the sat night show at the Midvale Speedway in OH,thanks to Mr Smith for posting the event earlier in the week.
                      After the show i headed south west to continue my journey. Before going to bed i found an off road race that was on my way, over in Marengo,IN.
                      I arrived at the Crawford County 4H Fairgrounds at 2:30pm, in time to catch the last few laps of the truck race and the final 10 lap feature for the buggies. The Mid America Off Road racing series runs here several times each year.

                      See ya at the track
                      Brian
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                      Managed to make it over to Santa Maria Speedway in Ca. for their regular Sat night show. Good sized croud in attendence to watch
                      large fields of cars in each of the 4 classes that ran. The track stayed competitive all evening with very good racing in all divisions.





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                      I was unable to get to a track on friday so i headed back to the Sandia Speedway in Albuquerque NM for some sat and sun races.
                      Last time i was there, 3 weeks earlier, they ran their new dirt track,and are alternating weeks with the asphalt track. This week they were running
                      both the 1/4mile and 1/2 mile tracks on sat night. The SCCA was running this weekend as well, but i was not able to get to the track in time
                      to see them race on the roadcoarse on sat. so i had to wait until sun to see them run. They had low car counts in all divisions but ran a fast paced program with some fairly competitive races.
                      All in all a good weekend of racing.

                      See ya at the track
                      Brian

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                      After about 10 years of trying i managed to get the Winchester Speedway of SC. in the books. They had a good crowd on hand to watch some very competitive racing in most divisions, even though they had low car counts in all divisions. Pretty clean facility with a quick well run show.
                      So far i have had the pleasure of watching HOT ROD Lamance run his crate late model three times at three different tracks in SC. Cherokee,Riverside(their last race $50,000 TO WIN) and now at Winchester,and he has won every time i was in attendance. I wonder if he would pay my way into the next event he is participating in. All in all not a bad way to spend a Friday evening.
                      Sat had two track possibilities both get rained out.

                      See ya at the track
                      Brian

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                      Went to A-1 speedway in lacombe La. On sat night. Unlike most tracks the upper divisions had the larger fields with 18 Amods and 12 latemodels.
                      The track was in good shape all night with some good races in most divisions.
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                      Hello colleagues,

                      I ended my last trackchaser update report by telling I was invited by a friend to watch a race outside Belgium. I don't have many longtime friends, but those I have are extremely good ones. Some of you might remember that a few years ago my friend Prosper Mollekens invited me to Kyalami, South Africa. Once again, Prosper was instrumental in this invitation. Not long after last November's trackchasing trip to Southern California, Prosper invited me to dinner with the staff of his former KTR Racing Team: his son Kurt, Frank Couckaert and Jacky Eeckelaert. One of the numerous subjects of the table conversation was my trackchasing. Prosper brought it up remembering that long before I was a trackchaser, I sometimes informed him about other races of his drivers. He steadfastly answered with the catchphrase: "You're everywhere". After my little monologue about the fine art of trackchasing, Jacky Eeckelaert said he'd help me get to more countries and promptly invited me to the Turkish Grand Prix of 2011. As Jacky is Hispania Racing Team (HRT)'s technical coordinator, this was not just an invitation, but one during which I would be his personal guest. Such a generous offer was gratefully accepted and a few months ago, I had a few mail exchanges with Jacky. The deal was that I would buy my airline ticket; the team would fetch me at the airport and put me in the same hotel as the mechanics, who would chauffeur me to the track. As soon as this was settled, I logged on to my favourite air travel site www.swoodoo.de and found a very cheap ticket on a direct flight with Türk Hava Yolari (a.k.a. Turkish Airlines).

                      Thus I left work in sunny Brussels at 3.00 p.m. on Friday, took the train to the airport, checked in for my 5.30 p.m. flight and arrived at 10.00 p.m. local time in cold and damp Istanbul. Having been to this wonderful city 4 times already, I knew the airport was an efficient one and indeed, half an hour after landing, I met a man sporting an HRT sign in the arrivals hall. It turned out my chauffeur was a local race fan, who would also drive the mechanics to the track next morning. I was glad to have a local driver, for even though I'm a fan of Istanbul, the dense and somewhat unorthodox traffic is not my cup of tea. Maybe the damp weather helped, but the driver got me rather quickly to the hotel in central Istanbul, near the former Roman hippodrome. I had stayed in this area with Aline when we went to the Turkish part of Cyprus. When I checked in, I was handed a large envelope together with my key. It contained a badge to get through paddock entry control at the track and a note by Jacky, instructing me to be ready in the lobby at 5.30 a.m. on Saturday morning. With this in mind, I set the wake up function of my I Phone to wake me up at 5.00 a.m. with a gentle musical tune and went to sleep.

                      Saturday morning, Istanbul still looked very damp, but the rain had stopped. In the lobby, I met the mechanics. They're a very international bunch, consisting of Spaniards, Brits, a Portuguese, an Estonian and two Italians. Two minibuses would bring us to the track, one for the mechanics of fellow trackchaser Narain Karthikeyan's car and one for that of his Italian team mate Vitantonio Liuzzi. I opted for the latter's crew, which allowed me to practice my Italian a bit with his two mechanics. Istanbul is the only city that is part of two continents. The old city, in which I landed and spent the night, is on the European part of the Bosporus, the isthmus dividing Europe and Asia. This part is connected to the more recently developed Asian part by two mile long bridges. The Asian part of the city is growing rapidly and savagely, because of a rule stating that if someone builds a "house" overnight, it is allowed to stand. Thus, this side of the town grows organically. In general, it consists of steadily increasing half circles along the Bosporus. Once the majority of inhabitants of a shanty town area earn a somewhat decent living, they construct proper houses and streets and the ring widens. It's ironic that the Istanbul Park track, about 25 miles inland from the centre of Istanbul, is also an illegal construction, for it was never granted a building permit. Nevertheless, this track looks very impressive. We passed the paddock gate and, indeed, my entrance pass worked. The minibuses were parked behind the truck with the spare parts and I followed the mechanics to the wooden structure (a bit like a giant summer house) that was meant to be the hospitality area. It's in building blocks and put up at any Grand Prix. Compared to some structures nearby, it looked very tiny and flimsy, but HRT is a small and underfinanced team. Nevertheless, at this early hour, there was already a cook on site, to serve us a large and tasty breakfast. After breakfast, the mechanics turned their attention to preparing the cars for the morning warm up. I strolled down the paddock area to take a closer look at the hospitality structures of better funded teams. It's amazing. The MacLaren team has something one would rather expect in a high tech business park and the two storey Ferrari building oozes Italian design. I went back to HRT to wait for Jacky's arrival. He was there just past 8.30 a.m. and I spent most of the day in his company, except for the technical briefings and debriefings. I was introduced to both drivers, but during the rest of the weekend, I hardly had time to meet them again. However, I had lots of interesting information from Jacky and team principal Colin Kolles. The paddock oriented part of the pits looked like a commando post or a control room, with several people looking at computer screens with output of all data gathering and occasionally, they changed some parameters. As Jacky is the technical coordinator, he performed a visit to all of them. However fascinating this all is, I was happy when it was time for the briefings and I could go to the northern extremity of the paddock to watch F1 and Porsche Supercup qualifying and the first GP2 race. In-between, I indulged in the HRT hospitality with very good food and excellent coffee.

                      In general, I'm not a fan of Hermann Tilke's race tracks at all. However, here he has done a very good job, with a flowing, undulating and difficult anticlockwise track. From my vantage point, I could only see a fraction of it and the first GP2 race, won by former F1 racer Romain Grosjean (the one the Smiths saw win the first race at Francorchamps last year) was nothing to write home about. As the mechanics were still at work, I got a lift to my hotel from Jacky at 8.00 p.m. I had been at the track for nearly 14 hours. A nice experience, but not one I'd like to repeat week after week. I went to bed early, for on Sunday, it would be the same early rise.

                      Sunday was dawning a lot brighter than the previous day. As both cars had qualified, the mechanics were in high spirits, although after breakfast, one could see the tension mount. As there was more racing activity, I spent less time in the HRT pits and hospitality than on the saturday. Neither the Porsche Supercup race nor the second GP2 race were stunners, though. After having lunched at HRT, I watched the final preparations for the Grand Prix. It didn't look that different from most other single seater races I've seen, except that there's so much more technology and people involved. When the cars left for the grid, I strolled towards my vantage point. It struck me that there wasn't such a large crowd in the grandstands. The weather can't be the cause, for although not really warm, it was nice and quite sunny. It must have been the entrance fees. Anyway, after the rather uneventful races of the morning, I wasn't expecting a superb Grand Prix. When I watch races like these, I usually fill in a lap chart. It was a piece of cake for the GP2 and Porsche races, but I had to be more than fully concentrated as during the entire Grand Prix, only two laps were devoid of any passing maneuvers. This is due to the tyres and the aerodynamic aids for passing. For my hosts, the Grand Prix was less comforting, for they were last and second to last, beaten fair and square by the other minnow, the Marussia Virgin of my compatriot Jérôme d'Ambrosio.

                      As several team members had to catch planes soon after the finish, I managed to hitch a ride with one of them, an Argentinean engineer called Javier, not after once more thanking both Colin Kolles and Jacky Eeckelaert for their hospitality on this golden opportunity. During the drive to the airport, I had time to declare my great devotion to my driver's home country. I refrained from telling him I liked the Argentine driving standards a bit less, for he was a fine example of the opposite. I've had lifts of several drivers and team personnel in the past and they fall into two categories. Some of them are madmen even on the road, but most drive very cautiously and Javier belonged to that second category. Nevertheless, we got to the airport bang on time for our respective flights. With the hour's difference, I still got home late on Sunday evening.

                      After a short night, I packed another bag for a two day plant chasing trip to England with Aline. We always do our plant shopping in the Maidstone area as with "The potted garden" it boast the most versatile nursery we know of in Europe. As we also did some grocery shopping, the car's boot was full to the brim. We were asked to stop for a luggage check by the Dover customs. Upon opening the boot, the custom's officer smelled the scent of the plants. He said he was a keen gardener himself and the scent was enough to convince him to let us pass without any further controls. Just like last time, Seafrance was not endearing itself. On our crossing back into France, there were not a lot of passengers. Thus they kept the restaurant, the snack bar and half of the toilets locked.

                      Next week, I'll stay mainly local before embarking on a long road trip for the rest of the month.

                      Number of races in 2011: 22
                      Of which on new tracks: 21
                      Number of countries in which trackchased: 9
                      Of which new countries: 1

                      Roland

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                    • BHICKEYJR@AOL.COM
                      Nashville Super Speedway does not seek Nascar sanctioned races for the 2012 season. Another one bites the dust. Sent on the Now Network™ from my Sprint®
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                        Nashville Super Speedway does not seek Nascar sanctioned races for the 2012 season.
                        Another one bites the dust.
                        Sent on the Now Network� from my Sprint® BlackBerry

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                        Hi all


                        Friday eve. i was in attendance for the weekly racing at the Kingsport Speedway in Tenn. it was a very hot evening with a very large crowd on hand and an equally surprising large field of cars in all divisions, except for the legends div. with only 8, very good racing with only 4 yellows for the whole evening.


                        Sat. night had me at the Clayhill Speedway in Atwood,Tenn. A large crowd was on hand to watch some very good racing with large fields
                        in all divisions on another very hot evening.


                        See ya at the track
                        Brian





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                        Sent: Mon, Jul 18, 2011 8:58 am
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                        Finally got back out on the road again after a extended visit to the Bronx. After deciding to avoid the storms in the southeast,i headed out west to catch the sat night show at the Midvale Speedway in OH,thanks to Mr Smith for posting the event earlier in the week.
                        After the show i headed south west to continue my journey. Before going to bed i found an off road race that was on my way, over in Marengo,IN.
                        I arrived at the Crawford County 4H Fairgrounds at 2:30pm, in time to catch the last few laps of the truck race and the final 10 lap feature for the buggies. The Mid America Off Road racing series runs here several times each year.

                        See ya at the track
                        Brian
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                        Managed to make it over to Santa Maria Speedway in Ca. for their regular Sat night show. Good sized croud in attendence to watch
                        large fields of cars in each of the 4 classes that ran. The track stayed competitive all evening with very good racing in all divisions.





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                        Sent: Tue, Jun 21, 2011 9:19 pm
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                        I was unable to get to a track on friday so i headed back to the Sandia Speedway in Albuquerque NM for some sat and sun races.
                        Last time i was there, 3 weeks earlier, they ran their new dirt track,and are alternating weeks with the asphalt track. This week they were running
                        both the 1/4mile and 1/2 mile tracks on sat night. The SCCA was running this weekend as well, but i was not able to get to the track in time
                        to see them race on the roadcoarse on sat. so i had to wait until sun to see them run. They had low car counts in all divisions but ran a fast paced program with some fairly competitive races.
                        All in all a good weekend of racing.

                        See ya at the track
                        Brian

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                        Sent: Mon, Jun 13, 2011 9:22 pm
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                        After about 10 years of trying i managed to get the Winchester Speedway of SC. in the books. They had a good crowd on hand to watch some very competitive racing in most divisions, even though they had low car counts in all divisions. Pretty clean facility with a quick well run show.
                        So far i have had the pleasure of watching HOT ROD Lamance run his crate late model three times at three different tracks in SC. Cherokee,Riverside(their last race $50,000 TO WIN) and now at Winchester,and he has won every time i was in attendance. I wonder if he would pay my way into the next event he is participating in. All in all not a bad way to spend a Friday evening.
                        Sat had two track possibilities both get rained out.

                        See ya at the track
                        Brian

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                        Sent: Mon, Jun 6, 2011 6:31 am
                        Subject: Re: [TrackChasers] trackChaser update

                        Went to A-1 speedway in lacombe La. On sat night. Unlike most tracks the upper divisions had the larger fields with 18 Amods and 12 latemodels.
                        The track was in good shape all night with some good races in most divisions.
                        Sent on the Now Network� from my Sprint® BlackBerry

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                        From: "Vanden Eynde Roland" <roland.vandeneynde@...>
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                        Date: Wed, 11 May 2011 11:42:14
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                        Subject: [TrackChasers] trackChaser update

                        Hello colleagues,

                        I ended my last trackchaser update report by telling I was invited by a friend to watch a race outside Belgium. I don't have many longtime friends, but those I have are extremely good ones. Some of you might remember that a few years ago my friend Prosper Mollekens invited me to Kyalami, South Africa. Once again, Prosper was instrumental in this invitation. Not long after last November's trackchasing trip to Southern California, Prosper invited me to dinner with the staff of his former KTR Racing Team: his son Kurt, Frank Couckaert and Jacky Eeckelaert. One of the numerous subjects of the table conversation was my trackchasing. Prosper brought it up remembering that long before I was a trackchaser, I sometimes informed him about other races of his drivers. He steadfastly answered with the catchphrase: "You're everywhere". After my little monologue about the fine art of trackchasing, Jacky Eeckelaert said he'd help me get to more countries and promptly invited me to the Turkish Grand Prix of 2011. As Jacky is Hispania Racing Team (HRT)'s technical coordinator, this was not just an invitation, but one during which I would be his personal guest. Such a generous offer was gratefully accepted and a few months ago, I had a few mail exchanges with Jacky. The deal was that I would buy my airline ticket; the team would fetch me at the airport and put me in the same hotel as the mechanics, who would chauffeur me to the track. As soon as this was settled, I logged on to my favourite air travel site www.swoodoo.de and found a very cheap ticket on a direct flight with Türk Hava Yolari (a.k.a. Turkish Airlines).

                        Thus I left work in sunny Brussels at 3.00 p.m. on Friday, took the train to the airport, checked in for my 5.30 p.m. flight and arrived at 10.00 p.m. local time in cold and damp Istanbul. Having been to this wonderful city 4 times already, I knew the airport was an efficient one and indeed, half an hour after landing, I met a man sporting an HRT sign in the arrivals hall. It turned out my chauffeur was a local race fan, who would also drive the mechanics to the track next morning. I was glad to have a local driver, for even though I'm a fan of Istanbul, the dense and somewhat unorthodox traffic is not my cup of tea. Maybe the damp weather helped, but the driver got me rather quickly to the hotel in central Istanbul, near the former Roman hippodrome. I had stayed in this area with Aline when we went to the Turkish part of Cyprus. When I checked in, I was handed a large envelope together with my key. It contained a badge to get through paddock entry control at the track and a note by Jacky, instructing me to be ready in the lobby at 5.30 a.m. on Saturday morning. With this in mind, I set the wake up function of my I Phone to wake me up at 5.00 a.m. with a gentle musical tune and went to sleep.

                        Saturday morning, Istanbul still looked very damp, but the rain had stopped. In the lobby, I met the mechanics. They're a very international bunch, consisting of Spaniards, Brits, a Portuguese, an Estonian and two Italians. Two minibuses would bring us to the track, one for the mechanics of fellow trackchaser Narain Karthikeyan's car and one for that of his Italian team mate Vitantonio Liuzzi. I opted for the latter's crew, which allowed me to practice my Italian a bit with his two mechanics. Istanbul is the only city that is part of two continents. The old city, in which I landed and spent the night, is on the European part of the Bosporus, the isthmus dividing Europe and Asia. This part is connected to the more recently developed Asian part by two mile long bridges. The Asian part of the city is growing rapidly and savagely, because of a rule stating that if someone builds a "house" overnight, it is allowed to stand. Thus, this side of the town grows organically. In general, it consists of steadily increasing half circles along the Bosporus. Once the majority of inhabitants of a shanty town area earn a somewhat decent living, they construct proper houses and streets and the ring widens. It's ironic that the Istanbul Park track, about 25 miles inland from the centre of Istanbul, is also an illegal construction, for it was never granted a building permit. Nevertheless, this track looks very impressive. We passed the paddock gate and, indeed, my entrance pass worked. The minibuses were parked behind the truck with the spare parts and I followed the mechanics to the wooden structure (a bit like a giant summer house) that was meant to be the hospitality area. It's in building blocks and put up at any Grand Prix. Compared to some structures nearby, it looked very tiny and flimsy, but HRT is a small and underfinanced team. Nevertheless, at this early hour, there was already a cook on site, to serve us a large and tasty breakfast. After breakfast, the mechanics turned their attention to preparing the cars for the morning warm up. I strolled down the paddock area to take a closer look at the hospitality structures of better funded teams. It's amazing. The MacLaren team has something one would rather expect in a high tech business park and the two storey Ferrari building oozes Italian design. I went back to HRT to wait for Jacky's arrival. He was there just past 8.30 a.m. and I spent most of the day in his company, except for the technical briefings and debriefings. I was introduced to both drivers, but during the rest of the weekend, I hardly had time to meet them again. However, I had lots of interesting information from Jacky and team principal Colin Kolles. The paddock oriented part of the pits looked like a commando post or a control room, with several people looking at computer screens with output of all data gathering and occasionally, they changed some parameters. As Jacky is the technical coordinator, he performed a visit to all of them. However fascinating this all is, I was happy when it was time for the briefings and I could go to the northern extremity of the paddock to watch F1 and Porsche Supercup qualifying and the first GP2 race. In-between, I indulged in the HRT hospitality with very good food and excellent coffee.

                        In general, I'm not a fan of Hermann Tilke's race tracks at all. However, here he has done a very good job, with a flowing, undulating and difficult anticlockwise track. From my vantage point, I could only see a fraction of it and the first GP2 race, won by former F1 racer Romain Grosjean (the one the Smiths saw win the first race at Francorchamps last year) was nothing to write home about. As the mechanics were still at work, I got a lift to my hotel from Jacky at 8.00 p.m. I had been at the track for nearly 14 hours. A nice experience, but not one I'd like to repeat week after week. I went to bed early, for on Sunday, it would be the same early rise.

                        Sunday was dawning a lot brighter than the previous day. As both cars had qualified, the mechanics were in high spirits, although after breakfast, one could see the tension mount. As there was more racing activity, I spent less time in the HRT pits and hospitality than on the saturday. Neither the Porsche Supercup race nor the second GP2 race were stunners, though. After having lunched at HRT, I watched the final preparations for the Grand Prix. It didn't look that different from most other single seater races I've seen, except that there's so much more technology and people involved. When the cars left for the grid, I strolled towards my vantage point. It struck me that there wasn't such a large crowd in the grandstands. The weather can't be the cause, for although not really warm, it was nice and quite sunny. It must have been the entrance fees. Anyway, after the rather uneventful races of the morning, I wasn't expecting a superb Grand Prix. When I watch races like these, I usually fill in a lap chart. It was a piece of cake for the GP2 and Porsche races, but I had to be more than fully concentrated as during the entire Grand Prix, only two laps were devoid of any passing maneuvers. This is due to the tyres and the aerodynamic aids for passing. For my hosts, the Grand Prix was less comforting, for they were last and second to last, beaten fair and square by the other minnow, the Marussia Virgin of my compatriot Jérôme d'Ambrosio.

                        As several team members had to catch planes soon after the finish, I managed to hitch a ride with one of them, an Argentinean engineer called Javier, not after once more thanking both Colin Kolles and Jacky Eeckelaert for their hospitality on this golden opportunity. During the drive to the airport, I had time to declare my great devotion to my driver's home country. I refrained from telling him I liked the Argentine driving standards a bit less, for he was a fine example of the opposite. I've had lifts of several drivers and team personnel in the past and they fall into two categories. Some of them are madmen even on the road, but most drive very cautiously and Javier belonged to that second category. Nevertheless, we got to the airport bang on time for our respective flights. With the hour's difference, I still got home late on Sunday evening.

                        After a short night, I packed another bag for a two day plant chasing trip to England with Aline. We always do our plant shopping in the Maidstone area as with "The potted garden" it boast the most versatile nursery we know of in Europe. As we also did some grocery shopping, the car's boot was full to the brim. We were asked to stop for a luggage check by the Dover customs. Upon opening the boot, the custom's officer smelled the scent of the plants. He said he was a keen gardener himself and the scent was enough to convince him to let us pass without any further controls. Just like last time, Seafrance was not endearing itself. On our crossing back into France, there were not a lot of passengers. Thus they kept the restaurant, the snack bar and half of the toilets locked.

                        Next week, I'll stay mainly local before embarking on a long road trip for the rest of the month.

                        Number of races in 2011: 22
                        Of which on new tracks: 21
                        Number of countries in which trackchased: 9
                        Of which new countries: 1

                        Roland

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                      • RTRYFBAR@AOL.COM
                        Dover Motorsports, Inc. has really been great for the sport. Ah, I think not. First they toasted Memphis, then Gateway, now Nashville. And then there was
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                          Dover Motorsports, Inc. has really been great for the sport. Ah, I think not. First they toasted Memphis, then Gateway, now Nashville. And then there was one. I wonder if when the bought those three tracks, did they think they were going to get a Cup race? I'm sure Dover will be OK, since they have a pair of Cups.

                          It doesn't surprise me about Nashville. The NASCAR race I saw a bit of on TV while in a restaurant this Spring had mostly empty seats, and they only seat 25,000. Similar to what Mike and I saw in person at Gateway last year.

                          Guy








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                          Nashville Super Speedway does not seek Nascar sanctioned races for the 2012
                          season.

                          Another one bites the dust.

                          Sent on the Now Network� from my Sprint® BlackBerry



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                          Hi all





                          Friday eve. i was in attendance for the weekly racing at the Kingsport Speedway
                          in Tenn. it was a very hot evening with a very large crowd on hand and an
                          equally surprising large field of cars in all divisions, except for the legends
                          div. with only 8, very good racing with only 4 yellows for the whole evening.





                          Sat. night had me at the Clayhill Speedway in Atwood,Tenn. A large crowd was on
                          hand to watch some very good racing with large fields

                          in all divisions on another very hot evening.





                          See ya at the track

                          Brian











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                          Sent: Mon, Jul 18, 2011 8:58 am

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                          Finally got back out on the road again after a extended visit to the Bronx.
                          After deciding to avoid the storms in the southeast,i headed out west to catch
                          the sat night show at the Midvale Speedway in OH,thanks to Mr Smith for posting
                          the event earlier in the week.

                          After the show i headed south west to continue my journey. Before going to bed
                          i found an off road race that was on my way, over in Marengo,IN.

