What To Know Before Driving on a Racetrack

Ready for your first track day? Let's get started!

Driving on track for the first time can be extremely intimidating. In fact, you might have never considered it until today. Which means, you're probably wondering, where to start. The good news is, you're already in the right place! 

Should you be headed to an Xtreme Xperience event, for your first track day, we take care of nearly everything for you, and our instructors will have you well prepared by the end of your 20-30min driver's briefing. For now, here's what we recommend knowing before you attempt to drive on track for the first time. 

infographic of corner entry and exit on a racetrack with labels

Fig 1: Corner Entry and Exit

Let's get on the same page: Xtreme provides you with an opportunity to drive real supercars on real racetracks. We do this by providing you with hand picked race tracks and factory fresh supercars to experience. If your goal is to drive your own vehicle on track, the information you will learn is applicable, however our program does not allow you to use your own vehicles. Use your discretion, and make sure your vehicle meets or exceeds all safety standards, before getting on track. 

What You NEED to Know Before Getting on Track: 

  1. Getting Set Up: Your seating position is paramount when preparing to drive on track. Not just the first time, but every time. It's equally as important to check tire pressure, oil and coolant levels, and your rear and sideview mirrors. 
  2. Hand Position: Your hands should be in one position and one position only. That position is 9&3. Those number refer to a clock, and therefore your left hand is where the 9:00 position is, and that leaves 3:00 which is where your right hand will remain. With the proper arm and hand position, you will be able to completely rotate the wheel.
  3. Markers and Cones: Xtreme prepares the track by placing cones (mentioned in episode) on the track for reference. It's best get a visual of the track layout, as well as its brake markers (if available) to better understand what you will encounter while you're on track. 
  4. Research: There's going to be a lot thrown at you on your first track day. Most racetracks post detailed track maps to help you better understand the layout of the track - analyze this. At XX we produce tips from our pros for each track we visit; these articles included tips from our chief instructors, as well as in-car video of the track (based on the configurations we run). You can access those here.

Situated? Good! Let's move onto advanced techniques.

Head to the next episode of Behind The Wheel to learn how to master the brake. 

BTW-Episode 1

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Getting Started

BTW-Episode 2


BTW-Episode 3

The Accelerator

BTW-Episode 4

The Racing Line

BTW-Episode 5

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Putting it together

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