Five Racetracks to Drive Now

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

Photograph courtesy of Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch

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Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch | Pahrump, Nevada

Overview: An hour west of Las Vegas, Pahrump is known for legal prostitution, fireworks outlets and an obsession with aliens. Spring Mountain Ranch adds to the mix, luring high rollers who press their luck inside exotic cars.

Course: The desert is never as flat as it appears, and the 3.4-mile configuration hides blind corners and a tricky dip, bouncing your car out of the compression like a pogo stick.

Difficulty: 7/10

Vehicle of choice: The top-of-the-line Corvette ZR1. Although drunk with power, it’s equipped with mighty carbon-ceramic brakes.

The catch: In summer, it’s hot enough to melt tires.