Route Recap: SRT Tour week five.
One of the best parts of being on the SRT Tour is getting to meet the folks behind the scenes and sharing their stories with you.
The start of the week found us in Hamilton, Ohio, just outside Cincinnati, to visit Bilstein's U.S. headquarters. In conjunction with our visit, they had lunch for the employees who took a break from making the SRT's Adaptive Damping Suspension to see their handiwork in action.
We spent time with Daryl Bays, one of their engineers, who explained the inner workings of the ADS system and why it's better than a traditional shock absorber. "It was great to see the inner-workings of the ADS system," said Jennifer. "But what really impressed me was the manufacturing facility; Bilstein makes the entire system from start to finish inside that one building. It's something special for sure."
Later that night, we headed to Full Throttle Indoor Karting in Cincy where we challenged our fans: the first 5 to beat our time won an SRT Prize Pack. We strapped in, laid down our best laps…and were promptly beaten.
"Those guys got us fair and square, but after a bit of practice we were turning times right with them," said Sean. Want some quick laps in an SRT? Don't forget that every U.S. SRT comes with a free day at the SRT Track Experience where our professional drivers will teach you how to drive an SRT product on some of the best racetracks in the country.
Outside Bowling Green, Kentucky, we met some friends at Beech Bend Raceway for their Tuesday Test n' Tune night. Some pretty impressive metal was on hand too. A couple full-on dragsters, pro stock cars and a handful of SRTs came out to turn some laps. "It was hot, nearly 100 degrees, which made things pretty slick on the track," Rachel noted. "But, we met some really nice people in Kentucky and that's the story we'll remember years from now."
We headed north up Interstate 65 after that, passing through Louisville, Kentucky, Indianapolis and finally stopping at the Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, Illinois, to meet up with the SRT Track Experience. "I've been working Track Experience for six years," said Hammer. "And I never get tired of seeing SRT owners open up when they see just how capable their cars are on a racetrack."
By Sunday we were heading west and met up with members of the Omaha SRT Club who were celebrating their birthday. Coincidentally, it was our Sean's birthday too…so between a cookout, a giant cake and lots of laughs, we also turned laps at our second kart track of the week. Big thanks to Jessica, Keith and the entire club for such great hospitality.
This coming week includes nearly 2,000 miles across the country as the SRT Tour makes its way to Monterey, California, where we'll be part of the Monterey Historics at Laguna Seca. We'll have the new SRT Viper GTS-R on hand, too, so stop by for a free photo with the latest ALMS series racer.
Stay tuned as we continue our adventures across the USA and remember to get instant access to us on Twitter: @SRTTour.