||04-08-2019 05:50 AM
Originally Posted by Kaivangulden
Hey Eldon. Coaching and instruction varies heavily based on who attends. Because these events are open to all skill levels, we assess drivers and then make recommendations for which run groups they should belong to. For beginners (brand new to track and track days) we have mandatory track walk in the morning, mandatory classroom session before first run. The first 4 20 min driving sessions are then lead follow laps (4 to a group and rotating each session who is behind lead car, modeled after Ron Fellows program). An instructor certified by us with knowledge of the venue rides shotgun and helps to assist the beginners with hitting species, braking zones, etc. Then comes catered lunch! We do one more classroom session and after that it is free runs with an instructor (no more lead follow) for the rest of the day. We try to run these events as cost effective and safely as possible hence the number of cars being extremely low and the instruction being free of charge! Although, I don't think you'd likely want to ever do the long drive from NC up to NY, I appreciate the feedback! If one day you feel our program is worthy enough we'd be happy to have you!
Now, I wish I could have found this information, easily, on your web site. If I missed it then I am sorry. I believe this should jump off the page for any type of track day web site.
I was a little harsh in my statement but we, my wife and I, have been to a couple of events that were not structured very well. My wife is a novice and she really likes having a good instructor to learn a new track. She has had some bad experiences with what she calls "Social Track Day Clubs". I am a certified instructor and have raced for years, so it does not bother me that much.
As far as getting to NY to try out this track, we travel all over to experience tracks. We have been to Palmer Motorsports Park to Watkins Glenn to Pitt to Indianapolis to NCM to Barber to COTA. This year I have it on my schedule to visit Spring Mountain Motorsports Park in Nevada. My only question is, does the facility have room for an 80 ft. tow rig? The only other catch is that we normally only run two day events because of the travel time.
Take care and Good Luck with your adventure,