                          I arrived at the Crawford County 4H Fairgrounds at 2:30pm, in time to catch the
                          last few laps of the truck race and the final 10 lap feature for the buggies.
                          The Mid America Off Road racing series runs here several times each year.



                          See ya at the track

                          Brian

                          Sent on the Now Network� from my Sprint® BlackBerry



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                          Date: Wed, 29 Jun 2011 03:41:06

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                          Managed to make it over to Santa Maria Speedway in Ca. for their regular Sat
                          night show. Good sized croud in attendence to watch

                          large fields of cars in each of the 4 classes that ran. The track stayed
                          competitive all evening with very good racing in all divisions.











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                          I was unable to get to a track on friday so i headed back to the Sandia Speedway
                          in Albuquerque NM for some sat and sun races.

                          Last time i was there, 3 weeks earlier, they ran their new dirt track,and are
                          alternating weeks with the asphalt track. This week they were running

                          both the 1/4mile and 1/2 mile tracks on sat night. The SCCA was running this
                          weekend as well, but i was not able to get to the track in time

                          to see them race on the roadcoarse on sat. so i had to wait until sun to see
                          them run. They had low car counts in all divisions but ran a fast paced program
                          with some fairly competitive races.

                          All in all a good weekend of racing.



                          See ya at the track

                          Brian



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                          Sent: Mon, Jun 13, 2011 9:22 pm

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                          After about 10 years of trying i managed to get the Winchester Speedway of SC.
                          in the books. They had a good crowd on hand to watch some very competitive
                          racing in most divisions, even though they had low car counts in all divisions.
                          Pretty clean facility with a quick well run show.

                          So far i have had the pleasure of watching HOT ROD Lamance run his crate late
                          model three times at three different tracks in SC. Cherokee,Riverside(their last
                          race $50,000 TO WIN) and now at Winchester,and he has won every time i was in
                          attendance. I wonder if he would pay my way into the next event he is
                          participating in. All in all not a bad way to spend a Friday evening.

                          Sat had two track possibilities both get rained out.



                          See ya at the track

                          Brian



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                          Went to A-1 speedway in lacombe La. On sat night. Unlike most tracks the upper
                          divisions had the larger fields with 18 Amods and 12 latemodels.

                          The track was in good shape all night with some good races in most divisions.

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                          From: "Vanden Eynde Roland" <roland.vandeneynde@...>

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                          Date: Wed, 11 May 2011 11:42:14

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                          Hello colleagues,



                          I ended my last trackchaser update report by telling I was invited by a friend
                          to watch a race outside Belgium. I don't have many longtime friends, but those I
                          have are extremely good ones. Some of you might remember that a few years ago my
                          friend Prosper Mollekens invited me to Kyalami, South Africa. Once again,
                          Prosper was instrumental in this invitation. Not long after last November's
                          trackchasing trip to Southern California, Prosper invited me to dinner with the
                          staff of his former KTR Racing Team: his son Kurt, Frank Couckaert and Jacky
                          Eeckelaert. One of the numerous subjects of the table conversation was my
                          trackchasing. Prosper brought it up remembering that long before I was a
                          trackchaser, I sometimes informed him about other races of his drivers. He
                          steadfastly answered with the catchphrase: "You're everywhere". After my little
                          monologue about the fine art of trackchasing, Jacky Eeckelaert said he'd help me
                          get to more countries and promptly invited me to the Turkish Grand Prix of 2011.
                          As Jacky is Hispania Racing Team (HRT)'s technical coordinator, this was not
                          just an invitation, but one during which I would be his personal guest. Such a
                          generous offer was gratefully accepted and a few months ago, I had a few mail
                          exchanges with Jacky. The deal was that I would buy my airline ticket; the team
                          would fetch me at the airport and put me in the same hotel as the mechanics, who
                          would chauffeur me to the track. As soon as this was settled, I logged on to my
                          favourite air travel site www.swoodoo.de and found a very cheap ticket on a
                          direct flight with Türk Hava Yolari (a.k.a. Turkish Airlines).



                          Thus I left work in sunny Brussels at 3.00 p.m. on Friday, took the train to the
                          airport, checked in for my 5.30 p.m. flight and arrived at 10.00 p.m. local time
                          in cold and damp Istanbul. Having been to this wonderful city 4 times already, I
                          knew the airport was an efficient one and indeed, half an hour after landing, I
                          met a man sporting an HRT sign in the arrivals hall. It turned out my chauffeur
                          was a local race fan, who would also drive the mechanics to the track next
                          morning. I was glad to have a local driver, for even though I'm a fan of
                          Istanbul, the dense and somewhat unorthodox traffic is not my cup of tea. Maybe
                          the damp weather helped, but the driver got me rather quickly to the hotel in
                          central Istanbul, near the former Roman hippodrome. I had stayed in this area
                          with Aline when we went to the Turkish part of Cyprus. When I checked in, I was
                          handed a large envelope together with my key. It contained a badge to get
                          through paddock entry control at the track and a note by Jacky, instructing me
                          to be ready in the lobby at 5.30 a.m. on Saturday morning. With this in mind, I
                          set the wake up function of my I Phone to wake me up at 5.00 a.m. with a gentle
                          musical tune and went to sleep.



                          Saturday morning, Istanbul still looked very damp, but the rain had stopped. In
                          the lobby, I met the mechanics. They're a very international bunch, consisting
                          of Spaniards, Brits, a Portuguese, an Estonian and two Italians. Two minibuses
                          would bring us to the track, one for the mechanics of fellow trackchaser Narain
                          Karthikeyan's car and one for that of his Italian team mate Vitantonio Liuzzi. I
                          opted for the latter's crew, which allowed me to practice my Italian a bit with
                          his two mechanics. Istanbul is the only city that is part of two continents. The
                          old city, in which I landed and spent the night, is on the European part of the
                          Bosporus, the isthmus dividing Europe and Asia. This part is connected to the
                          more recently developed Asian part by two mile long bridges. The Asian part of
                          the city is growing rapidly and savagely, because of a rule stating that if
                          someone builds a "house" overnight, it is allowed to stand. Thus, this side of
                          the town grows organically. In general, it consists of steadily increasing half
                          circles along the Bosporus. Once the majority of inhabitants of a shanty town
                          area earn a somewhat decent living, they construct proper houses and streets and
                          the ring widens. It's ironic that the Istanbul Park track, about 25 miles inland
                          from the centre of Istanbul, is also an illegal construction, for it was never
                          granted a building permit. Nevertheless, this track looks very impressive. We
                          passed the paddock gate and, indeed, my entrance pass worked. The minibuses were
                          parked behind the truck with the spare parts and I followed the mechanics to the
                          wooden structure (a bit like a giant summer house) that was meant to be the
                          hospitality area. It's in building blocks and put up at any Grand Prix. Compared
                          to some structures nearby, it looked very tiny and flimsy, but HRT is a small
                          and underfinanced team. Nevertheless, at this early hour, there was already a
                          cook on site, to serve us a large and tasty breakfast. After breakfast, the
                          mechanics turned their attention to preparing the cars for the morning warm up.
                          I strolled down the paddock area to take a closer look at the hospitality
                          structures of better funded teams. It's amazing. The MacLaren team has something
                          one would rather expect in a high tech business park and the two storey Ferrari
                          building oozes Italian design. I went back to HRT to wait for Jacky's arrival.
                          He was there just past 8.30 a.m. and I spent most of the day in his company,
                          except for the technical briefings and debriefings. I was introduced to both
                          drivers, but during the rest of the weekend, I hardly had time to meet them
                          again. However, I had lots of interesting information from Jacky and team
                          principal Colin Kolles. The paddock oriented part of the pits looked like a
                          commando post or a control room, with several people looking at computer screens
                          with output of all data gathering and occasionally, they changed some
                          parameters. As Jacky is the technical coordinator, he performed a visit to all
                          of them. However fascinating this all is, I was happy when it was time for the
                          briefings and I could go to the northern extremity of the paddock to watch F1
                          and Porsche Supercup qualifying and the first GP2 race. In-between, I indulged
                          in the HRT hospitality with very good food and excellent coffee.



                          In general, I'm not a fan of Hermann Tilke's race tracks at all. However, here
                          he has done a very good job, with a flowing, undulating and difficult
                          anticlockwise track. From my vantage point, I could only see a fraction of it
                          and the first GP2 race, won by former F1 racer Romain Grosjean (the one the
                          Smiths saw win the first race at Francorchamps last year) was nothing to write
                          home about. As the mechanics were still at work, I got a lift to my hotel from
                          Jacky at 8.00 p.m. I had been at the track for nearly 14 hours. A nice
                          experience, but not one I'd like to repeat week after week. I went to bed early,
                          for on Sunday, it would be the same early rise.



                          Sunday was dawning a lot brighter than the previous day. As both cars had
                          qualified, the mechanics were in high spirits, although after breakfast, one
                          could see the tension mount. As there was more racing activity, I spent less
                          time in the HRT pits and hospitality than on the saturday. Neither the Porsche
                          Supercup race nor the second GP2 race were stunners, though. After having
                          lunched at HRT, I watched the final preparations for the Grand Prix. It didn't
                          look that different from most other single seater races I've seen, except that
                          there's so much more technology and people involved. When the cars left for the
                          grid, I strolled towards my vantage point. It struck me that there wasn't such a
                          large crowd in the grandstands. The weather can't be the cause, for although not
                          really warm, it was nice and quite sunny. It must have been the entrance fees.
                          Anyway, after the rather uneventful races of the morning, I wasn't expecting a
                          superb Grand Prix. When I watch races like these, I usually fill in a lap chart.
                          It was a piece of cake for the GP2 and Porsche races, but I had to be more than
                          fully concentrated as during the entire Grand Prix, only two laps were devoid of
                          any passing maneuvers. This is due to the tyres and the aerodynamic aids for
                          passing. For my hosts, the Grand Prix was less comforting, for they were last
                          and second to last, beaten fair and square by the other minnow, the Marussia
                          Virgin of my compatriot Jérôme d'Ambrosio.



                          As several team members had to catch planes soon after the finish, I managed to
                          hitch a ride with one of them, an Argentinean engineer called Javier, not after
                          once more thanking both Colin Kolles and Jacky Eeckelaert for their hospitality
                          on this golden opportunity. During the drive to the airport, I had time to
                          declare my great devotion to my driver's home country. I refrained from telling
                          him I liked the Argentine driving standards a bit less, for he was a fine
                          example of the opposite. I've had lifts of several drivers and team personnel in
                          the past and they fall into two categories. Some of them are madmen even on the
                          road, but most drive very cautiously and Javier belonged to that second
                          category. Nevertheless, we got to the airport bang on time for our respective
                          flights. With the hour's difference, I still got home late on Sunday evening.



                          After a short night, I packed another bag for a two day plant chasing trip to
                          England with Aline. We always do our plant shopping in the Maidstone area as
                          with "The potted garden" it boast the most versatile nursery we know of in
                          Europe. As we also did some grocery shopping, the car's boot was full to the
                          brim. We were asked to stop for a luggage check by the Dover customs. Upon
                          opening the boot, the custom's officer smelled the scent of the plants. He said
                          he was a keen gardener himself and the scent was enough to convince him to let
                          us pass without any further controls. Just like last time, Seafrance was not
                          endearing itself. On our crossing back into France, there were not a lot of
                          passengers. Thus they kept the restaurant, the snack bar and half of the toilets
                          locked.



                          Next week, I'll stay mainly local before embarking on a long road trip for the
                          rest of the month.



                          Number of races in 2011: 22

                          Of which on new tracks: 21

                          Number of countries in which trackchased: 9

                          Of which new countries: 1



                          Roland



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                          Fri 8-5-11 moeller motorsports park Williamsburg,OH. Dirt oval Sat 8-6-11 shelbyville fairgrounds Shelbyville IN dirt oval Sun 8-7-11 winchester speedway
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                            Fri 8-5-11 moeller motorsports park
                            Williamsburg,OH. Dirt oval

                            Sat 8-6-11 shelbyville fairgrounds
                            Shelbyville IN dirt oval

                            Sun 8-7-11 winchester speedway
                            Winchester,IN paved oval
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                            Nashville Super Speedway does not seek Nascar sanctioned races for the 2012 season.
                            Another one bites the dust.
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                            Hi all


                            Friday eve. i was in attendance for the weekly racing at the Kingsport Speedway in Tenn. it was a very hot evening with a very large crowd on hand and an equally surprising large field of cars in all divisions, except for the legends div. with only 8, very good racing with only 4 yellows for the whole evening.


                            Sat. night had me at the Clayhill Speedway in Atwood,Tenn. A large crowd was on hand to watch some very good racing with large fields
                            in all divisions on another very hot evening.


                            See ya at the track
                            Brian





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                            Finally got back out on the road again after a extended visit to the Bronx. After deciding to avoid the storms in the southeast,i headed out west to catch the sat night show at the Midvale Speedway in OH,thanks to Mr Smith for posting the event earlier in the week.
                            After the show i headed south west to continue my journey. Before going to bed i found an off road race that was on my way, over in Marengo,IN.
                            I arrived at the Crawford County 4H Fairgrounds at 2:30pm, in time to catch the last few laps of the truck race and the final 10 lap feature for the buggies. The Mid America Off Road racing series runs here several times each year.

                            See ya at the track
                            Brian
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                            Managed to make it over to Santa Maria Speedway in Ca. for their regular Sat night show. Good sized croud in attendence to watch
                            large fields of cars in each of the 4 classes that ran. The track stayed competitive all evening with very good racing in all divisions.





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                            I was unable to get to a track on friday so i headed back to the Sandia Speedway in Albuquerque NM for some sat and sun races.
                            Last time i was there, 3 weeks earlier, they ran their new dirt track,and are alternating weeks with the asphalt track. This week they were running
                            both the 1/4mile and 1/2 mile tracks on sat night. The SCCA was running this weekend as well, but i was not able to get to the track in time
                            to see them race on the roadcoarse on sat. so i had to wait until sun to see them run. They had low car counts in all divisions but ran a fast paced program with some fairly competitive races.
                            All in all a good weekend of racing.

                            See ya at the track
                            Brian

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                            After about 10 years of trying i managed to get the Winchester Speedway of SC. in the books. They had a good crowd on hand to watch some very competitive racing in most divisions, even though they had low car counts in all divisions. Pretty clean facility with a quick well run show.
                            So far i have had the pleasure of watching HOT ROD Lamance run his crate late model three times at three different tracks in SC. Cherokee,Riverside(their last race $50,000 TO WIN) and now at Winchester,and he has won every time i was in attendance. I wonder if he would pay my way into the next event he is participating in. All in all not a bad way to spend a Friday evening.
                            Sat had two track possibilities both get rained out.

                            See ya at the track
                            Brian

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                            Sent: Mon, Jun 6, 2011 6:31 am
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                            Went to A-1 speedway in lacombe La. On sat night. Unlike most tracks the upper divisions had the larger fields with 18 Amods and 12 latemodels.
                            The track was in good shape all night with some good races in most divisions.
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                            Hello colleagues,

                            I ended my last trackchaser update report by telling I was invited by a friend to watch a race outside Belgium. I don't have many longtime friends, but those I have are extremely good ones. Some of you might remember that a few years ago my friend Prosper Mollekens invited me to Kyalami, South Africa. Once again, Prosper was instrumental in this invitation. Not long after last November's trackchasing trip to Southern California, Prosper invited me to dinner with the staff of his former KTR Racing Team: his son Kurt, Frank Couckaert and Jacky Eeckelaert. One of the numerous subjects of the table conversation was my trackchasing. Prosper brought it up remembering that long before I was a trackchaser, I sometimes informed him about other races of his drivers. He steadfastly answered with the catchphrase: "You're everywhere". After my little monologue about the fine art of trackchasing, Jacky Eeckelaert said he'd help me get to more countries and promptly invited me to the Turkish Grand Prix of 2011. As Jacky is Hispania Racing Team (HRT)'s technical coordinator, this was not just an invitation, but one during which I would be his personal guest. Such a generous offer was gratefully accepted and a few months ago, I had a few mail exchanges with Jacky. The deal was that I would buy my airline ticket; the team would fetch me at the airport and put me in the same hotel as the mechanics, who would chauffeur me to the track. As soon as this was settled, I logged on to my favourite air travel site www.swoodoo.de and found a very cheap ticket on a direct flight with Türk Hava Yolari (a.k.a. Turkish Airlines).

                            Thus I left work in sunny Brussels at 3.00 p.m. on Friday, took the train to the airport, checked in for my 5.30 p.m. flight and arrived at 10.00 p.m. local time in cold and damp Istanbul. Having been to this wonderful city 4 times already, I knew the airport was an efficient one and indeed, half an hour after landing, I met a man sporting an HRT sign in the arrivals hall. It turned out my chauffeur was a local race fan, who would also drive the mechanics to the track next morning. I was glad to have a local driver, for even though I'm a fan of Istanbul, the dense and somewhat unorthodox traffic is not my cup of tea. Maybe the damp weather helped, but the driver got me rather quickly to the hotel in central Istanbul, near the former Roman hippodrome. I had stayed in this area with Aline when we went to the Turkish part of Cyprus. When I checked in, I was handed a large envelope together with my key. It contained a badge to get through paddock entry control at the track and a note by Jacky, instructing me to be ready in the lobby at 5.30 a.m. on Saturday morning. With this in mind, I set the wake up function of my I Phone to wake me up at 5.00 a.m. with a gentle musical tune and went to sleep.

                            Saturday morning, Istanbul still looked very damp, but the rain had stopped. In the lobby, I met the mechanics. They're a very international bunch, consisting of Spaniards, Brits, a Portuguese, an Estonian and two Italians. Two minibuses would bring us to the track, one for the mechanics of fellow trackchaser Narain Karthikeyan's car and one for that of his Italian team mate Vitantonio Liuzzi. I opted for the latter's crew, which allowed me to practice my Italian a bit with his two mechanics. Istanbul is the only city that is part of two continents. The old city, in which I landed and spent the night, is on the European part of the Bosporus, the isthmus dividing Europe and Asia. This part is connected to the more recently developed Asian part by two mile long bridges. The Asian part of the city is growing rapidly and savagely, because of a rule stating that if someone builds a "house" overnight, it is allowed to stand. Thus, this side of the town grows organically. In general, it consists of steadily increasing half circles along the Bosporus. Once the majority of inhabitants of a shanty town area earn a somewhat decent living, they construct proper houses and streets and the ring widens. It's ironic that the Istanbul Park track, about 25 miles inland from the centre of Istanbul, is also an illegal construction, for it was never granted a building permit. Nevertheless, this track looks very impressive. We passed the paddock gate and, indeed, my entrance pass worked. The minibuses were parked behind the truck with the spare parts and I followed the mechanics to the wooden structure (a bit like a giant summer house) that was meant to be the hospitality area. It's in building blocks and put up at any Grand Prix. Compared to some structures nearby, it looked very tiny and flimsy, but HRT is a small and underfinanced team. Nevertheless, at this early hour, there was already a cook on site, to serve us a large and tasty breakfast. After breakfast, the mechanics turned their attention to preparing the cars for the morning warm up. I strolled down the paddock area to take a closer look at the hospitality structures of better funded teams. It's amazing. The MacLaren team has something one would rather expect in a high tech business park and the two storey Ferrari building oozes Italian design. I went back to HRT to wait for Jacky's arrival. He was there just past 8.30 a.m. and I spent most of the day in his company, except for the technical briefings and debriefings. I was introduced to both drivers, but during the rest of the weekend, I hardly had time to meet them again. However, I had lots of interesting information from Jacky and team principal Colin Kolles. The paddock oriented part of the pits looked like a commando post or a control room, with several people looking at computer screens with output of all data gathering and occasionally, they changed some parameters. As Jacky is the technical coordinator, he performed a visit to all of them. However fascinating this all is, I was happy when it was time for the briefings and I could go to the northern extremity of the paddock to watch F1 and Porsche Supercup qualifying and the first GP2 race. In-between, I indulged in the HRT hospitality with very good food and excellent coffee.

                            In general, I'm not a fan of Hermann Tilke's race tracks at all. However, here he has done a very good job, with a flowing, undulating and difficult anticlockwise track. From my vantage point, I could only see a fraction of it and the first GP2 race, won by former F1 racer Romain Grosjean (the one the Smiths saw win the first race at Francorchamps last year) was nothing to write home about. As the mechanics were still at work, I got a lift to my hotel from Jacky at 8.00 p.m. I had been at the track for nearly 14 hours. A nice experience, but not one I'd like to repeat week after week. I went to bed early, for on Sunday, it would be the same early rise.

                            Sunday was dawning a lot brighter than the previous day. As both cars had qualified, the mechanics were in high spirits, although after breakfast, one could see the tension mount. As there was more racing activity, I spent less time in the HRT pits and hospitality than on the saturday. Neither the Porsche Supercup race nor the second GP2 race were stunners, though. After having lunched at HRT, I watched the final preparations for the Grand Prix. It didn't look that different from most other single seater races I've seen, except that there's so much more technology and people involved. When the cars left for the grid, I strolled towards my vantage point. It struck me that there wasn't such a large crowd in the grandstands. The weather can't be the cause, for although not really warm, it was nice and quite sunny. It must have been the entrance fees. Anyway, after the rather uneventful races of the morning, I wasn't expecting a superb Grand Prix. When I watch races like these, I usually fill in a lap chart. It was a piece of cake for the GP2 and Porsche races, but I had to be more than fully concentrated as during the entire Grand Prix, only two laps were devoid of any passing maneuvers. This is due to the tyres and the aerodynamic aids for passing. For my hosts, the Grand Prix was less comforting, for they were last and second to last, beaten fair and square by the other minnow, the Marussia Virgin of my compatriot Jérôme d'Ambrosio.

                            As several team members had to catch planes soon after the finish, I managed to hitch a ride with one of them, an Argentinean engineer called Javier, not after once more thanking both Colin Kolles and Jacky Eeckelaert for their hospitality on this golden opportunity. During the drive to the airport, I had time to declare my great devotion to my driver's home country. I refrained from telling him I liked the Argentine driving standards a bit less, for he was a fine example of the opposite. I've had lifts of several drivers and team personnel in the past and they fall into two categories. Some of them are madmen even on the road, but most drive very cautiously and Javier belonged to that second category. Nevertheless, we got to the airport bang on time for our respective flights. With the hour's difference, I still got home late on Sunday evening.

                            After a short night, I packed another bag for a two day plant chasing trip to England with Aline. We always do our plant shopping in the Maidstone area as with "The potted garden" it boast the most versatile nursery we know of in Europe. As we also did some grocery shopping, the car's boot was full to the brim. We were asked to stop for a luggage check by the Dover customs. Upon opening the boot, the custom's officer smelled the scent of the plants. He said he was a keen gardener himself and the scent was enough to convince him to let us pass without any further controls. Just like last time, Seafrance was not endearing itself. On our crossing back into France, there were not a lot of passengers. Thus they kept the restaurant, the snack bar and half of the toilets locked.

                            Next week, I'll stay mainly local before embarking on a long road trip for the rest of the month.

                            Number of races in 2011: 22
                            Of which on new tracks: 21
                            Number of countries in which trackchased: 9
                            Of which new countries: 1

                            Roland

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                          • BHICKEYJR@AOL.COM
                            Fri 8-12-2011 talladaga kart track Eastaboga,Al. dirt oval Sat 8-13-2011 Jackson Motorspeedway Jackson,Ms. dirt oval ... From: BHICKEYJR
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                              Fri 8-12-2011 talladaga kart track
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                              Sat 8-13-2011 Jackson Motorspeedway
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                              Sent: Tue, Aug 9, 2011 2:38 pm
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                              Fri 8-5-11 moeller motorsports park
                              Williamsburg,OH. Dirt oval

                              Sat 8-6-11 shelbyville fairgrounds
                              Shelbyville IN dirt oval

                              Sun 8-7-11 winchester speedway
                              Winchester,IN paved oval
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                              Nashville Super Speedway does not seek Nascar sanctioned races for the 2012 season.
                              Another one bites the dust.
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                              Hi all


                              Friday eve. i was in attendance for the weekly racing at the Kingsport Speedway in Tenn. it was a very hot evening with a very large crowd on hand and an equally surprising large field of cars in all divisions, except for the legends div. with only 8, very good racing with only 4 yellows for the whole evening.


