Day 1: The Local Roads + Pocono Raceway

After getting to know the other attendees and their builds, we departed from Turn 14 Distribution’s HQ and headed to Reading. The first leg of the drive included roads used by the SCCA for multiple hill climb events – at the top of the mountain was the Reading Pagoda.

From there, the group headed 70 miles north to Pocono Raceway, which was rented out specifically for The Drivers Project.

The overall idea is that participating vehicles should be able to withstand the demands of a road trip, as well as be able to handle a few sessions of spirited laps on a road course. After all, we’re not just out there on the road just to look pretty.

Sam Du, Pit+Paddock Editor-in-Chief

Pocono is a historical and current NASCAR track, but its not your average oval configuration – it’s known for its “Tricky Triangle,” which is partially utilized on the 1.5-mile long North Course we ran on. The cars put the new Falken Azenis RT-600 tire to the test, plus driving instructor Ross Bentley, was on-site for personal coaching and driving tips.

All of the drivers got 20-30+ laps in and, in high humidity and 85°F heat, had zero cooling issues. #COOLEDbyCSF

At the end of the day, we gathered for some epic group photos and made our way to the Raddisson Lackawanna Station hotel in Scranton, PA.

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