Putnam Park Track Days

Putnam Park is a track 35 miles west of Indianaplois, Indiana. In early June, four members of SIR-PCA drove up for a weekend of fast driving, skill-building, and absolute fun. Mark Roethemeier, Mike Fox, and Susan and Jerry Jindrich drove up Saturday morning to watch and take a few pictures.


The Putnam Park Road Course is 1.78 miles long and features 10 turns in rolling countryside. Drivers are sent out in groups for periods of roughly 25 minutes at a time. Instructors ride with new drivers and those who want advice to sharpen their skills and lower their lap times. It's a very busy place.


Jeff Jackson prepares to take an instructor out in his awesome GT3.


Ready.


Blue tape applied to protect his paint made it easy to spot Jeff's car on the crowded track.


Howard Wells used his Porsche Cayenne as a tow car...


...and piloted a powerful Nissan GTR on the course.



Greg Collins drove his quick black 911.


After Friday's runs, Greg had to replace exhausted track tires with street treads.


Worn brakes became an issue Saturday morning,...


...leaving his car out of action until he found replacements.


Jon Luttrell's car looked exceptionally fast and race ready even when standing still,...


...and it was out on the track.


The drivers undoubtedly had more fun than the watchers, but it was interesting and we did get to drive the course during the lunch break and drivers' meeting. So, how much do helmets and racing tires cost?