What to Expect
Whether you have signed up for a Track Night, or if you are just considering, it is never a bad idea to get the skinny on who needs to be where and when. There are exceptions to what is below, but in general here is what you can expect from your track night and what Track Night will expect from you.
Before going any further here, we HIGHLY recommend going to the Tracks Page, finding your track and reading through the specific track rules and schedule.
Track Tour Laps: If you signed up for paced laps they will take place at roughly 6:00pm. Plan to be there at least 15-20 minutes prior. You are also welcome to arrive early or stick around, check out cars, talk to people and get a feel for Track Night. Track Tour Laps do not require pre-registration (though it is appreciated), so feel free to invite friends to join, even at the last minute.
Koni Novice Experience: If this is your first track event, or if you want a little extra guidance, fear not, we have you taken care of. The Novice Experience begins at 3:00pm when the gates open. You will be directed to the Novice Paddock where you will be greeted by the Novice Coach. Try to arrive as close to 3:00 as you can to allow plenty of time to unload and inspect your car before the first briefing at 3:45. After a quick run through of dos and don’ts, it is on to the novice pace laps at 4:00. From there, your Novice Coach will facilitate the experience and make sure you have everything you need to have a safe and fun evening at the track. Expect 3 un-paced sessions, a few more meetings and some new friends by night’s end.
Advanced and Intermediate: For those who signed up in Advanced and Intermediate Groups, everything has been streamlined for your Track Night experience. Before coming to the track, you can (and should) do your Online Driver’s Meeting. You can also download your Tech Sheet, though we will provide you with one at the event (just in case your printer is out of ink, your dog was hungry or your kid decided to color yours). There is a short drivers meeting at 4:00PM so we can have a quick run through of passing rules, flags and the rules of the road. 5 minutes, tops. The First "hot" session for Advanced is 4:20pm, first for Intermediate is 4:40. Please plan to be in grid no later than 10 minutes before the start of session 1.
Run/Work: If you signed up for Run/Work, you can expect to spend a couple of hours flagging, helping in grid or manning the gate AND 20 minutes on track. The MANDATORY Worker Meeting happens at 3:30, please plan to be there in time to attend. Typically Run/Work drivers run in either one of the first or last sessions and the worker rotation happens at 6pm. Please dress and pack to be standing and in the sun for some portion of the evening, bringing water and sunscreen is highly encouraged.
Volunteer: Don’t want to run, but still willing to help out? Man, do we love you. Same expectations as Run/Work, without the pesky running part. Please be at the track by 3:30 unless specifically contacted and asked otherwise. Typically we will put the full-timers (as opposed to run/work part-timers) on the harder corners to get to, so take what you need for a 4-hour tour.
BUT WHAT IF I AM GOING TO BE LATE!?!
We understand that life does happen and we will do our best to work with you. When you arrive on site, please find a Track Night Staff member, and let them work you into the event. Profuse apology is not required.
Driver’s Meeting- http://www.tracknightinamerica.com/pages/drivers-meeting
Rules and Regulations- http://www.tracknightinamerica.com/pages/rules-and-regulations
What to Bring- http://www.tracknightinamerica.com/pages/what-to-bring
How to Prepare for Track Night- http://www.tracknightinamerica.com/articles/1994094-get-ready
Need insurance? - http://www.tracknightinamerica.com/pages/track-insurance