                              Sat. night had me at the Clayhill Speedway in Atwood,Tenn. A large crowd was on hand to watch some very good racing with large fields
                              in all divisions on another very hot evening.


                              See ya at the track
                              Brian





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                              Finally got back out on the road again after a extended visit to the Bronx. After deciding to avoid the storms in the southeast,i headed out west to catch the sat night show at the Midvale Speedway in OH,thanks to Mr Smith for posting the event earlier in the week.
                              After the show i headed south west to continue my journey. Before going to bed i found an off road race that was on my way, over in Marengo,IN.
                              I arrived at the Crawford County 4H Fairgrounds at 2:30pm, in time to catch the last few laps of the truck race and the final 10 lap feature for the buggies. The Mid America Off Road racing series runs here several times each year.

                              See ya at the track
                              Brian
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                              Managed to make it over to Santa Maria Speedway in Ca. for their regular Sat night show. Good sized croud in attendence to watch
                              large fields of cars in each of the 4 classes that ran. The track stayed competitive all evening with very good racing in all divisions.





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                              Sent: Tue, Jun 21, 2011 9:19 pm
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                              I was unable to get to a track on friday so i headed back to the Sandia Speedway in Albuquerque NM for some sat and sun races.
                              Last time i was there, 3 weeks earlier, they ran their new dirt track,and are alternating weeks with the asphalt track. This week they were running
                              both the 1/4mile and 1/2 mile tracks on sat night. The SCCA was running this weekend as well, but i was not able to get to the track in time
                              to see them race on the roadcoarse on sat. so i had to wait until sun to see them run. They had low car counts in all divisions but ran a fast paced program with some fairly competitive races.
                              All in all a good weekend of racing.

                              See ya at the track
                              Brian

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                              Sent: Mon, Jun 13, 2011 9:22 pm
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                              After about 10 years of trying i managed to get the Winchester Speedway of SC. in the books. They had a good crowd on hand to watch some very competitive racing in most divisions, even though they had low car counts in all divisions. Pretty clean facility with a quick well run show.
                              So far i have had the pleasure of watching HOT ROD Lamance run his crate late model three times at three different tracks in SC. Cherokee,Riverside(their last race $50,000 TO WIN) and now at Winchester,and he has won every time i was in attendance. I wonder if he would pay my way into the next event he is participating in. All in all not a bad way to spend a Friday evening.
                              Sat had two track possibilities both get rained out.

                              See ya at the track
                              Brian

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                              Sent: Mon, Jun 6, 2011 6:31 am
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                              Went to A-1 speedway in lacombe La. On sat night. Unlike most tracks the upper divisions had the larger fields with 18 Amods and 12 latemodels.
                              The track was in good shape all night with some good races in most divisions.
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                              From: "Vanden Eynde Roland" <roland.vandeneynde@...>
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                              Date: Wed, 11 May 2011 11:42:14
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                              Hello colleagues,

                              I ended my last trackchaser update report by telling I was invited by a friend to watch a race outside Belgium. I don't have many longtime friends, but those I have are extremely good ones. Some of you might remember that a few years ago my friend Prosper Mollekens invited me to Kyalami, South Africa. Once again, Prosper was instrumental in this invitation. Not long after last November's trackchasing trip to Southern California, Prosper invited me to dinner with the staff of his former KTR Racing Team: his son Kurt, Frank Couckaert and Jacky Eeckelaert. One of the numerous subjects of the table conversation was my trackchasing. Prosper brought it up remembering that long before I was a trackchaser, I sometimes informed him about other races of his drivers. He steadfastly answered with the catchphrase: "You're everywhere". After my little monologue about the fine art of trackchasing, Jacky Eeckelaert said he'd help me get to more countries and promptly invited me to the Turkish Grand Prix of 2011. As Jacky is Hispania Racing Team (HRT)'s technical coordinator, this was not just an invitation, but one during which I would be his personal guest. Such a generous offer was gratefully accepted and a few months ago, I had a few mail exchanges with Jacky. The deal was that I would buy my airline ticket; the team would fetch me at the airport and put me in the same hotel as the mechanics, who would chauffeur me to the track. As soon as this was settled, I logged on to my favourite air travel site www.swoodoo.de and found a very cheap ticket on a direct flight with Türk Hava Yolari (a.k.a. Turkish Airlines).

                              Thus I left work in sunny Brussels at 3.00 p.m. on Friday, took the train to the airport, checked in for my 5.30 p.m. flight and arrived at 10.00 p.m. local time in cold and damp Istanbul. Having been to this wonderful city 4 times already, I knew the airport was an efficient one and indeed, half an hour after landing, I met a man sporting an HRT sign in the arrivals hall. It turned out my chauffeur was a local race fan, who would also drive the mechanics to the track next morning. I was glad to have a local driver, for even though I'm a fan of Istanbul, the dense and somewhat unorthodox traffic is not my cup of tea. Maybe the damp weather helped, but the driver got me rather quickly to the hotel in central Istanbul, near the former Roman hippodrome. I had stayed in this area with Aline when we went to the Turkish part of Cyprus. When I checked in, I was handed a large envelope together with my key. It contained a badge to get through paddock entry control at the track and a note by Jacky, instructing me to be ready in the lobby at 5.30 a.m. on Saturday morning. With this in mind, I set the wake up function of my I Phone to wake me up at 5.00 a.m. with a gentle musical tune and went to sleep.

                              Saturday morning, Istanbul still looked very damp, but the rain had stopped. In the lobby, I met the mechanics. They're a very international bunch, consisting of Spaniards, Brits, a Portuguese, an Estonian and two Italians. Two minibuses would bring us to the track, one for the mechanics of fellow trackchaser Narain Karthikeyan's car and one for that of his Italian team mate Vitantonio Liuzzi. I opted for the latter's crew, which allowed me to practice my Italian a bit with his two mechanics. Istanbul is the only city that is part of two continents. The old city, in which I landed and spent the night, is on the European part of the Bosporus, the isthmus dividing Europe and Asia. This part is connected to the more recently developed Asian part by two mile long bridges. The Asian part of the city is growing rapidly and savagely, because of a rule stating that if someone builds a "house" overnight, it is allowed to stand. Thus, this side of the town grows organically. In general, it consists of steadily increasing half circles along the Bosporus. Once the majority of inhabitants of a shanty town area earn a somewhat decent living, they construct proper houses and streets and the ring widens. It's ironic that the Istanbul Park track, about 25 miles inland from the centre of Istanbul, is also an illegal construction, for it was never granted a building permit. Nevertheless, this track looks very impressive. We passed the paddock gate and, indeed, my entrance pass worked. The minibuses were parked behind the truck with the spare parts and I followed the mechanics to the wooden structure (a bit like a giant summer house) that was meant to be the hospitality area. It's in building blocks and put up at any Grand Prix. Compared to some structures nearby, it looked very tiny and flimsy, but HRT is a small and underfinanced team. Nevertheless, at this early hour, there was already a cook on site, to serve us a large and tasty breakfast. After breakfast, the mechanics turned their attention to preparing the cars for the morning warm up. I strolled down the paddock area to take a closer look at the hospitality structures of better funded teams. It's amazing. The MacLaren team has something one would rather expect in a high tech business park and the two storey Ferrari building oozes Italian design. I went back to HRT to wait for Jacky's arrival. He was there just past 8.30 a.m. and I spent most of the day in his company, except for the technical briefings and debriefings. I was introduced to both drivers, but during the rest of the weekend, I hardly had time to meet them again. However, I had lots of interesting information from Jacky and team principal Colin Kolles. The paddock oriented part of the pits looked like a commando post or a control room, with several people looking at computer screens with output of all data gathering and occasionally, they changed some parameters. As Jacky is the technical coordinator, he performed a visit to all of them. However fascinating this all is, I was happy when it was time for the briefings and I could go to the northern extremity of the paddock to watch F1 and Porsche Supercup qualifying and the first GP2 race. In-between, I indulged in the HRT hospitality with very good food and excellent coffee.

                              In general, I'm not a fan of Hermann Tilke's race tracks at all. However, here he has done a very good job, with a flowing, undulating and difficult anticlockwise track. From my vantage point, I could only see a fraction of it and the first GP2 race, won by former F1 racer Romain Grosjean (the one the Smiths saw win the first race at Francorchamps last year) was nothing to write home about. As the mechanics were still at work, I got a lift to my hotel from Jacky at 8.00 p.m. I had been at the track for nearly 14 hours. A nice experience, but not one I'd like to repeat week after week. I went to bed early, for on Sunday, it would be the same early rise.

                              Sunday was dawning a lot brighter than the previous day. As both cars had qualified, the mechanics were in high spirits, although after breakfast, one could see the tension mount. As there was more racing activity, I spent less time in the HRT pits and hospitality than on the saturday. Neither the Porsche Supercup race nor the second GP2 race were stunners, though. After having lunched at HRT, I watched the final preparations for the Grand Prix. It didn't look that different from most other single seater races I've seen, except that there's so much more technology and people involved. When the cars left for the grid, I strolled towards my vantage point. It struck me that there wasn't such a large crowd in the grandstands. The weather can't be the cause, for although not really warm, it was nice and quite sunny. It must have been the entrance fees. Anyway, after the rather uneventful races of the morning, I wasn't expecting a superb Grand Prix. When I watch races like these, I usually fill in a lap chart. It was a piece of cake for the GP2 and Porsche races, but I had to be more than fully concentrated as during the entire Grand Prix, only two laps were devoid of any passing maneuvers. This is due to the tyres and the aerodynamic aids for passing. For my hosts, the Grand Prix was less comforting, for they were last and second to last, beaten fair and square by the other minnow, the Marussia Virgin of my compatriot Jérôme d'Ambrosio.

                              As several team members had to catch planes soon after the finish, I managed to hitch a ride with one of them, an Argentinean engineer called Javier, not after once more thanking both Colin Kolles and Jacky Eeckelaert for their hospitality on this golden opportunity. During the drive to the airport, I had time to declare my great devotion to my driver's home country. I refrained from telling him I liked the Argentine driving standards a bit less, for he was a fine example of the opposite. I've had lifts of several drivers and team personnel in the past and they fall into two categories. Some of them are madmen even on the road, but most drive very cautiously and Javier belonged to that second category. Nevertheless, we got to the airport bang on time for our respective flights. With the hour's difference, I still got home late on Sunday evening.

                              After a short night, I packed another bag for a two day plant chasing trip to England with Aline. We always do our plant shopping in the Maidstone area as with "The potted garden" it boast the most versatile nursery we know of in Europe. As we also did some grocery shopping, the car's boot was full to the brim. We were asked to stop for a luggage check by the Dover customs. Upon opening the boot, the custom's officer smelled the scent of the plants. He said he was a keen gardener himself and the scent was enough to convince him to let us pass without any further controls. Just like last time, Seafrance was not endearing itself. On our crossing back into France, there were not a lot of passengers. Thus they kept the restaurant, the snack bar and half of the toilets locked.

                              Next week, I'll stay mainly local before embarking on a long road trip for the rest of the month.

                              Number of races in 2011: 22
                              Of which on new tracks: 21
                              Number of countries in which trackchased: 9
                              Of which new countries: 1

                              Roland

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                              Sat 8-20-11 I-37 Raceway Pleasanton,Tx 1/20 mile dirt inner oval Sat 8-20-11 I-37 Raceway Pleasanyon,Tx. 1/4 mile dirt oval ... From: BHICKEYJR
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                                Sat 8-20-11 I-37 Raceway Pleasanton,Tx
                                1/20 mile dirt inner oval


                                Sat 8-20-11 I-37 Raceway Pleasanyon,Tx.
                                1/4 mile dirt oval





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                                Sent: Mon, Aug 15, 2011 8:43 am
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                                Fri 8-12-2011 talladaga kart track
                                Eastaboga,Al. dirt oval

                                Sat 8-13-2011 Jackson Motorspeedway
                                Jackson,Ms. dirt oval

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                                Sent: Tue, Aug 9, 2011 2:38 pm
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                                Fri 8-5-11 moeller motorsports park
                                Williamsburg,OH. Dirt oval

                                Sat 8-6-11 shelbyville fairgrounds
                                Shelbyville IN dirt oval

                                Sun 8-7-11 winchester speedway
                                Winchester,IN paved oval
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                                Nashville Super Speedway does not seek Nascar sanctioned races for the 2012 season.
                                Another one bites the dust.
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                                Hi all

                                Friday eve. i was in attendance for the weekly racing at the Kingsport Speedway in Tenn. it was a very hot evening with a very large crowd on hand and an equally surprising large field of cars in all divisions, except for the legends div. with only 8, very good racing with only 4 yellows for the whole evening.

                                Sat. night had me at the Clayhill Speedway in Atwood,Tenn. A large crowd was on hand to watch some very good racing with large fields
                                in all divisions on another very hot evening.

                                See ya at the track
                                Brian

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                                From: BHICKEYJR <BHICKEYJR@...>
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                                Sent: Mon, Jul 18, 2011 8:58 am
                                Subject: Re: [TrackChasers] trackChaser update

                                Finally got back out on the road again after a extended visit to the Bronx. After deciding to avoid the storms in the southeast,i headed out west to catch the sat night show at the Midvale Speedway in OH,thanks to Mr Smith for posting the event earlier in the week.
                                After the show i headed south west to continue my journey. Before going to bed i found an off road race that was on my way, over in Marengo,IN.
                                I arrived at the Crawford County 4H Fairgrounds at 2:30pm, in time to catch the last few laps of the truck race and the final 10 lap feature for the buggies. The Mid America Off Road racing series runs here several times each year.

                                See ya at the track
                                Brian
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                                Date: Wed, 29 Jun 2011 03:41:06
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                                Managed to make it over to Santa Maria Speedway in Ca. for their regular Sat night show. Good sized croud in attendence to watch
                                large fields of cars in each of the 4 classes that ran. The track stayed competitive all evening with very good racing in all divisions.

                                -----Original Message-----
                                From: BHICKEYJR <BHICKEYJR@...>
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                                Sent: Tue, Jun 21, 2011 9:19 pm
                                Subject: Re: [TrackChasers] trackChaser update

                                I was unable to get to a track on friday so i headed back to the Sandia Speedway in Albuquerque NM for some sat and sun races.
                                Last time i was there, 3 weeks earlier, they ran their new dirt track,and are alternating weeks with the asphalt track. This week they were running
                                both the 1/4mile and 1/2 mile tracks on sat night. The SCCA was running this weekend as well, but i was not able to get to the track in time
                                to see them race on the roadcoarse on sat. so i had to wait until sun to see them run. They had low car counts in all divisions but ran a fast paced program with some fairly competitive races.
                                All in all a good weekend of racing.

                                See ya at the track
                                Brian

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                                From: BHICKEYJR <BHICKEYJR@...>
                                To: TrackChasers <TrackChasers@yahoogroups.com>
                                Sent: Mon, Jun 13, 2011 9:22 pm
                                Subject: Re: [TrackChasers] trackChaser update

                                After about 10 years of trying i managed to get the Winchester Speedway of SC. in the books. They had a good crowd on hand to watch some very competitive racing in most divisions, even though they had low car counts in all divisions. Pretty clean facility with a quick well run show.
                                So far i have had the pleasure of watching HOT ROD Lamance run his crate late model three times at three different tracks in SC. Cherokee,Riverside(their last race $50,000 TO WIN) and now at Winchester,and he has won every time i was in attendance. I wonder if he would pay my way into the next event he is participating in. All in all not a bad way to spend a Friday evening.
                                Sat had two track possibilities both get rained out.

                                See ya at the track
                                Brian

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                                To: TrackChasers <TrackChasers@yahoogroups.com>
                                Sent: Mon, Jun 6, 2011 6:31 am
                                Subject: Re: [TrackChasers] trackChaser update

                                Went to A-1 speedway in lacombe La. On sat night. Unlike most tracks the upper divisions had the larger fields with 18 Amods and 12 latemodels.
                                The track was in good shape all night with some good races in most divisions.
                                Sent on the Now Network� from my Sprint® BlackBerry

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                                From: "Vanden Eynde Roland" <roland.vandeneynde@...>
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                                Date: Wed, 11 May 2011 11:42:14
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                                Hello colleagues,

                                I ended my last trackchaser update report by telling I was invited by a friend to watch a race outside Belgium. I don't have many longtime friends, but those I have are extremely good ones. Some of you might remember that a few years ago my friend Prosper Mollekens invited me to Kyalami, South Africa. Once again, Prosper was instrumental in this invitation. Not long after last November's trackchasing trip to Southern California, Prosper invited me to dinner with the staff of his former KTR Racing Team: his son Kurt, Frank Couckaert and Jacky Eeckelaert. One of the numerous subjects of the table conversation was my trackchasing. Prosper brought it up remembering that long before I was a trackchaser, I sometimes informed him about other races of his drivers. He steadfastly answered with the catchphrase: "You're everywhere". After my little monologue about the fine art of trackchasing, Jacky Eeckelaert said he'd help me get to more countries and promptly invited me to the Turkish Grand Prix of 2011. As Jacky is Hispania Racing Team (HRT)'s technical coordinator, this was not just an invitation, but one during which I would be his personal guest. Such a generous offer was gratefully accepted and a few months ago, I had a few mail exchanges with Jacky. The deal was that I would buy my airline ticket; the team would fetch me at the airport and put me in the same hotel as the mechanics, who would chauffeur me to the track. As soon as this was settled, I logged on to my favourite air travel site www.swoodoo.de and found a very cheap ticket on a direct flight with Türk Hava Yolari (a.k.a. Turkish Airlines).

                                Thus I left work in sunny Brussels at 3.00 p.m. on Friday, took the train to the airport, checked in for my 5.30 p.m. flight and arrived at 10.00 p.m. local time in cold and damp Istanbul. Having been to this wonderful city 4 times already, I knew the airport was an efficient one and indeed, half an hour after landing, I met a man sporting an HRT sign in the arrivals hall. It turned out my chauffeur was a local race fan, who would also drive the mechanics to the track next morning. I was glad to have a local driver, for even though I'm a fan of Istanbul, the dense and somewhat unorthodox traffic is not my cup of tea. Maybe the damp weather helped, but the driver got me rather quickly to the hotel in central Istanbul, near the former Roman hippodrome. I had stayed in this area with Aline when we went to the Turkish part of Cyprus. When I checked in, I was handed a large envelope together with my key. It contained a badge to get through paddock entry control at the track and a note by Jacky, instructing me to be ready in the lobby at 5.30 a.m. on Saturday morning. With this in mind, I set the wake up function of my I Phone to wake me up at 5.00 a.m. with a gentle musical tune and went to sleep.

                                Saturday morning, Istanbul still looked very damp, but the rain had stopped. In the lobby, I met the mechanics. They're a very international bunch, consisting of Spaniards, Brits, a Portuguese, an Estonian and two Italians. Two minibuses would bring us to the track, one for the mechanics of fellow trackchaser Narain Karthikeyan's car and one for that of his Italian team mate Vitantonio Liuzzi. I opted for the latter's crew, which allowed me to practice my Italian a bit with his two mechanics. Istanbul is the only city that is part of two continents. The old city, in which I landed and spent the night, is on the European part of the Bosporus, the isthmus dividing Europe and Asia. This part is connected to the more recently developed Asian part by two mile long bridges. The Asian part of the city is growing rapidly and savagely, because of a rule stating that if someone builds a "house" overnight, it is allowed to stand. Thus, this side of the town grows organically. In general, it consists of steadily increasing half circles along the Bosporus. Once the majority of inhabitants of a shanty town area earn a somewhat decent living, they construct proper houses and streets and the ring widens. It's ironic that the Istanbul Park track, about 25 miles inland from the centre of Istanbul, is also an illegal construction, for it was never granted a building permit. Nevertheless, this track looks very impressive. We passed the paddock gate and, indeed, my entrance pass worked. The minibuses were parked behind the truck with the spare parts and I followed the mechanics to the wooden structure (a bit like a giant summer house) that was meant to be the hospitality area. It's in building blocks and put up at any Grand Prix. Compared to some structures nearby, it looked very tiny and flimsy, but HRT is a small and underfinanced team. Nevertheless, at this early hour, there was already a cook on site, to serve us a large and tasty breakfast. After breakfast, the mechanics turned their attention to preparing the cars for the morning warm up. I strolled down the paddock area to take a closer look at the hospitality structures of better funded teams. It's amazing. The MacLaren team has something one would rather expect in a high tech business park and the two storey Ferrari building oozes Italian design. I went back to HRT to wait for Jacky's arrival. He was there just past 8.30 a.m. and I spent most of the day in his company, except for the technical briefings and debriefings. I was introduced to both drivers, but during the rest of the weekend, I hardly had time to meet them again. However, I had lots of interesting information from Jacky and team principal Colin Kolles. The paddock oriented part of the pits looked like a commando post or a control room, with several people looking at computer screens with output of all data gathering and occasionally, they changed some parameters. As Jacky is the technical coordinator, he performed a visit to all of them. However fascinating this all is, I was happy when it was time for the briefings and I could go to the northern extremity of the paddock to watch F1 and Porsche Supercup qualifying and the first GP2 race. In-between, I indulged in the HRT hospitality with very good food and excellent coffee.

                                In general, I'm not a fan of Hermann Tilke's race tracks at all. However, here he has done a very good job, with a flowing, undulating and difficult anticlockwise track. From my vantage point, I could only see a fraction of it and the first GP2 race, won by former F1 racer Romain Grosjean (the one the Smiths saw win the first race at Francorchamps last year) was nothing to write home about. As the mechanics were still at work, I got a lift to my hotel from Jacky at 8.00 p.m. I had been at the track for nearly 14 hours. A nice experience, but not one I'd like to repeat week after week. I went to bed early, for on Sunday, it would be the same early rise.

                                Sunday was dawning a lot brighter than the previous day. As both cars had qualified, the mechanics were in high spirits, although after breakfast, one could see the tension mount. As there was more racing activity, I spent less time in the HRT pits and hospitality than on the saturday. Neither the Porsche Supercup race nor the second GP2 race were stunners, though. After having lunched at HRT, I watched the final preparations for the Grand Prix. It didn't look that different from most other single seater races I've seen, except that there's so much more technology and people involved. When the cars left for the grid, I strolled towards my vantage point. It struck me that there wasn't such a large crowd in the grandstands. The weather can't be the cause, for although not really warm, it was nice and quite sunny. It must have been the entrance fees. Anyway, after the rather uneventful races of the morning, I wasn't expecting a superb Grand Prix. When I watch races like these, I usually fill in a lap chart. It was a piece of cake for the GP2 and Porsche races, but I had to be more than fully concentrated as during the entire Grand Prix, only two laps were devoid of any passing maneuvers. This is due to the tyres and the aerodynamic aids for passing. For my hosts, the Grand Prix was less comforting, for they were last and second to last, beaten fair and square by the other minnow, the Marussia Virgin of my compatriot Jérôme d'Ambrosio.

                                As several team members had to catch planes soon after the finish, I managed to hitch a ride with one of them, an Argentinean engineer called Javier, not after once more thanking both Colin Kolles and Jacky Eeckelaert for their hospitality on this golden opportunity. During the drive to the airport, I had time to declare my great devotion to my driver's home country. I refrained from telling him I liked the Argentine driving standards a bit less, for he was a fine example of the opposite. I've had lifts of several drivers and team personnel in the past and they fall into two categories. Some of them are madmen even on the road, but most drive very cautiously and Javier belonged to that second category. Nevertheless, we got to the airport bang on time for our respective flights. With the hour's difference, I still got home late on Sunday evening.

                                After a short night, I packed another bag for a two day plant chasing trip to England with Aline. We always do our plant shopping in the Maidstone area as with "The potted garden" it boast the most versatile nursery we know of in Europe. As we also did some grocery shopping, the car's boot was full to the brim. We were asked to stop for a luggage check by the Dover customs. Upon opening the boot, the custom's officer smelled the scent of the plants. He said he was a keen gardener himself and the scent was enough to convince him to let us pass without any further controls. Just like last time, Seafrance was not endearing itself. On our crossing back into France, there were not a lot of passengers. Thus they kept the restaurant, the snack bar and half of the toilets locked.

                                Next week, I'll stay mainly local before embarking on a long road trip for the rest of the month.

