Auto Trackday Monthly On Using Former NASCAR Race Cars on Track Days
Gene Felton has NASCAR race-ready road course stock cars for sale. These stock cars are perfect for your motorsports club lapping days or race track days. Experience fast driving days with one of Gene's restored race cars that are for sale. Be the first at your motorsports club race track day with a race-ready road course stock car that is for sale at Gene Felton Restorations! Give a call to Gene at (770)594-9660 to find out more. Check out one of Gene Felton's track day race cars for sale in action. Check out more of Gene's lapping day cars for sale at Gene's YouTube page.
Lapping Days, Race Track Days, Driving Days, Motorsports Club Links
Gene Felton has your relatively cheap track day car for sale. The following businesses arrange race track day events. These lapping day facilitators have arrangements with tracks that offer a variety of race car driving day experiences. Check out the lapping day / track day information on these pages:
|Track Day Event Facilitator|
|High Performance Driver Education / Race Driver Education|
|Hooked on Driving|
|MVP Track Time|
|National Auto Sports Association Mid-Atlantic|
The following are websites for various road course tracks and motorsports country clubs where you can experience your lapping days, race track days, and driving days. Please note that some of these lapping day venues are currently under construction. Please visit their motorsports club website for more details.
|Lapping Day Club / Track||Location|
|Alpine Motorsports Club||Saylorsburg, PA|
|Atlanta Motorsports Park||Dawsonville, GA|
|Autobahn Country Club||Joliet, IL|
|Calabogie Motorsports Park||Calabogie, Ontario, Canada|
|Central New York Raceway Park||Syracuse, NY|
|Circuit ICAR||Mirabel, Quebec, Canada|
|Heartland Park||Topeka, KS|
|High Plains Raceway||Deer Trail, CO|
|Inde Motorsports Ranch||Wilcox, AZ|
|Miller Motorsports Park||Tooele, UT|
|Monticello Motor Club||Monticello, NY|
|MSR Houston||Angleton, TX|
|NOLA Motorsports Park||Avondale, LA|
|Palm Beach International Raceway||Jupiter, FL|
|Putnam Park||Greencastle, IN|
|Road Atlanta||Braselton, GA|
|Virginia International Speedway||Alton, VA|
Track Day / Lapping Day Basics
Hot Rod Magazine ran an article about general track day / lapping day rules and etiquette. The full article is located here. Following is an excerpt from the January 2011 Hot Rod Magazine Article, "Track Day Basics - Your First Track Day":
What to Do Before You Go
Driving your hot rod on a road course is hardest on the tires, brakes, and cooling system, so make sure those are in good shape. You might want to make sure the alignment is on target, too. If in doubt, tell the alignment shop to add more caster and negative camber. If in doubt about the cooling system, drain and flush the coolant and throw in a bottle of Redline Water Wetter or Royal Purple Ice. One thing to note is that some tracks and organizations don't want antifreeze in the cooling system, just plain water. The same goes at nearly every dragstrip. Antifreeze is way slipperier and harder to clean up than water, and you don't want to be the guy who stops everyone's fun by hosing down the track and forcing a cleanup. It's also a good idea to make sure all the lug nuts are tight and nothing's leaking. Set the tire pressures in the high-30-pound range, make sure your seatbelts or racing harnesses are in good shape and that you have an acceptable Snell-rated helmet (motorcycle helmets usually don't fly), and wear long pants.
How you apex a turn depends on how fast you can go through it. Every corner has a geometric line, which is the smoothest line through a corner, and the apex is the point at which you're closest to the inside edge of the corner. Driving this line allows you to use all the track and carry the most average speed through the corner. However, in many cases (depending on what comes after the turn) the speed at corner exit is more important than the speed at corner entry, so many drivers use a later apex point, which slows down the corner entry but allows you to brake harder and deeper into the corner and more importantly, get on the gas earlier and therefore carry more speed out of the corner. This is especially important if there's a long straightaway after the corner, since it gives you a jump-start on the straight. The illustration here shows both lines, a normal apex, and a late apex. At many open track events, there will be orange cones for a typical braking point, apex point, and outside corner exit point (where you want to be when you come all the way out of the corner).
