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Old 01-08-2013, 02:05 PM   #1
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Hey guys. I have talked with a few people about track days but no one really gave me any real help. I have never been to a track day and would really like to get out there and learn as much as possible from people much more experienced than I am. Does anyone know which track days I would be able to participate in? I am not a member to any group or club that does these. I looked online but when I click more info about track days the webpage it brings me to is just a bunch of random symbols on the screen. Any help would be great thanks!!
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Old 01-08-2013, 05:02 PM   #2
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Having not done any track days before would you consider auto-x first? It really is a lot of fun and quite challenging. If you are interested in that there is an event in Feb. to kick off the year.

It is with the SCCA South Carolina region. You can find out a little more at their website but normally the pertinent information is posted closer to the event.

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Old 01-08-2013, 05:15 PM   #3
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Yes i would be interested in that. I thought that SCCA events all required roll cages and other gear? My car is mostly stock with some sway bars and stage 1 tune. I do lots of mountain driving but never been on a track or auto x
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Old 01-08-2013, 05:52 PM   #4
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Auto-X (Solo) events do not require that type of stuff. You definitely should come out to some auto-x events you would have a blast.

You are required to wear a helmet (which is provided for free if you don't have one) and to complete a tech inspection of your car to make sure its safe. That is pretty much it.
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Old 01-08-2013, 06:56 PM   #5
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Cool. I will try to make it some this year then
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Old 01-08-2013, 07:05 PM   #6
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You can also go out with the PCA club. Thats what a few of us do, Subarus vs Porsche lol. My first time was last year and I had a ball.
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Old 01-08-2013, 11:55 PM   #7
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Man, I wish you'd posted this a month ago when I was still in Greenville for work! Folger Subaru held another Subaru Showdown-type event at Carolina Motorsports Park (2 hours from Greenville, in Kershaw, SC). $135 with an instructor, $125 without. They held a track day on the East course and AX on the west course (AX was much cheaper).

I highly recommend some AX experience before track time, as you'll get used to lower-speed extreme maneuvers, but you'll be fine with an instructor the first time on a road course.

As far as organizations, PCA is a good one. I have a friend with an NSX and his dad with a GT2 that run with them at Road Atlanta and other tracks. Also, there's Tracks Unlimited, www.tracksunlimited.net (also search for them on FB, they have a group page there). Good group I've run with twice and has solid instructors (including one with a 07 WRX wagon, a good friend of mine). If you have access to the latest Grassroots Motorsports, there's an article in there geared torwards getting out on track and organizations to drive with. Track Guys (www.trackguys.com) is also holding their first event at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, AL. Worth the drive, great track and facility!
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I did my first track day at CMP last year, as well as my first autox. I feel that the track day at CMP helped my driving tremulously in every way. I would recommend doing a track day as soon as you can. Some info in the link below. You will be in the DE class. They will have you remove everything from your car too, this includes spare tire and floor mats. You would certainly need some higher performance brake pads and fluid. On your car, at least carbotech xp10 but xp12 or equivalent would probably be better.

http://www.turn1motorsports.com/t1m_trackdates.php
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Just FYI from PCA Club email i just got.

Dear racers, drivers and general track addicts,

We have finalized our 2013 calendar and hope you can join us this year at one or all of our 2013 Drivers Education events.

March 9-10 at Carolina Motorsports Park
May 18-19 at Atlanta Motorsports Park
Sept 7-8 at Carolina Motorsports Park
Oct 26-27 at Carolina Motorsports Park along with the 2013 Carolinas Challenge Club Race
Nov 15-17 at Virginia International Raceway

All DE events have been posted on Clubregistration.net. Registration for each event will open 2 months prior to the event. So as of today, registration for March is open!


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Old 01-10-2013, 09:00 AM   #10
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thscc is having i think a day or two in june that we do CMP. I plan to go in the old e30 bmw, black 325is. its on coilovers and 15 inch street tires. Pretty good stuff for a 25 year old car, not powerful but it is nimble.
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Old 01-10-2013, 09:01 AM   #11
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the tech day i think is at mark coopers garage in cary nc, on the 16th of feburary.
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we also have a autocross that weekend too. 2 4 1 deal
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Just FYI from PCA Club email i just got.

Dear racers, drivers and general track addicts,

We have finalized our 2013 calendar and hope you can join us this year at one or all of our 2013 Drivers Education events.

March 9-10 at Carolina Motorsports Park
May 18-19 at Atlanta Motorsports Park
Sept 7-8 at Carolina Motorsports Park
Oct 26-27 at Carolina Motorsports Park along with the 2013 Carolinas Challenge Club Race
Nov 15-17 at Virginia International Raceway

All DE events have been posted on Clubregistration.net. Registration for each event will open 2 months prior to the event. So as of today, registration for March is open!

Brian Powell
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Thanks for the info man. This is exactly what I want to do. I will definitely make it out to one of the CMP events this year. I would also like to make it to a couple auto x events as well. The weekend of the 15 of Feb is no good for me though
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tarheel sports car club. we are working on a autocross schedule right now, and rally cross.
We need all the entrants we can get.. Lets take over rally cross sites with more subarus,
and brz in autocross. they are sprightly little things, great cars. more sti for autocross!
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You would certainly need some higher performance brake pads and fluid. On your car, at least carbotech xp10 but xp12 or equivalent would probably be better.
I second that.
I went to cmp for the folger event. 15 min in each session brakes were completely faded. At the end of the event my pads were worn out. I had to replace them the next day. Next event will be on proper pads.
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All DE events have been posted on Clubregistration.net. Registration for each event will open 2 months prior to the event. So as of today, registration for March is open!


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Thanks for that link!

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I did my first track day at CMP last year, as well as my first autox. I feel that the track day at CMP helped my driving tremulously in every way. I would recommend doing a track day as soon as you can. Some info in the link below. You will be in the DE class. They will have you remove everything from your car too, this includes spare tire and floor mats. You would certainly need some higher performance brake pads and fluid. On your car, at least carbotech xp10 but xp12 or equivalent would probably be better.

http://www.turn1motorsports.com/t1m_trackdates.php
+1 to Turn 1! Great instructors there, especially Pat. They're not cheap, but the quality of instruction is worth it, IMO. And once your instructor clears you for solo driving, T1's pricing becomes on par with other track organizations.

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I second that.
I went to cmp for the folger event. 15 min in each session brakes were completely faded. At the end of the event my pads were worn out. I had to replace them the next day. Next event will be on proper pads.
Just starting out for track days HP+ should work fine (coupled with a good fluid). I've been using them for 6+ events, now, including 2 days on CMP's east course and 2 days on the full course. But, now I feel it's time to step up to a proper track pad and just swap them at/before the event.
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