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 1 Concourse Drive, Pontiac, MI 48341

Your reserved time is your Xtreme Xperience Check-In time. Please be at our Check-In area 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: M1 Concourse is in Eastern Time Zone.

For XX Guests, there are no fees to park at M1 Concourse. All participants will be required to sign in at the Check-in post, prior to entering the facility. 

Customer parking is available in the main parking, or on the other side of South Blvd W. Please follow our flags and parking signs and remember not to block in other guests. Walking distance is about 50-100 yards from parking to our Check-In.

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 at M1 Concourse.

After checking in you will attend a driver’s briefing which lasts around 25 minutes.

Classroom will be held in a large tent, near the registration trailer.

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.

There are concessions but the hours vary. They may not be open during your event hours. We welcome you 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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