                                Number of races in 2011: 22
                                Of which on new tracks: 21
                                Number of countries in which trackchased: 9
                                Of which new countries: 1

                                Roland

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                                Fri 8-26-11 Hattiesburg Motorsports Park Hattiesburg,Ms. Dirt oval Sat 8-27-11 171 Speedway Leesville,La dirt oval Sent on the Now Network™ from my
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                                  Fri 8-26-11 Hattiesburg Motorsports Park
                                  Hattiesburg,Ms. Dirt oval

                                  Sat 8-27-11 171 Speedway
                                  Leesville,La dirt oval

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                                  Sat 8-20-11 I-37 Raceway Pleasanton,Tx
                                  1/20 mile dirt inner oval


                                  Sat 8-20-11 I-37 Raceway Pleasanyon,Tx.
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                                  Fri 8-12-2011 talladaga kart track
                                  Eastaboga,Al. dirt oval

                                  Sat 8-13-2011 Jackson Motorspeedway
                                  Jackson,Ms. dirt oval

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                                  Fri 8-5-11 moeller motorsports park
                                  Williamsburg,OH. Dirt oval

                                  Sat 8-6-11 shelbyville fairgrounds
                                  Shelbyville IN dirt oval

                                  Sun 8-7-11 winchester speedway
                                  Winchester,IN paved oval
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                                  Nashville Super Speedway does not seek Nascar sanctioned races for the 2012 season.
                                  Another one bites the dust.
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                                  Hi all

                                  Friday eve. i was in attendance for the weekly racing at the Kingsport Speedway in Tenn. it was a very hot evening with a very large crowd on hand and an equally surprising large field of cars in all divisions, except for the legends div. with only 8, very good racing with only 4 yellows for the whole evening.

                                  Sat. night had me at the Clayhill Speedway in Atwood,Tenn. A large crowd was on hand to watch some very good racing with large fields
                                  in all divisions on another very hot evening.

                                  See ya at the track
                                  Brian

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                                  Finally got back out on the road again after a extended visit to the Bronx. After deciding to avoid the storms in the southeast,i headed out west to catch the sat night show at the Midvale Speedway in OH,thanks to Mr Smith for posting the event earlier in the week.
                                  After the show i headed south west to continue my journey. Before going to bed i found an off road race that was on my way, over in Marengo,IN.
                                  I arrived at the Crawford County 4H Fairgrounds at 2:30pm, in time to catch the last few laps of the truck race and the final 10 lap feature for the buggies. The Mid America Off Road racing series runs here several times each year.

                                  See ya at the track
                                  Brian
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                                  Managed to make it over to Santa Maria Speedway in Ca. for their regular Sat night show. Good sized croud in attendence to watch
                                  large fields of cars in each of the 4 classes that ran. The track stayed competitive all evening with very good racing in all divisions.

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                                  I was unable to get to a track on friday so i headed back to the Sandia Speedway in Albuquerque NM for some sat and sun races.
                                  Last time i was there, 3 weeks earlier, they ran their new dirt track,and are alternating weeks with the asphalt track. This week they were running
                                  both the 1/4mile and 1/2 mile tracks on sat night. The SCCA was running this weekend as well, but i was not able to get to the track in time
                                  to see them race on the roadcoarse on sat. so i had to wait until sun to see them run. They had low car counts in all divisions but ran a fast paced program with some fairly competitive races.
                                  All in all a good weekend of racing.

                                  See ya at the track
                                  Brian

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                                  After about 10 years of trying i managed to get the Winchester Speedway of SC. in the books. They had a good crowd on hand to watch some very competitive racing in most divisions, even though they had low car counts in all divisions. Pretty clean facility with a quick well run show.
                                  So far i have had the pleasure of watching HOT ROD Lamance run his crate late model three times at three different tracks in SC. Cherokee,Riverside(their last race $50,000 TO WIN) and now at Winchester,and he has won every time i was in attendance. I wonder if he would pay my way into the next event he is participating in. All in all not a bad way to spend a Friday evening.
                                  Sat had two track possibilities both get rained out.

                                  See ya at the track
                                  Brian

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                                  Went to A-1 speedway in lacombe La. On sat night. Unlike most tracks the upper divisions had the larger fields with 18 Amods and 12 latemodels.
                                  The track was in good shape all night with some good races in most divisions.
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                                  Hello colleagues,

                                  I ended my last trackchaser update report by telling I was invited by a friend to watch a race outside Belgium. I don't have many longtime friends, but those I have are extremely good ones. Some of you might remember that a few years ago my friend Prosper Mollekens invited me to Kyalami, South Africa. Once again, Prosper was instrumental in this invitation. Not long after last November's trackchasing trip to Southern California, Prosper invited me to dinner with the staff of his former KTR Racing Team: his son Kurt, Frank Couckaert and Jacky Eeckelaert. One of the numerous subjects of the table conversation was my trackchasing. Prosper brought it up remembering that long before I was a trackchaser, I sometimes informed him about other races of his drivers. He steadfastly answered with the catchphrase: "You're everywhere". After my little monologue about the fine art of trackchasing, Jacky Eeckelaert said he'd help me get to more countries and promptly invited me to the Turkish Grand Prix of 2011. As Jacky is Hispania Racing Team (HRT)'s technical coordinator, this was not just an invitation, but one during which I would be his personal guest. Such a generous offer was gratefully accepted and a few months ago, I had a few mail exchanges with Jacky. The deal was that I would buy my airline ticket; the team would fetch me at the airport and put me in the same hotel as the mechanics, who would chauffeur me to the track. As soon as this was settled, I logged on to my favourite air travel site www.swoodoo.de and found a very cheap ticket on a direct flight with Türk Hava Yolari (a.k.a. Turkish Airlines).

                                  Thus I left work in sunny Brussels at 3.00 p.m. on Friday, took the train to the airport, checked in for my 5.30 p.m. flight and arrived at 10.00 p.m. local time in cold and damp Istanbul. Having been to this wonderful city 4 times already, I knew the airport was an efficient one and indeed, half an hour after landing, I met a man sporting an HRT sign in the arrivals hall. It turned out my chauffeur was a local race fan, who would also drive the mechanics to the track next morning. I was glad to have a local driver, for even though I'm a fan of Istanbul, the dense and somewhat unorthodox traffic is not my cup of tea. Maybe the damp weather helped, but the driver got me rather quickly to the hotel in central Istanbul, near the former Roman hippodrome. I had stayed in this area with Aline when we went to the Turkish part of Cyprus. When I checked in, I was handed a large envelope together with my key. It contained a badge to get through paddock entry control at the track and a note by Jacky, instructing me to be ready in the lobby at 5.30 a.m. on Saturday morning. With this in mind, I set the wake up function of my I Phone to wake me up at 5.00 a.m. with a gentle musical tune and went to sleep.

                                  Saturday morning, Istanbul still looked very damp, but the rain had stopped. In the lobby, I met the mechanics. They're a very international bunch, consisting of Spaniards, Brits, a Portuguese, an Estonian and two Italians. Two minibuses would bring us to the track, one for the mechanics of fellow trackchaser Narain Karthikeyan's car and one for that of his Italian team mate Vitantonio Liuzzi. I opted for the latter's crew, which allowed me to practice my Italian a bit with his two mechanics. Istanbul is the only city that is part of two continents. The old city, in which I landed and spent the night, is on the European part of the Bosporus, the isthmus dividing Europe and Asia. This part is connected to the more recently developed Asian part by two mile long bridges. The Asian part of the city is growing rapidly and savagely, because of a rule stating that if someone builds a "house" overnight, it is allowed to stand. Thus, this side of the town grows organically. In general, it consists of steadily increasing half circles along the Bosporus. Once the majority of inhabitants of a shanty town area earn a somewhat decent living, they construct proper houses and streets and the ring widens. It's ironic that the Istanbul Park track, about 25 miles inland from the centre of Istanbul, is also an illegal construction, for it was never granted a building permit. Nevertheless, this track looks very impressive. We passed the paddock gate and, indeed, my entrance pass worked. The minibuses were parked behind the truck with the spare parts and I followed the mechanics to the wooden structure (a bit like a giant summer house) that was meant to be the hospitality area. It's in building blocks and put up at any Grand Prix. Compared to some structures nearby, it looked very tiny and flimsy, but HRT is a small and underfinanced team. Nevertheless, at this early hour, there was already a cook on site, to serve us a large and tasty breakfast. After breakfast, the mechanics turned their attention to preparing the cars for the morning warm up. I strolled down the paddock area to take a closer look at the hospitality structures of better funded teams. It's amazing. The MacLaren team has something one would rather expect in a high tech business park and the two storey Ferrari building oozes Italian design. I went back to HRT to wait for Jacky's arrival. He was there just past 8.30 a.m. and I spent most of the day in his company, except for the technical briefings and debriefings. I was introduced to both drivers, but during the rest of the weekend, I hardly had time to meet them again. However, I had lots of interesting information from Jacky and team principal Colin Kolles. The paddock oriented part of the pits looked like a commando post or a control room, with several people looking at computer screens with output of all data gathering and occasionally, they changed some parameters. As Jacky is the technical coordinator, he performed a visit to all of them. However fascinating this all is, I was happy when it was time for the briefings and I could go to the northern extremity of the paddock to watch F1 and Porsche Supercup qualifying and the first GP2 race. In-between, I indulged in the HRT hospitality with very good food and excellent coffee.

                                  In general, I'm not a fan of Hermann Tilke's race tracks at all. However, here he has done a very good job, with a flowing, undulating and difficult anticlockwise track. From my vantage point, I could only see a fraction of it and the first GP2 race, won by former F1 racer Romain Grosjean (the one the Smiths saw win the first race at Francorchamps last year) was nothing to write home about. As the mechanics were still at work, I got a lift to my hotel from Jacky at 8.00 p.m. I had been at the track for nearly 14 hours. A nice experience, but not one I'd like to repeat week after week. I went to bed early, for on Sunday, it would be the same early rise.

                                  Sunday was dawning a lot brighter than the previous day. As both cars had qualified, the mechanics were in high spirits, although after breakfast, one could see the tension mount. As there was more racing activity, I spent less time in the HRT pits and hospitality than on the saturday. Neither the Porsche Supercup race nor the second GP2 race were stunners, though. After having lunched at HRT, I watched the final preparations for the Grand Prix. It didn't look that different from most other single seater races I've seen, except that there's so much more technology and people involved. When the cars left for the grid, I strolled towards my vantage point. It struck me that there wasn't such a large crowd in the grandstands. The weather can't be the cause, for although not really warm, it was nice and quite sunny. It must have been the entrance fees. Anyway, after the rather uneventful races of the morning, I wasn't expecting a superb Grand Prix. When I watch races like these, I usually fill in a lap chart. It was a piece of cake for the GP2 and Porsche races, but I had to be more than fully concentrated as during the entire Grand Prix, only two laps were devoid of any passing maneuvers. This is due to the tyres and the aerodynamic aids for passing. For my hosts, the Grand Prix was less comforting, for they were last and second to last, beaten fair and square by the other minnow, the Marussia Virgin of my compatriot Jérôme d'Ambrosio.

                                  As several team members had to catch planes soon after the finish, I managed to hitch a ride with one of them, an Argentinean engineer called Javier, not after once more thanking both Colin Kolles and Jacky Eeckelaert for their hospitality on this golden opportunity. During the drive to the airport, I had time to declare my great devotion to my driver's home country. I refrained from telling him I liked the Argentine driving standards a bit less, for he was a fine example of the opposite. I've had lifts of several drivers and team personnel in the past and they fall into two categories. Some of them are madmen even on the road, but most drive very cautiously and Javier belonged to that second category. Nevertheless, we got to the airport bang on time for our respective flights. With the hour's difference, I still got home late on Sunday evening.

                                  After a short night, I packed another bag for a two day plant chasing trip to England with Aline. We always do our plant shopping in the Maidstone area as with "The potted garden" it boast the most versatile nursery we know of in Europe. As we also did some grocery shopping, the car's boot was full to the brim. We were asked to stop for a luggage check by the Dover customs. Upon opening the boot, the custom's officer smelled the scent of the plants. He said he was a keen gardener himself and the scent was enough to convince him to let us pass without any further controls. Just like last time, Seafrance was not endearing itself. On our crossing back into France, there were not a lot of passengers. Thus they kept the restaurant, the snack bar and half of the toilets locked.

                                  Next week, I'll stay mainly local before embarking on a long road trip for the rest of the month.

                                  Number of races in 2011: 22
                                  Of which on new tracks: 21
                                  Number of countries in which trackchased: 9
                                  Of which new countries: 1

                                  Roland

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                                  9-24-11 Brooklyn Speedway Brooklyn,Ia dirt oval 9-24-11 Brooklyn Speedway Brooklyn Ia dirt f8 One of the most entertaining shows i have seen this year.
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                                    9-24-11 Brooklyn Speedway Brooklyn,Ia dirt oval
                                    9-24-11 Brooklyn Speedway Brooklyn Ia dirt f8 One of the most entertaining shows i have seen this year.


                                    9-25-11 Big Country Speedway Cheyenne Wy paved oval




                                    Evidently i forgot to post my visit to the County Line Raceway in Elm City,NC. back on sep 10th of this year. Pretty high car
                                    counts in all divisions and full grandstands was nice to see. The promoter must have attended Guy's workshop he gave a while back
                                    because they started on time , ran a fast paced show and was done just after 10pm.


                                    See ya at the track
                                    Brian




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                                    Glad to see that they are out and about and doing well.
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                                    Brian:

                                    Nice seeing you on Saturday. You missed Allan and Nancy Brown at Marengo by a day. Allan reported that they were there on Saturday.

                                    Guy








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                                    Finally got back out on the road again after a extended visit to the Bronx.
                                    After deciding to avoid the storms in the southeast,i headed out west to catch
                                    the sat night show at the Midvale Speedway in OH,thanks to Mr Smith for posting
                                    the event earlier in the week.

                                    After the show i headed south west to continue my journey. Before going to bed
                                    i found an off road race that was on my way, over in Marengo,IN.

                                    I arrived at the Crawford County 4H Fairgrounds at 2:30pm, in time to catch the
                                    last few laps of the truck race and the final 10 lap feature for the buggies.
                                    The Mid America Off Road racing series runs here several times each year.



                                    See ya at the track

                                    Brian

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                                    Managed to make it over to Santa Maria Speedway in Ca. for their regular Sat
                                    night show. Good sized croud in attendence to watch

                                    large fields of cars in each of the 4 classes that ran. The track stayed
                                    competitive all evening with very good racing in all divisions.











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                                    I was unable to get to a track on friday so i headed back to the Sandia Speedway
                                    in Albuquerque NM for some sat and sun races.

                                    Last time i was there, 3 weeks earlier, they ran their new dirt track,and are
                                    alternating weeks with the asphalt track. This week they were running

                                    both the 1/4mile and 1/2 mile tracks on sat night. The SCCA was running this
                                    weekend as well, but i was not able to get to the track in time

                                    to see them race on the roadcoarse on sat. so i had to wait until sun to see
                                    them run. They had low car counts in all divisions but ran a fast paced program
                                    with some fairly competitive races.

                                    All in all a good weekend of racing.



                                    See ya at the track

                                    Brian



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                                    After about 10 years of trying i managed to get the Winchester Speedway of SC.
                                    in the books. They had a good crowd on hand to watch some very competitive
                                    racing in most divisions, even though they had low car counts in all divisions.
                                    Pretty clean facility with a quick well run show.

                                    So far i have had the pleasure of watching HOT ROD Lamance run his crate late
                                    model three times at three different tracks in SC. Cherokee,Riverside(their last
                                    race $50,000 TO WIN) and now at Winchester,and he has won every time i was in
                                    attendance. I wonder if he would pay my way into the next event he is
                                    participating in. All in all not a bad way to spend a Friday evening.

                                    Sat had two track possibilities both get rained out.



                                    See ya at the track

                                    Brian



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                                    Went to A-1 speedway in lacombe La. On sat night. Unlike most tracks the upper
                                    divisions had the larger fields with 18 Amods and 12 latemodels.

                                    The track was in good shape all night with some good races in most divisions.

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                                    Hello colleagues,



                                    I ended my last trackchaser update report by telling I was invited by a friend
                                    to watch a race outside Belgium. I don't have many longtime friends, but those I
                                    have are extremely good ones. Some of you might remember that a few years ago my
                                    friend Prosper Mollekens invited me to Kyalami, South Africa. Once again,
                                    Prosper was instrumental in this invitation. Not long after last November's
                                    trackchasing trip to Southern California, Prosper invited me to dinner with the
                                    staff of his former KTR Racing Team: his son Kurt, Frank Couckaert and Jacky
                                    Eeckelaert. One of the numerous subjects of the table conversation was my
                                    trackchasing. Prosper brought it up remembering that long before I was a
                                    trackchaser, I sometimes informed him about other races of his drivers. He
                                    steadfastly answered with the catchphrase: "You're everywhere". After my little
                                    monologue about the fine art of trackchasing, Jacky Eeckelaert said he'd help me
                                    get to more countries and promptly invited me to the Turkish Grand Prix of 2011.
                                    As Jacky is Hispania Racing Team (HRT)'s technical coordinator, this was not
                                    just an invitation, but one during which I would be his personal guest. Such a
                                    generous offer was gratefully accepted and a few months ago, I had a few mail
                                    exchanges with Jacky. The deal was that I would buy my airline ticket; the team
                                    would fetch me at the airport and put me in the same hotel as the mechanics, who
                                    would chauffeur me to the track. As soon as this was settled, I logged on to my
                                    favourite air travel site www.swoodoo.de and found a very cheap ticket on a
                                    direct flight with Türk Hava Yolari (a.k.a. Turkish Airlines).



                                    Thus I left work in sunny Brussels at 3.00 p.m. on Friday, took the train to the
                                    airport, checked in for my 5.30 p.m. flight and arrived at 10.00 p.m. local time
                                    in cold and damp Istanbul. Having been to this wonderful city 4 times already, I
                                    knew the airport was an efficient one and indeed, half an hour after landing, I
                                    met a man sporting an HRT sign in the arrivals hall. It turned out my chauffeur
                                    was a local race fan, who would also drive the mechanics to the track next
                                    morning. I was glad to have a local driver, for even though I'm a fan of
                                    Istanbul, the dense and somewhat unorthodox traffic is not my cup of tea. Maybe
                                    the damp weather helped, but the driver got me rather quickly to the hotel in
                                    central Istanbul, near the former Roman hippodrome. I had stayed in this area
                                    with Aline when we went to the Turkish part of Cyprus. When I checked in, I was
                                    handed a large envelope together with my key. It contained a badge to get
                                    through paddock entry control at the track and a note by Jacky, instructing me
                                    to be ready in the lobby at 5.30 a.m. on Saturday morning. With this in mind, I
                                    set the wake up function of my I Phone to wake me up at 5.00 a.m. with a gentle
                                    musical tune and went to sleep.



                                    Saturday morning, Istanbul still looked very damp, but the rain had stopped. In
                                    the lobby, I met the mechanics. They're a very international bunch, consisting
                                    of Spaniards, Brits, a Portuguese, an Estonian and two Italians. Two minibuses
                                    would bring us to the track, one for the mechanics of fellow trackchaser Narain
                                    Karthikeyan's car and one for that of his Italian team mate Vitantonio Liuzzi. I
                                    opted for the latter's crew, which allowed me to practice my Italian a bit with
                                    his two mechanics. Istanbul is the only city that is part of two continents. The
                                    old city, in which I landed and spent the night, is on the European part of the
                                    Bosporus, the isthmus dividing Europe and Asia. This part is connected to the
                                    more recently developed Asian part by two mile long bridges. The Asian part of
                                    the city is growing rapidly and savagely, because of a rule stating that if
                                    someone builds a "house" overnight, it is allowed to stand. Thus, this side of
                                    the town grows organically. In general, it consists of steadily increasing half
                                    circles along the Bosporus. Once the majority of inhabitants of a shanty town
                                    area earn a somewhat decent living, they construct proper houses and streets and
                                    the ring widens. It's ironic that the Istanbul Park track, about 25 miles inland
                                    from the centre of Istanbul, is also an illegal construction, for it was never
                                    granted a building permit. Nevertheless, this track looks very impressive. We
                                    passed the paddock gate and, indeed, my entrance pass worked. The minibuses were
                                    parked behind the truck with the spare parts and I followed the mechanics to the
                                    wooden structure (a bit like a giant summer house) that was meant to be the
                                    hospitality area. It's in building blocks and put up at any Grand Prix. Compared
                                    to some structures nearby, it looked very tiny and flimsy, but HRT is a small
                                    and underfinanced team. Nevertheless, at this early hour, there was already a
                                    cook on site, to serve us a large and tasty breakfast. After breakfast, the
                                    mechanics turned their attention to preparing the cars for the morning warm up.
                                    I strolled down the paddock area to take a closer look at the hospitality
                                    structures of better funded teams. It's amazing. The MacLaren team has something
                                    one would rather expect in a high tech business park and the two storey Ferrari
                                    building oozes Italian design. I went back to HRT to wait for Jacky's arrival.
                                    He was there just past 8.30 a.m. and I spent most of the day in his company,
                                    except for the technical briefings and debriefings. I was introduced to both
                                    drivers, but during the rest of the weekend, I hardly had time to meet them
                                    again. However, I had lots of interesting information from Jacky and team
                                    principal Colin Kolles. The paddock oriented part of the pits looked like a
                                    commando post or a control room, with several people looking at computer screens
                                    with output of all data gathering and occasionally, they changed some
                                    parameters. As Jacky is the technical coordinator, he performed a visit to all
                                    of them. However fascinating this all is, I was happy when it was time for the
                                    briefings and I could go to the northern extremity of the paddock to watch F1
                                    and Porsche Supercup qualifying and the first GP2 race. In-between, I indulged
                                    in the HRT hospitality with very good food and excellent coffee.



                                    In general, I'm not a fan of Hermann Tilke's race tracks at all. However, here
                                    he has done a very good job, with a flowing, undulating and difficult
                                    anticlockwise track. From my vantage point, I could only see a fraction of it
                                    and the first GP2 race, won by former F1 racer Romain Grosjean (the one the
                                    Smiths saw win the first race at Francorchamps last year) was nothing to write
                                    home about. As the mechanics were still at work, I got a lift to my hotel from
                                    Jacky at 8.00 p.m. I had been at the track for nearly 14 hours. A nice
                                    experience, but not one I'd like to repeat week after week. I went to bed early,
                                    for on Sunday, it would be the same early rise.



                                    Sunday was dawning a lot brighter than the previous day. As both cars had
                                    qualified, the mechanics were in high spirits, although after breakfast, one
                                    could see the tension mount. As there was more racing activity, I spent less
                                    time in the HRT pits and hospitality than on the saturday. Neither the Porsche
                                    Supercup race nor the second GP2 race were stunners, though. After having
                                    lunched at HRT, I watched the final preparations for the Grand Prix. It didn't
                                    look that different from most other single seater races I've seen, except that
                                    there's so much more technology and people involved. When the cars left for the
                                    grid, I strolled towards my vantage point. It struck me that there wasn't such a
                                    large crowd in the grandstands. The weather can't be the cause, for although not
                                    really warm, it was nice and quite sunny. It must have been the entrance fees.
                                    Anyway, after the rather uneventful races of the morning, I wasn't expecting a
                                    superb Grand Prix. When I watch races like these, I usually fill in a lap chart.
                                    It was a piece of cake for the GP2 and Porsche races, but I had to be more than
                                    fully concentrated as during the entire Grand Prix, only two laps were devoid of
                                    any passing maneuvers. This is due to the tyres and the aerodynamic aids for
                                    passing. For my hosts, the Grand Prix was less comforting, for they were last
                                    and second to last, beaten fair and square by the other minnow, the Marussia
                                    Virgin of my compatriot Jérôme d'Ambrosio.



