So you just went out and spent those hard earned green backs on a new car. Maybe you bought a Corvette, Porsche or hell, maybe even a new Mazda Miata. Problem is, now that you’ve got it, where can you use it? Most cars today are so good, that it really is difficult to purchase a bad car. They all (for the most part) get good fuel economy, are relatively quick and handle great. One major flaw in the system however is finding that safe place in which to exploit their performance.
Enter the track associations. Groups like SCCA (Sports Car Club of America) & NASA / PDA (National Auto Sport Association) are sanctioned bodies, that provide not only a great way to experience driving on real racetracks, but will also provide you with instruction and guidance. Like I said, cars today are VERY good, which means that just about any car will be able to handle a few light track sessions with very little modifications. In all honesty, the basics would be to simply swap out your current brake fluid for something with a higher boiling point and perhaps your pads, otherwise, just buckle up and go.
What people need to understand is that track days are not race days. They provide owners a chance to get behind the wheel and experience, to some degree, the same thrill and excitement of a pro-racer, but in a safe and controlled environment. Drivers are evaluated and then split up into groups according to skill level to ensure safety. Then, as time progresses, students may be re-evaluated if they feel the need to move up to the next level.
What you have to remember is that YOU DON’T NEED A PERFORMANCE car to do track events. Got a Honda Accord? BRING IT! How about a Hyundai Tiberon? Yup, bring that too. The only advice I would give is that you should just get ready, because I can almost guarantee that after your first few laps, you’ll be hooked and already looking forward to the next event. Prices generally start about $250.00 for the day depending on track and time of year. So, if you’ve ever had the urge to experience the thrill and excitement of running down the back straight at speed, well then, here’s your chance.