Summit Point Raceway
Summit Point Raceway in Summit Point, West Virginia, has three circuits within
the facility: the 2.0-mile "Main Circuit," the 1.1-mile
"Jefferson Circuit." and the Shenandoah Circuit. The National Capital Chapter holds driving
events on all three circuits.
Main CircuitThe 2.0-mile Main Circuit has ten turns. The track was partially
repaved in 1998, and the remainder was repaved in 1999. Consequently, the
adhesion of the pavement varies somewhat as one proceeds around the
track. Because the track is in use almost constantly, paint has been
applied to the surface at the apexes of several turns to reduce wear.
There is a substantial downhill elevation change through Turn 4 ("the
chute") to Turn 5, with a progressive rise back through Turn 9.
Most turns are of constant-radius, although Turns 1 and 6 are of
increasing-radius, and Turns 7 and 10 are of decreasing-radius. The main
straight is 3000 feet long and terminates in a 180¡ hairpin.
Moderate-to-heavy braking is also required for Turn 5, at the bottom of the
chute. As a result, this track places one of the highest loads on braking
of all of the tracks on the East Coast. Fortunately, the runoff areas
after the braking zones are fairly generous, making this a reasonably safe track
to learn and practice threshold braking.
Excluding the long main straight, the remainder of the track packs ten turns
in 1.4 miles, making a circuit of similar complexity to the seven-turn, 1.1-mile
Jefferson Circuit. However, as most of the turns are of constant-radius
(and those that aren't are built on level ground), the Main Circuit is
reasonably easy to learn. You will probably pick up 90% of what there is
to know about the Main Circuit in a two-day school, although that last 10% could
well occupy you for years to come.
In wet weather, the painted areas drain water differently from the unpainted
surface, and one must be very careful to take those changes in adhesion into
account. Due to the high use this track receives, a well-worn and fairly
"polished" line has appeared in some of the turns; consequently, the
ideal "wet line" in these turns is displaced in places from the
"dry line." Yet in other places, the dry line works perfectly
well in the rain. If you become a good wet-weather driver at Summit
Point's Main Circuit, other tracks will seem easy by comparison.