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2020 Trackchasing Goals

2020 Trackchasing Goals

 

 

 

Editor’s note:  My 2020 trackchasing goals appear below in BLUEYou will find my latest goal results (posted quarterly) printed in RED.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

GOALS/RESULTS

Below you will find my trackchasing goals for my 2020 trackchasing season.

 

 

 

Goal – The Big Trips!

In the chase to maintain my World’s #1 Trackchaser title, I have an 85-52 lead over my nearest challenger (a native of Belgium) in the most important “Total Countries Seen” competition. Folks, I have a lead of 730 tracks over my nearest fellow competitor (a native of Pennsylvania) in the “Total Tracks Seen” category. At this stage in the game there is absolutely no need to try to see each and every track that exists. I can afford to “coast” for a while. If my lead ever falls much in either of these areas I will reassess.

 

 

With the above being the case I’m going to focus on the “big” trips. Many of these will be international adventures to places faraway. When I make these trips the trackchasing portion of the outing might include only one track while the trip could take as long as 2-3 weeks. That will knock down my new track total but not the overall enjoyment of a “big” trip. My goal for 2020 will be to add more long journeys focused on touring.

 

 

2020 – 1st Quarter Update – coming in time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goal – Foreign country trackchasing

I often say that you can’t be the “WORLD’S #1 Trackchaser” if you haven’t seen racing in more countries than all the other trackchasers! Coming into the 2020 trackchasing season I have seen racing in 85 countries. That’s thirty-three more countries than my nearest fellow competitor.

 

 

This year my goal will be to add TWO more new country trackchasing visits to my lifetime totals. Having seen racing in 85 countries already that is an aggressive goal. Regardless of whether I meet this goal or not it will be fun trying. Below is my current list of trackchasing country visits through 2020.

 

 

# 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

 

# 80 – BOLIVIA– Autodromo Santa Cruz (road course) – Track #2,429, Santa Cruz – 2018

 

# 81 – MOLDOVA– Autocross Colonita (road course) – Track #2,503, Colonita – 2018

 

# 82 – SAUDI ARABIA– Ad Diriyah E-Prix (road course) – Track #2,514, Ad Diriyah – 2018

 

# 83 – TUNISIA– Belvedere Race Track (road course) – Track #2,547 Tunis – 2019

 

# 84 – MONTENEGRO– Auto Kros Zlatica (road course) – Track #2,548 Podgorica – 2019

 

# 85 – ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA– Crabbs Raceway (road course) – Track #2,553 Crabbs – 2019

 

 

 

2020 – 1st Quarter Update – coming in time

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continue the sharing of my trackchasing hobby via social media.

 

 

Add at least 100 Trackchaser Reports from my “back in the day” track visits. Each of these reports will come from one of the first 1,000 tracks I have seen.

 

 

I expect to add complete reviews from 20 of my foreign country trackchasing trips. These are country reviews that have never made it onto my website.

 

 

Of course, I will continue to share my trackchasing adventures via YouTube, SmugMug, Facebook and at my website, www.randylewis.org. I hope you enjoy seeing what I post.

 

 

 

 

2020 – 1st Quarter Update – coming in time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goal. Trackchasing/Exercise

This is one of my fun and, at the same time, one of my most difficult goals to achieve. I very much enjoy exercising. It’s one of the things that keeps me young. 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.

 

 

On November 15, 2019, I had foot surgery. With that being the case I won’t be capable of exercising full time at the beginning of 2020. When I DO get the go-ahead from my doctor I will have a goal of power walking four miles a day for five days each week. When power walking opportunities are not available I will substitute elliptical training. I’ll be back on the power walking trail as soon as possible.

 

 

 

2020 – 1st Quarter Update – coming in time

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 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.

 

 

 

San Clemente – The World’s Best Climate….and great for exercising

 

 

 

 

 

Goal – Add two more countries, provinces or states to my list of ice track totals.

 

 

Going into the 2020 trackchasing season I’ve seen ice racing in 20 different countries, provinces or states. My nearest fellow trackchasing competitor totals just seven in this category.

