FUN DURING THE WORKING WEEK
veterans and rookies,” says Wagner.
Hosting the events on weekdays means
that enthusiasts who are hyper-scheduled
on weekends can break away from work
a little early to hit the track.
“The target demographic is people
who want to have fun with cars,” he
continues, noting that Track Night is
The schedule of an average Track
Night has participants arriving at the
track between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., and
being on the track soon thereafter.
There are waivers and tech sheets,
but that’s a simple process that the
Track Night staff assists with. There
are some other things to know before
heading to the track, however.
Bring long pants, closed-toe shoes,
and a hat, sunscreen and water. Some
tracks allow you to run in short
sleeves while others mandate long
sleeves – we’d recommend the latter.
You’ll also need a helmet with at
least a Snell SA2000, M2000,
K2005, K98, or FIA 8860-2005
rating. Should you not have a helmet,
one can be purchased during
Track Night’s online registration at
Your vehicle will also need
attention. “Clean out all the
miscellaneous junk in your car at
home,” advises West Coast Track
Night Event Manager Eric Clements.
From there, check all fluids, brake
pads, and torque the lug nuts. “Less
than two-year-old brake fluid is good
– and if you’re not mechanically savvy,
it’s a good idea to get a cheap or free
(TOP) Advice from instructors can help
participants get the most out of their
SCCA Track Night experience.
PREPARE FOR ACTION
GETTING ON TRACK
primarily designed to attract race track
novices. “We would love to see Track
Night as a tool to introduce SCCA to
people who may not have been involved
before. And, so far, we have been
successful with this, as 57 percent of our
first 1,000 entrants were not previously
members.” Of those, 42 percent were
also less than 35-years old.
Around 80 SCCA Track Nights are
slated to take place during 2015, with
the program continuing into 2016.
“The FIA grant is only for 2015, but we
are committed to the program in 2016
and beyond,” says Wagner. “We would like
to see an increase in events by 20 each
year. That will likely include events in the
off-season at some venues, as well as
adding new tracks.”
(MAIN) Want to have
some fun in a car on
a race track? Then
you’re the target
SCCA’s Track Night.
(LEFT) Parade lap
variety of vehicles on
track. (BELOW) Even
pro racers such as
Randy Pobst can
enjoy the experience.