SCCA Track Days (And Nights)
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 Days and Track Night In America presented by Tire Rack - both of which fall under the "Track Events Program" - you don’t have to imagine anymore.
SCCA Track Events provide an environment for drivers who simply want to increase the enjoyment of driving their vehicle. For most drivers all it takes to be a part is your safe street car, a valid drivers license and an approved helmet.
These events give you a chance to recreationally drive your car on a track the same way you might go to a resort for snow skiing or out for a morning jog, meaning: It's about the experience and not competition.
Why no competition? Because the goal of an SCCA Track Event isn't to give a high pressure experience and high stakes of "winning." It is to give you a thrilling experience and stories to share, all from an environment which gives everyone a level to feel comfortable. Because SCCA Track Events are not races - any on-track passes are limited to specific passing zones and only with a signal known as a, "point-by."
Depending on the SCCA Track event, participants receive some amount of driving instruction which ranges from classroom, trackside observers, in-car coaches or even lead-follow drills. A wide range of topics may be discussed and shown including: following a “driving line”, passing zones, and other general driving techniques. Of course, each driver receives feedback from coaches at the end of each session. First-timers and drivers without much track experience will get more instruction, and eventually can graduate to higher levels of track driving with less oversight.
There are two different styles of SCCA Track Events. First, regionally hosted "Track Days" which are hosted by regions across the country and may be single-day events, evening sessions, or entire weekends. Second is the nationally-run "Track Night in America driven by Tire Rack" program.