March 14, 2007
Here's the way it worked last year:
Three divisions or "classes", Novice, Intermediate and Advanced. Prior to last year riders were allowed in the novice class but that changed because drivers from the other two classes were dropping down to drive in the novice class so they could take riders along. The observation was made that it was turning into a go-cart track where a driver could collect money from folks and give rides. In addition, they were getting more track time and some of them were sort of intimidating to the novice drivers. It was felt that it would be better if no riders (except for instructors) were allowed in any division to alleviate this problem. (Exceptions were made in special cases but if you plan to tandem check with the event coordinators before sending your money.)
There are speed limits. The novice class was limited to 80, intermediates were limited to 100 and the advanced drivers were limited to 120. They don't really use a radar gun but they can tell who is being safe and who isn't.
Passing is allowed on specific parts of the track and always to the left of the car being overtaken. Cars being passed must "point the passing car by" with a hand just out the window to indicate to the passing driver that he/she has been seen and acknowledged.
Helmets are mandatory and must meet current safety standards. (Basically, any undamaged SNELL rated helmet less than five years old will be fine. Details are sent with your driving packet after you register.)
I got my helmet online from
and saw a bunch just like mine at the track.
There's a mandatory driver's meeting and tech inspection each morning of the event before anybody goes onto the track. Last year there were instructors available who would ride along and help novices. Sessions are 20 minutes long. (It worked out to about 2 1/2 hours of track time last year per day.) I skipped a session each day just because I was worn out.
Again, this is not the official word, just how it worked last year.
More information should be available soon at:
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