Just to throw in my opinion 🙂
You might want to actually think about how important it is that you stay close to the race site. Personally, since I know I’ll be up a few hours beforehand for breakfast and I can use the drive to get into my headspace, I’m not opposed to saving some money and staying a little farther (or at home). That being said, the drive back can be tough (especially with the brutal weather of eagleman). Something to consider.