Performance Driving, Stage 1
March 1 @ 8:00 am - 4:30 pm$495
DRIVE YOUR OWN CAR ON SONOMA RACEWAY
This one-day program calls on a specially-developed combination of classroom instruction and in-car exercises to help participants understand the full capabilities of their vehicles. Car-control drills will help hone cornering techniques and explore the concept of lateral load transfer, before drivers are unleashed on our paddock-based autocross track to put their new-found knowledge to thrilling use. And then it’s onto Sonoma Raceway’s world-famous 2.52-mile race track, where drivers, bolstered by the expert feedback of our skilled instructors, will discover exactly what they and their cars can do!
Completion of the Performance Driving Stage 1 course qualifies you to enter Stage 2.
1. What vehicles are allowed in the program?
Vehicles fifteen years or newer are eligible for this program. Convertibles need to have certified rollover protection. Older vehicles and convertibles can be approved by our team. Please email [email protected]
2. What are Sonoma Raceway’s Sound Restrictions?
The maximum sound output allowed in the Performance Driving Courses on Sonoma Raceway is 96 decibels. Most modern street cars do not reach this limit but some high performance, custom tuned and exotic street cars are challenged. The Porsche GT3RS, Porsche Cayman GT4 and Ford Mustang GT350 are just a few that run near or above 96 decibels. Please email [email protected] if you believe your vehicle might violate the 96 decibel rule. Any cars running above 96 decibels will be removed from the raceway.
3. What constitutes rollover protection?
If your car is equipped with an active roll bar or fixed rollover protection, your vehicle is qualified to enter the program. Please check with your vehicle’s manufacturer and/or owner’s manual to see if your car qualifies.
4. What kind of preparation does my car need?
Your car should be equipped with tires and brakes in good condition to handle a full day of performance driving. The vehicle should be free of any leaking fluids. Your car will be checked by our on-site technicians to make sure it qualifies for the day. We will examine the tire side wall and be check for bent tires, which won’t pass our inspection. Please leave any loose objects at home. Fuel is available at the racetrack for a premium price (only credit cards are accepted).
5. What do I need to bring?
We will provide helmets for the day, though you are free to bring your own. Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch for the hour break. Your car should be as close to a full tank as possible. Fuel is available at the racetrack for a premium price (only credit cards are accepted).
6. Do I require any previous tracking or driving experience?
No. Performance Driving, Stage 1 is open to everyone, regardless of past experience. Drivers under the age of 18 require approval prior to registering.
7.Does my insurance cover my car?
You’ll have to check with your insurance carrier to see if you are covered for a high performance track day event. OpenTrack offers single- and multi-day automobile insurance for events like this. Please visit www.opentrack.com