Many of us have seen the disclaimer at the bottom of TV ads which say, “professional driver, closed course” and imagined what it’s like to drive on track.
With SCCA Track Events (Formerly known as Performance Driving Experience, or PDX) you don’t have to imagine anymore. Being a racer is much different than talking about it. How about taking it to the next level and “proving it” at a Track Event Night?
Do you have what it takes?
Track Events provide an instructional environment for drivers who simply want to improve their driving skills and increase their enjoyment of driving their street vehicle. True to the “run what ya brung” adage, all it takes is your street car, a valid license, and a helmet.
Track Events are about you, the driver. Plenty of seat time, plenty of individual instruction and driving exercises make up a TE; all of which is designed to educate you and make you more confident behind the wheel, both on the track and on the street.
Learn – from racers about being a racer, learning comes from doing, so let’s get doing it.
The goal here is to improve on the talents that you possess, plus improve your ability to make good decisions while behind the wheel. Everyone wins, plus you get to prove your ‘stuff’ and improve. You WILL become a better driver!
The all day Track Event participants receive a solid blend of driving instruction, ranging from the classroom to in-car training to “follow me” drills. Track Night in America nights are more brief with drivers meetings.
A wide range of topics are discussed and shown at a Track Event:
- Following a “racing line”
- Passing zones
- Speed limiting
- Other general driving techniques
Of course, each driver receives feedback from his or her instructor at the end of each lesson.
What does it cost?
- SCCA members – $150 (register for membership here)
- Non-members – $170 (which includes a weekend membership)
- Then of course there are the technical requirements for the car. Download the tech sheet here to make sure you’re given the okay to run your vehicle safely.
You can attend a TE as either a driver or a volunteer worker. And if you are on a budget, volunteering is the way to go! You’ll get time on the track (with an instructor if you wish) and free lunch. It won’t cost you anything and you still get the benefits!
Solo/Track Events note – if you have a comp license you can be an instructor…and we need you! We need 10-12 instructors at every Track Event. Instructors are allowed to run in the advanced groups.
2018 SCCA Track Events and Track Night in America events are scheduled at Dakota County Technical College – DCTC!
Track Events such as those listed below are non-competitive opportunities for track time. Timing is not available. Instructors are available to help find your line and dramatically improve your speed handling and car control.
April 8th 2018 – All day – Track Event hosted by LOL Region – Registration
May 15th 2018 – Evening – Track Night in America hosted by SCCA National – Registration
June 6th 2018 – Evening – Track Night in America hosted by SCCA National – Registration
July 10th 2018 – Evening – Track Night in America hosted by SCCA National – Registration
August 3rd 2018 – Evening – Track Night in America hosted by SCCA National – Registration
October 13th 2018 – All day – Track Event hosted by LOL Region – Registration opens September 5th
If you are interested in taking Track Events up a notch with a competitive environment and clocking times check out the SCCA AutoCross (or AutoX or AX) specialty called “Solo”.
Solo races are individual events that are timed. Check out SCCA board member Aaron Jongbloedt’s page with more Solo pics and info
Want more Minnesota Solo / AutoX / Track Event excitement? Check out the MET Council 2018 schedule
2018 Street Heat by MNCEC Autocross Results and Pictures
Street Heat is a new event that MNCEC or Minnesota Car Enthusiasts Club hosted at the MN State Fair Grounds. It is centered around an all inclusive car show and featured various events internally. There was a stunt bike, a dyno test, an audio competition and an autocross race – hosted by our very own LOL region of SCCA. This was a great opportunity to show car enthusiasts what a real race event feels like with the SCCA. MNCEC hopes to make this an annual event.
Driver times were captured and are posted as for-fun only results:
Check out the cool video below that highlights the event from JG Digitalwerks:
Posted by Jeremy Fohrenkamm on Saturday, May 5, 2018
2017 O’Reilly Street Machine Nationals Autocross Results and Pictures
Will be posted here. O’Reilly Street Machine Nationals Autocross
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