Looking Forward: Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta

Looking Forward: Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta

The very last Tire Rack Time Trials National Tour Powered by Hagerty event of 2021 will take place Nov. 5-7 at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia. After a fun-filled season that included eight Time Trials National Tour stops plus the annual Tire Rack Time Trials Nationals, perhaps there’s no better place to wrap things up than at Road Atlanta − and one action-packed weekend is certainly on tap.

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A Lap of Legendary Road Atlanta

Can-Am, Trans Am, Formula 5000, Camel GT, NASCAR, IMSA, ALMS and, of course, 24 years of SCCA National Championship Runoffs competition all found a home at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta over time. It’s a quick, glorious 2.54-mile course featuring the iconic “Esses” and a tricky downhill final turn.

Some believe the most important thing to remember when traversing Road Atlanta is to respect the track. Do that and you’ll likely reap the rewards of fast lap times throughout the event. But to help further, check out the video below from our friends at Racers360 and Grassroots Motorsports. They’ll guide you to getting the most out of your lap around Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.

Lap Times to Watch

Since the Time Trials National Tour has previously visit Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, we have some official Time Trials National Tour track records drivers will be aiming to beat over the course of the weekend. Some current class lap records include:

Overall/Unlimited 1 — Kyle Carrick, 1:26.296
Max 1 — Jason Guzman, 1:30.430
Tuner 2 — Brian Sowders, 1:36.804
Sport 1 — Doug Francis, 1:34.035
Sport 6 — Tyler Kvetko, 1:42.876

A Busy Weekend Indeed

The schedule for Time Trials National Tour participants this weekend includes 15-minute practice sessions early Saturday afternoon, followed by 15-minute Time Attack sessions later in the day. While an official party is not planned for this tour stop, participants are sure to find some tailgating peers willing to share after competition wraps up on Saturday.

On Sunday morning, 25-minute Time Attack sessions will be held, followed by two more 20-minute Time Attack sessions for all run groups after lunch. The weekend then wraps up with the KONI Podium Celebration.

But for motorsport fans, there will be even more action throughout the weekend. The American Road Race of Champions and Spec MX-5 Challenge races will be conducted both Saturday and Sunday. Saturday will also see an Atlanta Region “Rally to the Races” event, as well as Atlanta Region “Shush Sessions" track event conducted throughout the weekend. To learn more, check out the Atlanta Region website.

Atlanta Region Website

Photo by Tradd Slayton