During Cavallino Classic week there are the must-see Cavallino Historic Races and Track days at Palm Beach International Raceway (PBIR) in Jupiter, FL.
The PBIR road course is 2.034-miles long, has 10-turns and a .6 mile straightaway. It is a relatively flat track, no surprise for coastal Florida. I have driven it numerous times. Though not one of my favorite tracks, it is a decent track, especially if one already has his/her track car in FL. With buckets of water coming down as it did I can imagine PBIR is quite the challenge in wet conditions.
Thursday and Friday are great days to venture over to watch the Cavallino Historic Races. I headed over on Friday, with some drenching weather keeping the crowds away.
The Ferrari GT & Sport Groups run on alternating half hours. However, the heavy downpours and standing water kept most of the GT and Challenge cars from running. I have a 360C and though not shy to racing my BMW E36 in the rain, Ferrari Challenge cars are made of sugar. Thus most of those cars and other garage queens with the exception of a few hardy souls stayed in their haulers on this very wet Friday.
The vintage cars; drum & disc Ferrari & Maserati, plus Pre-war race cars, had Qualifying and Races on Friday. These drivers and cars are tough. In dry weather one has a healthy respect for historic racing. To see the drivers and their vintage Ferraris, Alfas, Maseratis and Bugatis, many are open cars mind you, in the pouring rain on track gives ‘healthy respect’ new meaning.
The most fun, if one is not actually on track, is to walk the paddock to see who brought what.
The PBIR Paddock