Please review the following for responses to Frequently Asked Questions. If you do not find Q&A you are looking for, please feel free to email us at: info@nelsonledges.com Q. What time does the track open on race weekends? A: Gates typically open at 7:00a.m. on race weekends. (Gate time does vary.)
Q. Do I have to pay to watch an Event? A: Yes. Each Event will have a different ‘Gate Fee’ so either call the Track to inquire or check the website.
Q. Can I listen to the races while I’m at the track? A: Yes, while at the track, 90.1 FM carries live coverage of spectator events throughout the season.
Q: What should I bring? A: For the most comfortable and enjoyable day at the races, blankets and lawn chairs are a must. You may also want to bring bug repellent, suntan lotion and rain jackets, just in case.
Q: Are there bleachers? Where do I watch from? A: There are no bleachers on track property. But there are several good vantage points to watch from so bring your lawn chair.
Q: Are pets allowed? A: Yes, as long as they are leashed. Aggressive pets should be left at home. And you must pick up and dispose of waste left behind by your pet. And PLEASE do not lock your pet in the car with the windows up.
Q: Can I camp? Are there hook-ups? A: Camping is free with the purchase of a weekend ticket. Camping is allowed in the Infield area. There are no hook-ups. All campers are expected to place trash in appropriate receptacles or in trash bags. Nothing is to be left on site at the end of your weekend. Help us to keep Nelson neat. There is a 10:00p.m. – 7:00a.m. curfew on loud noise and engine noise.
Q: Are there showers? A: Yes, hot showers are located just west of the Time/Scoring building in the main restroom.
Q: Are camp fires allowed? A: Yes, at the end of the race day and as long as a fire ring is used. Your fire must be attended at all times and doused at the end of your evening.
Q: Where do I pick up credentials/pass if I am a guest of a team or crew member? A: Credentials/passes for family and friends of team and crew members must be picked up in Registration. The sanctioning body sets the hours for Registration. Please check with them to verify what their hours are, for once Registration is closed; NLRC staff has no way to contact them to obtain your credentials. If Registration is missed, access to the track will be granted only with purchase of an admission ticket. Please note: there are no refunds.
Q: What do tickets cost for children? A: It depends on the Event. So call ahead or check the website. For the majority of the Events, Children 16 and under are free. Note: Children are inquisitive about the world around them and for this reason, an unattended child at a road course is very dangerous. If you are bringing children to the track, an adult must accompany them at all times. This is not an environment that allows a child to wander free, such as a playground. So, for your peace of mind and ours, please keep your children close to you at all times.
Q: Are there ATM machines at Nelson? A: No.
Q: Are there payphones at Nelson? A: No.
Q: What dining, lodging and entertainment facilities are available in the area? A: We have provided a list of area hotels and campgrounds in the Track Facts section of this website. Additionally, dining and entertainment information are listed in the Contacts/Local Attractions section of the site.
Q: Can I purchase food and drink at the track? A: Yes, for most of the events at Nelson the Concessionaire is open. It is located just behind the Time/Scoring building.
Q: Can I bring a cooler and food? A: Yes you can, but please no glass bottles.
Q: Do you allow alcohol? A: We do not prohibit spectators from enjoying a beer while watching the races. What we do ask is that you be mindful of your consumption. Drunkenness and profanity will not be tolerated.
Q: If I encounter a problem, whom do I speak with? A: Either a Race official or Track personnel. You can always find someone at the front office during the day. Or call the track phone number at 440-548-8551 and you will be directed to the proper party.
Q: How do I contact someone at the race in the event of an emergency? A: On Race Weekends there is someone in the office, though the times do vary. Usual hours are 8:00a.m. – 5:00p.m. The Track phone number is 440 548-8551.
Q: What facilities are available if I have a medical problem? A: During most events, there is an ambulance with either medics or paramedics on site who can help you.
Q: What if it rains? A: Bring your raingear. Events will occur rain or shine, except for FunDays, which are weather permitting.
Q: Can I ride my bike at the track? A: Bicycles are allowed. Nelson Ledges retains the right to impound any bicycle if it is being ridden in an unsafe manner (as judged by NLRC management).
Q: What is the difference between a “Cold” track and a “Hot” track? A: A cold track means that the racing hasn’t started yet or has ended for the day. It also means that no motorized vehicles may be on the track. You can walk the track or ride your bike but that is all. “Hot” track means that there are cars/motorcyles on track.
Q. Can I bring my 4 wheeler / ATV / Mini-bike / Scooter? A: No, unless it is being used by a race team or for medical reasons. In those cases it must be operated by a licensed driver. If you aren’t sure, please call ahead to verify.
Q: Are golf carts permitted? A: Yes, but only by race teams or for medical reasons. These must be operated by a licensed driver. If you aren’t sure, please call ahead to verify.
Q: What is the paddock? A: In road racing, the paddock is the "garage" area where teams work on their cars. It is the best place to get up close to both the cars and drivers. Children under 18 are welcome in the paddock as long as an adult accompanies them. Speed Limit in the paddock area is 10 MPH
Q: Can I drive my own car on the track? A: Oh, we know you would love to, but that simply isn't possible. Instead, contact one of the car clubs that conduct events at Nelson OR come out to FunDays where you can drive the Track for speed.
Q: How can I receive packages at the track during event weekends? A: Have your package shipped to Nelson Ledges Road Course, 10342 State Route 305, Garrettsville, Ohio 44231, Attn: Team Name/Number. Shipments must be clearly marked with the team's name. Nelson Ledges will not be held responsible for any package delivered to the track.