Car Control Clinic expanded to provide complete “First Track Day” experience
- Published: 02 March 2018 02 March 2018
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On-site tech: after checking in find a place to unload your vehicle before going to the tech inspection. Follow the flow of cars into the “infield paddock” and choose a spot that suits you. The only exception will be the garages. Unload everything that is not bolted down from your car. This includes tool kits, floor mats, radar detectors, and cell phones. Your trunk should also be completely empty. Be sure to apply the number you were assigned in the Track Pack. Blue painter’s tape or white shoe polish are great ways to temporarily apply numbers to your rear side windows or doors. Next you need to take your car to tech inspection. Tech inspection typically occurs at the end of the garage nearest the track entrance (near garage #1). There will be announcements over the PA system directing you were to go. Tech will ensure that your lug nuts are properly torqued, everything is removed from your car, and the your assigned numbers are affixed. Be sure to bring both your helmet (loaner helmets are available for this event) and tech form.
At your first event you will be assigned to the Purple Run Group and you will be assigned an instructor who will be with you on the track. The instructor’s task is to introduce you to the principles of high performance driving on a one-on-one basis. S/he will talk to you, demonstrate, and then guide you through the skills of getting the most out of your Porsche and understanding vehicle dynamics. Prior to the event you will be given your instructor’s name and email address. Instructors will meet the First Track Day participants during the afternoon driver’s lunch/meeting prior to the on-track session—see below.
To help you in understanding the principles of performance driving you will be asked to attend both a driver’s meeting and a classroom prior to your first “run” of the day. The driver’s meeting will be with all of the other Driver’s Education participants. The classroom session will be confined to just the First Track Day participants. The meetings will cover a lot of information about flags, passing zones, passing protocols as well as a talking about “the line” (the most effective way to negotiate any given corner) and many other terms specific to performance driving. Before and while on the track your instructor will remind and reinforce these concepts.
The morning will focus on the Car Control Clinic. At the clinic you will be instructed and participate in the activities discussed above. The objective of the clinic is to start to learn the basics of vehicle dynamics, get a feel for the limits of your car and to start to apply some of the lessons discussed in your classroom.