Five easy steps for a better travel experience.
In the following paragraphs, you’ll be exposed to the five simple and most important steps to employ while trying to maximize and enhance any trip you take as well as how to get more fulfillment and enjoyment out of the community you live in. I was new to Silicon Valley, California and when I discovered that the Laguna Seca Racetrack was only 50 miles away from Silicon Valley I knew I had to take a trip to see it. Laguna Seca is a mesmerizing and historic race track, home of the famous corkscrew where race car drivers are pushed to the limit. The corkscrew is world renowned as one of motorsport’s toughest and most challenging turns due to the drop in elevation and the blind crest that emerges as drivers exit the turn. The drivers have to lean on faith and just have to know there is more course ahead even though for a moment the shift in elevation prevent them from seeing the road course they are barreling through at high speed. It’s dangerous to push a motor vehicle to its limits on a racetrack and the danger leaps to a new level when the driver can’t truly see where they’re aiming the nose of the machine they’re wrestling to keep on the track. From the Le Mans series to Super-bike championships, Laguna Seca is legendary in the racing world. Its prestige and notoriety are world famous and being so close I was eager to experience the racing circuit.
The Ferrari Challenge event was approaching and I simply couldn’t pass up on the opportunity to attend. The Ferrari Challenge is a racing event for different classes of Ferrari’s race cars that all compete against each other on one track. It’s a bragging right in the Ferrari racing world that the teams are not just to compete but also have fun and enjoy the comrade of Ferrari racing. I decided to not pass up on this opportunity and do what I must to get to the track and experience the race day. Eager with excitement I drove towards Monterrey California following the GPS directions and enjoying the ever-changing California scenery. As I entered the valley that the Laguna Seca Track rests in, I saw the iconic signs saying it was just a few miles away. It was unusual to drive to the track because the only times I had seen it was on television or in video games and the focus then was the actual track, not the area it rests in. The rolling mountains and undulating terrain made me better understand how the track got its notoriety.
As the racing events started I lined up with other spectators at one of Laguna
Seca’s famous turns so I could witness the downshifts and experience the deceleration of the vehicles followed by their rapid acceleration out of the corner into the next circuit of the track. After a few warm-up laps of to heat the tires and to get the engine internals and fluids up to operating temperature the race started. I could hear the announcer calling to the drivers to start their engines and the sounds of dozens of finely tuned race vehicles bellowed out across the track. The countdown began and the race started the high revving motors of V-8 as well V-12 engines serenaded me and the other spectators as we awaited the cars to pass by our section at breakneck speeds. As the sounds became louder I could see the race cars approaching with their bright colors, large rear wings designed to capture airflow and force the rear of the vehicle on into the ground to improve traction and increase faster-cornering speeds. The sounds of motors downshifting and the explosions of the exhaust billowing out all while the drivers aggressively brake into the corner causing the brake pads to heat up and give off a slight glow from the temperatures their reaching after corner after corner on the track. I could smell the mixture of burning fluids and parts being pushed to their limits as they do their sole purpose of keeping the race car on the track at speeds as fast as possible.