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TrackMasters Racing Run Group Levels

The following are descriptions of the various run group designations you may see within TMR track events.  Not all of these run groups will be available at every event, so please refer to the event description to understand which are available for your desired event. 

AR - Advanced Racer

This group is primarily filled with current or former race licensed drivers or non-racers with 20+ events and very well prepared track cars.  These are essentially the fastest cars and drivers at the event.  Open passing is allowed but passing in corners, stealing apexes, and aggressive driving is frowned on.  Courtesy point by hand signals are always welcome, and we prefer to see passes made before the turn-in point of a corner.  The key here is experience, awareness, and No Surprises!  

Only convertibles with aftermarket 4+ point roll bars are allowed to run in this group.  Factory 'hoops' or auto-deploying anti-roll posts are not adequate protection for vehicles in this group. 

A - Advanced

This group is similar to the AR group but is not restricted to current or former race licensed drivers.  The typical 'A' driver has 20+ events experience and has the awareness on track to pass and be passed with open passing rules.  This group also consists of both track prepared and street legal cars that are driven to the event.  As above, there is no passing in corners, stealing apexes, or aggressive driving. The key here is experience, awareness, and No Surprises!  

Only convertibles with aftermarket 4+ point roll bars are allowed to run in this group.  Factory 'hoops' or auto-deploying anti-roll posts are not adequate protection for vehicles in this group. 

M - Mixed

This group is a combination of driver skills and passing rules.  Some drivers are capable of running in Advanced, but prefer a slightly slower pace.  Other drivers in this group are Intermediate drivers either driving comfortably at this level given their skills and equipment, or they're working their way up to the a higher group level.  Because we have a mix of driver skills in this group, we also have mix of passing rules. 

A driver who is NOT comfortable with Open Passing as described above in the 'A' and 'AR' descriptions above places a TMR supplied brightly colored vinyl stick-on 'Dot' on their front and rear license plates or bumper faces.  This tells corner workers and drivers approaching from behind that the driver of the car is only comfortable with Mandatory Point By Passing as authorized by hand signals from the car being overtaken.  If you come up on a car with a 'Dot', then you must wait for a hand signal before passing.   Cars in this group not wearing a 'Dot' are presumed to be comfortable with Open Passing and can be passed without a hand signal.  As always, courtesy point by hand signals are always a great idea if you can get your arm out the window.   As above, there is no passing in corners, stealing apexes, or aggressive driving.

Convertibles with aftermarket 4+ point roll bars, factory 'hoops', and factory auto-deploying anti-roll posts are allowed in this run group.

B1 - High Intermediate

Drivers in this group typically have the skills to also drive in the Mixed run group above.  The vehicles in this group could be street or track prepared, and the drivers typically have 10+ track days under their belt.  All passing in this group is controlled by the vehicle being overtaken by way of Mandatory Point By Hand Signals.  Passing is not allowed unless the car being overtaken has authorized the pass with a Hand Signal.   As above, there is no passing in corners, stealing apexes, or aggressive driving. 

Convertibles with aftermarket 4+ point roll bars, factory 'hoops', and factory auto-deploying anti-roll posts are allowed in this run group.

B2 - Low Intermediate

This group is very similar to the 'B1' group above, but typically consists of drivers with 5 to 10 events experience.  The pace is slower than 'B1' and the vehicles are more likely to be street legal and street prepared.  All passing in this group is controlled by the vehicle being overtaken by way of Mandatory Point By Hand Signals.  Passing is not allowed unless the car being overtaken has authorized the pass with a Hand Signal.   As above, there is no passing in corners, stealing apexes, or aggressive driving. 

Convertibles with aftermarket 4+ point roll bars, factory 'hoops', and factory auto-deploying anti-roll posts are allowed in this run group.

C - Novice

This group typically consists of first time drivers and/or drivers with 6 or fewer events experience.  First time drivers will usually have an instructor in the car with them, and those with adequate experience can run 'solo' (without an instructor) if they've either been checked out by an instructor, or have 3 or more events.  All passing in this group is controlled by the vehicle being overtaken by way of Mandatory Point By Hand Signals, and passing is restricted to designated straight sections of track described in the drivers meeting.  Passing is not allowed unless the car being overtaken has authorized the pass with a Hand Signal.   As above, there is no passing in corners, stealing apexes, or aggressive driving. 

Convertibles with aftermarket 4+ point roll bars, factory 'hoops', and factory auto-deploying anti-roll posts are allowed in this run group.

Passenger Rules

Passengers are allowed in all run groups with the excepion of Novice and when an event is run under Porsche Club of America rules.  Novices signed off to drive 'solo' (without an instructor) can take passengers if approved by TMR staff at the event.  Passengers must sign all waivers and wear an approved helmet.  All passengers must be 18 years of age or older.  Minors between the age of 16 and 17 can attend some events(not all) with prior approval and Minor Waivers signed by parents the day of the event. 





TMR Events - 2017
Thunderhill Raceway
Sep 30
Thunderhill Raceway
Oct 1
Mazda Raceway
Oct 6
Sonoma/Sears Point
Oct 6
Sonoma/Sears Point
Oct 7
Sonoma/Sears Point
Oct 7
Sears Point Autocross
Oct 7
Sonoma/Sears Point
Oct 8
Sonoma/Sears Point
Oct 8
Sonoma/Sears Point
Nov 18
Sears Point Autocross
Nov 18
Sonoma/Sears Point
Nov 19
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Track Packs - 2017
TrackPack #9 - 3 Day Sonoma Oct 6/7/8
TrackPack #10 - Sonoma Oct 6/7
TrackPack #12 - Mazda & Sonoma, October 6/7
TrackPack #10 - Sonoma Oct 6/7


 

TrackPack #11 - Sonoma Oct 7/8
TrackPack #9 - 3 Day Sonoma Oct 6/7/8
TrackPack #11 - Sonoma Oct 7/8
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