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    HPDE Classes?

    Anyone do any of these in the area? VIR or Summit?

    How was your experience? What should a first timer know?

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    I haven't done one in a long while -- used to do them every few months in my green Camaro -- but the premise is the same.

    Make sure your car is in good working order. This is just common sense, as at Summit Point, even a tired 'ol GM product can hit 130mph at the end of the front straight. VIR is even faster if you are doing the full course.

    I'm fortunate in that my brother is a mechanic, and even has a lift at home, so he can put my car up in the air and do a thorough "mini-Maryland-inspection" on it. If you can have someone else look the car over, that would be better (and some HPDE orgs require you to have a "pre-event inspection" done and signed off on before you arrive).

    If you're doing it yourself, check your tires and brakes -- including the brake lines, brake pads, rotors, etc. A tire failure or a brake failure at the track can be Extremely Bad(tm). Check all of your hoses for leaks, bubbles, etc., as this could not only ruin your day, but a lot of other people's if you spill coolant and/or oil on the track. Once at the track, make sure you empty everything out of the car -- floor mats included and if you're in the Subaru, empty out that little change holder that's by the hood release. Don't ask me how I know to do that.

    When it comes to your instructor, listen to what they have to tell you. Don't assume you are Speed Racer incarnate and just do whatever you want, especially if it's your first time and even if you are an accomplished autocrosser/motocrosser/dragracer/streetracer/whatever. If you are having.... "issues" with your instructor (sometimes there are personality conflicts), just talk to the lead instructor and explain the situation. 99% of the time, any problems are taken care of, either through a conversation with the instructor, or by having a new instructor assigned.

    When a student goes into an HPDE with the proper attitude of "I'm here to learn how to properly drive my car at high speeds in a controlled environment," I haven't see anyone walk away unhappy. When a student goes into an HPDE with the idea of hoonery and shena****ns on track, they typically aren't happy afterwards because their instructor is "mean and holding them back," and additionally, they might not be allowed back with that organization.

    I hope that helps!
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    Thanks good tips there.

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    I like trackdayz site, a lot of good info there.
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    I've spent 4 days with ther Ferrari club at VIR. Instruction was great both events. The first event was the North Course (around the Oak Tree), and the second was a full course. I can't speak to the specific classes available at VIR (Chin motorsports, NASA, PCA, BMWCCA all rent time there), but I can say that VIR is an amazing course. You can camp out next to the track, cook, drink, whatever, then roll over to the paddock area, and do your thing. It's a great place, and I can't wait to go back. I have never been out to Summit, so I can't compare. Watch some youtube videos to get a feel for the courses. The full course at VIR is over 3miles, and there's LOTS of track out there.

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