 

 

I’m setting a goal of adding two more countries, provinces or states to my ice racing total. In an era of warming temperatures that’s an aggressive goal. Will I make it? I’m going to try! Don’t be surprised if I even beat this goal by a new location somewhere in the world!

 

 

 

Current ice track state, province or country list

 

 

Alaska
Alberta
Andorra

 

Belarus

British Columbia
Finland

 

Iowa

Maine
Manitoba

 

Massachusetts

Michigan
Minnesota
New Hampshire
New York
Ontario
Quebec
Russia

 

Saskatchewan

Vermont
Wisconsin

 

 

 

 

2020 – 1st Quarter Update – coming in time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goal – Maintain a #1 trackchasing ranking in 26 states.

I currently hold a #1 trackchasing rank in more than half of the states in America. Realistically, there are no other states at this time where I can add any more #1 rankings.  My goal for the year will be to try to maintain those 26 “first place” rankings.

 

 

In some ways, I don’t know why I even established this goal. In all but a state or two there are no active trackchasers anywhere close to my totals. Then why have this goal? It keeps me focused.

 

 

 

Going into 2020 #1 rankings.

 

Alaska

Arizona

California

Colorado

Florida

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Iowa 

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Minnesota

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada 

New Mexico

Oklahoma

Oregon

Rhode Island

South Dakota

Texas

Utah 

Washington

Wyoming

 

 

 

2020 – 1st Quarter Update – coming in time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goal – Racechasing

I would like to see racing at four “big” races, at a minimum, in 2020. These trips would be at tracks I have already visited. For me, a “big” race could be getting back to my boyhood track of Peoria Speedway. Or, it could be what the general population thinks of as a “big” race.

 

 

I would hope that part of this plan includes seeing at least one NASCAR Cup race. Taking in these major events will be a small step in maintaining my ties to “racechasing”. This goal is meant to bring me back “home”.

 

 

 

2020 – 1st Quarter Update – coming in time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goal – Have Fun; control travel

I am at a stage where “less is more” in my trackchasing hobby. There are not that many tracks left for me to see. Many of the tracks remaining to be seen offer questionable entertainment value.

 

 

That being the case I expect to travel less. I will likely take fewer but longer trips. I don’t plan to set any yearly track visit records. However, every track I do add to my lifetime list will break a new record for total tracks seen.

 

 

I will still see some of those sometimes less than entertaining novelty race events. However, I plan to see more big events and make more big trips. Every time I leave the house for a trackchasing/racing effort I will be looking to have fun.

 

 

 

Yep. When 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.

 

 

 

2020 – 1st Quarter Update – coming in time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. Let me be perfectly clear on one important point. I am NOT living the dream because I am trackchasing in retirement. I am living the dream because I am doing exactly what I want to do in retirement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 at the conclusion of my 2021 trackchasing season.

 

 

Want to learn more about the National Geographic Diversity (NGD) program? Here’s a link that will explain the program’s entire history:

 

 

National Geographic Diversity lifetime results

 

 

 

2019 – National Geographic Diversity lifetime results.

 

  1. Randy Lewis – 3.96
  2. Gordon Killian – 6.31
  3. Guy Smith – 8.20
  4. Ed Esser – 8.86
  5. Allan Brown – 9.33
  6. Paul Weisel – 10.94
  7. Jack Erdmann – 11.25
  8. Pam Smith – 11.53
  9. Mike Knappenberger – 11.57

   10.Robert Helmick – 11.65

   11.John Moore – 11.78

   12.Rick Schneider – 12.22

   13.Brian Hickey – 12.49

   14.Andy Sivi – 12.57

   15.Dale O’Brien – 12.59

   16.Carol Lewis – 12.96

   17.Nancy Brown – 13.00

   18.Bruce Eckel – 13.12

   18.Edward Corrado – 13.12

   20.Will White – 13.14

   21.Pat Eckel – 13.29

   22.Vince Sadowski – 13.37

   23.Roger Ferrell – 13.57

   24.Paul Weidman – 13.59

   25.Pappy Hough – 13.63

 

 

 


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