With racing season in full swing we have put together a checklist for how to prepare you and your car for the racetrack. Track Days are exciting and addictive, but they can be a lot harder on your equipment than you may realize.
We have broken the following into sections on what the driver should have and what your car must have. Take a look:
What the Car Must Have:
- Make sure oil and all other fluids are topped off (bring an extra quart of oil as well)
- Check your brakes and brake pads (wear should be less than 50%), not a bad idea to bring an extra set just in case
- Consider that you will need more fuel…as you will get worse gas mileage than normal
- Ensure you have no leaks of any kind as this can be dangerous to you and other drivers on the track.
- Check Tire Tread (ensure there is no dry rot or cracks forming) & bring along a tire gauge
- Get an oil change and brake fluid flush
- Windshield Cleaner – Yeah we know it sounds weird, but you will get covered in bugs and other track debris
- Bring a good torque wrench to check your lugs and nuts before each session
- Many drivers use a higher octane fuel when attending track days as you get more bang for your buck and aid your performance. We like Race Gas.
- Take everything out of your car that is loose (spare wheel, jack, coins, car seats. You don’t want things flying about as you are trying to focus.
- To get maximum control while driving make sure to adjust your seat so you are sitting in an upright position.
- Performance parts for the track will increase your race track enjoyment.
What the Driver Must Have:
- Helmet – You are not allowed on the track without a regulation helmet. Most clubs will loan you helmets, but if you choose to purchase one look for the SA2010 rating
- Specific Shoes
- Racing Suit
- Food & Drinks & Sunscreen
- Fold Out Chair (for lounging in between laps)
Check back with us for future track days and give us a call to set up your pre-track inspection before the big day!