Race Weekend: 6-7 Aug 2011
Entry Deadline: 28 May 2011
Late Entries: Considered case-by-case, space permitting
Track: Thunderhill Raceway Park, Willows CA; 3.0-mile road course. We'll be adding a few directional cones here and there: Check out a hooptie-looking rough track map here.
Click here to purchase online.
All-Access Paddock Passes allow you to get closer to these dilapidated machines than is probably recommended.
Single-day passes are $20; Full-weekend passes are $30. Online sales will stop at midnight on the Wednesday before the race--tickets are always available for sale at the gate on race weekend.
Pre-Race Track Testing: Thunderhill will be holding a Friday test day for LeMons cars. They're charging $225 for one car and driver, plus $50 for each additional driver. Contact Colleen Worthington at the track (530-934-5588 x100 or email@example.com) for more info or to pre-register.
Friday, 5 August 2011
7:30am: Gates open
9am-4pm Pre-race track testing (details above)
10am-5pm: Mandatory Friday Tech Inspection. Every car and at least one driver per team must be present for Tech Inspection on Friday. No Saturday Tech will be offered!
5pm-6:30pm: Hooked on Driving track instruction. Basic driver info and Thunderhill track secrets. Great for both beginners and returning racers. for more info, click here.
Saturday, 6 August 2011
7:30am Gates Open
8am Drivers' Meeting (Mandatory)
9am-6pm: Race Session I
Sunday, 7 August 2011
8:30am: Drivers' Meeting (Mandatory)
9am-4:00pm: Race Session II
Noon: People's Curse
4:00pm: Checkered Flag
7pm: Gates Close
Lights: Headlights and taillights recommended but not mandatory; brake lights mandatory
Rear side and Back glass: No restrictions
Noise Limit: 90dB @ 50 feet
PITS AND PADDOCK
Overnight Camping: Yes
Vehicle Restrictions: None
Pit Assignments: First-come,first-frozen
Barbecues Allowed: Yes
Running Water: Yes
Bathrooms: Relatively swanky
Electrical Hookups: All the hell over the place
Pit Hours: Keep it to a low roar after racing hours; no engines after 9pm
Fuel Sold On-Site: Yes. Credit card-activated pumps on site. Thunderhill charges a drop fee for outside fuel containers measuring 55 gallons or larger.
FUEL RULES: MINIMUM 2-HOUR PENALTY FOR ANY INFRACTION
Where: In paddock space only, details TBA during Driver's Meeting (don't bug us before then)
Who: Two people minimum with one holding extinguisher while fueling from jugs
Gear: All people in fuel area must wear the same safety gear as a driver when fueling from jugs
Car: Engine and kill switch must be off during fueling
Driver changes: No one allowed in the car during fueling; driver swaps OK when fueling complete
Other notes: Absolutely no other work allowed during fueling (tire checks, fluid checks, etc). You may fuel at the gas pumps without Nomex.
Closest Airports: Oakland (OAK), Sacramento (SMF), and San Francisco (SFO)
Weather: This is the first time we've been at Thunderhill in the summer. I'm guessing something in the neighborhood of a million degrees.
Willows Travelodge (R.I.P. Golden Pheasant)
249 N Humboldt Ave
Willows Days Inn
I-5 and Route 162
Willows Motel 6
I-5 and Route 162
545 N. Humboldt Ave
Willows Super 8 Motel
457 North Humboldt Ave
Holiday Inn Express Willows
545 N Humboldt Ave
FUEL AND PARTS
Napa Auto Parts
124 S Butte St
Safety Tire Service
202 E Sycamore St
Willows Motor Supply
112 W Wood St
Scalvini Tire and Auto
428 French St
FIRST AID AND EMERGENCY
Glenn Medical Center
1133 W Sycamore St
FOOD AND SUPPLIES
517 S Tehama St
555 N Tehama St
Thunderhill Raceway Park
5250 State Highway 162
Take the main Willows exit (Route 162) off of Interstate 5. Go west for seven miles and turn right at the humongous racetrack. Or just see the directions online.