2018 Trackchasing Goals
Editor’s note: You will find my latest goal results printed in RED below as they are posted at the end of each quarter. The goals themselves appear in BLUE.
Having goals in life is important. It doesn’t take much effort to set a few goals. However, there are some aspects of goal setting that ought to be considered. Why set any goals in the first place? It’s simple. By setting goals you can “stretch” to achieve more and/or improve yourself in whatever area you find important.
If you’re going to set goals there are a few things that will make the process better. First, the goals have to be as specific as possible. The more specific they are the easier it will be to see if you achieved your goals. It’s also most important to tell folks who care what your goals are BEFORE you try to achieve them. If one doesn’t do that it’s easy to “forget” about a goal when it is not achieved. It’s all too easy to pat yourself on the back for a goal that might only have “materialized” AFTER you achieved it! I’ve seen a trackchaser or two fall into this category. Finally, it doesn’t do much good to set “softball” goals. What’s that? Goals that can pretty much be achieved just by getting out of bed in the morning. I see that a lot too. No softball goals!
I think you will find my goals specific. I publish my goals during January of each year. So there you go. My goals are “out there” for all to see. Now I’ll go about doing the best I can against those goals that are important to me in trackchasing. At the end of each quarter I’ll post the results. Stay tuned. I probably won’t make them all but I will be trying.
Below you will find my 2018 trackchasing goals for my 2018 trackchasing season.
Continue the sharing of my trackchasing hobby via social media.
Produce a minimum of 50 YouTube videos for my YouTube channel: RANLAY. Current 1/1/18 film total: 1,132. Increase minutes viewed to 1.8 million lifetime – currently 1/1/18 – 1.5 million. Increase total views to more than one million – currently 1/1/18 – 900,000+. Add at least 100 new Trackchaser Reports to my website. Share SmugMug photo album, YouTube video and Trackchaser Report on my Facebook page for each new track attended.
2018 – 1st Quarter Update
As of April 1, 2018, I had posted 1,157 videos on my YouTube channel. That’s twenty-five of those during the quarter. Lifetime minutes viewed are now at 1,591,647 and total views are 941,403. My computer guy told me my website had 150 views in a single day last week. That’s on a pace for a 45,000-view month. I am pleased with the impact my social media is doing for my trackchasing. I’m also very appreciative of the folks who learn about trackchasing through me.
Goal – Foreign country trackchasing
Add at least two new countries to my trackchasing list. As I enter the 2018 trackchasing season I have seen racing in 77 countries. This is definitely a stretch goal. It will be difficult to achieve. However, I’m confident I can make this happen. Below is my current foreign country track list. It’s a long one isn’t it!
# 1 – UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – Peoria Speedway – Mt. Hawley (oval) – Track #1, Peoria, Illinois – circa 1955
# 2 – CANADA – Cayuga Speedway (oval) – Track #174, Nelles Corner, Ontario – 1988
# 3 – AUSTRALIA – Parramatta City Raceway (oval) – Track #180, Granville, New South Wales – 1989
# 4 – UNITED KINGDOM – Northhampton International Raceway (oval) – Track #378, Northhampton – 1999
# 5 – NETHERLANDS – Driesum Racetrack (oval) – Track #839, Driesum – 2005
# 6 – BELGIUM – Bellekouter oval (oval) – Track #841, Affligem – 2005
# 7 – FRANCE – Circuit de Croix en Ternois (road course) – Track #843, Saint-Pol sur-Ternoise – 2005
# 8 – GERMANY – Nurburgring (road course) – Track #844, Nurburg – 2005
# 9 – NEW ZEALAND – Western Springs Speedway (oval) – Track #1,134, Western Springs – 2006
# 10 – MEXICO – Triovalo Bernardo Obregon (oval) – Track #1,281, Tiajamulco de Zuniga, Jalisco – 2007
# 11 – BARBADOS – Bushy Park Racing Circuit (road course) – Track #1,296, Bushy Park – 2007
# 12 – THAILAND – Bira Circuit (road course) – Track #1,300, Pattaya – 2008
# 13 – SOUTH AFRICA – Durban Grand Prix (road course) – Track #1,315, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal – 2008
# 14 – JAMAICA – Dover Raceway (road course) – Track #1,322, Brown’s Town St. Ann – 2008
# 15 – SWEDEN – Sturup Raceway (road course) – Track #1,335, Malmo – 2008
# 16 – DENMARK – Ring Djursland (road course) – Track #1,336, Tirstrup – 2008
# 17 – CZECH REPUBLIC – Automotodrome BRNO (road course) – Track #1,381, Brno – 2008
# 18 – AUSTRIA – Lambrechten Stock Car Track (road course) – Track #1,382, Lambrechten – 2008
# 19 – IRELAND – Tipperary International Raceway (oval) – Track #1,388, Rosegreen – 2008
# 20 – GUYANA – South Dakota Circuit (road course) – Track #1,390, Timehri – 2008
# 21 – CHINA – The Guia Circuit (road course) – Track #1,392, Macau – 2008
# 22 – COSTA RICA – Autodromo La Guacima (road course) – Track #1,398, La Guacima – 2008
# 23 – ANDORRA – Grandvalira Circuit (road course) – Track #1,404, Port d’Envalira – 2009
# 24 – ARGENTINA – Circuito Efren Chemolli (oval) – Track #1,406, Buenos Aires – 2009
# 25 – QATAR – Losail International Circuit (road course) – Track #1,408, Doha – 2009
# 26 – BAHRAIN – Bahrain International Circuit (road course) – Track #1,410, Sakhir – 2009
# 27 – UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Dubai Autodrome (road course) – Track #1,411, Dubai – 2009
# 28 – COLOMBIA – Autodromo de Tocancipa (road course) – Track #1,415, Tocancipa – 2009
# 29 – SPAIN – Motorland Aragon (road course) – Track #1,416, Alcaniz – 2009
# 30 – PORTUGAL – Circuto de Murca (road course) – Track #1,417, Murca – 2009
# 31 – ICELAND – Kapelluhraum (road course) – Track #1,420, Hafnafjorour – 2009
# 32 – HUNGARY – Hungaroring (road course) – Track #1,426, Mogyorod – 2009
# 33 – SWITZERLAND – Hock Ybrig (road course) – Track #1,427, Hoch Ybrig – 2009
# 34 – ITALY – Vighizzolo d’Este Stock Car Track (road course) – Track #1,428, Vighizzolo d’Este – 2009
# 35 – DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – Autodromo Mobil 1 (road course) – Track #1,515, Santo Domingo – 2009
# 36 – MALTA – Ta’Qali Race Track (road course) – Track #1,521, Ta’Qali – 2010
# 37 – FINLAND – Lake Pidisjarvi Ice Track (road course) – Track #1,524, Nivala – 2010
# 38 – JAPAN – Suzuka Circuit (road course) – Track #1,530, Suzuka – 2010
# 39 – CHILE – Autodromo de Interlomas (road course) – Track #1,531, Temuco – 2010
# 40 – MOROCCO – Circuit de Marrakesh (road course) – Track #1,535, Marrakesh – 2010
# 41 – BRAZIL – Circuit de Caruaru – Aryten Senna (road course) – Track #1,540, Caruaru – 2010
# 42 – ESTONIA – Laitse Rally Park (road course) – Track #1,571, Laitse – 2010
# 43 – LATVIA – Bikernieki (road course) – Track #1,572, Riga – 2010
# 44 – GUATEMALA – Autodromo Pedro Cofino (road course) – Track #1,580, Alotenango – 2010
# 45 – EL SALVADOR – El Jabali (road course) – Track #1,582, Quezaltepeque – 2010
# 46 – ROMANIA – Bradu (road course) – Track #1,603, Bradu – 2010
# 47 – BULGARIA – Closed Route – Burgas (road course) – Track #1,604, Burgas – 2010
# 48 – SOUTH KOREA – Korea International Circuit (road course) – Track #1,605, Yeongam, Jeollanam-Do – 2010
# 49 – PHILIPPINES – Batangas Racing Circuit (road course) – Track #1,608, Batangas – 2010
# 50 – NORWAY – Lyngas Motorbane (road course) – Track #1,648, Lier – 2011
# 51 – MALAYSIA – Sepang International Circuit (road course) – Track #1,656, Sepang – 2011
# 52 – INDONESIA – Sentul International Circuit (road course) – Track #1,657, Babakan Madang, Boder – 2011
# 53 – LUXEMBOURG – Alzingen (road course) – Track #1,711, Alzingen – 2011
# 54 – POLAND – Tor Slomczyn (road course) – Track #1,713, Slomczyn – 2011
# 55 – SINGAPORE – Marina Bay (road course) – Track #1,714, Singapore – 2011
# 56 – URUGUAY – Piriapolis Grand Prix (road course) – Track #1,724, Piriapolis – 2011
# 57 – SRI LANKA – Pannala Race Track (road course) – Track #1,732, Pannala – 2012
# 58 – ECUADOR – Autodromo Internacional de Yahuarcocha (road course) – Track #1,736, Ibarra – 2012
# 59 – SLOVAKIA – Slovakia Ring (road course) – Track #1,745, Orechova Poten – 2012
# 60 – MONACO – Circuit de Monaco (road course) – Track #1,747, Monte Carlo – 2012
# 61 – CROATIA – Automotodrom Drobnik (road course) – Track #1,762, Rijeka – 2012
# 62 – PERU – Autodromo La Chutana (road course) – Track #1,802, Lima – 2012
# 63 – GREECE – Serres Circuit (road course) – Track #1,807, Serres – 2012
# 64 –RUSSIA – Moscow Central Hippodrome (oval) – Track #1,824, Moscow – 2013
# 65 –LITHUANIA – Marijampole Autocross Track (road course) – Track #1,842, Marijampole – 2013
# 66 –INDIA – Buddh International Circuit (road course) – Track #1,915, Noida – 2013
# 67 –GEORGIA – Rustavi International Motorpark (road course) – Track #1,916, Rustavi – 2013
# 68 –TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO – Larry Gomes Stadium (road course) – Track #1,928, Arima – 2014
# 69 – TURKEY – Istanbul Park (road course) – Track #2,035 Akfirat – 2014
# 70 – AZERBAIJAN – Streets of Baku (road course) – Track #2,037, Baku – 2014
# 71 – SERBIA – Usce (road course) – Track #2,224, Belgrade – 2016
# 72 – BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVNIA – Zaluzani (road course) – Track #2,235, Banja Luka – 2016
# 73 – PANAMA – Circuito Internacional de Panama (road course) – Track #2,290, La Chorrera – 2016
# 74 – ZIMBABWE – Bulawayo Motorsports Park (road course) – Track #2,291, Bulawayo – 2016
# 75 – NAMIBIA – Desert Raceway (oval) – Track #2,369, Walvis Bay – 2017
# 76 – MACEDONIA – Skopje Street Course (road course) – Track #2,386, Skopje – 2017
# 77 – UKRAINE – Autodrome Chayka (road course) – Track #2,387, Kiev – 2017
# 78 – BELARUS – Stadium Zarya (oval) – Track #2,421, Minsk – 2018
# 79 – MALDIVES – Hulhumalé Racing Track (road course) – Track #2,425, Hulhumalé – 2018
2018 – 1st Quarter Update
I never really expected to have met this goal during the first three months of the year. Being able to knock off first Belarus and then Maldives was my most major achievement of the year so far. By the end of the 2018 season I think this will also be at the top!
I’m made some really good friends during these international trips. I’ve met so many people. In Belarus it was Владимир Киселёвand in Maldives, Pohthu and Tonikey. Without them my trips would have been about half as enjoyable. If you haven’t had a drink or a meal or played a round of golf with someone you don’t really have a friend. I am friends will all of these folks. Meeting people from different cultures and seeing the sights is what international trackchasing is all about. Oh! One more thing. I don’t think I’m done with international trackchasing in new countries for this year!
Goal – Trackchasing/Exercise
When I’m traveling out on the long and dusty trackchasing trail it is difficult to take time to exercise. The more I trackchase the less time there is for taking care of one’s good health.
In 2018, I’ll go with a goal of exercising a minimum of 250 times for the year. This is one of my most difficult goals to meet. I travel on average about 180 nights a year. Of course, only a little less than half of those nights follow a new track visit. The trackchasing travel begins with the ice racing season passes through the heat of our midwestern summers and includes trips all over the world. I average between 200,000-250,000 travel miles every year. It will take some willpower to fly and drive all day in these conditions and still exercise to meet these goals. I’m looking forward to the challenge. This year I am increasing the power walk time to 60 minutes per outing or 45 minutes of elliptical training or more than four miles of daily walking.
