Track events can be incredibly rewarding and extremely stressful without the proper support team behind you. Our team here at South Shore Performance will get your car prepared beforehand at our facility, and then meet you at the track to give you the support you need. At the track we can handle everything from fuel, wheels and tires, brakes and suspension set-up, to data and video recording and communications. We can even handle the transportation to and from the track. Call us today at (516) 378-8769 for our track schedule, to see which events we will be attending and book your spot today!
What Are the First Steps?
Depending on your situation and/or location, there are a few options (as described below).
If you want to drive your own car on the track, Monticello Motor Club offers a one day driving experience where you are provided a professional coach and are able to drive your own car on track with no prior track experience. Another option is to find a car club near you, and join one of their High Performance Driver Education Days (HPDE).
If you don't have a car to drive on track, Monticello Motor Club has some great options if you are located in the northeast. However, if you are located outside of that area, then search for the closest track to you and ask if they have a list of car club events. There are also some driving schools that are located throughout the country - like the Porsche Driving School.
What Do I Need to Drive on a Track?
For a basic, non racing track day, your car will need some preparations to make it reliable and safe. You will also need an approved helmet. To race, you will first need to get the necessary race license and credentials which can be acquired many different ways. Most prominent is through NASA, SCCA and PCA. They have condensed programs that allow you to get a license quickly but it is always better to get more seat time than required.
What Car Should I Drive?
Within Porsche club racing, there are a few standardized "spec" classes that we recommend starting with, depending on the car that you have or want to start with. Some good information can be found on the following sites (listed below).
Monticello Motor Club (MMC) is a private racetrack that caters to car enthusiasts looking for the ultimate playground for their car.
You get nearly unlimited track access in a country club environment.
David Murray Track Days is an invite only event that offers dynamic, interactive classroom presentations, available personal coaching
with current professional racers and the unparalleled opportunity to experience world-class racing venues in a true "open track"
Porsche Club of America is where many owners get there first opportunity to drive on track. They have a very competitive wheel-to-wheel
club racing program that attracts many of our racing customers or those looking for more competition in the Porsche world.
National Auto Sport Association (NASA) offers everything from autocross to spec Porsche racing. NASA has programs that will allow you to
participate in a racing school to become qualified to race and also accepts competition licenses from many different sanctioning bodies.