                                    As several team members had to catch planes soon after the finish, I managed to
                                    hitch a ride with one of them, an Argentinean engineer called Javier, not after
                                    once more thanking both Colin Kolles and Jacky Eeckelaert for their hospitality
                                    on this golden opportunity. During the drive to the airport, I had time to
                                    declare my great devotion to my driver's home country. I refrained from telling
                                    him I liked the Argentine driving standards a bit less, for he was a fine
                                    example of the opposite. I've had lifts of several drivers and team personnel in
                                    the past and they fall into two categories. Some of them are madmen even on the
                                    road, but most drive very cautiously and Javier belonged to that second
                                    category. Nevertheless, we got to the airport bang on time for our respective
                                    flights. With the hour's difference, I still got home late on Sunday evening.



                                    After a short night, I packed another bag for a two day plant chasing trip to
                                    England with Aline. We always do our plant shopping in the Maidstone area as
                                    with "The potted garden" it boast the most versatile nursery we know of in
                                    Europe. As we also did some grocery shopping, the car's boot was full to the
                                    brim. We were asked to stop for a luggage check by the Dover customs. Upon
                                    opening the boot, the custom's officer smelled the scent of the plants. He said
                                    he was a keen gardener himself and the scent was enough to convince him to let
                                    us pass without any further controls. Just like last time, Seafrance was not
                                    endearing itself. On our crossing back into France, there were not a lot of
                                    passengers. Thus they kept the restaurant, the snack bar and half of the toilets
                                    locked.



                                    Next week, I'll stay mainly local before embarking on a long road trip for the
                                    rest of the month.



                                    Number of races in 2011: 22

                                    Of which on new tracks: 21

                                    Number of countries in which trackchased: 9

                                    Of which new countries: 1



                                    Roland



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                                    Hello colleagues, Earlier this year, I was invited by Jacky Eeckelaert, the technical coordinator of the HART Formula 1 team, to assist at the Turkish Grand
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                                      Hello colleagues,

                                      Earlier this year, I was invited by Jacky Eeckelaert, the technical
                                      coordinator of the HART Formula 1 team, to assist at the Turkish Grand
                                      Prix. I'm glad I did, for it seems to be the last one held at Istanbul
                                      Park. Now, I had another invitation for the Singapore Grand Prix.

                                      I had been to Singapore twice, each time combined with a trip to
                                      Australia. The first time, we only stayed one day in this small
                                      multi-ethnic state, the second time we were there for 3 days. As I was
                                      with Alien both times, I know the shopping district around Orchard
                                      Street very well, but apart from that, the only other thing I visited
                                      was the sea shore.

                                      Having had a good experience when flying with them to Seattle, I opted
                                      for Lufthansa this time as well. After work on Friday, I left my car in
                                      the NAB parking lot and took the train to the airport. My flight to
                                      Frankfurt was delayed a little and for the second time in three months,
                                      I had to rush through two passport controls and one security check in
                                      the airport. Luckily, safety measures for flights to Singapore are less
                                      stringent than those for flights to the USA and I made mine with even a
                                      little time to spare. I'm generally not able to sleep on
                                      intercontinental flights. The only exception had been on a flight to
                                      India. It had been a pretty hard working week for me and I was feeling
                                      tired. To my utter surprise, a bit more than an hour into the flight I
                                      fell asleep and only woke up six hours later.

                                      The flight landed almost on time (4.00 p.m. local) and the custom
                                      formalities were done as usual: courteous and correct. After stocking up
                                      on a few Singapore dollars in Change airport, I hopped into a taxi and
                                      asked the driver to drop me at the Roxy Grand Hotel. Jacky had told me
                                      my accreditation and instructions how to get to the track would be
                                      there. Indeed they were. After putting my bag into the room I was to
                                      share with a team member, I walked to the track's paddock entrance, only
                                      half a mile away from the hotel. It took the very friendly paddock
                                      attendant only a few seconds to perform his security control, after
                                      which I entered the vast paddock. Even more than in Istanbul, the
                                      paddock looked like a pedestrian street in a large effluent city, the
                                      first person I met behind the HART pits was Narnia Karthikeyan. Even
                                      though he lost his regular drive to Australian shooting star Daniel
                                      Ricciardo, he still drives for the team in the Friday free practice
                                      session. After greeting Jacky and the mechanics, I got onto the invitee
                                      section of the large grandstand behind the pits to watch the last few
                                      laps of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia race. The view from this grandstand
                                      section wasn't at all great (the start and finish straight and the first
                                      and last two corners), the track looked rather large for a street
                                      course. The Marina Bay Street Circuit is by far the longest street track
                                      in activity in international racing, measuring a little over 5 km. It
                                      reminded me of the Valencia track, as it's also in a harbour, with a
                                      tight bridge and even a fast section on a flyover in the marina. The
                                      total track infrastructure was impressive. I was told they started
                                      preparing the track and its amenities as long ago as the first week of
                                      June. Even though it was evening, the weather stayed very hot and humid.
                                      When I was at Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina track, the only thing I really
                                      liked where the powerful lights, but those at Singapore are even better.
                                      The Formula 1 qualifying wasn't all that interesting either and it was
                                      with great relief that not long after the end of it, I could join the
                                      first team members in the walk back to the hotel. One of them was my
                                      room mate for this trip, Clive, the Australian cook doing the catering
                                      at the Asian part of the Grand Prix season. The reason for this was a
                                      practical one. As F1 supremo Bernie "Stick 'em up and give me all your
                                      money" Ecclestone wants the race to be aired in Europe at the usual hour
                                      (1.00 p.m. GMT), they start the race at 8.00 p.m. local time. Drivers
                                      and mechanics want to minimise jetlag and go through the day as if
                                      they're still in Europe. Thus they sleep till early afternoon. The cook,
                                      however, has to be at the track earlier and adapts to normal local
                                      hours. It turned out Clive like Hawker Centres just as much as I did and
                                      we went to one next to the hotel to have an evening snack. Hawker
                                      Centres are a typical Singapore institution. They group all the eating
                                      stalls one finds along the streets in other Asian cities under one roof.
                                      The different stalls are all one beside another and people order
                                      whatever they like from any stall and eat it at the common tables. I
                                      combined Malay and Indian cuisine and it was lovely.

                                      As I do seem to snore a lot, I told Clive to keep his race earplugs in
                                      at night. I suppose he did, for I fell asleep almost immediately and in
                                      the morning he didn't complain about noise. After breakfast, I
                                      accompanied him to the HRT hospitality area, where the first guests
                                      flocked in around 2.00 p.m. Before that, he had cooked breakfast for the
                                      mechanics. By mid afternoon, the paddock area was a beehive. I had a
                                      little walk to the track section closest to the water, but it was too
                                      hot and humid for a long walk and I soon retrieved to the
                                      air-conditioned hospitality area. I only left it to have a quick chat
                                      with Jacky and to watch the Formula BMW Asia and the Porsche Carrera
                                      races from the pit grandstand. After those I cooled off in the HRT
                                      hospitality area over a very nice fish dish. When the F1 cars got to the
                                      grid it was still very hot and humid. I took my spot in the grandstand
                                      again, just above the HRT pits. Daniel Ricciardo fell victim to a first
                                      lap melee and had to come in for a new nose, after which both HRT cars
                                      drove the entire Grand Prix in the last and second to last positions.
                                      After the race, I got back to the hotel with the administrative and
                                      catering staff. As the Grand Prix lasted too long for anyone to catch a
                                      flight to Europe, I stayed another night in the hotel.

                                      On Monday morning Clive and two mechanics took an early flight to
                                      Sydney. Jacky was scheduled on a flight departing at 10.00 p.m., half an
                                      hour earlier than mine, so we had ample time to chat about F1 and racing
                                      in general, while visiting another Hawker Centre on our way to Tiger
                                      Balsam Gardens, a large botanical garden annex zoo, in the Western part
                                      of Singapore. It's a gift of two wealthy businessmen of the Singapore
                                      Chinese community and although very kitschy, it was a nice contrast to
                                      the built up areas of the rest of the town. In the early evening, we
                                      took a taxi to Changi airport and parted company. I'm invited to a few
                                      more races, but I'm not sure I'll be able to go. After all, even without
                                      having to pay for anything bar flights and food, my wallet is losing
                                      weight fast and it needs a little rest.

                                      My flights back went smoothly, but I arrived very tired at the NBB
                                      garage on Tuesday morning. Still, I'm satisfied to have had a golden
                                      opportunity to make Singapore the 50th country in which I saw countable
                                      racing. Next week, I'll not only let my wallet rest, I'm going to do
                                      likewise. I think a trip to Aline's place in Affligem is about the
                                      furthest I'll venture.

                                      Number of races in 2011: 73
                                      Of which on new tracks: 64
                                      Number of countries in which trackchased: 18
                                      Of which new countries: 4

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                                      10-01-2011 Southwest Speedway Dickinson,ND. dirt oval Thanks Brian ... From: BHICKEYJR To: TrackChasers
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                                        10-01-2011 Southwest Speedway Dickinson,ND. dirt oval


                                        Thanks
                                        Brian



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                                        9-24-11 Brooklyn Speedway Brooklyn,Ia dirt oval
                                        9-24-11 Brooklyn Speedway Brooklyn Ia dirt f8 One of the most entertaining shows i have seen this year.

                                        9-25-11 Big Country Speedway Cheyenne Wy paved oval

                                        Evidently i forgot to post my visit to the County Line Raceway in Elm City,NC. back on sep 10th of this year. Pretty high car
                                        counts in all divisions and full grandstands was nice to see. The promoter must have attended Guy's workshop he gave a while back
                                        because they started on time , ran a fast paced show and was done just after 10pm.

                                        See ya at the track
                                        Brian

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                                        Glad to see that they are out and about and doing well.
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                                        Brian:

                                        Nice seeing you on Saturday. You missed Allan and Nancy Brown at Marengo by a day. Allan reported that they were there on Saturday.

                                        Guy

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                                        Finally got back out on the road again after a extended visit to the Bronx.
                                        After deciding to avoid the storms in the southeast,i headed out west to catch
                                        the sat night show at the Midvale Speedway in OH,thanks to Mr Smith for posting
                                        the event earlier in the week.

                                        After the show i headed south west to continue my journey. Before going to bed
                                        i found an off road race that was on my way, over in Marengo,IN.

                                        I arrived at the Crawford County 4H Fairgrounds at 2:30pm, in time to catch the
                                        last few laps of the truck race and the final 10 lap feature for the buggies.
                                        The Mid America Off Road racing series runs here several times each year.

                                        See ya at the track

                                        Brian

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                                        Managed to make it over to Santa Maria Speedway in Ca. for their regular Sat
                                        night show. Good sized croud in attendence to watch

                                        large fields of cars in each of the 4 classes that ran. The track stayed
                                        competitive all evening with very good racing in all divisions.

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                                        Sent: Tue, Jun 21, 2011 9:19 pm

                                        Subject: Re: [TrackChasers] trackChaser update

                                        I was unable to get to a track on friday so i headed back to the Sandia Speedway
                                        in Albuquerque NM for some sat and sun races.

                                        Last time i was there, 3 weeks earlier, they ran their new dirt track,and are
                                        alternating weeks with the asphalt track. This week they were running

                                        both the 1/4mile and 1/2 mile tracks on sat night. The SCCA was running this
                                        weekend as well, but i was not able to get to the track in time

                                        to see them race on the roadcoarse on sat. so i had to wait until sun to see
                                        them run. They had low car counts in all divisions but ran a fast paced program
                                        with some fairly competitive races.

                                        All in all a good weekend of racing.

                                        See ya at the track

                                        Brian

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                                        Sent: Mon, Jun 13, 2011 9:22 pm

                                        Subject: Re: [TrackChasers] trackChaser update

                                        After about 10 years of trying i managed to get the Winchester Speedway of SC.
                                        in the books. They had a good crowd on hand to watch some very competitive
                                        racing in most divisions, even though they had low car counts in all divisions.
                                        Pretty clean facility with a quick well run show.

                                        So far i have had the pleasure of watching HOT ROD Lamance run his crate late
                                        model three times at three different tracks in SC. Cherokee,Riverside(their last
                                        race $50,000 TO WIN) and now at Winchester,and he has won every time i was in
                                        attendance. I wonder if he would pay my way into the next event he is
                                        participating in. All in all not a bad way to spend a Friday evening.

                                        Sat had two track possibilities both get rained out.

                                        See ya at the track

                                        Brian

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                                        Sent: Mon, Jun 6, 2011 6:31 am

                                        Subject: Re: [TrackChasers] trackChaser update

                                        Went to A-1 speedway in lacombe La. On sat night. Unlike most tracks the upper
                                        divisions had the larger fields with 18 Amods and 12 latemodels.

                                        The track was in good shape all night with some good races in most divisions.

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                                        From: "Vanden Eynde Roland" <roland.vandeneynde@...>

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                                        Date: Wed, 11 May 2011 11:42:14

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                                        Hello colleagues,

                                        I ended my last trackchaser update report by telling I was invited by a friend
                                        to watch a race outside Belgium. I don't have many longtime friends, but those I
                                        have are extremely good ones. Some of you might remember that a few years ago my
                                        friend Prosper Mollekens invited me to Kyalami, South Africa. Once again,
                                        Prosper was instrumental in this invitation. Not long after last November's
                                        trackchasing trip to Southern California, Prosper invited me to dinner with the
                                        staff of his former KTR Racing Team: his son Kurt, Frank Couckaert and Jacky
                                        Eeckelaert. One of the numerous subjects of the table conversation was my
                                        trackchasing. Prosper brought it up remembering that long before I was a
                                        trackchaser, I sometimes informed him about other races of his drivers. He
                                        steadfastly answered with the catchphrase: "You're everywhere". After my little
                                        monologue about the fine art of trackchasing, Jacky Eeckelaert said he'd help me
                                        get to more countries and promptly invited me to the Turkish Grand Prix of 2011.
                                        As Jacky is Hispania Racing Team (HRT)'s technical coordinator, this was not
                                        just an invitation, but one during which I would be his personal guest. Such a
                                        generous offer was gratefully accepted and a few months ago, I had a few mail
                                        exchanges with Jacky. The deal was that I would buy my airline ticket; the team
                                        would fetch me at the airport and put me in the same hotel as the mechanics, who
                                        would chauffeur me to the track. As soon as this was settled, I logged on to my
                                        favourite air travel site www.swoodoo.de and found a very cheap ticket on a
                                        direct flight with Türk Hava Yolari (a.k.a. Turkish Airlines).

                                        Thus I left work in sunny Brussels at 3.00 p.m. on Friday, took the train to the
                                        airport, checked in for my 5.30 p.m. flight and arrived at 10.00 p.m. local time
                                        in cold and damp Istanbul. Having been to this wonderful city 4 times already, I
                                        knew the airport was an efficient one and indeed, half an hour after landing, I
                                        met a man sporting an HRT sign in the arrivals hall. It turned out my chauffeur
                                        was a local race fan, who would also drive the mechanics to the track next
                                        morning. I was glad to have a local driver, for even though I'm a fan of
                                        Istanbul, the dense and somewhat unorthodox traffic is not my cup of tea. Maybe
                                        the damp weather helped, but the driver got me rather quickly to the hotel in
                                        central Istanbul, near the former Roman hippodrome. I had stayed in this area
                                        with Aline when we went to the Turkish part of Cyprus. When I checked in, I was
                                        handed a large envelope together with my key. It contained a badge to get
                                        through paddock entry control at the track and a note by Jacky, instructing me
                                        to be ready in the lobby at 5.30 a.m. on Saturday morning. With this in mind, I
                                        set the wake up function of my I Phone to wake me up at 5.00 a.m. with a gentle
                                        musical tune and went to sleep.

                                        Saturday morning, Istanbul still looked very damp, but the rain had stopped. In
                                        the lobby, I met the mechanics. They're a very international bunch, consisting
                                        of Spaniards, Brits, a Portuguese, an Estonian and two Italians. Two minibuses
                                        would bring us to the track, one for the mechanics of fellow trackchaser Narain
                                        Karthikeyan's car and one for that of his Italian team mate Vitantonio Liuzzi. I
                                        opted for the latter's crew, which allowed me to practice my Italian a bit with
                                        his two mechanics. Istanbul is the only city that is part of two continents. The
                                        old city, in which I landed and spent the night, is on the European part of the
                                        Bosporus, the isthmus dividing Europe and Asia. This part is connected to the
                                        more recently developed Asian part by two mile long bridges. The Asian part of
                                        the city is growing rapidly and savagely, because of a rule stating that if
                                        someone builds a "house" overnight, it is allowed to stand. Thus, this side of
                                        the town grows organically. In general, it consists of steadily increasing half
                                        circles along the Bosporus. Once the majority of inhabitants of a shanty town
                                        area earn a somewhat decent living, they construct proper houses and streets and
                                        the ring widens. It's ironic that the Istanbul Park track, about 25 miles inland
                                        from the centre of Istanbul, is also an illegal construction, for it was never
                                        granted a building permit. Nevertheless, this track looks very impressive. We
                                        passed the paddock gate and, indeed, my entrance pass worked. The minibuses were
                                        parked behind the truck with the spare parts and I followed the mechanics to the
                                        wooden structure (a bit like a giant summer house) that was meant to be the
                                        hospitality area. It's in building blocks and put up at any Grand Prix. Compared
                                        to some structures nearby, it looked very tiny and flimsy, but HRT is a small
                                        and underfinanced team. Nevertheless, at this early hour, there was already a
                                        cook on site, to serve us a large and tasty breakfast. After breakfast, the
                                        mechanics turned their attention to preparing the cars for the morning warm up.
                                        I strolled down the paddock area to take a closer look at the hospitality
                                        structures of better funded teams. It's amazing. The MacLaren team has something
                                        one would rather expect in a high tech business park and the two storey Ferrari
                                        building oozes Italian design. I went back to HRT to wait for Jacky's arrival.
                                        He was there just past 8.30 a.m. and I spent most of the day in his company,
                                        except for the technical briefings and debriefings. I was introduced to both
                                        drivers, but during the rest of the weekend, I hardly had time to meet them
                                        again. However, I had lots of interesting information from Jacky and team
                                        principal Colin Kolles. The paddock oriented part of the pits looked like a
                                        commando post or a control room, with several people looking at computer screens
                                        with output of all data gathering and occasionally, they changed some
                                        parameters. As Jacky is the technical coordinator, he performed a visit to all
                                        of them. However fascinating this all is, I was happy when it was time for the
                                        briefings and I could go to the northern extremity of the paddock to watch F1
                                        and Porsche Supercup qualifying and the first GP2 race. In-between, I indulged
                                        in the HRT hospitality with very good food and excellent coffee.

                                        In general, I'm not a fan of Hermann Tilke's race tracks at all. However, here
                                        he has done a very good job, with a flowing, undulating and difficult
                                        anticlockwise track. From my vantage point, I could only see a fraction of it
                                        and the first GP2 race, won by former F1 racer Romain Grosjean (the one the
                                        Smiths saw win the first race at Francorchamps last year) was nothing to write
                                        home about. As the mechanics were still at work, I got a lift to my hotel from
                                        Jacky at 8.00 p.m. I had been at the track for nearly 14 hours. A nice
                                        experience, but not one I'd like to repeat week after week. I went to bed early,
                                        for on Sunday, it would be the same early rise.

                                        Sunday was dawning a lot brighter than the previous day. As both cars had
                                        qualified, the mechanics were in high spirits, although after breakfast, one
                                        could see the tension mount. As there was more racing activity, I spent less
                                        time in the HRT pits and hospitality than on the saturday. Neither the Porsche
                                        Supercup race nor the second GP2 race were stunners, though. After having
                                        lunched at HRT, I watched the final preparations for the Grand Prix. It didn't
                                        look that different from most other single seater races I've seen, except that
                                        there's so much more technology and people involved. When the cars left for the
                                        grid, I strolled towards my vantage point. It struck me that there wasn't such a
                                        large crowd in the grandstands. The weather can't be the cause, for although not
                                        really warm, it was nice and quite sunny. It must have been the entrance fees.
                                        Anyway, after the rather uneventful races of the morning, I wasn't expecting a
                                        superb Grand Prix. When I watch races like these, I usually fill in a lap chart.
                                        It was a piece of cake for the GP2 and Porsche races, but I had to be more than
                                        fully concentrated as during the entire Grand Prix, only two laps were devoid of
                                        any passing maneuvers. This is due to the tyres and the aerodynamic aids for
                                        passing. For my hosts, the Grand Prix was less comforting, for they were last
                                        and second to last, beaten fair and square by the other minnow, the Marussia
                                        Virgin of my compatriot Jérôme d'Ambrosio.

                                        As several team members had to catch planes soon after the finish, I managed to
                                        hitch a ride with one of them, an Argentinean engineer called Javier, not after
                                        once more thanking both Colin Kolles and Jacky Eeckelaert for their hospitality
                                        on this golden opportunity. During the drive to the airport, I had time to
                                        declare my great devotion to my driver's home country. I refrained from telling
                                        him I liked the Argentine driving standards a bit less, for he was a fine
                                        example of the opposite. I've had lifts of several drivers and team personnel in
                                        the past and they fall into two categories. Some of them are madmen even on the
                                        road, but most drive very cautiously and Javier belonged to that second
                                        category. Nevertheless, we got to the airport bang on time for our respective
                                        flights. With the hour's difference, I still got home late on Sunday evening.

                                        After a short night, I packed another bag for a two day plant chasing trip to
                                        England with Aline. We always do our plant shopping in the Maidstone area as
                                        with "The potted garden" it boast the most versatile nursery we know of in
                                        Europe. As we also did some grocery shopping, the car's boot was full to the
                                        brim. We were asked to stop for a luggage check by the Dover customs. Upon
                                        opening the boot, the custom's officer smelled the scent of the plants. He said
                                        he was a keen gardener himself and the scent was enough to convince him to let
                                        us pass without any further controls. Just like last time, Seafrance was not
                                        endearing itself. On our crossing back into France, there were not a lot of
                                        passengers. Thus they kept the restaurant, the snack bar and half of the toilets
                                        locked.

                                        Next week, I'll stay mainly local before embarking on a long road trip for the
                                        rest of the month.

                                        Number of races in 2011: 22

                                        Of which on new tracks: 21

                                        Number of countries in which trackchased: 9

                                        Of which new countries: 1

                                        Roland

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                                        Southern National Speedway will go on the auction block Sat Oct 8th Looks like Lanier Speedway in Ga. Is throwing in the towel as they have put the speedway up
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                                          Southern National Speedway will go on the auction block Sat Oct 8th
                                          Looks like Lanier Speedway in Ga. Is throwing in the towel as they have put the speedway up for sale.
                                          As i drove by Monroe Speedway i noticed an auction sign at the main entrence to the track.

                                          Wish i had better news to report.

                                          Brian
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                                          10-01-2011 Southwest Speedway Dickinson,ND. dirt oval


                                          Thanks
                                          Brian



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                                          Sent: Mon, Sep 26, 2011 10:03 pm
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                                          9-24-11 Brooklyn Speedway Brooklyn,Ia dirt oval
                                          9-24-11 Brooklyn Speedway Brooklyn Ia dirt f8 One of the most entertaining shows i have seen this year.

                                          9-25-11 Big Country Speedway Cheyenne Wy paved oval

                                          Evidently i forgot to post my visit to the County Line Raceway in Elm City,NC. back on sep 10th of this year. Pretty high car
                                          counts in all divisions and full grandstands was nice to see. The promoter must have attended Guy's workshop he gave a while back
                                          because they started on time , ran a fast paced show and was done just after 10pm.

                                          See ya at the track
                                          Brian

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                                          Sent: Mon, Jul 18, 2011 5:39 pm
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                                          Glad to see that they are out and about and doing well.
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                                          Brian:

                                          Nice seeing you on Saturday. You missed Allan and Nancy Brown at Marengo by a day. Allan reported that they were there on Saturday.

                                          Guy

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                                          Finally got back out on the road again after a extended visit to the Bronx.
                                          After deciding to avoid the storms in the southeast,i headed out west to catch
                                          the sat night show at the Midvale Speedway in OH,thanks to Mr Smith for posting
                                          the event earlier in the week.

                                          After the show i headed south west to continue my journey. Before going to bed
                                          i found an off road race that was on my way, over in Marengo,IN.

                                          I arrived at the Crawford County 4H Fairgrounds at 2:30pm, in time to catch the
                                          last few laps of the truck race and the final 10 lap feature for the buggies.
                                          The Mid America Off Road racing series runs here several times each year.

