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SCCA Track Night in America Driven by Tire Rack

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Iím helping out to promote this wonderful new program called SCCA Track Night in America Driven by Tire Rack that was started earlier this year by the SCCA.

Track Night in America

This is a great way of getting on the track and SCCA has made the process as simple and low-cost as possible. The price of only $150 gets you three 20 minute sessions. The events are held at race tracks all around the country and takes place during the afternoon and evening hours on the weekdays so you can save the weekends for other plans and you can even work half a day if you want before heading out to the track. All you basically need is a helmet to participate.

The Rules and Regulations are very simple:
Rules and Regulations - Track Night in America

Another thing that is interesting is that at 6pm there is a paced ďparade lapsĒ session that allows anyone, registered driver or not, to drive anything, teched car or not, for some slow laps on the track, including passengers, without helmets. So bring your friends out that always wanted to see what track driving is like.

Although the program has a strong focus on getting novices to the track, itís also for the experienced drivers. There are three run groups Ė Novice, Intermediate and Advanced. The Advanced Group is allowed to pass anywhere on the track with a point-by. They also allow to have passengers under certain conditions (Novice and Intermediate drivers may receive in-car coaching from Advanced drivers and Novices and Intermediate drivers may ride-ride along with Advanced drivers).

There are a few good articles written abut this program if you are interested:
Track Night Is The Best Night - Track Night in America
Winding Road | The Guide to Getting Started in Road Racing, Part 11: Track Night in America

Search for an Track Night event near you:
Events - Track Night in America

I also have a $25 off coupon code if you are interested in giving this a try. Thats $125 for an hour of track time. You canít beat that! PM me for the coupon code if interested.

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You can now get an additional $50 off for the following locations:

- Southern California (Willow Springs Raceway)
- Denver (High Plains Raceway)
- Southwestern Michigan (Gingerman Raceway)

I believe you get the $50 off in addition to the $25 code that I have. Now this is a bargain! PM me for both codes.

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Last night's Track Night in America at High Plains Raceway was a great success. Only a pair of Lotus' showed up; mine, and Ross Carlson's.

I was running the event last night, so take it for what it is worth, but talking to all the participants, everyone had a great time. No incidents, no mechanicals, fifteen drivers, including a father/son combo (dad was in a 4wd F150, of all things), a husband/wife team.

Ross was by far and away the most accomplished of the group, he's not the "target market," but he knows a good deal on track time when he sees it.

The SCCA is hosting Track Night in America events across the country - they're selling out on the coasts, but HPR is not really drawing big numbers. That's due to the fact, at least in part, that inexpensive track time is easy to come by. At $150 (or $100ish, if you "know a guy" ^^^^ , this is NOT expensive, 3 20 minute sessions plus some parade laps, and the beauty of it is, the TNiA program puts strong controls over passing - it is as low-risk as you can get, save renting the track by yourself.

We have professional corner workers and an EMT staff on hand, just like a roadrace or TT, but we make very sure that we're "on top" of everything.

It'd be great to see more Lotuseseseses (my plural of Lotus) out next month - if you want to get out on a track, but are concerned about damage/reckless drivers/Corvette people/etc, this is the perfect opportunity.

I'll likely be working the next TNiA at HPR - if you have questions, please PM me, happy to help!




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Sounds like a blast, shouldn't have missed it.

I've never done a Colorado SCCA event (just NASA and lapping days) so I had no idea what the crowd would be like. Sounds like with only 15 people it was lots of nice wide open track. I'll see if I can swing the July one with work and head out there. I'll try to haul my parents and their Boss 302 out as well.
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Last night's Track Night in America at High Plains Raceway was a great success. Only a pair of Lotus' showed up; mine, and Ross Carlson's.

I was running the event last night, so take it for what it is worth, but talking to all the participants, everyone had a great time. No incidents, no mechanicals, fifteen drivers, including a father/son combo (dad was in a 4wd F150, of all things), a husband/wife team.

Ross was by far and away the most accomplished of the group, he's not the "target market," but he knows a good deal on track time when he sees it.

The SCCA is hosting Track Night in America events across the country - they're selling out on the coasts, but HPR is not really drawing big numbers. That's due to the fact, at least in part, that inexpensive track time is easy to come by. At $150 (or $100ish, if you "know a guy" ^^^^ , this is NOT expensive, 3 20 minute sessions plus some parade laps, and the beauty of it is, the TNiA program puts strong controls over passing - it is as low-risk as you can get, save renting the track by yourself.

We have professional corner workers and an EMT staff on hand, just like a roadrace or TT, but we make very sure that we're "on top" of everything.

It'd be great to see more Lotuseseseses (my plural of Lotus) out next month - if you want to get out on a track, but are concerned about damage/reckless drivers/Corvette people/etc, this is the perfect opportunity.

I'll likely be working the next TNiA at HPR - if you have questions, please PM me, happy to help!


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Thanks for the report Iain. Hope Ross didn't scared the newbies I'm doing NJMP in July and I'll report back.

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Thanks for the report Iain. Hope Ross didn't scared the newbies I'm doing NJMP in July and I'll report back.
Awesome, please do report back!

