I just noticed this thread (sorry I'm late )
I do some bracket-racing, and from Lakeland, I can be at 4 different strips in less-than 90 minutes:
Lakeland Motorsports Park, Sunshine Drag Strip (Clearwater ), Bradenton Motorsports Park, and Orlando Speed World.
Sunshine races almost every Friday night from January thru September, and LMP (also an 1/8-mile track ) is open every Thursday (test-n-tune ) and Saturday (racing ) year-round:
in-fact, Lakeland opened on Thanksgiving evening for a test-session!
Since Bradenton didn't include the RevXtreme Corvette Challenge Series in their '08 schedule, we are working to start-up another Corvette-only series, that will compete monthly at Lakeland, on Saturdays when neither BMP or OSW is open, hoping to attract as-many cars as-possible:
there may also be seperate classes for Mustangs, F-bodies, and MoPars to compete, with the 4 winners running-off at the end of the day for an 'overall' Winner.