Topic: Road Atlanta: Tire Wear/Abrasive Track Surface

It is our first outing at Road Atlanta and I'm curious about the track surface and tire wear.  On a scale of 1 to 10 how abrasive is the track surface under normal conditions (w/o snow and ice)?

Re: Road Atlanta: Tire Wear/Abrasive Track Surface

The place is rather tire friendly, I give it a 4, your only real wear will be the RF if pushing hard up T1, saying that, on your first outing, tires will not be the worry.

Bring spare undies.

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Re: Road Atlanta: Tire Wear/Abrasive Track Surface

Team Infinniti wrote:

The place is rather tire friendly, I give it a 4, your only real wear will be the RF if pushing hard up T1, saying that, on your first outing, tires will not be the worry.

Bring spare undies.

I'd say it's a 3, on both tires and brakes, compared to say CMP which is a 10.  Pushing hard up T1 is aided by all that camber.  I've only been once so far, but I loved it!

Captain
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Re: Road Atlanta: Tire Wear/Abrasive Track Surface

Like they said, tire wear is pretty light and consistent.
Cold weather and possibly rain will also make tires last longer. 
You may want to look at something other than a high performance summer tires, as they don't like near freezing temps, and damp conditions that they are forecasting for the weekend.

Re: Road Atlanta: Tire Wear/Abrasive Track Surface

Firebelly wrote:

You may want to look at something other than a high performance summer tires, as they don't like near freezing temps, and damp conditions that they are forecasting for the weekend.

Do you have crystal ball or something?  The meteorologists can barely get the forecast right three days in advance, much less 10 days.  Besides, we are hoping for no snow this year!

Captain
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Re: Road Atlanta: Tire Wear/Abrasive Track Surface

Road Atlanta was very friendly to the tires on our ~2000 lbs. wrong-wheel-drive Integra. Being ~32°F and wet for the first half of Saturday helped that a little, but it still wasn't bad in the dry either.

On the other hand, we used A LOT more fuel than expected. Our burn-rate was ~25% greater than other tracks. That long straight in the back guzzles the gas. Best come prepared.

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Re: Road Atlanta: Tire Wear/Abrasive Track Surface

I would agree 4-5. 3 if you learn to use the track and back off a bit. Team Duff has been practicing driving the entire track without using the brakes. T10 is the only place we'd really ever need to, but taking your fat foot off the bar (the pedal fell off at NCM) the car will slow a great deal. (being 14tons of german diesel, it does take awhile.)

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Re: Road Atlanta: Tire Wear/Abrasive Track Surface

Thanks for the input!

Re: Road Atlanta: Tire Wear/Abrasive Track Surface

Bayley wrote:

Road Atlanta was very friendly to the tires on our ~2000 lbs. wrong-wheel-drive Integra. Being ~32°F and wet for the first half of Saturday helped that a little, but it still wasn't bad in the dry either.

On the other hand, we used A LOT more fuel than expected. Our burn-rate was ~25% greater than other tracks. That long straight in the back guzzles the gas. Best come prepared.

Similar results from our Right Wheel Drive ~2500 lbs Celica. Low tire wear, higher than normal fuel burn, adjust your stint length appropriately and keep an eye on pit lane if you don't have radios!

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Re: Road Atlanta: Tire Wear/Abrasive Track Surface

It looks like I missed the window to sign up for the test day on the Lemons sight. I'm guessing it should be a problem to do this at the track. How did it work last year?

Greg

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Re: Road Atlanta: Tire Wear/Abrasive Track Surface

Greg S wrote:

It looks like I missed the window to sign up for the test day on the Lemons sight. I'm guessing it should be a problem to do this at the track. How did it work last year?

Greg

You can still sign up at the track, but the cost is more.

Captain
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Re: Road Atlanta: Tire Wear/Abrasive Track Surface

If you run on the outside of the turns in the marbles you will actually gain tire rubber, It's how i never buy tires for my car  wink

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