Five Racetracks to Drive Now

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

Photograph by Peter Dieter Jasen/NOLA

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NOLA Motorsports Park | New Orleans

Overview: The vibe at this brand-new track is come one, come all, with motorcycles allowed on the track and nonmembers permitted day passes.

Course: An excellent beginner’s track, with ample runoff and friendly curbing. A series of rhythmic S-curves are grand fun, but just as you reach top speed, a tight turn comes out of nowhere -- embarrassingly within sight of the pits.

Difficulty: 3.5/10

Vehicle of choice: The small and nimble Lotus Exige, ideal for scrambling around without getting in over your head.

The catch: Although the track is only 15 miles from the French Quarter, New Orleans’s maddening traffic means it feels far, far away.