The Anatomy of a Track Day
If you're new to this activity or just curious as to what goes on at a typical track day, then please read on as we attempt to capture the main activities and requirements you'll need to be aware of at a HPDE. (high performance driving event)
In advance of each event TMR rents the track, contracts with all the support staff (ambulance, safety, corner workers, etc.), sercures insurance, collects registrations and fees, and formulates a master plan for the event day.
As a driver, you'll need to perform the following to prepare for an event:
- Create your User Account - Create a New Member Account on this site
- Pick an Event - Select the event of your choice that contains a run group consistant with your skill level. (see our 'Definition of Run Groups' page under the 'FAQs & Forms' menu item at the top of this page)
- Register and Pay - Select and pay for an event or events. Acceptable forms of payment are Credit Card, Paypal, Check, or Cash.
- Prepare for the event:
a. Mechanical/Functional Inspection of your vehicle to ensure safe operation at the event (see Tech Inspection Form)
b. Clothing - we prefer to see long sleeve shirts, long pants, non-bulky shoes, and driving gloves are usually a good thing to have.
c. Helmets - SA 2005 is now our minimum rating
d. Seat Belts - Factory or Aftermarket Harnesses are OK. However, drivers need to make sure they understand the risks of using harnesses if their car does not have a roll bar. Harnesses keep you in an upright position, so if the roof collapses in a rollover, the driver's head and neck have no place to go. .
e. Roll Protection - We highly recommend that all cars have roll bars for added protection. However, we only require roll bars in open top cars/convertibles. Driving a pure convertible on the track without roll protection is a very bad idea, so we do not allow it. Factory Roll Hoops or Factory auto-deploying Anti-Roll Posts are acceptable at our events. However, only convertibles with aftermarket roll protection are allowed in our Advanced run groups. (bolt-in or weld-in roll bars)
f. Other supplies - Fuel, Air, Oil, Chairs, Food, Water, Hat, etc.
On Event Day - On the day of the event you'll need to arrive at the track early enough to get parked, unpack loose items from inside your car, register, and then attend our mandatory drivers meeting prior to event start.
Drivers Meeting - This is a mandatory discussion with all drivers, passengers, and staff to cover the following:
- Event Format and Run Groups
- Track Conditions
- Track Entry & Exit
- Passing Rules
- Etiquette on track
- Hand Signals
- Sound Restrictions
- 3 Strikes process to control behavior on and off track
- Towing procedures
- Instruction & Classroom Downloads
- Services - Air, Fuel, Food, Bathrooms, Photography, In-Car Video, etc.
- Upcoming Events
The Process on Track - Events are typically structured with (3) or (4) run groups of vehicles. Each group consists of drivers with similar track experience so as to keep the pace as consistant as possible throughout the day. Run groups typically head out on track for 20 to 25 minutes sessions, and this cycle repeats throughout the day.
Grid and the Hot Pits - Before each session begins cars are instructed to move into the Hot Pit lane to grid for the up-coming session. Grid Stewards will then instruct you from there. Drivers should never move out onto the racing surface without authorization from the Grid Steward.
After Your Sessions - When your session is over proceed into the main paddock slowly and park. Relax, hydrate yourself, reflect on your experience, enjoy the comraderie in the paddock, and get ready to do it again!