Please take time to visit the home of Steve Medanics Siberia International Raceway. Steve has a great web page filled with a ton of useful H.O. information. Try looking at his Tech pages you will be amazed at all of the great information that is supplied by the Madman himself. Siberia International Raceway is part of the MSRA racing group located in the greater Chicago area.
Beware of the Bear
Constructed in 1975, Siberia International Raceway (SIR) was the team's original track and the birthplace of MaDD Products. SIR is a four lane HO scale slot car track. The final incarnation of the track featured 14 challenging turns and a lap length of 50-feet. The AFX / Aurora track is mounted on a 4'-6" x 11' table. The track was rebuilt twice over its lifetime. The first rebuild, done in the late 70's added the first version of the M&M turns. In the 80's computerized lap counter system was added based on the Atari platform. The second rebuild, done in the 90's reworked the exit to the back straight and extended the straights to and from the infield esses. The second rebuild also reworked the wiring to have taps at approximately two foot intervals. The Trakmate race management system was added in the late 90's replacing the homegrown race management program. SIR hosted races in the Indiana, Michigan and Illinois HOPRA state championship circuits. Over the years Al Thurman, Rick De Rosa, Terry Hreno, Mark Rosenwinkle, Joel Pennington, Bob Dame, Rick Denig, Scott Terry, Jeff Wilson and a host of other top racers have tried, and failed, to tame SIR. After 25+ years of service SIR may be gone but not forgotten.