Pittsburgh Race Complex

PRO TIPS: Taking on Pitt Race (North Track) – Wampum, PA

Gearing up for your Supercar Track Xperience at Pittsburgh Int’l Race Complex?

Located 45 minutes north of downtown, Pittsburgh International Race Complex brings world-class racing, training, testing and spectating facilities to the region. There is simply no other motorsports destination in the area that delivers such an exciting variety of choices for enthusiasts. The 1.65 mile road course features 12 turns and a 1700-ft straight away.

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

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 We (Xtreme Xperience) ask that you arrive at the scheduled time listed on your confirmation email. This will allow you to have ample amount of time to get checked in prior to your driver’s meeting.

At PIRC you must sign their liability waivers at the gate, then park and walk up to the Xtreme Xperience check-in tent. Saturdays and Sundays are very busy; give yourself an extra 15 minutes for this process.

 We have arranged for there to be no parking fees at PIRC. If you are asked by the track to pay for yourself or any spectators please bring this to the attention of the XX Check-In staff immediately.

Once inside the gate there is ample parking for our event, near our XX semi-trucks and tents and up the hill near the Event Center. Once parked, proceed to the large white XX Check-in tent and have your driver’s license ready! 

After checking in with Xtreme Xperience you will be asked to attend a driver’s briefing. This class begins at the 20min mark of every hour, and will last around 30 minutes. 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.

At PIRC the driver’s classroom is up the hill, inside the Event Center. Please head to the right of the building, up the stairs, and in the upstairs’ doors. There will be signs. Once inside, veer to your right and the classroom is in the back, to the left. **Please do NOT enter the Event Center through the front of the building, as these doors lead to a banquet hall and will not lead you to the classroom.

 FREE spectator viewing is available along the fence line at PIRC, and there is a hill and observation deck near the Event Center. You are welcome to bring blankets or chairs as seating is not provided in free spectator areas.

VIP Pit Pass access ($15 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 10 and under are FREE 

PIRC has a small food truck that sells traditional concessions for breakfast and lunch. This is believed to be a cash-only food truck, and they close early (around 2pm). You are more than welcome to bring your own food and beverages to the track. We provide waters to participants and Pit Pass holders, but bringing additional beverages and food for your personal comfort is welcomed. 

This event is completely outdoors (no covered pit). Though we have tented areas we ALWAYS encourage that you dress for weather possibilities (cold or rain). On average, our experiences are not postponed and refunds are not provided due to inclement weather (as long as track conditions remain safe). Visit our FAQs for more information on postponements.

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Conquering Pitt Race’s North Track – Like a Pro

Pitt Race is a great track for participants of any skill level. Ranging from the first timer, to the capable track drivers who are looking to hone their skills on a safe and FAST moving track. By looking at the map above, you’ll notice that the track is laid out to help you experience all styles of turns and variants of cornering. Pitt Race is most popular for its frequent sections of high speed straights, but you must prepare you eyes and hands for the upcoming corners, for when you drop your eyes, you will clumsily miss your apex. Our Chief Instructor, Brad Pines, is here to break down the track for you, and give you the confidence you need to have a successful track day.

  • Don’t be afraid of the ‘Blind Corner!’ The approach to Turn 7 is blind. Turn in from the outside (left) side of the track in one smooth turn of the wheel. Cross the track to the right and go all the way back to the inside edge of the track for the apex. Then turn and allow the car to flow back to the outside (left).
  • Don’t drive too deep on the straights. PittRace features two long straights, but staying on the gas too long can put an unwary driver right off the track! This may hurt both the car and your wallet. Lift off the gas at at the ‘lift-cones’ on both straights, then on the brakes hard at the first brake markers.
  • Dance the car. The most fun you may have is at the beginning of each lap, dancing the car through the twisty turns 1 through 7. Don’t add too much gas, just guide the car with gentle, smooth hand on the wheel and enjoy your own supercar dancing session.
  • Beware of Turn 1. The track dives down a bit going into Turn 1. Don’t get caught braking too late. Brake early and hard at the first brake marker, so you can be off the brakes and ready for the sharp left turn.
  • Gentle on the gas through Turn 10. Leaving Turn 10, the track climbs in elevation, but don’t underestimate the kink of Turn 11. Only add gas as you slowly make the wheel straighter. Be sure to be right next to the apex (inside) of Turn 12 and let the car gently move to the right on the straight.

Watch: 3 laps in a Supercar at Pittsburgh Intl Race Complex’s North Track

 Final Words from our Chief Instructor:

Relax! Don’t worry too much about your top speed or laps times. This is a wonderful track with a great combination of twisty corners and straights, so concentrate on looking ahead and having fun. Guide the car and enjoy driving a real supercar on a real racetrack with a real professional instructor..

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