Putnam Park 10/28/2000


On October 28, 2000, a bunch of Saturn performance enthusiasts got together at Putnam Park Road Course in Mount Meridian, Indiana (near Indianapolis) for a day of open lapping.  Putnam Park is a beautiful 10-turn 1.8 mile road course with quite a few high-speed turns & straights.  You can visit their website HERE.


The tower (22k)Drivers' meeting (28k)
The tower, and the morning drivers' meeting on the top level.

Our day on the course was considered a 'Driver's School' - a learning event where we were able to push the limits of our cars and improve our driving ability.  Lap times during the event are not recorded, and the cars are not actually competing against each other.


Track map (6k)
Click HERE for a larger view.

Mike Kramer (31k)
Replacing a broken wheel bearing.


Instructors were available throughout the day to ride along.  We were happy to several knowledgeable people whose names we've heard before - Mike Kramer of Thundersport Racing (at left) with his SSC-prepared SC2, and Mark Rushbrook of Team scR with his daily-driver, a bright yellow Ford ZX2.


John C (27k)Roger (26k)

The event was sponsored by SPS and it was a lot of fun to drive the course with these guys.  Above you can see John's SC2 (former scR car, see writeup HERE), and Roger's SL2.  You can read John's thoughts on this track on the SPS website HERE.  These guys (and Jennifer) did a great job organizing and running the event, and making sure that there were enough instructors to go around.

The weather was nice for late October in Indiana - cloudy and a bit cool, with the temperature in the high 50s.  Saturn owners present on this day included Lane, Gary H, Christena & Jason, Dennis S, Aaron P, David M, Randy C, Mark B, Joe B, and Oolan Z. 


About 30 cars participated, including a Toyota MR2, Subaru SVX, Saab Turbo, two Honda Civic SIs, two Porsches, Toyota Supra twin-turbo, two Volkswagen GTIs, Honda Prelude turbo, Ford ZX2, Chevy Cavalier, a BMW, Pontiac Trans Am, and Honda S2000.


The cars (30k)

Porsche emblem (23k)

From the hood of a beautiful 911.


Dennis's wagon is one sweet ride.  It's not only low, it's also very capable out on the track with a stripped interior, racing seats, Hoosier rubber, and harnesses for driver and passenger.


Dennis's wagon (26k)


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