Pro Tips: Driving a Supercar at M1 Concourse

Prepare for your drive at M1 Concourse in Detroit, MI

Proudly named after America’s first highway, M1 Concourse is a brand new motorsport facility located roughly 30 minutes outside of Detroit in Pontiac, MI. The new facility promises to be Motor City’s number one source for all things motorsport with a 1.5 mile track incorporating elevation changes and various challenging turns, all inside a village of auto focused businesses including an auto themed restaurant. M1 brings new excitement to motorsports in one of the world’s greatest automotive landmarks. 

Got it? Now the question is, are you ready to take on one of America’s newest tracks in a 500+ hp Supercar? Keep reading to get prepared. 

M1 Concourse Racetrack

How to speed your way from the parking lot through the finish line.

M1 Concourse is located at: 164 South Blvd W, Pontiac, MI 48341

Your reserved time is your Xtreme Xperience check-in time. Please be at our check-in tent at the time you reserved, and have your driver’s license out and ready. Reminder: Pontiac is in the Eastern timezone. 

Most tracks require you to sign a general track waiver at the entrance gate. Please budget 20 mins for yourself to sign, enter the gate, and park.

There are no fees to park at M1 Concourse. 

Parking will either be inside the gate on the Southwest side of our Check-in tent OR across street and South Blvd W. and Howland Ave. There will only be one open gate access for vehicle entry and proper signage will eliminate parking confusion. If crossing South Blvd is required we will have crossing guards.

Once parked, proceed to the Check-in area and have your driver’s license ready!

FREE Spectator viewing is available along the fence lines at M1 Concourse. There are no observation decks or major grandstands.

Any XX branded area after check-in is considered the “Pit” area and you will need a spectator pass.

VIP Pit Pass access ($10 per adult) provides closer spectator viewing in the pit area. Tented seating, close photo opportunities, and waters are included in the Pit Pass, but cannot be promised for free spectator areas. Kids 12 and under are FREE and must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 

After checking in with Xtreme Xperience you will be asked to attend a driver’s briefing. This class begins at the 0:20 of every hour, and lasts around 25 minutes.

At M1 Concourse your classroom will be outside in a 20’x30′ tent, or underneath the West end of the 60’x100′ structure located near check-in. Exact location TBD but will be within close proximity.

As our program is always evolving and safety is always strengthening, it is required that every driver (no matter how many times you have enjoyed our program) attend the driver’s briefing. No exceptions.

*As long as there is room for all drivers to sit, friends and family are welcome in class. Please respect that this class is for the safety of the drivers, and while we encourage a family-friendly atmosphere Drivers MUST be able to both see and hear the instructor presentation. Please give up your seats for drivers, silence phones, and take noisy children out of the classroom area. We appreciate your cooperation.

There are no concession stands available at M1 Concourse. You are welcome to bring your own food and drink (non-alcoholic). Waters are provided to Pit Pass holders. 

Drivers must wear closed-toed shoes (no sandals or heels). This event is outdoors (no covered pit). Though we provide tented areas we ALWAYS encourage that you dress for weather possibilities (heat, cold, or rain).

We are a rain or shine experience so on average, our experiences are not postponed and refunds are not provided due to inclement weather (as long as track conditions remain safe). A day-of reschedule request is a $100 fee, unless we have postponed.

If we postpone an event you will be alerted via Email and text message and we have up to 12 months to provide a reschedule date at a track location close to you. Please visit our FAQ for more information on postponements or cancellations.

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How to conquer M1 Concourse like a pro

aerial view of M1 concourse champion motor speedway road course labeled xtreme xperience

Turn by turn track map of M1 Concourse

This track rewards its drivers for accurate car placement, early and hard braking and looking ahead to anticipate the next curve. There are no ‘gotcha’ trick corners with off-camber banking, and solid execution of high performance driving basics like one input (brakes, steering or acceleration) at a time, will yield safe and fast laps.

Upon entering the track, slowly roll ahead, allowing the car in front to pull away for about five seconds lead time.

Don’t turn right at Turn 1 (orange turn-in cones) until you’ve gone all the way to where the yellow line at track left ends. Start getting used to looking out the side windows, because that’s where the track is going next.

Clip the apex (green cone) at left and allow the car to track out all the way track right. Brake hard (red brake cones) early in a straight line and stay right as you sight the apex (green cone) out the driver’s side window. Melt off the brakes and turn in (orange cones) and be patient getting onto the gas as you get your wheels straight again.

Roll on the gas gently, then lift (two orange cones) before braking in a straight line before turning in (orange cones) late and clipping the apex (green cone) with little or no gas until your wheels are straight again.

Now gently roll on the gas for the longest straight, eyes far ahead to spot the twin orange cones where you’ll lift off the gas.

After lifting, squeeze the brakes hard and stay on them as you slow for the next right turn. This sweeper allows you to flow your supercar toward the uphill section, turning in from track left (orange cones) to the apex (green cone) which will appear at track right.

There is a very short straight here as the tack rises, so stay right, brake hard (red cones), and turn in (orange cones) for a slow approach to either the track exit or another lap.

Follow your turn-in (orange cones) and apex cones (green cone) and don’t allow the car to track out beyond the yellow line at track left as you head once more back toward Turn 1.

Remember that Xtreme Xperience is all about making lifetime memories of safe track driving and not chasing that last tenth of a second in lap time. As your classroom and in-car instructors will remind you:

  1. Do one thing at a time. (Brakes, steering or gas)
  2. Be smooth on all of your controls.
  3. Look ahead to plan for the next corner. Relax and have a wonderful, Xtreme Xperience as a Supercar Driver!

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