                                          See ya at the track

                                          Brian

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                                          Managed to make it over to Santa Maria Speedway in Ca. for their regular Sat
                                          night show. Good sized croud in attendence to watch

                                          large fields of cars in each of the 4 classes that ran. The track stayed
                                          competitive all evening with very good racing in all divisions.

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                                          Sent: Tue, Jun 21, 2011 9:19 pm

                                          Subject: Re: [TrackChasers] trackChaser update

                                          I was unable to get to a track on friday so i headed back to the Sandia Speedway
                                          in Albuquerque NM for some sat and sun races.

                                          Last time i was there, 3 weeks earlier, they ran their new dirt track,and are
                                          alternating weeks with the asphalt track. This week they were running

                                          both the 1/4mile and 1/2 mile tracks on sat night. The SCCA was running this
                                          weekend as well, but i was not able to get to the track in time

                                          to see them race on the roadcoarse on sat. so i had to wait until sun to see
                                          them run. They had low car counts in all divisions but ran a fast paced program
                                          with some fairly competitive races.

                                          All in all a good weekend of racing.

                                          See ya at the track

                                          Brian

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                                          Sent: Mon, Jun 13, 2011 9:22 pm

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                                          After about 10 years of trying i managed to get the Winchester Speedway of SC.
                                          in the books. They had a good crowd on hand to watch some very competitive
                                          racing in most divisions, even though they had low car counts in all divisions.
                                          Pretty clean facility with a quick well run show.

                                          So far i have had the pleasure of watching HOT ROD Lamance run his crate late
                                          model three times at three different tracks in SC. Cherokee,Riverside(their last
                                          race $50,000 TO WIN) and now at Winchester,and he has won every time i was in
                                          attendance. I wonder if he would pay my way into the next event he is
                                          participating in. All in all not a bad way to spend a Friday evening.

                                          Sat had two track possibilities both get rained out.

                                          See ya at the track

                                          Brian

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                                          Sent: Mon, Jun 6, 2011 6:31 am

                                          Subject: Re: [TrackChasers] trackChaser update

                                          Went to A-1 speedway in lacombe La. On sat night. Unlike most tracks the upper
                                          divisions had the larger fields with 18 Amods and 12 latemodels.

                                          The track was in good shape all night with some good races in most divisions.

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                                          From: "Vanden Eynde Roland" <roland.vandeneynde@...>

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                                          Date: Wed, 11 May 2011 11:42:14

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                                          Hello colleagues,

                                          I ended my last trackchaser update report by telling I was invited by a friend
                                          to watch a race outside Belgium. I don't have many longtime friends, but those I
                                          have are extremely good ones. Some of you might remember that a few years ago my
                                          friend Prosper Mollekens invited me to Kyalami, South Africa. Once again,
                                          Prosper was instrumental in this invitation. Not long after last November's
                                          trackchasing trip to Southern California, Prosper invited me to dinner with the
                                          staff of his former KTR Racing Team: his son Kurt, Frank Couckaert and Jacky
                                          Eeckelaert. One of the numerous subjects of the table conversation was my
                                          trackchasing. Prosper brought it up remembering that long before I was a
                                          trackchaser, I sometimes informed him about other races of his drivers. He
                                          steadfastly answered with the catchphrase: "You're everywhere". After my little
                                          monologue about the fine art of trackchasing, Jacky Eeckelaert said he'd help me
                                          get to more countries and promptly invited me to the Turkish Grand Prix of 2011.
                                          As Jacky is Hispania Racing Team (HRT)'s technical coordinator, this was not
                                          just an invitation, but one during which I would be his personal guest. Such a
                                          generous offer was gratefully accepted and a few months ago, I had a few mail
                                          exchanges with Jacky. The deal was that I would buy my airline ticket; the team
                                          would fetch me at the airport and put me in the same hotel as the mechanics, who
                                          would chauffeur me to the track. As soon as this was settled, I logged on to my
                                          favourite air travel site www.swoodoo.de and found a very cheap ticket on a
                                          direct flight with Türk Hava Yolari (a.k.a. Turkish Airlines).

                                          Thus I left work in sunny Brussels at 3.00 p.m. on Friday, took the train to the
                                          airport, checked in for my 5.30 p.m. flight and arrived at 10.00 p.m. local time
                                          in cold and damp Istanbul. Having been to this wonderful city 4 times already, I
                                          knew the airport was an efficient one and indeed, half an hour after landing, I
                                          met a man sporting an HRT sign in the arrivals hall. It turned out my chauffeur
                                          was a local race fan, who would also drive the mechanics to the track next
                                          morning. I was glad to have a local driver, for even though I'm a fan of
                                          Istanbul, the dense and somewhat unorthodox traffic is not my cup of tea. Maybe
                                          the damp weather helped, but the driver got me rather quickly to the hotel in
                                          central Istanbul, near the former Roman hippodrome. I had stayed in this area
                                          with Aline when we went to the Turkish part of Cyprus. When I checked in, I was
                                          handed a large envelope together with my key. It contained a badge to get
                                          through paddock entry control at the track and a note by Jacky, instructing me
                                          to be ready in the lobby at 5.30 a.m. on Saturday morning. With this in mind, I
                                          set the wake up function of my I Phone to wake me up at 5.00 a.m. with a gentle
                                          musical tune and went to sleep.

                                          Saturday morning, Istanbul still looked very damp, but the rain had stopped. In
                                          the lobby, I met the mechanics. They're a very international bunch, consisting
                                          of Spaniards, Brits, a Portuguese, an Estonian and two Italians. Two minibuses
                                          would bring us to the track, one for the mechanics of fellow trackchaser Narain
                                          Karthikeyan's car and one for that of his Italian team mate Vitantonio Liuzzi. I
                                          opted for the latter's crew, which allowed me to practice my Italian a bit with
                                          his two mechanics. Istanbul is the only city that is part of two continents. The
                                          old city, in which I landed and spent the night, is on the European part of the
                                          Bosporus, the isthmus dividing Europe and Asia. This part is connected to the
                                          more recently developed Asian part by two mile long bridges. The Asian part of
                                          the city is growing rapidly and savagely, because of a rule stating that if
                                          someone builds a "house" overnight, it is allowed to stand. Thus, this side of
                                          the town grows organically. In general, it consists of steadily increasing half
                                          circles along the Bosporus. Once the majority of inhabitants of a shanty town
                                          area earn a somewhat decent living, they construct proper houses and streets and
                                          the ring widens. It's ironic that the Istanbul Park track, about 25 miles inland
                                          from the centre of Istanbul, is also an illegal construction, for it was never
                                          granted a building permit. Nevertheless, this track looks very impressive. We
                                          passed the paddock gate and, indeed, my entrance pass worked. The minibuses were
                                          parked behind the truck with the spare parts and I followed the mechanics to the
                                          wooden structure (a bit like a giant summer house) that was meant to be the
                                          hospitality area. It's in building blocks and put up at any Grand Prix. Compared
                                          to some structures nearby, it looked very tiny and flimsy, but HRT is a small
                                          and underfinanced team. Nevertheless, at this early hour, there was already a
                                          cook on site, to serve us a large and tasty breakfast. After breakfast, the
                                          mechanics turned their attention to preparing the cars for the morning warm up.
                                          I strolled down the paddock area to take a closer look at the hospitality
                                          structures of better funded teams. It's amazing. The MacLaren team has something
                                          one would rather expect in a high tech business park and the two storey Ferrari
                                          building oozes Italian design. I went back to HRT to wait for Jacky's arrival.
                                          He was there just past 8.30 a.m. and I spent most of the day in his company,
                                          except for the technical briefings and debriefings. I was introduced to both
                                          drivers, but during the rest of the weekend, I hardly had time to meet them
                                          again. However, I had lots of interesting information from Jacky and team
                                          principal Colin Kolles. The paddock oriented part of the pits looked like a
                                          commando post or a control room, with several people looking at computer screens
                                          with output of all data gathering and occasionally, they changed some
                                          parameters. As Jacky is the technical coordinator, he performed a visit to all
                                          of them. However fascinating this all is, I was happy when it was time for the
                                          briefings and I could go to the northern extremity of the paddock to watch F1
                                          and Porsche Supercup qualifying and the first GP2 race. In-between, I indulged
                                          in the HRT hospitality with very good food and excellent coffee.

                                          In general, I'm not a fan of Hermann Tilke's race tracks at all. However, here
                                          he has done a very good job, with a flowing, undulating and difficult
                                          anticlockwise track. From my vantage point, I could only see a fraction of it
                                          and the first GP2 race, won by former F1 racer Romain Grosjean (the one the
                                          Smiths saw win the first race at Francorchamps last year) was nothing to write
                                          home about. As the mechanics were still at work, I got a lift to my hotel from
                                          Jacky at 8.00 p.m. I had been at the track for nearly 14 hours. A nice
                                          experience, but not one I'd like to repeat week after week. I went to bed early,
                                          for on Sunday, it would be the same early rise.

                                          Sunday was dawning a lot brighter than the previous day. As both cars had
                                          qualified, the mechanics were in high spirits, although after breakfast, one
                                          could see the tension mount. As there was more racing activity, I spent less
                                          time in the HRT pits and hospitality than on the saturday. Neither the Porsche
                                          Supercup race nor the second GP2 race were stunners, though. After having
                                          lunched at HRT, I watched the final preparations for the Grand Prix. It didn't
                                          look that different from most other single seater races I've seen, except that
                                          there's so much more technology and people involved. When the cars left for the
                                          grid, I strolled towards my vantage point. It struck me that there wasn't such a
                                          large crowd in the grandstands. The weather can't be the cause, for although not
                                          really warm, it was nice and quite sunny. It must have been the entrance fees.
                                          Anyway, after the rather uneventful races of the morning, I wasn't expecting a
                                          superb Grand Prix. When I watch races like these, I usually fill in a lap chart.
                                          It was a piece of cake for the GP2 and Porsche races, but I had to be more than
                                          fully concentrated as during the entire Grand Prix, only two laps were devoid of
                                          any passing maneuvers. This is due to the tyres and the aerodynamic aids for
                                          passing. For my hosts, the Grand Prix was less comforting, for they were last
                                          and second to last, beaten fair and square by the other minnow, the Marussia
                                          Virgin of my compatriot Jérôme d'Ambrosio.

                                          As several team members had to catch planes soon after the finish, I managed to
                                          hitch a ride with one of them, an Argentinean engineer called Javier, not after
                                          once more thanking both Colin Kolles and Jacky Eeckelaert for their hospitality
                                          on this golden opportunity. During the drive to the airport, I had time to
                                          declare my great devotion to my driver's home country. I refrained from telling
                                          him I liked the Argentine driving standards a bit less, for he was a fine
                                          example of the opposite. I've had lifts of several drivers and team personnel in
                                          the past and they fall into two categories. Some of them are madmen even on the
                                          road, but most drive very cautiously and Javier belonged to that second
                                          category. Nevertheless, we got to the airport bang on time for our respective
                                          flights. With the hour's difference, I still got home late on Sunday evening.

                                          After a short night, I packed another bag for a two day plant chasing trip to
                                          England with Aline. We always do our plant shopping in the Maidstone area as
                                          with "The potted garden" it boast the most versatile nursery we know of in
                                          Europe. As we also did some grocery shopping, the car's boot was full to the
                                          brim. We were asked to stop for a luggage check by the Dover customs. Upon
                                          opening the boot, the custom's officer smelled the scent of the plants. He said
                                          he was a keen gardener himself and the scent was enough to convince him to let
                                          us pass without any further controls. Just like last time, Seafrance was not
                                          endearing itself. On our crossing back into France, there were not a lot of
                                          passengers. Thus they kept the restaurant, the snack bar and half of the toilets
                                          locked.

                                          Next week, I'll stay mainly local before embarking on a long road trip for the
                                          rest of the month.

                                          Number of races in 2011: 22

                                          Of which on new tracks: 21

                                          Number of countries in which trackchased: 9

                                          Of which new countries: 1

                                          Roland

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                                        • BHICKEYJR@AOL.COM
                                          10-7-11 Jones Motor Speedway Chatham, La. dirt oval There is the 24hrs of Daytona There is the 12hrs of Sebering But on 10-8-11 i attended the 10 hrs of
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                                            10-7-11 Jones Motor Speedway Chatham, La. dirt oval


                                            There is the 24hrs of Daytona
                                            There is the 12hrs of Sebering


                                            But on 10-8-11 i attended the 10 hrs of Ennis
                                            Thats right, 10 hrs to run six divisions that ran there heats the night previous. The best part is that i left at 4am with two
                                            divisions of mods left to run. You will never see me again at the 85 Speedway in Ennis Tx.


                                            See ya at the track
                                            Brian


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                                            Southern National Speedway will go on the auction block Sat Oct 8th
                                            Looks like Lanier Speedway in Ga. Is throwing in the towel as they have put the speedway up for sale.
                                            As i drove by Monroe Speedway i noticed an auction sign at the main entrence to the track.

                                            Wish i had better news to report.

                                            Brian
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                                            10-01-2011 Southwest Speedway Dickinson,ND. dirt oval


                                            Thanks
                                            Brian



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                                            9-24-11 Brooklyn Speedway Brooklyn,Ia dirt oval
                                            9-24-11 Brooklyn Speedway Brooklyn Ia dirt f8 One of the most entertaining shows i have seen this year.

                                            9-25-11 Big Country Speedway Cheyenne Wy paved oval

                                            Evidently i forgot to post my visit to the County Line Raceway in Elm City,NC. back on sep 10th of this year. Pretty high car
                                            counts in all divisions and full grandstands was nice to see. The promoter must have attended Guy's workshop he gave a while back
                                            because they started on time , ran a fast paced show and was done just after 10pm.

                                            See ya at the track
                                            Brian

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                                            Glad to see that they are out and about and doing well.
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                                            Brian:

                                            Nice seeing you on Saturday. You missed Allan and Nancy Brown at Marengo by a day. Allan reported that they were there on Saturday.

                                            Guy

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                                            Finally got back out on the road again after a extended visit to the Bronx.
                                            After deciding to avoid the storms in the southeast,i headed out west to catch
                                            the sat night show at the Midvale Speedway in OH,thanks to Mr Smith for posting
                                            the event earlier in the week.

                                            After the show i headed south west to continue my journey. Before going to bed
                                            i found an off road race that was on my way, over in Marengo,IN.

                                            I arrived at the Crawford County 4H Fairgrounds at 2:30pm, in time to catch the
                                            last few laps of the truck race and the final 10 lap feature for the buggies.
                                            The Mid America Off Road racing series runs here several times each year.

                                            See ya at the track

                                            Brian

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                                            Managed to make it over to Santa Maria Speedway in Ca. for their regular Sat
                                            night show. Good sized croud in attendence to watch

                                            large fields of cars in each of the 4 classes that ran. The track stayed
                                            competitive all evening with very good racing in all divisions.

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                                            I was unable to get to a track on friday so i headed back to the Sandia Speedway
                                            in Albuquerque NM for some sat and sun races.

                                            Last time i was there, 3 weeks earlier, they ran their new dirt track,and are
                                            alternating weeks with the asphalt track. This week they were running

                                            both the 1/4mile and 1/2 mile tracks on sat night. The SCCA was running this
                                            weekend as well, but i was not able to get to the track in time

                                            to see them race on the roadcoarse on sat. so i had to wait until sun to see
                                            them run. They had low car counts in all divisions but ran a fast paced program
                                            with some fairly competitive races.

                                            All in all a good weekend of racing.

                                            See ya at the track

                                            Brian

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                                            After about 10 years of trying i managed to get the Winchester Speedway of SC.
                                            in the books. They had a good crowd on hand to watch some very competitive
                                            racing in most divisions, even though they had low car counts in all divisions.
                                            Pretty clean facility with a quick well run show.

                                            So far i have had the pleasure of watching HOT ROD Lamance run his crate late
                                            model three times at three different tracks in SC. Cherokee,Riverside(their last
                                            race $50,000 TO WIN) and now at Winchester,and he has won every time i was in
                                            attendance. I wonder if he would pay my way into the next event he is
                                            participating in. All in all not a bad way to spend a Friday evening.

                                            Sat had two track possibilities both get rained out.

                                            See ya at the track

                                            Brian

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                                            Went to A-1 speedway in lacombe La. On sat night. Unlike most tracks the upper
                                            divisions had the larger fields with 18 Amods and 12 latemodels.

                                            The track was in good shape all night with some good races in most divisions.

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                                            Hello colleagues,

                                            I ended my last trackchaser update report by telling I was invited by a friend
                                            to watch a race outside Belgium. I don't have many longtime friends, but those I
                                            have are extremely good ones. Some of you might remember that a few years ago my
                                            friend Prosper Mollekens invited me to Kyalami, South Africa. Once again,
                                            Prosper was instrumental in this invitation. Not long after last November's
                                            trackchasing trip to Southern California, Prosper invited me to dinner with the
                                            staff of his former KTR Racing Team: his son Kurt, Frank Couckaert and Jacky
                                            Eeckelaert. One of the numerous subjects of the table conversation was my
                                            trackchasing. Prosper brought it up remembering that long before I was a
                                            trackchaser, I sometimes informed him about other races of his drivers. He
                                            steadfastly answered with the catchphrase: "You're everywhere". After my little
                                            monologue about the fine art of trackchasing, Jacky Eeckelaert said he'd help me
                                            get to more countries and promptly invited me to the Turkish Grand Prix of 2011.
                                            As Jacky is Hispania Racing Team (HRT)'s technical coordinator, this was not
                                            just an invitation, but one during which I would be his personal guest. Such a
                                            generous offer was gratefully accepted and a few months ago, I had a few mail
                                            exchanges with Jacky. The deal was that I would buy my airline ticket; the team
                                            would fetch me at the airport and put me in the same hotel as the mechanics, who
                                            would chauffeur me to the track. As soon as this was settled, I logged on to my
                                            favourite air travel site www.swoodoo.de and found a very cheap ticket on a
                                            direct flight with Türk Hava Yolari (a.k.a. Turkish Airlines).

                                            Thus I left work in sunny Brussels at 3.00 p.m. on Friday, took the train to the
                                            airport, checked in for my 5.30 p.m. flight and arrived at 10.00 p.m. local time
                                            in cold and damp Istanbul. Having been to this wonderful city 4 times already, I
                                            knew the airport was an efficient one and indeed, half an hour after landing, I
                                            met a man sporting an HRT sign in the arrivals hall. It turned out my chauffeur
                                            was a local race fan, who would also drive the mechanics to the track next
                                            morning. I was glad to have a local driver, for even though I'm a fan of
                                            Istanbul, the dense and somewhat unorthodox traffic is not my cup of tea. Maybe
                                            the damp weather helped, but the driver got me rather quickly to the hotel in
                                            central Istanbul, near the former Roman hippodrome. I had stayed in this area
                                            with Aline when we went to the Turkish part of Cyprus. When I checked in, I was
                                            handed a large envelope together with my key. It contained a badge to get
                                            through paddock entry control at the track and a note by Jacky, instructing me
                                            to be ready in the lobby at 5.30 a.m. on Saturday morning. With this in mind, I
                                            set the wake up function of my I Phone to wake me up at 5.00 a.m. with a gentle
                                            musical tune and went to sleep.

                                            Saturday morning, Istanbul still looked very damp, but the rain had stopped. In
                                            the lobby, I met the mechanics. They're a very international bunch, consisting
                                            of Spaniards, Brits, a Portuguese, an Estonian and two Italians. Two minibuses
                                            would bring us to the track, one for the mechanics of fellow trackchaser Narain
                                            Karthikeyan's car and one for that of his Italian team mate Vitantonio Liuzzi. I
                                            opted for the latter's crew, which allowed me to practice my Italian a bit with
                                            his two mechanics. Istanbul is the only city that is part of two continents. The
                                            old city, in which I landed and spent the night, is on the European part of the
                                            Bosporus, the isthmus dividing Europe and Asia. This part is connected to the
                                            more recently developed Asian part by two mile long bridges. The Asian part of
                                            the city is growing rapidly and savagely, because of a rule stating that if
                                            someone builds a "house" overnight, it is allowed to stand. Thus, this side of
                                            the town grows organically. In general, it consists of steadily increasing half
                                            circles along the Bosporus. Once the majority of inhabitants of a shanty town
                                            area earn a somewhat decent living, they construct proper houses and streets and
                                            the ring widens. It's ironic that the Istanbul Park track, about 25 miles inland
                                            from the centre of Istanbul, is also an illegal construction, for it was never
                                            granted a building permit. Nevertheless, this track looks very impressive. We
                                            passed the paddock gate and, indeed, my entrance pass worked. The minibuses were
                                            parked behind the truck with the spare parts and I followed the mechanics to the
                                            wooden structure (a bit like a giant summer house) that was meant to be the
                                            hospitality area. It's in building blocks and put up at any Grand Prix. Compared
                                            to some structures nearby, it looked very tiny and flimsy, but HRT is a small
                                            and underfinanced team. Nevertheless, at this early hour, there was already a
                                            cook on site, to serve us a large and tasty breakfast. After breakfast, the
                                            mechanics turned their attention to preparing the cars for the morning warm up.
                                            I strolled down the paddock area to take a closer look at the hospitality
                                            structures of better funded teams. It's amazing. The MacLaren team has something
                                            one would rather expect in a high tech business park and the two storey Ferrari
                                            building oozes Italian design. I went back to HRT to wait for Jacky's arrival.
                                            He was there just past 8.30 a.m. and I spent most of the day in his company,
                                            except for the technical briefings and debriefings. I was introduced to both
                                            drivers, but during the rest of the weekend, I hardly had time to meet them
                                            again. However, I had lots of interesting information from Jacky and team
                                            principal Colin Kolles. The paddock oriented part of the pits looked like a
                                            commando post or a control room, with several people looking at computer screens
                                            with output of all data gathering and occasionally, they changed some
                                            parameters. As Jacky is the technical coordinator, he performed a visit to all
                                            of them. However fascinating this all is, I was happy when it was time for the
                                            briefings and I could go to the northern extremity of the paddock to watch F1
                                            and Porsche Supercup qualifying and the first GP2 race. In-between, I indulged
                                            in the HRT hospitality with very good food and excellent coffee.

                                            In general, I'm not a fan of Hermann Tilke's race tracks at all. However, here
                                            he has done a very good job, with a flowing, undulating and difficult
                                            anticlockwise track. From my vantage point, I could only see a fraction of it
                                            and the first GP2 race, won by former F1 racer Romain Grosjean (the one the
                                            Smiths saw win the first race at Francorchamps last year) was nothing to write
                                            home about. As the mechanics were still at work, I got a lift to my hotel from
                                            Jacky at 8.00 p.m. I had been at the track for nearly 14 hours. A nice
                                            experience, but not one I'd like to repeat week after week. I went to bed early,
                                            for on Sunday, it would be the same early rise.

                                            Sunday was dawning a lot brighter than the previous day. As both cars had
                                            qualified, the mechanics were in high spirits, although after breakfast, one
                                            could see the tension mount. As there was more racing activity, I spent less
                                            time in the HRT pits and hospitality than on the saturday. Neither the Porsche
                                            Supercup race nor the second GP2 race were stunners, though. After having
                                            lunched at HRT, I watched the final preparations for the Grand Prix. It didn't
                                            look that different from most other single seater races I've seen, except that
                                            there's so much more technology and people involved. When the cars left for the
                                            grid, I strolled towards my vantage point. It struck me that there wasn't such a
                                            large crowd in the grandstands. The weather can't be the cause, for although not
                                            really warm, it was nice and quite sunny. It must have been the entrance fees.
                                            Anyway, after the rather uneventful races of the morning, I wasn't expecting a
                                            superb Grand Prix. When I watch races like these, I usually fill in a lap chart.
                                            It was a piece of cake for the GP2 and Porsche races, but I had to be more than
                                            fully concentrated as during the entire Grand Prix, only two laps were devoid of
                                            any passing maneuvers. This is due to the tyres and the aerodynamic aids for
                                            passing. For my hosts, the Grand Prix was less comforting, for they were last
                                            and second to last, beaten fair and square by the other minnow, the Marussia
                                            Virgin of my compatriot Jérôme d'Ambrosio.

