Five Racetracks to Drive Now

By Jason H. Harper - 2013-07-03T15:34:33Z

Photograph courtesy of Monticello Motor Club

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Monticello Motor Club | Monticello, New York

Overview: Two hours north of Manhattan, MMC attracts tri-state power brokers. The clubhouse, helipad and private garages are tucked discreetly into the curvaceous Catskills countryside. Comedian Jerry Seinfeld is a member.

Course: This track consists of 4.1 miles (6.6 kilometers) of rolling hills and descending dales. The back straightaway is three-quarters of a mile long -- 180-mile-per-hour speeds aren’t unheard of -- before falling over a blind crest. Will you keep the gas pedal pinned or give in to fear?

Difficulty: 7.5/10

Vehicle of choice: The light, fast Ferrari 430 Scuderia, which excels at both hairpin turns and hurtling straights

The catch: Overnight at your peril: There are no worthy hotels nearby.