: 2005 Track Days



cts-vette
01-31-05, 11:39 PM
OK, Ladies and Gents

Many of you have posted request for information on and participation in track day events.

I would like to request some help and guidance from our trusty admistrator/moderator....

How can we keep tabs on some of the associations that host these around the states and keep a running list with weblinks and dates.

Can we use the calendar to post by date??

It would be great to attend these with other V owners as Sefa01 and i did last year. www.pdadrivingschool.com

Any suggestions?

Buildingctsamg i know you suggested to open up in the lounge - thoughts? Help?

V-Max
02-01-05, 12:46 AM
If you join the Audi or BMW clubs they usually make the rounds each year to a track near you. I have gone through a number schools and the training is very good as they host a bunch of different make and models in each club. The only cost to entrance is you have to be a member, track day entrance, and maintence to your car like tires(perferably race rubber) and the braking system.

http://www.audiclubna.org/calendar/eventlist.html?PHPSESSID=b290aeef242f5d2f92d951633 ed27a75

Norm

Silver Baron
02-01-05, 08:00 AM
I am a member of the Trillium BMW Club in Toronto (http://www.trillium-bmwclub.ca/trillium/site/page.jsp?DriverTraining) (own a MINI too).
What’s nice about this club and many other clubs, you don’t need a BMW to become a member or to participate. You bring you own car.

Why join a (sports) car club? Typically you need to be a club member to participate in club “Advanced Driver Training” courses. For example, Trillium’s is at Mosport. For a low 200-400 $ you get two days on the track including personal instructor.
This track days are very, very worthwile :bouncy:
Here the order I would look into things:

First, check into your local club scene and find about any Corvette / BMW / Porsche Clubs and see if they offer something similar.

Go to some local autoXing, Solos events. Watch, speak to people -with your CTS-V you will make friends real easy – and participate.

Next, check out the accredited driving performance schools like Barber, Bondurant, Panoz. (While semi race cars are great fun to flick around on a course, they will not necessaryly improve your V driving skills. Exception could be Barber as they use CTS's)

Third, BMW, Porsche, Audi and even Mazda have their brand specific driver training schools. They all provide new factory cars, but are quite a bit more expensive, and to reach the level where the actual performance driving starts, you need to go thru all their novice and intermediate stuff (more time and money).

And of course there is this kind of school (http://www.ifpdi.com/)

For more details check here (http://motortrend.com/features/consumer/112_0407_race_intro/)
and here (http://motortrend.com/features/consumer/112_0407_race_links/)
and here (http://www.raceschools.com)

Deltasendero
02-01-05, 04:04 PM
I have registered with Donnybrooke Driving School for a 2 hour classroom session and 6 hour track session for $250 at Brainerd International Raceway (http://www.brainerdracewayandresort.com/). Bring your own car and they take care of the rest, pits, tools, instructors, ambulance, etc.

I've never been to a track or had any driving instruction which is really giving me spring fever to attend this day in May.:D

Now that dealer ordered sunroof will really be a pain with a helmet on.:crying:

Looking forward to tearing the rubber off a new set of skins.

If anyone wants to start a club or track day at Brainerd for the V, count me in.

sefa01
02-01-05, 05:39 PM
OK, Ladies and Gents

Many of you have posted request for information on and participation in track day events.

I would like to request some help and guidance from our trusty admistrator/moderator....

How can we keep tabs on some of the associations that host these around the states and keep a running list with weblinks and dates.

Can we use the calendar to post by date??

It would be great to attend these with other V owners as Sefa01 and i did last year. www.pdadrivingschool.com

Any suggestions?

Buildingctsamg i know you suggested to open up in the lounge - thoughts? Help?

The lounge doesn't work for this--it's too unwieldy. I posted both the PDA and the SCDA schedules for 2005 in this forum. But now you'd have to go find them.

My suggestion: Make "Track Day Schedules" a Sticky and let forum members post it for any legit organization or track.

StealthV
02-01-05, 08:58 PM
Perhaps vendor support would be a good way to raise funds for a V track day judging by how much money we've all spent with BMR, LPE, DTE and SVE. From my perspective, I'd be happy to give back to the V family and allow everyone to put a face with "StealthV". :cowboy:

No, I'm not a cowboy; but I am spending all week in a corporate seminar at a Holiday Inn. ;)

KTSwanson
12-03-05, 05:22 PM
Today's Wall Street Journal (12/3/05) has an article (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB113355147346512634.html?mod=at_leisure_main_revi ews_days_only) about the BMW Performance Center program that comes "free" with the purchase of a new M5, and otherwise costs $3650, teaching heel-toe shifting, skid pad driving, and weight shift braking/accelleration techniques...anyone have information on similar CTS-V programs?

ace996
12-03-05, 07:33 PM
I just received an email saying that PDA and NASA just merged...could be a great combo, as both orgs have strong followings and more trackdays could be a real result.
-ace