That was my first time meeting Ross in person. He's an asset to the game - both Lotusaphilia and track days/motorsports - he was absolutely fantastic to have around.

They were a *bit* concerned about the flames that appeared during WOT shifts, though.


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Awesome, please do report back!

That was my first time meeting Ross in person. He's an asset to the game - both Lotusaphilia and track days/motorsports - he was absolutely fantastic to have around.

They were a *bit* concerned about the flames that appeared during WOT shifts, though.


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Haha, flames coming out of the Lotus when its about to get dark must have been some sight!

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It was. I wish I'd had a camera (and the talent to capture the image), sunset, his black & gold Lotus, surprisingly green for High Plains (normally brown out there, but LOTS of rain this year), a few wispy clouds, it was neat.


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I love the TrackNights events also! Have done these instead of autocross this year, been a nice change. The format is awesome, very laid back and fun events. Here is a video from one of the events I did back in April @ AMP.

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Been meaning to chime in as I did have a good time and everyone running the event, Mannix was especially was great. I arrived a bit late as I figured it would be similar to a open lapping day and not a big deal. It wasn't but seemed that normally it would be, when Mannix asked "have you been here before" and my answer was "uh, yeah, probably have 4000 laps here" he looked at me and said what he said here "uh, this event isn't really aimed at you". I didn't mind in the least, I'm not "that guy" and can easily just have fun when that's the call vs. shoot for a lap time. I went and unloaded, got the car ready and waited for the next "advanced" run group.

My only real complaint with the event was the lack of instruction combined with total novice drivers. In this case not much you can do about that given the size of the group and cost for drivers. I do strongly recommend people do many days with an instructor before going solo but with that said given this was so small and no pressure so it worked ok. While I hate seeing novice drivers build bad habits, as no one is telling them otherwise it's just the nature of the beast. A few that I chatted with that clearly wanted to do it again I strongly recommended a PCA event as for an extra $30 they get someone like me as their dedicated instructor.

Surprisingly it actually was a great event for me as they let me grid first and as it would take me about 4 laps to lap the pack I got 4 totally clean laps. It'd take about 2 laps to get around the field (of 4 others only!) then I'd get another 4 clean laps. At the end of the event Mannix said "when the final checker comes out just keep going, we'd like to give you another 20 minutes solo". That was extremely generous but I did cut it short. On my last lap all the corners were throwing the black (for everyone to come off) and I just didn't feel like making 8 or so people wait so I could do 8 more laps. I lapped on Friday, Saturday and Sunday after so I got plenty of track time this weekend and wanted to be nice/generous to the corner workers (corner workers ROCK!)

Definitely unfortunate given the low turn out (14 cars total) but I was very impressed with how great, laid back but also safe the event was run. I wouldn't be surprised at all if they didn't do this again next year at HPR, as Mannix said there are many chances to get on HPR for about that money and/or for a bit more get a qualified instructor, etc. Totally see how it would work in major markets.

Only real bummer for me was I thought it ran until 10 (really only 8) as I was looking forward to running in twilight/dark as I haven't done that in the Exige before. Definitely hoping to see Mannix back out and to take some laps with him, always love being in an Elige!!

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Hi, I'm interested to go out to next week's run on July 16th - EliseAtLeast, I saw you mention you have $25 and $50 coupons? I would be very interested. Please PM if you don't mind, hope to see you guys out there. Thank you!
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Pretty good article from Road & Track about the genesis of this: We Try the SCCA's Low Cost, No Instructors, No Hassle Track Night in America
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Pretty good article from Road & Track about the genesis of this: We Try the SCCA's Low Cost, No Instructors, No Hassle Track Night in America
That's where I learned about the series - the weekday stuff appeals to me and $100 or less for summer running is right where they get my attention. 3 20 minute sessions is about all I want to do out there on street tires anyway.

The Truth About Cars also did a post about it: Long-Term Tester Update: Fiesta ST Plus Track Night in America Equals Hella Fun - The Truth About Cars

I might even be able to get my wife out there for this.
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Richard,

Can't believe I never saw this thread until a few moments ago. Of course, wait-listed for tomorrow at NJMP. Kindly check your PM. I'd appreciate the coupon code for the next event in Millville on August 12th.

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I will be going to my 3rd this Thursday! Did one in my focus st. Alot of fun and pretty relaxed atmosphere. I have had instruction many times on PBIR so it is just practice now. I would do events with an instructor first as it really helps especially on a new track. I hope this gets more people out on the track and off the streats. I think they are pushing normal sports cars mot just high end ones. The alfa 4c ran great last event. The owner traded his s240 for it. I still like my Elise

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Btw if your an scca member it is already $25 off.

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Hi, I'm interested to go out to next week's run on July 16th - EliseAtLeast, I saw you mention you have $25 and $50 coupons? I would be very interested. Please PM if you don't mind, hope to see you guys out there. Thank you!
Hi David, do you have PM enabled? I don't see a way to PM you. Also, the $50 off is for certain tracks only. Which track do you plan on going? Thanks

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Looking for how to enable PMs (odd that they're disabled on this forum by default?) - I will be going to High Plains Raceway next week. I have been out there a number of times over the years and really enjoy it.
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