Manufacturer Spotlight: Porsche Heritage at Road Atlanta

Dozens of manufacturers have competed at Road Atlanta over the past four decades, but one stands out as a major force in every era. Porsche began its winning ways at Road Atlanta in 1973 and has never looked back.

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The WSC era at Road Atlanta and the Ferrari 333SP

Following the demise of the IMSA Camel GT series in 1993, the new World Sports Car (WSC) concept began the following year.  The WSC formula emphasized open cockpit prototypes, unlike the out-going GTP cars. Gone were the days of the Porsche 962, Toyota Eagle, Nissan ZXT GTP, Jaguar prototypes and others.

Some former GTP cars were being “converted” to WSC specs, but the big news was Ferrari constructing a purpose-built WSC entry, known as the Ferrari 333SP. Built in conjunction with Dallara, it would be the first Ferrari sports racer in many years competing for an overall victory. 

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What does Road Atlanta and Mick Jagger Have in Common?

Hey movie and racing trivia enthusiasts – What do Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones and Road Atlanta have in common?  Not much.  But there is a strange connection…

In 1992 the movie “Freejack” was released, starring Emilio Estavez and Mick Jagger.  A major scene in that movie was filmed at Road Atlanta. Take a look at the first few seconds of this trailer and watch the scene from Road Atlanta- <<CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE TRAILER>>

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Carol’s Corner: Race Track Ghost Stories

Carol’s Corner: Race Track Ghost StoriesCarol's Corner: Race Track Ghost Stories

With Halloween this month, I thought it would be a great time to share some of the campfire ghost stories of the past.  This is all in good fun … maybe you have a tale or two of your own to add!

The following is a story that SCCA kindly has given me permission to use in the blog from their June 1985 issue of Steeringwheel.

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Carol's Corner: Things Happen For A Reason

Carol’s Corner

Things Happen For A Reason …

In my last blog I mentioned how I personally came full circle through my association with Champion Spark Plug in Toledo and the events that led me here to Road Atlanta in time to celebrate both of our 40 year milestones (my 40th birthday high school reunion and Road Atlanta’s 40 year anniversary)!

Now join me in reminiscing about the odd chain of events that put Road Atlanta on the map and gave us the opportunity to showcase our amazing world-class road course.  The rest is history!

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Carol’s Corner: Road Atlanta: 40 Years and Counting!

Carol’s Corner:  Road Atlanta:  40 Years and Counting!

I am honored to begin archiving over 40 years of racing at Road Atlanta.  Wow!  What a remarkable treasure trove of history … all of the different series who have raced here and the racing icons who have driven our track and our loyal fans who have been with us through it all!

It’s ironic that this endeavor coincides with my 40th high school reunion in Toledo, Ohio in a couple of weeks.  How I’ve come full circle.  I worked at DeVilbiss Company for almost 30 years, which was owned at that time by Champion Spark Plug.  I was a secretary in the Automotive Refinish division and we sold spray guns and spray booths to race teams all over the country!

I can’t believe that the “things” near and dear to me in the 70’s are now considered “vintage”!  When I think about all the changes in technology since my early years as a secretary … for example, electric typewriters (if you were high enough up the ladder to get one) with carbon paper, boy you didn’t want to make mistakes as you had to erase every copy and brush it off (that was even before white-out!).  The computers were in their infant stages and most of the automotive shops we dealt with in those years didn’t even have faxes (or know what faxes were), let alone what the future would hold with internet websites, e-mail and social media of today.

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