2018 – 1st Quarter Update
Each year I do well against some goals and not so well with others. I did not have a good quarter with aerobic exercise in January-March. There are some reasons for this…but the bottom line is my results were not good.
During the 90-day quarter I had 45 nights of overnight travel. The more travel I do the less exercise I get. I also suffered an injury. A tear in my calf muscle resulted in a visit to my orthopedic doctor, a series of x-rays and nearly ten trips to our local rehab center. I’m back to 100% now. Nevertheless, I only exercised 57 times during the quarter against a goal of sixty-three. I’m six behind pace. It is never good to fall behind against this goal. It’s hard to gain on the pace I need to achieve. Nevertheless, I think I can get back in the game if I don’t get hurt again.
By the way if you want to check on me to see if I really AM exercising you’ll find me power walking at the beach on most days, with the exception of the Fourth of July when when the beach is just too danged crowded. Check out my 3-5-mile route. It’s not hard to get a good workout with the views along my route! Click on the link below to see what I mean.
Goal – Trackchasing Tourist Attractions (TTA)
Folks, just in case you didn’t realize this by now I do not hit the long and dusty trackchasing trail only to see races. If at the end of my trackchasing career the only memories I have are seeing races, which will not be the case, I would have failed. I want to see those interesting and unusual things that every area in the world has. I’ve been doing a good job with TTAs in the past and hope to continue to do so. I will try to see as many of them during the year as I possibly can.
2018 – 1st Quarter Update
The idea of “seeing things” and “experiencing things” is at the top of my list for even being in trackchasing. I call this activity “Trackchasing Tourist Attractions”. I did well in this area.
In advance of Carol and me having a trackchasing effort in the Northeast we stopped off in New Orleans for an early wedding anniversary celebration. There we had a food tour of this famous city and a tour of the best WWII museum we’ve ever seen. Of course, we visited the best restaurants. Later in the quarter there were two separate trips to Florida for Grapefruit League spring training games.
Probably the biggest TTA of the quarter was a two-day trip up to Barrow, Alaska following some ice racing near Anchorage. Barrow is the northernmost city in the U.S. and my tour was something I will remember for a lifetime.
Then tours of capital cities including Minsk, Belarus and Male, Maldives were almost “standard” TTAs. In Minsk seeing the circus and visiting the opera were tops. In Male, taking ferry boats from island to island was a highlight. I’m not sure I can top a Trackchasing Tourist Attraction quarter like this one again this year.
Goal – Add one more country, province or state to my list of ice track totals.
Currently I have seen ice racing in seventeen separate states, provinces and foreign countries.
Beginning 2018 ice track list
2018 – 1st Quarter Update
All of my ice racing is done in one quarter, the first quarter. I couldn’t have done much more on the ice during these three months. I saw racing at TEN ice tracks.
Two of those tracks helped me meet and exceed my ice trackchasing goal for 2018. My first new ice “state, province or country” was in Iowa. I had tried to get the Hawkeye state last year and missed by a hair. Iowa was followed by Belarus. That makes 19 states, province and countries where I have seen ice racing. I don’t think any other trackchaser can claim more than a third of that total…..and I live in a warm climate!
Goal – Maintain a #1 ranking in the 24 states where I currently have seen the most tracks.
It won’t be easy to defend my #1 ranking across 24 borders. I would like to add a 25th #1 ranking during the year but it’s probably just too much of a stretch to do that in 2018…even though I will be trying. Come on Missouri promoters. Let’s schedule some races!
Going into 2018 #1 rankings.
2018 – 1st Quarter Update
I’ve got some pretty strong leads in most of the 24 states where I currently have a #1 ranking. States like Kentucky, Minnesota, Rhode Island and South Dakota are still in play but there shouldn’t be a problem. Will I add a 25thleadership state in 2018? It’s possible but not likely.
Goal – Maintain a 625 lifetime track lead over my nearest fellow competitor.
During first 2016 and then 2017 my goals in this area were 500 and 550 respectively. I begin the season with more than 2,400 tracks. My nearest fellow competitor, currently Guy Smith, has totals somewhere in the 1,700s. Unless someone makes this a more challenging competition I may be forced to discontinue this goal for overall lack of competitiveness.
2018 – 1st Quarter Update
Despite entering the year with more than 2,400 lifetime tracks I had a very good first quarter in 2018. I added 19 new tracks. Obviously, the more tracks you have seen in the past the more difficult it is to add more tracks in the future.
