A track day is an organized event in which non-members are allowed to drive or ride around established motor racing circuits, or alternatively (though far less common) on closed or disused airfields.
That’s what Wiki says a track day is, and I have no problem with that definition. How I would defined it however is a wonderful and most importantly legal way to fulfill your motoring needs.
The most common misconception about taking a car to a track is that it costs a fortune. Yes, lie with most things motoring related there is a price to pay. However, it is far less of a price than, a speeding violation, losing your license, or something even worse. So if you ever thought about taking your bellowed vehicle to a track, here are some things you should consider.
1. Find the track that’s right for you.
Throughout the country there are hundreds of track offering novice drives a chance to let their inner Stig out. The season typically starts in March and ends in November, at least for road tracks. So you have almost the entire year to enjoy. In most cases tracks operate on weekends. So plan accordingly.
2. Bring the right vehicle.
Most tracks will allow most cars and bikes to ride the track, as long as they are in decent mechanical shape. So you don’t need a Ferrari or a GTR to have some fun. The most basic requirements for cars are as follows. You need a working seatbelt, a helmet and some basic driver knowledge. More advanced tracks require you to have roll cages or roll bars and 4-5 point harness seats. Although bringing your car is customary some tacks like the world famous Nuerburgring will actually rent you a proper race car to hoon and put away wet. Fancy a go in a brand new GTI around the ring? $390 and your dream is fulfilled. So weigh out your options and chose what will give you the most fun for your buck.
3.Know your limit.
After getting my drivers license and getting into the car by myself for the first time, the feeling of invisibility came over me. There was nothing anyone could tell me about driving. I was king of the road. This is the same thought process some share when it comes to track driving. It’s a sure way to end up in the guardrail. Always remember that even Senna had to start somewhere. Ease into the car and learn the limitations of its handling capabilities before going all out. Race tracks are designed to push vehicles to their limits. So just take it nice and easy, at least at first.
I would love to hear some feedback about your track day experiences. So don’t hesitate to share. Be safe out there kids and let your inner Stig fly.