Frequently Asked Questions
Track Night's Frequently Asked Questions, answered by Jack.
Guests are not only invited, they are encouraged! Bring your friends, your family, and your grandmother and show off what you do. They probably miss hanging out with you, anyway.
If your friends laugh at you, they’re not really your friends. Don’t worry about it, we can help you find better ones. There will be various speeds of drivers and cars on the track, that’s a reality. We’re not keeping time sheets, and there are no results. The most important thing to remember is that situational awareness, letting faster cars pass, and respecting your fellow participants will ensure a good time for everyone.
Everyone gets an hour, divided into three 20 minute sessions. The Hawk Performance Novice Experience also gets a 20-minute paced lap session and there is another touring lap session that is open to everyone. So, if you just can’t get enough and do it all, you can be on track for an hour and 40 minutes (or you could just come back next month).
Nope. If you’re not already a member, we’ll make you a member for the day so that you have the benefits of SCCA membership and insurance coverage while on site. BUT this is a great time to join and easy to do when registering for the event by adding an SCCA membership to your cart.
Yes, but with a few caveats. Some tracks are more restrictive than others so check individual event pages, but generally, if your convertible is actually a Targa or T-Top, no problem.
If it is a true convertible it needs to meet one of the following criteria:
- The convertible vehicle is a 2006-year model or newer, does not have forced induction, is less than 8 cylinders and has not been modified meaningfully beyond factory performance potential. (Examples: Engine swaps, aftermarket forced induction.)
- The convertible vehicle is equipped with documented, factory-installed rollover protection (Examples of manufacturer documented rollover protection would include hydroformed and reinforced a-pillars or windshield frames, and factory-installed roll bars and/or "pop-up" bars that are designated as rollover protection.)
- The convertible vehicle is equipped with an aftermarket roll bar that meets or exceeds standards set in the SCCA Time Trials Rules.
Yes, but you cannot drive it on track. We would love to have lots of racecars at Track Nights for people to check out, talk about, and (with your permission) let their kids sit in. However, the track time at Track Night is for streetcars only. If you have any questions about what constitutes a racecar and if your car is or isn't, please visit our Vehicle Eligibility Page.
First, do nothing. Figure out where you are, which way traffic is coming from and what your options are. Then catch your breath and pick a path to continue that does not interrupt traffic. The nearest corner station can aid you in determining an appropriate time to return to the track surface, so look for them. Once you are going again, proceed directly to pit lane for a brief visit with your driver coach. Whether or not you need to then go change your underwear is completely up to you.
Track driving is more wear and tear on your car than driving to work, no doubt about it. If you track your car on a regular basis, you can expect to replace items like brake pads, shocks and tires more often than normal. Good thing we have the Tire Rack to supply you with all those goodies, and participants can get discounts through the Tire Rack Rewards program - just opt-in when you register.
GET OUT THE WAY!!! If you are on track, coast to a safe location as far away from the racing surface as possible. Our towing service will then bring you and your car back to the paddock area. If it cannot be repaired, you will need to make your own arrangements to get your car home. The good news is you’ll be surrounded by a group of people with access to trailers. We suggest you take the opportunity to make a new friend.
Pro Tip: No matter where you end up if you have a problem, never get out of the car unless you're in immediate danger from something. (Like fire.)
Other than during Touring Laps, passengers are not allowed at Track Night in America Events.
Yup, in designated passing zones and with a point by. Other than in advanced group, passing zones will always be on straightaways. Not all cars that are fast in turns are fast on straights. So, if you have someone in a slower car that is going faster than you, plan to lift and give them a point by at the next zone.
Point bys let the driver behind you know that you are prepared for them to pass. A point by should always be out the window, obvious and coincide with you making room on that side for a pass. Multiple cars need multiple points, so keep pointing until there is no one behind you.
If someone is holding you up, flash your lights at the beginning of a passing zone. If they don’t see you, the blue flagger will.