                                            As several team members had to catch planes soon after the finish, I managed to
                                            hitch a ride with one of them, an Argentinean engineer called Javier, not after
                                            once more thanking both Colin Kolles and Jacky Eeckelaert for their hospitality
                                            on this golden opportunity. During the drive to the airport, I had time to
                                            declare my great devotion to my driver's home country. I refrained from telling
                                            him I liked the Argentine driving standards a bit less, for he was a fine
                                            example of the opposite. I've had lifts of several drivers and team personnel in
                                            the past and they fall into two categories. Some of them are madmen even on the
                                            road, but most drive very cautiously and Javier belonged to that second
                                            category. Nevertheless, we got to the airport bang on time for our respective
                                            flights. With the hour's difference, I still got home late on Sunday evening.

                                            After a short night, I packed another bag for a two day plant chasing trip to
                                            England with Aline. We always do our plant shopping in the Maidstone area as
                                            with "The potted garden" it boast the most versatile nursery we know of in
                                            Europe. As we also did some grocery shopping, the car's boot was full to the
                                            brim. We were asked to stop for a luggage check by the Dover customs. Upon
                                            opening the boot, the custom's officer smelled the scent of the plants. He said
                                            he was a keen gardener himself and the scent was enough to convince him to let
                                            us pass without any further controls. Just like last time, Seafrance was not
                                            endearing itself. On our crossing back into France, there were not a lot of
                                            passengers. Thus they kept the restaurant, the snack bar and half of the toilets
                                            locked.

                                            Next week, I'll stay mainly local before embarking on a long road trip for the
                                            rest of the month.

                                            Number of races in 2011: 22

                                            Of which on new tracks: 21

                                            Number of countries in which trackchased: 9

                                            Of which new countries: 1

                                            Roland

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                                          • Peter Hollebrand
                                            This past weekend we took a nice trip to the Heartland of America for three big races in three different states...... On Friday night we were at the West
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                                              This past weekend we took a nice trip to the Heartland of America for three big races in three different states...... On Friday night we were at the West Liberty Fairgrounds in West Liberty, Iowa
                                              for the Liberty 100's ,a Friday and Saturday doubleheader featuring six divisions of stock cars and late models, with the top four classes having features features on the Friday night we were there. Admission was a reasonable 15.00 . A full size fairgrounds dirt half miler, the top Late Model class was absolutely flying around that place, with the their long straights. Over One hundred cars, with over twenty in each class signed in for the weekend. Many people spent the weekend, with loads of campers everywhere in sight. NO DUST anywhere , perfect dirt track conditions and great lighting made this a very enjoyable night.........On Saturday night we stopped at the Lebanon, MO. Midway Speedway for part two their annual Fall Brawl, another Friday- Saturday combo.. this place was a well banked quarter mile dirt with again great lighting...Six divisions of stock cars and late models.......Again 15.00 admission for adults. . I loved the track shape and size and action on this track, but a big problem that stood out was very poor officiating......The flagger was way too quick to constantly throw the yellow flag, which was very annoying and time comsuming... Also , when these constant cautions would come out, the track workers were constantly working on the cars, like pulling out bashed in fenders and repairing damaged sheet metal, making for long lasting cautions . Very disturbing .... drivers who repeatedly wrecked were allowed to go back and forth to their pits, and of course they kept the yellows out waiting for them!
                                              ..........On Sunday morning we drove to the Kansas Speedway

                                              in Kansas City, KS. for the Sprint Cup race....... This place opened in 2001 and everything looked brand new....The traffic plan was perfect, we drove right to the track with no delays at eleven AM and got out of there with very little delay after the race, The tack is right on I-70 and at a I-435 Junction, and being just outside the city, it is like country, with plenty of free parking on a well manicured field. You could see the whole track from every seat, so we sat on the eighth row and saw everything , like at a short track......Gas prices were only 3.05 out there , so that was a relief from our New York State prices!.... A great weekend , never even a drop of rain the whole week we were on the road. PJ

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                                              10-01-2011 Southwest Speedway Dickinson,ND. dirt oval

                                              Thanks
                                              Brian

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                                              9-24-11 Brooklyn Speedway Brooklyn,Ia dirt oval
                                              9-24-11 Brooklyn Speedway Brooklyn Ia dirt f8 One of the most entertaining shows i have seen this year.

                                              9-25-11 Big Country Speedway Cheyenne Wy paved oval

                                              Evidently i forgot to post my visit to the County Line Raceway in Elm City,NC. back on sep 10th of this year. Pretty high car
                                              counts in all divisions and full grandstands was nice to see. The promoter must have attended Guy's workshop he gave a while back
                                              because they started on time , ran a fast paced show and was done just after 10pm.

                                              See ya at the track
                                              Brian

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                                              From: BHICKEYJR <BHICKEYJR@...>
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                                              Sent: Mon, Jul 18, 2011 5:39 pm
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                                              Glad to see that they are out and about and doing well.
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                                              Brian:

                                              Nice seeing you on Saturday. You missed Allan and Nancy Brown at Marengo by a day. Allan reported that they were there on Saturday.

                                              Guy

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                                              Sent: Mon, Jul 18, 2011 9:58 am
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                                              Finally got back out on the road again after a extended visit to the Bronx.
                                              After deciding to avoid the storms in the southeast,i headed out west to catch
                                              the sat night show at the Midvale Speedway in OH,thanks to Mr Smith for posting
                                              the event earlier in the week.

                                              After the show i headed south west to continue my journey. Before going to bed
                                              i found an off road race that was on my way, over in Marengo,IN.

                                              I arrived at the Crawford County 4H Fairgrounds at 2:30pm, in time to catch the
                                              last few laps of the truck race and the final 10 lap feature for the buggies.
                                              The Mid America Off Road racing series runs here several times each year.

                                              See ya at the track

                                              Brian

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                                              Managed to make it over to Santa Maria Speedway in Ca. for their regular Sat
                                              night show. Good sized croud in attendence to watch

                                              large fields of cars in each of the 4 classes that ran. The track stayed
                                              competitive all evening with very good racing in all divisions.

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                                              To: TrackChasers <TrackChasers@yahoogroups.com>

                                              Sent: Tue, Jun 21, 2011 9:19 pm

                                              Subject: Re: [TrackChasers] trackChaser update

                                              I was unable to get to a track on friday so i headed back to the Sandia Speedway
                                              in Albuquerque NM for some sat and sun races.

                                              Last time i was there, 3 weeks earlier, they ran their new dirt track,and are
                                              alternating weeks with the asphalt track. This week they were running

                                              both the 1/4mile and 1/2 mile tracks on sat night. The SCCA was running this
                                              weekend as well, but i was not able to get to the track in time

                                              to see them race on the roadcoarse on sat. so i had to wait until sun to see
                                              them run. They had low car counts in all divisions but ran a fast paced program
                                              with some fairly competitive races.

                                              All in all a good weekend of racing.

                                              See ya at the track

                                              Brian

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                                              Sent: Mon, Jun 13, 2011 9:22 pm

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                                              After about 10 years of trying i managed to get the Winchester Speedway of SC.
                                              in the books. They had a good crowd on hand to watch some very competitive
                                              racing in most divisions, even though they had low car counts in all divisions.
                                              Pretty clean facility with a quick well run show.

                                              So far i have had the pleasure of watching HOT ROD Lamance run his crate late
                                              model three times at three different tracks in SC. Cherokee,Riverside(their last
                                              race $50,000 TO WIN) and now at Winchester,and he has won every time i was in
                                              attendance. I wonder if he would pay my way into the next event he is
                                              participating in. All in all not a bad way to spend a Friday evening.

                                              Sat had two track possibilities both get rained out.

                                              See ya at the track

                                              Brian

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                                              Sent: Mon, Jun 6, 2011 6:31 am

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                                              Went to A-1 speedway in lacombe La. On sat night. Unlike most tracks the upper
                                              divisions had the larger fields with 18 Amods and 12 latemodels.

                                              The track was in good shape all night with some good races in most divisions.

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                                              From: "Vanden Eynde Roland" <roland.vandeneynde@...>

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                                              Date: Wed, 11 May 2011 11:42:14

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                                              Hello colleagues,

                                              I ended my last trackchaser update report by telling I was invited by a friend
                                              to watch a race outside Belgium. I don't have many longtime friends, but those I
                                              have are extremely good ones. Some of you might remember that a few years ago my
                                              friend Prosper Mollekens invited me to Kyalami, South Africa. Once again,
                                              Prosper was instrumental in this invitation. Not long after last November's
                                              trackchasing trip to Southern California, Prosper invited me to dinner with the
                                              staff of his former KTR Racing Team: his son Kurt, Frank Couckaert and Jacky
                                              Eeckelaert. One of the numerous subjects of the table conversation was my
                                              trackchasing. Prosper brought it up remembering that long before I was a
                                              trackchaser, I sometimes informed him about other races of his drivers. He
                                              steadfastly answered with the catchphrase: "You're everywhere". After my little
                                              monologue about the fine art of trackchasing, Jacky Eeckelaert said he'd help me
                                              get to more countries and promptly invited me to the Turkish Grand Prix of 2011.
                                              As Jacky is Hispania Racing Team (HRT)'s technical coordinator, this was not
                                              just an invitation, but one during which I would be his personal guest. Such a
                                              generous offer was gratefully accepted and a few months ago, I had a few mail
                                              exchanges with Jacky. The deal was that I would buy my airline ticket; the team
                                              would fetch me at the airport and put me in the same hotel as the mechanics, who
                                              would chauffeur me to the track. As soon as this was settled, I logged on to my
                                              favourite air travel site www.swoodoo.de and found a very cheap ticket on a
                                              direct flight with Türk Hava Yolari (a.k.a. Turkish Airlines).

                                              Thus I left work in sunny Brussels at 3.00 p.m. on Friday, took the train to the
                                              airport, checked in for my 5.30 p.m. flight and arrived at 10.00 p.m. local time
                                              in cold and damp Istanbul. Having been to this wonderful city 4 times already, I
                                              knew the airport was an efficient one and indeed, half an hour after landing, I
                                              met a man sporting an HRT sign in the arrivals hall. It turned out my chauffeur
                                              was a local race fan, who would also drive the mechanics to the track next
                                              morning. I was glad to have a local driver, for even though I'm a fan of
                                              Istanbul, the dense and somewhat unorthodox traffic is not my cup of tea. Maybe
                                              the damp weather helped, but the driver got me rather quickly to the hotel in
                                              central Istanbul, near the former Roman hippodrome. I had stayed in this area
                                              with Aline when we went to the Turkish part of Cyprus. When I checked in, I was
                                              handed a large envelope together with my key. It contained a badge to get
                                              through paddock entry control at the track and a note by Jacky, instructing me
                                              to be ready in the lobby at 5.30 a.m. on Saturday morning. With this in mind, I
                                              set the wake up function of my I Phone to wake me up at 5.00 a.m. with a gentle
                                              musical tune and went to sleep.

                                              Saturday morning, Istanbul still looked very damp, but the rain had stopped. In
                                              the lobby, I met the mechanics. They're a very international bunch, consisting
                                              of Spaniards, Brits, a Portuguese, an Estonian and two Italians. Two minibuses
                                              would bring us to the track, one for the mechanics of fellow trackchaser Narain
                                              Karthikeyan's car and one for that of his Italian team mate Vitantonio Liuzzi. I
                                              opted for the latter's crew, which allowed me to practice my Italian a bit with
                                              his two mechanics. Istanbul is the only city that is part of two continents. The
                                              old city, in which I landed and spent the night, is on the European part of the
                                              Bosporus, the isthmus dividing Europe and Asia. This part is connected to the
                                              more recently developed Asian part by two mile long bridges. The Asian part of
                                              the city is growing rapidly and savagely, because of a rule stating that if
                                              someone builds a "house" overnight, it is allowed to stand. Thus, this side of
                                              the town grows organically. In general, it consists of steadily increasing half
                                              circles along the Bosporus. Once the majority of inhabitants of a shanty town
                                              area earn a somewhat decent living, they construct proper houses and streets and
                                              the ring widens. It's ironic that the Istanbul Park track, about 25 miles inland
                                              from the centre of Istanbul, is also an illegal construction, for it was never
                                              granted a building permit. Nevertheless, this track looks very impressive. We
                                              passed the paddock gate and, indeed, my entrance pass worked. The minibuses were
                                              parked behind the truck with the spare parts and I followed the mechanics to the
                                              wooden structure (a bit like a giant summer house) that was meant to be the
                                              hospitality area. It's in building blocks and put up at any Grand Prix. Compared
                                              to some structures nearby, it looked very tiny and flimsy, but HRT is a small
                                              and underfinanced team. Nevertheless, at this early hour, there was already a
                                              cook on site, to serve us a large and tasty breakfast. After breakfast, the
                                              mechanics turned their attention to preparing the cars for the morning warm up.
                                              I strolled down the paddock area to take a closer look at the hospitality
                                              structures of better funded teams. It's amazing. The MacLaren team has something
                                              one would rather expect in a high tech business park and the two storey Ferrari
                                              building oozes Italian design. I went back to HRT to wait for Jacky's arrival.
                                              He was there just past 8.30 a.m. and I spent most of the day in his company,
                                              except for the technical briefings and debriefings. I was introduced to both
                                              drivers, but during the rest of the weekend, I hardly had time to meet them
                                              again. However, I had lots of interesting information from Jacky and team
                                              principal Colin Kolles. The paddock oriented part of the pits looked like a
                                              commando post or a control room, with several people looking at computer screens
                                              with output of all data gathering and occasionally, they changed some
                                              parameters. As Jacky is the technical coordinator, he performed a visit to all
                                              of them. However fascinating this all is, I was happy when it was time for the
                                              briefings and I could go to the northern extremity of the paddock to watch F1
                                              and Porsche Supercup qualifying and the first GP2 race. In-between, I indulged
                                              in the HRT hospitality with very good food and excellent coffee.

                                              In general, I'm not a fan of Hermann Tilke's race tracks at all. However, here
                                              he has done a very good job, with a flowing, undulating and difficult
                                              anticlockwise track. From my vantage point, I could only see a fraction of it
                                              and the first GP2 race, won by former F1 racer Romain Grosjean (the one the
                                              Smiths saw win the first race at Francorchamps last year) was nothing to write
                                              home about. As the mechanics were still at work, I got a lift to my hotel from
                                              Jacky at 8.00 p.m. I had been at the track for nearly 14 hours. A nice
                                              experience, but not one I'd like to repeat week after week. I went to bed early,
                                              for on Sunday, it would be the same early rise.

                                              Sunday was dawning a lot brighter than the previous day. As both cars had
                                              qualified, the mechanics were in high spirits, although after breakfast, one
                                              could see the tension mount. As there was more racing activity, I spent less
                                              time in the HRT pits and hospitality than on the saturday. Neither the Porsche
                                              Supercup race nor the second GP2 race were stunners, though. After having
                                              lunched at HRT, I watched the final preparations for the Grand Prix. It didn't
                                              look that different from most other single seater races I've seen, except that
                                              there's so much more technology and people involved. When the cars left for the
                                              grid, I strolled towards my vantage point. It struck me that there wasn't such a
                                              large crowd in the grandstands. The weather can't be the cause, for although not
                                              really warm, it was nice and quite sunny. It must have been the entrance fees.
                                              Anyway, after the rather uneventful races of the morning, I wasn't expecting a
                                              superb Grand Prix. When I watch races like these, I usually fill in a lap chart.
                                              It was a piece of cake for the GP2 and Porsche races, but I had to be more than
                                              fully concentrated as during the entire Grand Prix, only two laps were devoid of
                                              any passing maneuvers. This is due to the tyres and the aerodynamic aids for
                                              passing. For my hosts, the Grand Prix was less comforting, for they were last
                                              and second to last, beaten fair and square by the other minnow, the Marussia
                                              Virgin of my compatriot Jérôme d'Ambrosio.

                                              As several team members had to catch planes soon after the finish, I managed to
                                              hitch a ride with one of them, an Argentinean engineer called Javier, not after
                                              once more thanking both Colin Kolles and Jacky Eeckelaert for their hospitality
                                              on this golden opportunity. During the drive to the airport, I had time to
                                              declare my great devotion to my driver's home country. I refrained from telling
                                              him I liked the Argentine driving standards a bit less, for he was a fine
                                              example of the opposite. I've had lifts of several drivers and team personnel in
                                              the past and they fall into two categories. Some of them are madmen even on the
                                              road, but most drive very cautiously and Javier belonged to that second
                                              category. Nevertheless, we got to the airport bang on time for our respective
                                              flights. With the hour's difference, I still got home late on Sunday evening.

                                              After a short night, I packed another bag for a two day plant chasing trip to
                                              England with Aline. We always do our plant shopping in the Maidstone area as
                                              with "The potted garden" it boast the most versatile nursery we know of in
                                              Europe. As we also did some grocery shopping, the car's boot was full to the
                                              brim. We were asked to stop for a luggage check by the Dover customs. Upon
                                              opening the boot, the custom's officer smelled the scent of the plants. He said
                                              he was a keen gardener himself and the scent was enough to convince him to let
                                              us pass without any further controls. Just like last time, Seafrance was not
                                              endearing itself. On our crossing back into France, there were not a lot of
                                              passengers. Thus they kept the restaurant, the snack bar and half of the toilets
                                              locked.

                                              Next week, I'll stay mainly local before embarking on a long road trip for the
                                              rest of the month.

                                              Number of races in 2011: 22

                                              Of which on new tracks: 21

                                              Number of countries in which trackchased: 9

                                              Of which new countries: 1

                                              Roland

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                                              Central Pennsylvania Speedway will return to asphalt for the first time since 2002. As a group led by Tim Bainey Jr. plans special events,testing and a driving
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                                                Central Pennsylvania Speedway will return to asphalt for the first time since 2002. As a group led by Tim Bainey Jr.
                                                plans special events,testing and a driving school at the Clearfield,Pa. oval.



                                                -----Original Message-----
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                                                Sent: Wed, Oct 12, 2011 6:47 pm
                                                Subject: Re: [TrackChasers] trackChaser update






                                                10-7-11 Jones Motor Speedway Chatham, La. dirt oval

                                                There is the 24hrs of Daytona
                                                There is the 12hrs of Sebering

                                                But on 10-8-11 i attended the 10 hrs of Ennis
                                                Thats right, 10 hrs to run six divisions that ran there heats the night previous. The best part is that i left at 4am with two
                                                divisions of mods left to run. You will never see me again at the 85 Speedway in Ennis Tx.

                                                See ya at the track
                                                Brian

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                                                Sent: Sat, Oct 8, 2011 4:40 am
                                                Subject: Re: [TrackChasers] trackChaser update

                                                Southern National Speedway will go on the auction block Sat Oct 8th
                                                Looks like Lanier Speedway in Ga. Is throwing in the towel as they have put the speedway up for sale.
                                                As i drove by Monroe Speedway i noticed an auction sign at the main entrence to the track.

                                                Wish i had better news to report.

                                                Brian
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                                                10-01-2011 Southwest Speedway Dickinson,ND. dirt oval

                                                Thanks
                                                Brian

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                                                Sent: Mon, Sep 26, 2011 10:03 pm
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                                                9-24-11 Brooklyn Speedway Brooklyn,Ia dirt oval
                                                9-24-11 Brooklyn Speedway Brooklyn Ia dirt f8 One of the most entertaining shows i have seen this year.

                                                9-25-11 Big Country Speedway Cheyenne Wy paved oval

                                                Evidently i forgot to post my visit to the County Line Raceway in Elm City,NC. back on sep 10th of this year. Pretty high car
                                                counts in all divisions and full grandstands was nice to see. The promoter must have attended Guy's workshop he gave a while back
                                                because they started on time , ran a fast paced show and was done just after 10pm.

                                                See ya at the track
                                                Brian

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                                                Sent: Mon, Jul 18, 2011 5:39 pm
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                                                Glad to see that they are out and about and doing well.
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                                                Brian:

                                                Nice seeing you on Saturday. You missed Allan and Nancy Brown at Marengo by a day. Allan reported that they were there on Saturday.

                                                Guy

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                                                Sent: Mon, Jul 18, 2011 9:58 am
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                                                Finally got back out on the road again after a extended visit to the Bronx.
                                                After deciding to avoid the storms in the southeast,i headed out west to catch
                                                the sat night show at the Midvale Speedway in OH,thanks to Mr Smith for posting
                                                the event earlier in the week.

                                                After the show i headed south west to continue my journey. Before going to bed
                                                i found an off road race that was on my way, over in Marengo,IN.

                                                I arrived at the Crawford County 4H Fairgrounds at 2:30pm, in time to catch the
                                                last few laps of the truck race and the final 10 lap feature for the buggies.
                                                The Mid America Off Road racing series runs here several times each year.

                                                See ya at the track

                                                Brian

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                                                Date: Wed, 29 Jun 2011 03:41:06

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                                                Managed to make it over to Santa Maria Speedway in Ca. for their regular Sat
                                                night show. Good sized croud in attendence to watch

                                                large fields of cars in each of the 4 classes that ran. The track stayed
                                                competitive all evening with very good racing in all divisions.

                                                -----Original Message-----

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                                                To: TrackChasers <TrackChasers@yahoogroups.com>

                                                Sent: Tue, Jun 21, 2011 9:19 pm

                                                Subject: Re: [TrackChasers] trackChaser update

                                                I was unable to get to a track on friday so i headed back to the Sandia Speedway
                                                in Albuquerque NM for some sat and sun races.

                                                Last time i was there, 3 weeks earlier, they ran their new dirt track,and are
                                                alternating weeks with the asphalt track. This week they were running

                                                both the 1/4mile and 1/2 mile tracks on sat night. The SCCA was running this
                                                weekend as well, but i was not able to get to the track in time

                                                to see them race on the roadcoarse on sat. so i had to wait until sun to see
                                                them run. They had low car counts in all divisions but ran a fast paced program
                                                with some fairly competitive races.

                                                All in all a good weekend of racing.

                                                See ya at the track

                                                Brian

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                                                Sent: Mon, Jun 13, 2011 9:22 pm

                                                Subject: Re: [TrackChasers] trackChaser update

                                                After about 10 years of trying i managed to get the Winchester Speedway of SC.
                                                in the books. They had a good crowd on hand to watch some very competitive
                                                racing in most divisions, even though they had low car counts in all divisions.
                                                Pretty clean facility with a quick well run show.

                                                So far i have had the pleasure of watching HOT ROD Lamance run his crate late
                                                model three times at three different tracks in SC. Cherokee,Riverside(their last
                                                race $50,000 TO WIN) and now at Winchester,and he has won every time i was in
                                                attendance. I wonder if he would pay my way into the next event he is
                                                participating in. All in all not a bad way to spend a Friday evening.

                                                Sat had two track possibilities both get rained out.

                                                See ya at the track

                                                Brian

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                                                Sent: Mon, Jun 6, 2011 6:31 am

                                                Subject: Re: [TrackChasers] trackChaser update

                                                Went to A-1 speedway in lacombe La. On sat night. Unlike most tracks the upper
                                                divisions had the larger fields with 18 Amods and 12 latemodels.

                                                The track was in good shape all night with some good races in most divisions.

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                                                From: "Vanden Eynde Roland" <roland.vandeneynde@...>

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                                                Date: Wed, 11 May 2011 11:42:14

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                                                Hello colleagues,

                                                I ended my last trackchaser update report by telling I was invited by a friend
                                                to watch a race outside Belgium. I don't have many longtime friends, but those I
                                                have are extremely good ones. Some of you might remember that a few years ago my
                                                friend Prosper Mollekens invited me to Kyalami, South Africa. Once again,
                                                Prosper was instrumental in this invitation. Not long after last November's
                                                trackchasing trip to Southern California, Prosper invited me to dinner with the
                                                staff of his former KTR Racing Team: his son Kurt, Frank Couckaert and Jacky
                                                Eeckelaert. One of the numerous subjects of the table conversation was my
                                                trackchasing. Prosper brought it up remembering that long before I was a
                                                trackchaser, I sometimes informed him about other races of his drivers. He
                                                steadfastly answered with the catchphrase: "You're everywhere". After my little
                                                monologue about the fine art of trackchasing, Jacky Eeckelaert said he'd help me
                                                get to more countries and promptly invited me to the Turkish Grand Prix of 2011.
                                                As Jacky is Hispania Racing Team (HRT)'s technical coordinator, this was not
                                                just an invitation, but one during which I would be his personal guest. Such a
                                                generous offer was gratefully accepted and a few months ago, I had a few mail
                                                exchanges with Jacky. The deal was that I would buy my airline ticket; the team
                                                would fetch me at the airport and put me in the same hotel as the mechanics, who
                                                would chauffeur me to the track. As soon as this was settled, I logged on to my
                                                favourite air travel site www.swoodoo.de and found a very cheap ticket on a
                                                direct flight with Türk Hava Yolari (a.k.a. Turkish Airlines).