Most track days have a lot of very interesting cars. We found these at the Speed Ventures event we went to. The '55 Chevy is owned by Paul Newman of Paul Newman Car Creations and features a patina-perfect body on top of a full-boogie, Newman, C4 Vette-based chassis. The weight distribution is within 25 pounds on each wheel with a total weight of 3,120 pounds, and with an LS3 and a six-speed, it was brutally fast around Buttonwillow. The flat-black '67 Camaro behind it belongs to John Sevilla (Concord, California), the white '69 is raced by Aaron Raymond (Los Angeles), and the orange '69 Camaro of Gaetano Cosentino is an open track terror with an all-aluminum 427 small-block, an aluminum front clip, Global West suspension, and Baer brakes. The badass '66 Corvette (also seen in the opening to this story) is a real big-block car that has raced since the '70s in SCCA A Production. Chris Ronson now has fun with it at open track events.
Stuff To Take With You
For your first track day, you don't need to worry about taking along a bunch of tools beyond the basics plus a tire gauge and a portable compressor, but as your level of experience progresses, you will want to do more junk to the car at the track and will need some tools. For the first time, just take a folding lawn chair and a cooler full of water and other beverages (staying hydrated with water is very important, especially at hot tracks like Buttonwillow in California, where we did this story).
There are a few things you can do to be a bozo at the track, so make sure to attend the mandatory drivers' meeting (and with some groups, a download meeting after each session to discuss what happened during the session) and listen to the instructions about where and when to pass, how to pass or point someone by, and what all the flags mean. When you're on the track, make sure to use your rearview mirror. If another guy is obviously faster than you and riding your bumper halfway around the track, drop your pride and use the appropriate signals to let him get around.
One thing we discovered during our Miller Cup racing experience was to use YouTube to learn the track. Search the site for in-vehicle videos of cars similar to yours driving around the course you're going to run. Trust us, there's a video on there, and it will show you the line around the track, braking and turning points, and more. It's a huge help and totally worth the study time.
As you continue to go to open track days (and you will), the tires and brakes will become more of a priority because both let you go faster. At the very least, have a decent set of tires-studded snow tires are not good, but even a good street radial that's not showing its cords is fine.
How Much Does It Cost?
Entry at a dragstrip test and tune is usually $20, whereas open track events are more expensive. The Speed Ventures event we attended was $170 for the day, which seems like a lot at first, but remember that instead of the three or four passes you'd get at a typical dragstrip, you'll do four or five 20-minute sessions on the road course.
There are a few things to pay attention to when you're at an open track event, but perhaps the most important is the flag man. Watch him at the start/finish line and in the corners and learn to understand the meaning of the flags he waves. That should be covered in the drivers' meeting, so pay attention. But as a clue, here are the typical meanings of the race flags.
Lapping Day Car for Sale
Many road course race tracks offer lapping days and driving days experiences. Please see our set of lapping days, race track days, driving days links below for more information. Today's race track lapping days offerings are great opportunities for racing enthusiasts to experience real race track driving days. Many enthusiasts choose to go the super car route for their motorsports club race track lapping day vehicle. These are very expensive lapping day race cars. Gene Felton Restorations has affordable and relatively cheap track day cars for sale. Furthermore, Gene's lapping days cars for sale are race-ready and tuned for road course racing. If you do not see a car for sale to your liking on the For Sale page, give Gene a call at (770)594-9660 today! Gene can find the right stock car for sale for you!
Motorsports Club Driving Days Cars for Sale
Not only are road course tracks offering lapping days but there are motorsports country clubs cropping up all over the country. These motorsports country clubs are like traditional golf clubs except, instead of a golf course, they have professionally designed road courses with elevation changes onto which you can take a race track day car. Work with the motorsports club for your membership and lapping days arrangement, call Gene Felton at (770)594-9660 for your driving days stock car. Gene has a track day car for sale for you, today!
United Kingdom Lapping Day / Track Day / Driving Day Venues
The following are some venues that offer track day, lapping day, and driving day experiences in the United Kingdom: