So you have decided to finally take that step to come out to a race track and see what all the talk is about. The only place and of course the best place to drive fast is on the track with people that are like minded. Here are some tips for the first timmers (which are always welcomed at Performance Driving Group of Florida)
• You must make sure your car is ready for the track. The single most important part of your check list is your brakes. It doesn’t matter how new or old your car is, in most cases the brake fluid that comes from the factory is not adequate for track driving. It is recommended to change the fluid to a high temperature brake fluid but not mandatory. Not a different DOT brake fluid, but a high performance brake fluid with a boiling point of around 600 degrees. You can get that type of fluid at a parts store. Two brands commonly used are Castrol SRF or Motul 600. Your brake pads should have at least 50% wear still left on them as you will be using your brakes often and you don’t want to run out of brakes while on track.
• Your tires should have enough tread on them so you can have good traction, and the tire pressures should be adjusted for track driving. Every car is different, so you should consult your mechanic or friend to help you set the proper air pressures. You should have a tire pressure gauge to help you monitor your tire pressures throughout the day.
• Your wheels must be torqued to the proper setting to prevent a loose wheel from coming off during high speed driving.
• Your seat belts must be working for both the driver and passenger as you will have an instructor riding along with you during at least your first day to help you learn car control and the proper rules of track driving.
• You will need a helmet, open or closed face, and it must be an SA Snell certified auto racing helmet.
• It is recommended that you arrive at the track with a full tank of fuel so it will last you all or most of the day.
• Make sure to check your fluid levels and have them topped off.
• Any lose items in the car should be removed prior to going on track.
• When you get to the track, find a spot to park for the day so you have a place to come back to after every track session. Drivers are very friendly and are willing to answer and help you with any questions you have. Arriving early will give you a better choice of parking.
• There are no special requirements for what type of clothing you wear, but you should be comfortable while driving. Shoes are very important, so wear light shoes like sneakers or driving shoes if you have them.
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