My nearest fellow competitor, Guy Smith, had a miserable first quarter with just four new tracks. However, his performance is in parallel with the results achieved by most trackchasers. The track numbers across the hobby are WAY down. Sadly, the old-timers have given up and they are not being replaced by much activity from the younger trackchasers. My lead now stands at 645 tracks.
Goal – Racechasing
I spend so much time with the hobby of trackchasing that my “racechasing” is nearly nonexistent. Yes, trackchasing turns a race fan’s brain soft. My focus will still be with trackchasing.
Back in the day (above) I was an avid racechaser. I do want to go back to some of my favorite racechasing places just for the fun of it. I hope I make it to Peoria or Rockford or Martinsville again. I will plan to go to 3-5 major racechasing shows for the year without regard to existing trackchasing opportunities. I will also catch at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup show during the year. Watching NASCAR on TV is so much more convenient than going to the track itself. That’s why I don’t get to a lot of NASCAR races. However, I NEVER miss a NASCAR Sprint Cup race on TV.
2018 – 1st Quarter Update
I didn’t do all that well against my racechasing goal. Then again there isn’t all that much real racing happening during the first three months of the year. I returned to a couple of tracks but those were not really “racechasing” efforts. I hope to do better this summer.
Goal – Have Fun
My plan is see as many new tracks in 2018 as I want too. If I don’t go trackchasing, it won’t be because of bad weather, a lack of tracks to see or any other form of restraint on my part. It will be because I found something more fun and interesting to do not because I couldn’t find a place to go trackchasing. I won’t always bring Carol along although she is invited on every trip. I’m not sure WHAT I would do if she accepted all of my invitations! Nevertheless, we’ll fit in a series of really cool non-racing trips for her. She will be well taken care of and we’ll will both have fun at our own pace.
I get the biggest kick out of listening to other trackchasers trying to persuade folks that they had some form of restraint and decided to do something else other than go trackchasing. In reality, they couldn’t find any place to go trackchasing so they “settled” for something else to do. Why don’t they just tell people that? If you’re going to brag about doing something else at least be honest enough to say the reason you went somewhere else is that there were no workable trackchasing opportunities!
If I do go trackchasing it will be for one simple reason…..I just wanted too. I do this for fun. I go trackchasing simply to have fun.
2018 – 1st Quarter Update
The amount of fun I have doing this can be measured by how often I go trackchasing. Remember, I am a volunteer. Personal satisfaction from the hobby on several fronts is what motivates me in trackchasing. Except for one weekend when we were on a Western Caribbean cruise I saw one or more new tracks every weekend during the first quarter. That would tell me I made and exceeded my “fun” goal for the period.
On the other hand, I traveled with both trackchasing and our personal vacation trips some 45 nights during the quarter. That’s what happens when I have a lot of trackchasing and a lot of vacation trips. I hope to travel a bit less in future quarters.
Living the dream.
If you get time check out the guestbook tab of my website at this link Randy’s past guestbook. I get lots of comments like this one from race fans and travelers, “You are living my dream”. Heck, I’m living my dream as well. Trackchasing is OPTIONAL for me. If I didn’t want to do it I wouldn’t do it. On the other hand, despite my “love for the road” it’s never a good idea to do anything too much. Right now I’m very happy with the frequency of my trackchasing. My current pace is one I would be comfortable with for many years to come.
Goal – Lifetime National Geographic Diversity results
Due to the lack of overall competitiveness in the NGD program, results will now be tabulated every two years. Additionally, this far into the NGD game the results just don’t change that much in lifetime totals and rankings. The next update will be in 2019.
Want to learn more about the National Geographic Diversity (NGD) program? Here’s a link that will explain the program’s entire history:
2017 – Final National Geographic Diversity results. Year 2016 results in ( ).
Randy Lewis – 4.14 (4.37)
Gordon Killian – 6.59 (6.22)
Guy Smith – 8.00 (8.57)
Ed Esser – 8.84 (8.76)
Allan Brown – 9.14 (9.16)
Paul Weisel – 11.33 (11.33)
Mike Knappenberger – 11.41 (11.25)
Jack Erdmann – 11.55 (11.73)
Rick Schneider – 11.75 (11.43)
Pam Smith – 11.75 (11.73)