Driveway Austin

Pro Tips: Driving A Supercar at Driveway Austin

Are you ready for your Supercar Track Xperience at Driveway Austin?

Located just 10 minutes from downtown Austin, Driveway is a state-of-the-art motoring facility that brings a European style and flair to Central Texas. Former racer Bill Dollahite created this wonderful little track that has seen all types of drivers including 4-time F1 champion Sebastian Vettel.

There are many great features of this track, including a corkscrew that will leave your stomach somewhere near your brain. The superb Grand Prix Course has elevation changes, signature corners, extensive training facilities and an F1 caliber track that weaves its way through canopies of trees alongside the Colorado River. 

Here’s your guide to get from the parking lot to the pits of Driveway Austin

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Driveway Austin is located at: 8400 Delwau Lane. Austin, TX 78725

Upon arrival, guests will first check-in with Driveway Austin’s main entry, then proceed to check-in with XX. Your reserved time is your Xtreme Xperience Check-In time. Please be at our Check-In trailer at the time you reserved, and have your driver’s license and confirmation out and ready. We will accept your confirmation via paper form or on your mobile device.

Reminder: Driveway Austin is in the Central Time Zone.

For XX Guests, there are no fees to park at Driveway Austin.

Any XX branded area after Check-In is considered the “Pit Area” and adults will need a spectator pass. VIP Pit Pass access ($10 per adult) provides closer spectator viewing in the pit area (kids 12 under are FREE but must be with an adult). Tented seating, bleachers, close photo opportunities, and waters are included in the Pit Pass, but cannot be promised for free spectator areas.

Drone usage/ aerial footage is not permitted.

After checking in you will attend a driver’s briefing class that lasts around 25 minutes, within a short walking distance from check-in.

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.

Driveway Austin will not have concessions available during the event, however, XX provides complimentary waters to all guests and we welcome you to bring your own food and drink (non-alcoholic).
 Drivers must wear closed-toed shoes (no sandals or heels). As 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.

Turn-by-Turn Guide of Driveway Austin

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Driveway Austin Track Map

The best way to go fast around this track is always to see it before you drive it. We offer this opportunity to anyone who attends an XX event, by hopping into our lead cars for a High-Speed Ride-Along in our track prepped Chevy SS. If you decide you want to skip out on the ride of a lifetime and go straight to the driver’s seat, we’ve got you covered.

  • The first section of this track is one of the tightest sections you will experience, so be patient when you start off. There is a short straight right after this first chicane out of pit lane, and this is your first chance to really feel the power of the acceleration, which is followed by a hard braking zone at the end of the straight.
  • As you finish this first section of the track, you will be approaching the corkscrew that is preceded by a coned-off chicane, ensuring the proper entry speed. The chicane consists of a left then a right turn that you need to take with caution as you line up the front of your car. Your instructor will inform you of the right reference point to use for this, but be sure to keep the car as straight as possible. You will notice when you are on track that this part of the track is almost completely blind, meaning that you are driving not knowing where you are headed. This can be scary for some drivers, so approach this slowly your first lap, or take a ride along in our lead car to get your reference point established before you are in the driver’s seat.
  • Now that you have finished arguably the most difficult part of the track, you are now entering the back side of the course, where you will find several straightaways. The first one you will track out wide right as you exit the turn leading onto it, before making a slight left turn. This turn does not require brakes, but in some cases may require you to lift. Immediately following this slight left turn you will bring the car back to the right side of the track and you will begin your braking for the double left-hand turn that will bring you back around to the next straight.
  • This may not be the most difficult part of the track, but it is where most mistakes are made. You will hold out wide on entry skipping what you would think is the first apex, and aim only for the second apex. This late apex is important to hit these two connecting turns well if you want to achieve maximum straight-line speed, so remember slow in is fast out.
  • Along the last long straight, there are a series of small right-hand turns. The only one you will need to brake for is the last one, which is a slight downhill right-hand turn, leading you back towards the front section of the track. As you hug this right-hand turn, prepare to brake as soon as you are straight. This will get you set up for a sharp left into a quick right, left chicane that you will try to straight line as much as possible (while still staying off of the curbing).
  • Finally, you have arrived at your final section of track that will be a short straight, to a left-hand turn. As you approach this turn, stay right and be prepared for a hard, yet quick braking, before your turn in. From here, track out around mid-track so that you will be prepared for the final right-hand turn, by placing the car back on the left side of the track. Tracking out too wide here can prevent you from getting back left, while not tracking out enough will kill your exit speed. From here, making that final right-hand turn will bring you back past pit lane, and on your last lap, be ready to make an immediate sharp right-hand turn, back into pit lane as you go through this right-hand turn.

Watch a video of 3 laps in a supercar at Driveway Austin

 

Final Words From Our Instructor

As always, if you would like to get the most out of this fast and twisty track, you are better off going for a ride first, to learn where each of the reference points are and to understand the proper techniques for each turn. This track is very technical, leaving you wanting to do it over and over to perfect your lines and to get the most out of the car. Remember, always listen to your instructor, and don’t forget to have some fun. 


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