Veteran race official Charles (Charlie) Earwood passed away recently at his home in Punta Gorda, Florida. Road Atlanta fans and competitors will certainly remember Earwood, who spent a great deal of time here and officiated at literally hundreds of SCCA and IMSA events over the years. From 1987-89 he served as General Manager at Sebring Raceway, assisted by his longtime friend John Burns. His calm demeanor made him a perfect race steward, even under the most difficult circumstances. A true southern gentleman, Charlie was respected by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. Our sympathies to his wife Ann and sons Terry and Steve.
Fall means cooler weather but Road Atlanta turns up the heat with a diverse schedule of events. NASA comes to Road Atlanta Sept. 13-15, bringing with them an exciting lineup of racing activity. The HSR Atlanta Historics arrive Sept. 19-22, featuring their trademark “blast from the past” entry list of legendary vintage cars. On Oct. 4-6 the two-wheel action of WERA motorcycles comes to Road Atlanta.
The Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda, Road Atlanta’s signature event, runs Oct. 16-19. This year’s edition will mark the historic farewell race of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón. The SCCA American Road Race of Champions on Nov. 1-3 and NASA Dec. 6-8 round out the fall season.
FROM CAR AND DRIVER AUGUST 2010 ISSUE
America's Best Road Courses - Feature
An insider's guide to our favorite racing circuits.
BY MARK GILLIES AND TONY SWAN, PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAN R. BOYD, DAVE SMITH, ROBERT CAMPBELL, BRIAN HIGASHINO, GETTY IMAGES, MARC URBANO, WATKINS GLEN INTERNATIONAL, DMT IMAGING, KEVIN WING, AND PIERRE MUNSON PHOTOGRAPHY, ILLUSTRATION BY PETE SUCHESKI
Our country is known for its oval tracks, but the less obvious truth is that the U.S. is also home to some of the finest road-racing courses in the world. The great circuits featured here generally date back to a time when racetracks were supposed to have elevation changes, blind corners, and distinct personalities. Most of the ones built in the past two decades are relatively similar to each other and essentially drama-free, designed to be safe rather than challenging. In the good old days, danger was an accepted part of the deal, and we think a scintilla of fear makes for a more challenging competition venue. Of course, we aren't featuring all of them--some stellar circuits, such as Mid-Ohio, didn't make the ultimate cut, and this will certainly inspire heated online arguments. But, hey, isn't that what the Internet is for?