GREAT VIDEO: Red Rock Racers feed the need for speed

By: Leigh Ashman Email
By: Leigh Ashman Email

Throwing your horsepower around on the streets of Grand Junction is a good way to get the checkered flag from law enforcement.

So where do you let that turbo–charged engine stretch its legs?

Here’s more on the Red Rock Racers.

You don't have to be a serious gear head or even have a lot of horses under the hood to join this group.

Rather than setting records, the Red Rock Racers are really about helping drivers of all ages gain experience behind the wheel in a controlled environment.

That being said, they sure have a lot of fun!

Watch the story and fill your need for speed!

Red Rock Racers organizer Keith Tanner says, "We organize these days so that people have a chance to come out and learn how to drive their cars well in a safe environment basically. The fat that it's fun is a simple bonus. It's certainly not the real reason we do this."

"It gives us a chance to experiment with high performance driving and to learn how to do it well without the risks involved of driving on the street."

"It's a challenge for the driver simply because you've got to do everything right. You've got to be able to choose the right line for the corner and the line that'll get you through the next on. In a manual you have to shift smoothly and quickly. You have to learn about braking hard enough... pretty much all your skills get put to the test."

Red Rock Racer Janel Tanner says, "My driving skills before I came out here were pretty average. But now after being out here I have a better idea of what I'm capable of doing and what the car's capable of doing."

"Come out and have fun. Don't be intimidated, don't be afraid, just jump in. There's no judgment, no pressure, just have a good time."

The next track day for the Red Rock Racers is Saturday, August 1.

To find out if your car is track ready and to register, click on the link below to visit the Red Rock Racers Web site or read more about other driving opportunities on my blog.

A big thanks to 11 News Photojournalist Conner Wilson for editing the video for this story. He did a great job!

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