Stop, as soon as you can. However, it doesn’t mean, “slam on the brakes in traffic.” When you see red, pull to the side of the track, and come to a safe and controlled stop. It is good to put a hand up so that other drivers know you are stopping. Watch the corner workers for what to do next.
Special insurance is not required but certainly recommended. The fact is, your regular car insurance policy probably doesn’t cover your car at the track. To double-check, read the fine print of your policy and look for “exclusions” phrases like, “on a surface used for racing,” “at a performance driving event,” or “at a racetrack facility.” But, because Track Night in America events are structured for safety, our participants can purchase affordable Hagerty Insurance coverage for their vehicles during the event.
If you have a family car, bring the family car. If you have a sportscar, bring the sportscar. If you have both, bring the one you are most comfortable driving. Anything that does not pose a rollover risk and is track worthy is welcome. Please visit our Vehicle Eligibility Page to see more guidelines and philosophies concerning what is and isn't allowed at Track Night in America Driven by Tire Rack.
No, we do not offer loaner helmets for this program.
Some tracks do have loaners or rental helmets - please contact the tracks directly to see if these are available if you think you might need one.
Not at all. If you’ve always wanted to drive on a racetrack and didn’t know how, where, or when, Track Night is absolutely for you! If you haven't been on track, or have limited time on track, choose the Hawk Performance Novice Experience to get your start and some know-how. Check out “ways to play” to learn more.
Not in the car with you. However, especially in the Hawk Performance Novice Experience group, you will have driving instructors coaching you and helping you along the way. They will be glad to give you input on what they see, and where you can improve. They will not, however, be in the car with you.
As many as you want. We won’t push you out of the nest until you’re ready.
Best way to start! There’s no charge for admission. And you can participate in the touring laps for free, too. If you want to get involved, but not participate in driving on track, there are other volunteer positions that help support this and any other SCCA events - from flagging to welcoming those arriving on-site.
Yes. Two drivers can participate in the same car in different run groups or they can split the time within the same group. Each driver must be an entrant, however, so splitting time in the same run group will cost you track time.
Another good option is to both do the Run/Work entry which allows each of you one session while working for two hours to support the event.
Run/Work is a great way for SCCA members to get some track time while also providing support for the event. Give us two hours of your time and get a 20-minute on track session for less than 1/3 the cost of the standard event price.
We will send you information via email prior to the event with maps and instructions, including the appropriate gate to enter at the facility. Signs will then direct you to check-in where you will receive further instructions.
Here at Track Night, we understand things happen, plans change, cars may need unexpected maintenance, and other issues do occur, creating the need to cancel occasionally.
While we cannot give refunds, we can transfer your event registration to another event, another person, or we can issue a full credit for you to use toward another event.
All you need to do is fill out the Event Change Request form, select which option works best for you, and we'll take care of it. Request for credit must be in by 12pm Central time the day before the event so that our staff has adequate time to fill your vacated space.
If there are extenuating circumstances you think we should know about while helping you resolve this issue, please email Jack@TrackNightinAmerica.com
The checkered flag is that one with all the black and white squares on it, but you probably knew that. If you and your car are in the same condition they were in when you started the session, it means you won. Celebrate by driving back around to the pits at a reduced speed to let your tires, brakes and engine cool and don't forget to give a victory wave to the corner workers.
Minor participation in Track Night events requires pre-approval. For approval to be given, the following must be met:
The minor must be a licensed driver and provide a complete SCCA minor waiver.
The minor must display some level of sanctioned performance driving experience. Acceptable options include autocross, karting, or track events.
A parent or legal guardian must be on site for the event.
The vehicle and track must be deemed appropriate for a beginning driver.
Provided these criteria are met, approval may be given. Email Jack@TrackNightinAmerica.com for approval prior to registering.
Don’t see your question? Ask Jack, “what’s the facts” at Jack@TrackNightinAmerica.com