                                                Thus I left work in sunny Brussels at 3.00 p.m. on Friday, took the train to the
                                                airport, checked in for my 5.30 p.m. flight and arrived at 10.00 p.m. local time
                                                in cold and damp Istanbul. Having been to this wonderful city 4 times already, I
                                                knew the airport was an efficient one and indeed, half an hour after landing, I
                                                met a man sporting an HRT sign in the arrivals hall. It turned out my chauffeur
                                                was a local race fan, who would also drive the mechanics to the track next
                                                morning. I was glad to have a local driver, for even though I'm a fan of
                                                Istanbul, the dense and somewhat unorthodox traffic is not my cup of tea. Maybe
                                                the damp weather helped, but the driver got me rather quickly to the hotel in
                                                central Istanbul, near the former Roman hippodrome. I had stayed in this area
                                                with Aline when we went to the Turkish part of Cyprus. When I checked in, I was
                                                handed a large envelope together with my key. It contained a badge to get
                                                through paddock entry control at the track and a note by Jacky, instructing me
                                                to be ready in the lobby at 5.30 a.m. on Saturday morning. With this in mind, I
                                                set the wake up function of my I Phone to wake me up at 5.00 a.m. with a gentle
                                                musical tune and went to sleep.

                                                Saturday morning, Istanbul still looked very damp, but the rain had stopped. In
                                                the lobby, I met the mechanics. They're a very international bunch, consisting
                                                of Spaniards, Brits, a Portuguese, an Estonian and two Italians. Two minibuses
                                                would bring us to the track, one for the mechanics of fellow trackchaser Narain
                                                Karthikeyan's car and one for that of his Italian team mate Vitantonio Liuzzi. I
                                                opted for the latter's crew, which allowed me to practice my Italian a bit with
                                                his two mechanics. Istanbul is the only city that is part of two continents. The
                                                old city, in which I landed and spent the night, is on the European part of the
                                                Bosporus, the isthmus dividing Europe and Asia. This part is connected to the
                                                more recently developed Asian part by two mile long bridges. The Asian part of
                                                the city is growing rapidly and savagely, because of a rule stating that if
                                                someone builds a "house" overnight, it is allowed to stand. Thus, this side of
                                                the town grows organically. In general, it consists of steadily increasing half
                                                circles along the Bosporus. Once the majority of inhabitants of a shanty town
                                                area earn a somewhat decent living, they construct proper houses and streets and
                                                the ring widens. It's ironic that the Istanbul Park track, about 25 miles inland
                                                from the centre of Istanbul, is also an illegal construction, for it was never
                                                granted a building permit. Nevertheless, this track looks very impressive. We
                                                passed the paddock gate and, indeed, my entrance pass worked. The minibuses were
                                                parked behind the truck with the spare parts and I followed the mechanics to the
                                                wooden structure (a bit like a giant summer house) that was meant to be the
                                                hospitality area. It's in building blocks and put up at any Grand Prix. Compared
                                                to some structures nearby, it looked very tiny and flimsy, but HRT is a small
                                                and underfinanced team. Nevertheless, at this early hour, there was already a
                                                cook on site, to serve us a large and tasty breakfast. After breakfast, the
                                                mechanics turned their attention to preparing the cars for the morning warm up.
                                                I strolled down the paddock area to take a closer look at the hospitality
                                                structures of better funded teams. It's amazing. The MacLaren team has something
                                                one would rather expect in a high tech business park and the two storey Ferrari
                                                building oozes Italian design. I went back to HRT to wait for Jacky's arrival.
                                                He was there just past 8.30 a.m. and I spent most of the day in his company,
                                                except for the technical briefings and debriefings. I was introduced to both
                                                drivers, but during the rest of the weekend, I hardly had time to meet them
                                                again. However, I had lots of interesting information from Jacky and team
                                                principal Colin Kolles. The paddock oriented part of the pits looked like a
                                                commando post or a control room, with several people looking at computer screens
                                                with output of all data gathering and occasionally, they changed some
                                                parameters. As Jacky is the technical coordinator, he performed a visit to all
                                                of them. However fascinating this all is, I was happy when it was time for the
                                                briefings and I could go to the northern extremity of the paddock to watch F1
                                                and Porsche Supercup qualifying and the first GP2 race. In-between, I indulged
                                                in the HRT hospitality with very good food and excellent coffee.

                                                In general, I'm not a fan of Hermann Tilke's race tracks at all. However, here
                                                he has done a very good job, with a flowing, undulating and difficult
                                                anticlockwise track. From my vantage point, I could only see a fraction of it
                                                and the first GP2 race, won by former F1 racer Romain Grosjean (the one the
                                                Smiths saw win the first race at Francorchamps last year) was nothing to write
                                                home about. As the mechanics were still at work, I got a lift to my hotel from
                                                Jacky at 8.00 p.m. I had been at the track for nearly 14 hours. A nice
                                                experience, but not one I'd like to repeat week after week. I went to bed early,
                                                for on Sunday, it would be the same early rise.

                                                Sunday was dawning a lot brighter than the previous day. As both cars had
                                                qualified, the mechanics were in high spirits, although after breakfast, one
                                                could see the tension mount. As there was more racing activity, I spent less
                                                time in the HRT pits and hospitality than on the saturday. Neither the Porsche
                                                Supercup race nor the second GP2 race were stunners, though. After having
                                                lunched at HRT, I watched the final preparations for the Grand Prix. It didn't
                                                look that different from most other single seater races I've seen, except that
                                                there's so much more technology and people involved. When the cars left for the
                                                grid, I strolled towards my vantage point. It struck me that there wasn't such a
                                                large crowd in the grandstands. The weather can't be the cause, for although not
                                                really warm, it was nice and quite sunny. It must have been the entrance fees.
                                                Anyway, after the rather uneventful races of the morning, I wasn't expecting a
                                                superb Grand Prix. When I watch races like these, I usually fill in a lap chart.
                                                It was a piece of cake for the GP2 and Porsche races, but I had to be more than
                                                fully concentrated as during the entire Grand Prix, only two laps were devoid of
                                                any passing maneuvers. This is due to the tyres and the aerodynamic aids for
                                                passing. For my hosts, the Grand Prix was less comforting, for they were last
                                                and second to last, beaten fair and square by the other minnow, the Marussia
                                                Virgin of my compatriot Jérôme d'Ambrosio.

                                                As several team members had to catch planes soon after the finish, I managed to
                                                hitch a ride with one of them, an Argentinean engineer called Javier, not after
                                                once more thanking both Colin Kolles and Jacky Eeckelaert for their hospitality
                                                on this golden opportunity. During the drive to the airport, I had time to
                                                declare my great devotion to my driver's home country. I refrained from telling
                                                him I liked the Argentine driving standards a bit less, for he was a fine
                                                example of the opposite. I've had lifts of several drivers and team personnel in
                                                the past and they fall into two categories. Some of them are madmen even on the
                                                road, but most drive very cautiously and Javier belonged to that second
                                                category. Nevertheless, we got to the airport bang on time for our respective
                                                flights. With the hour's difference, I still got home late on Sunday evening.

                                                After a short night, I packed another bag for a two day plant chasing trip to
                                                England with Aline. We always do our plant shopping in the Maidstone area as
                                                with "The potted garden" it boast the most versatile nursery we know of in
                                                Europe. As we also did some grocery shopping, the car's boot was full to the
                                                brim. We were asked to stop for a luggage check by the Dover customs. Upon
                                                opening the boot, the custom's officer smelled the scent of the plants. He said
                                                he was a keen gardener himself and the scent was enough to convince him to let
                                                us pass without any further controls. Just like last time, Seafrance was not
                                                endearing itself. On our crossing back into France, there were not a lot of
                                                passengers. Thus they kept the restaurant, the snack bar and half of the toilets
                                                locked.

                                                Next week, I'll stay mainly local before embarking on a long road trip for the
                                                rest of the month.

                                                Number of races in 2011: 22

                                                Of which on new tracks: 21

                                                Number of countries in which trackchased: 9

                                                Of which new countries: 1

                                                Roland

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                                                Tennessee National Speedway in Hohenwald Tn. to reopen to finish off balance of there 2011 season. 10-20-2011 Humboldt Speedway Humboldt,Ks. dirt oval
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                                                  Tennessee National Speedway in Hohenwald Tn. to reopen to finish off balance of there 2011 season.


                                                  10-20-2011 Humboldt Speedway Humboldt,Ks. dirt oval


                                                  10-22-2011 Hocking County Fairgrounds Logan,Oh. dirt auto cross



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                                                  From: BHICKEYJR <BHICKEYJR@...>
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                                                  Sent: Wed, Oct 12, 2011 7:58 pm
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                                                  Central Pennsylvania Speedway will return to asphalt for the first time since 2002. As a group led by Tim Bainey Jr.
                                                  plans special events,testing and a driving school at the Clearfield,Pa. oval.

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                                                  Sent: Wed, Oct 12, 2011 6:47 pm
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                                                  10-7-11 Jones Motor Speedway Chatham, La. dirt oval

                                                  There is the 24hrs of Daytona
                                                  There is the 12hrs of Sebering

                                                  But on 10-8-11 i attended the 10 hrs of Ennis
                                                  Thats right, 10 hrs to run six divisions that ran there heats the night previous. The best part is that i left at 4am with two
                                                  divisions of mods left to run. You will never see me again at the 85 Speedway in Ennis Tx.

                                                  See ya at the track
                                                  Brian

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                                                  Sent: Sat, Oct 8, 2011 4:40 am
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                                                  Southern National Speedway will go on the auction block Sat Oct 8th
                                                  Looks like Lanier Speedway in Ga. Is throwing in the towel as they have put the speedway up for sale.
                                                  As i drove by Monroe Speedway i noticed an auction sign at the main entrence to the track.

                                                  Wish i had better news to report.

                                                  Brian
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                                                  10-01-2011 Southwest Speedway Dickinson,ND. dirt oval

                                                  Thanks
                                                  Brian

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                                                  9-24-11 Brooklyn Speedway Brooklyn,Ia dirt oval
                                                  9-24-11 Brooklyn Speedway Brooklyn Ia dirt f8 One of the most entertaining shows i have seen this year.

                                                  9-25-11 Big Country Speedway Cheyenne Wy paved oval

                                                  Evidently i forgot to post my visit to the County Line Raceway in Elm City,NC. back on sep 10th of this year. Pretty high car
                                                  counts in all divisions and full grandstands was nice to see. The promoter must have attended Guy's workshop he gave a while back
                                                  because they started on time , ran a fast paced show and was done just after 10pm.

                                                  See ya at the track
                                                  Brian

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                                                  Sent: Mon, Jul 18, 2011 5:39 pm
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                                                  Glad to see that they are out and about and doing well.
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                                                  Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2011 21:05:14
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                                                  Brian:

                                                  Nice seeing you on Saturday. You missed Allan and Nancy Brown at Marengo by a day. Allan reported that they were there on Saturday.

                                                  Guy

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                                                  Finally got back out on the road again after a extended visit to the Bronx.
                                                  After deciding to avoid the storms in the southeast,i headed out west to catch
                                                  the sat night show at the Midvale Speedway in OH,thanks to Mr Smith for posting
                                                  the event earlier in the week.

                                                  After the show i headed south west to continue my journey. Before going to bed
                                                  i found an off road race that was on my way, over in Marengo,IN.

                                                  I arrived at the Crawford County 4H Fairgrounds at 2:30pm, in time to catch the
                                                  last few laps of the truck race and the final 10 lap feature for the buggies.
                                                  The Mid America Off Road racing series runs here several times each year.

                                                  See ya at the track

                                                  Brian

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                                                  Date: Wed, 29 Jun 2011 03:41:06

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                                                  Managed to make it over to Santa Maria Speedway in Ca. for their regular Sat
                                                  night show. Good sized croud in attendence to watch

                                                  large fields of cars in each of the 4 classes that ran. The track stayed
                                                  competitive all evening with very good racing in all divisions.

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                                                  Sent: Tue, Jun 21, 2011 9:19 pm

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                                                  I was unable to get to a track on friday so i headed back to the Sandia Speedway
                                                  in Albuquerque NM for some sat and sun races.

                                                  Last time i was there, 3 weeks earlier, they ran their new dirt track,and are
                                                  alternating weeks with the asphalt track. This week they were running

                                                  both the 1/4mile and 1/2 mile tracks on sat night. The SCCA was running this
                                                  weekend as well, but i was not able to get to the track in time

                                                  to see them race on the roadcoarse on sat. so i had to wait until sun to see
                                                  them run. They had low car counts in all divisions but ran a fast paced program
                                                  with some fairly competitive races.

                                                  All in all a good weekend of racing.

                                                  See ya at the track

                                                  Brian

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                                                  Sent: Mon, Jun 13, 2011 9:22 pm

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                                                  After about 10 years of trying i managed to get the Winchester Speedway of SC.
                                                  in the books. They had a good crowd on hand to watch some very competitive
                                                  racing in most divisions, even though they had low car counts in all divisions.
                                                  Pretty clean facility with a quick well run show.

                                                  So far i have had the pleasure of watching HOT ROD Lamance run his crate late
                                                  model three times at three different tracks in SC. Cherokee,Riverside(their last
                                                  race $50,000 TO WIN) and now at Winchester,and he has won every time i was in
                                                  attendance. I wonder if he would pay my way into the next event he is
                                                  participating in. All in all not a bad way to spend a Friday evening.

                                                  Sat had two track possibilities both get rained out.

                                                  See ya at the track

                                                  Brian

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                                                  Sent: Mon, Jun 6, 2011 6:31 am

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                                                  Went to A-1 speedway in lacombe La. On sat night. Unlike most tracks the upper
                                                  divisions had the larger fields with 18 Amods and 12 latemodels.

                                                  The track was in good shape all night with some good races in most divisions.

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                                                  From: "Vanden Eynde Roland" <roland.vandeneynde@...>

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                                                  Date: Wed, 11 May 2011 11:42:14

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                                                  Hello colleagues,

                                                  I ended my last trackchaser update report by telling I was invited by a friend
                                                  to watch a race outside Belgium. I don't have many longtime friends, but those I
                                                  have are extremely good ones. Some of you might remember that a few years ago my
                                                  friend Prosper Mollekens invited me to Kyalami, South Africa. Once again,
                                                  Prosper was instrumental in this invitation. Not long after last November's
                                                  trackchasing trip to Southern California, Prosper invited me to dinner with the
                                                  staff of his former KTR Racing Team: his son Kurt, Frank Couckaert and Jacky
                                                  Eeckelaert. One of the numerous subjects of the table conversation was my
                                                  trackchasing. Prosper brought it up remembering that long before I was a
                                                  trackchaser, I sometimes informed him about other races of his drivers. He
                                                  steadfastly answered with the catchphrase: "You're everywhere". After my little
                                                  monologue about the fine art of trackchasing, Jacky Eeckelaert said he'd help me
                                                  get to more countries and promptly invited me to the Turkish Grand Prix of 2011.
                                                  As Jacky is Hispania Racing Team (HRT)'s technical coordinator, this was not
                                                  just an invitation, but one during which I would be his personal guest. Such a
                                                  generous offer was gratefully accepted and a few months ago, I had a few mail
                                                  exchanges with Jacky. The deal was that I would buy my airline ticket; the team
                                                  would fetch me at the airport and put me in the same hotel as the mechanics, who
                                                  would chauffeur me to the track. As soon as this was settled, I logged on to my
                                                  favourite air travel site www.swoodoo.de and found a very cheap ticket on a
                                                  direct flight with Türk Hava Yolari (a.k.a. Turkish Airlines).

                                                  Thus I left work in sunny Brussels at 3.00 p.m. on Friday, took the train to the
                                                  airport, checked in for my 5.30 p.m. flight and arrived at 10.00 p.m. local time
                                                  in cold and damp Istanbul. Having been to this wonderful city 4 times already, I
                                                  knew the airport was an efficient one and indeed, half an hour after landing, I
                                                  met a man sporting an HRT sign in the arrivals hall. It turned out my chauffeur
                                                  was a local race fan, who would also drive the mechanics to the track next
                                                  morning. I was glad to have a local driver, for even though I'm a fan of
                                                  Istanbul, the dense and somewhat unorthodox traffic is not my cup of tea. Maybe
                                                  the damp weather helped, but the driver got me rather quickly to the hotel in
                                                  central Istanbul, near the former Roman hippodrome. I had stayed in this area
                                                  with Aline when we went to the Turkish part of Cyprus. When I checked in, I was
                                                  handed a large envelope together with my key. It contained a badge to get
                                                  through paddock entry control at the track and a note by Jacky, instructing me
                                                  to be ready in the lobby at 5.30 a.m. on Saturday morning. With this in mind, I
                                                  set the wake up function of my I Phone to wake me up at 5.00 a.m. with a gentle
                                                  musical tune and went to sleep.

                                                  Saturday morning, Istanbul still looked very damp, but the rain had stopped. In
                                                  the lobby, I met the mechanics. They're a very international bunch, consisting
                                                  of Spaniards, Brits, a Portuguese, an Estonian and two Italians. Two minibuses
                                                  would bring us to the track, one for the mechanics of fellow trackchaser Narain
                                                  Karthikeyan's car and one for that of his Italian team mate Vitantonio Liuzzi. I
                                                  opted for the latter's crew, which allowed me to practice my Italian a bit with
                                                  his two mechanics. Istanbul is the only city that is part of two continents. The
                                                  old city, in which I landed and spent the night, is on the European part of the
                                                  Bosporus, the isthmus dividing Europe and Asia. This part is connected to the
                                                  more recently developed Asian part by two mile long bridges. The Asian part of
                                                  the city is growing rapidly and savagely, because of a rule stating that if
                                                  someone builds a "house" overnight, it is allowed to stand. Thus, this side of
                                                  the town grows organically. In general, it consists of steadily increasing half
                                                  circles along the Bosporus. Once the majority of inhabitants of a shanty town
                                                  area earn a somewhat decent living, they construct proper houses and streets and
                                                  the ring widens. It's ironic that the Istanbul Park track, about 25 miles inland
                                                  from the centre of Istanbul, is also an illegal construction, for it was never
                                                  granted a building permit. Nevertheless, this track looks very impressive. We
                                                  passed the paddock gate and, indeed, my entrance pass worked. The minibuses were
                                                  parked behind the truck with the spare parts and I followed the mechanics to the
                                                  wooden structure (a bit like a giant summer house) that was meant to be the
                                                  hospitality area. It's in building blocks and put up at any Grand Prix. Compared
                                                  to some structures nearby, it looked very tiny and flimsy, but HRT is a small
                                                  and underfinanced team. Nevertheless, at this early hour, there was already a
                                                  cook on site, to serve us a large and tasty breakfast. After breakfast, the
                                                  mechanics turned their attention to preparing the cars for the morning warm up.
                                                  I strolled down the paddock area to take a closer look at the hospitality
                                                  structures of better funded teams. It's amazing. The MacLaren team has something
                                                  one would rather expect in a high tech business park and the two storey Ferrari
                                                  building oozes Italian design. I went back to HRT to wait for Jacky's arrival.
                                                  He was there just past 8.30 a.m. and I spent most of the day in his company,
                                                  except for the technical briefings and debriefings. I was introduced to both
                                                  drivers, but during the rest of the weekend, I hardly had time to meet them
                                                  again. However, I had lots of interesting information from Jacky and team
                                                  principal Colin Kolles. The paddock oriented part of the pits looked like a
                                                  commando post or a control room, with several people looking at computer screens
                                                  with output of all data gathering and occasionally, they changed some
                                                  parameters. As Jacky is the technical coordinator, he performed a visit to all
                                                  of them. However fascinating this all is, I was happy when it was time for the
                                                  briefings and I could go to the northern extremity of the paddock to watch F1
                                                  and Porsche Supercup qualifying and the first GP2 race. In-between, I indulged
                                                  in the HRT hospitality with very good food and excellent coffee.

                                                  In general, I'm not a fan of Hermann Tilke's race tracks at all. However, here
                                                  he has done a very good job, with a flowing, undulating and difficult
                                                  anticlockwise track. From my vantage point, I could only see a fraction of it
                                                  and the first GP2 race, won by former F1 racer Romain Grosjean (the one the
                                                  Smiths saw win the first race at Francorchamps last year) was nothing to write
                                                  home about. As the mechanics were still at work, I got a lift to my hotel from
                                                  Jacky at 8.00 p.m. I had been at the track for nearly 14 hours. A nice
                                                  experience, but not one I'd like to repeat week after week. I went to bed early,
                                                  for on Sunday, it would be the same early rise.

                                                  Sunday was dawning a lot brighter than the previous day. As both cars had
                                                  qualified, the mechanics were in high spirits, although after breakfast, one
                                                  could see the tension mount. As there was more racing activity, I spent less
                                                  time in the HRT pits and hospitality than on the saturday. Neither the Porsche
                                                  Supercup race nor the second GP2 race were stunners, though. After having
                                                  lunched at HRT, I watched the final preparations for the Grand Prix. It didn't
                                                  look that different from most other single seater races I've seen, except that
                                                  there's so much more technology and people involved. When the cars left for the
                                                  grid, I strolled towards my vantage point. It struck me that there wasn't such a
                                                  large crowd in the grandstands. The weather can't be the cause, for although not
                                                  really warm, it was nice and quite sunny. It must have been the entrance fees.
                                                  Anyway, after the rather uneventful races of the morning, I wasn't expecting a
                                                  superb Grand Prix. When I watch races like these, I usually fill in a lap chart.
                                                  It was a piece of cake for the GP2 and Porsche races, but I had to be more than
                                                  fully concentrated as during the entire Grand Prix, only two laps were devoid of
                                                  any passing maneuvers. This is due to the tyres and the aerodynamic aids for
                                                  passing. For my hosts, the Grand Prix was less comforting, for they were last
                                                  and second to last, beaten fair and square by the other minnow, the Marussia
                                                  Virgin of my compatriot Jérôme d'Ambrosio.

                                                  As several team members had to catch planes soon after the finish, I managed to
                                                  hitch a ride with one of them, an Argentinean engineer called Javier, not after
                                                  once more thanking both Colin Kolles and Jacky Eeckelaert for their hospitality
                                                  on this golden opportunity. During the drive to the airport, I had time to
                                                  declare my great devotion to my driver's home country. I refrained from telling
                                                  him I liked the Argentine driving standards a bit less, for he was a fine
                                                  example of the opposite. I've had lifts of several drivers and team personnel in
                                                  the past and they fall into two categories. Some of them are madmen even on the
                                                  road, but most drive very cautiously and Javier belonged to that second
                                                  category. Nevertheless, we got to the airport bang on time for our respective
                                                  flights. With the hour's difference, I still got home late on Sunday evening.

                                                  After a short night, I packed another bag for a two day plant chasing trip to
                                                  England with Aline. We always do our plant shopping in the Maidstone area as
                                                  with "The potted garden" it boast the most versatile nursery we know of in
                                                  Europe. As we also did some grocery shopping, the car's boot was full to the
                                                  brim. We were asked to stop for a luggage check by the Dover customs. Upon
                                                  opening the boot, the custom's officer smelled the scent of the plants. He said
                                                  he was a keen gardener himself and the scent was enough to convince him to let
                                                  us pass without any further controls. Just like last time, Seafrance was not
                                                  endearing itself. On our crossing back into France, there were not a lot of
                                                  passengers. Thus they kept the restaurant, the snack bar and half of the toilets
                                                  locked.

                                                  Next week, I'll stay mainly local before embarking on a long road trip for the
                                                  rest of the month.

                                                  Number of races in 2011: 22

                                                  Of which on new tracks: 21

                                                  Number of countries in which trackchased: 9

                                                  Of which new countries: 1

                                                  Roland

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