For whatever reason, most racing events start at ungodly early hours. The night owls among us — those who don’t see any sense in getting up earlier than completely necessary, especially on a Saturday after a 50-hour workweek — will be delighted to hear that the Sports Car Club of America‘s “Track Night in America” is back in action for 2020.
Peace for the Sleep Deprived
Track Night in America is a non-competitive, no-stress, entertaining, easy, and inexpensive way for nearly anyone who loves cars or motorsports to get on a real racecourse in their vehicle during weeknights. It seems there are plenty of us out there who love racing as much as we love our sleep.
Since the program began in 2015, more than 35,000 drivers have started carving laps late into the afternoon and evening — and for good reason. Not only do these events cater to someone with their mornings and weekends occupied, but all that’s needed to begin is a valid driver’s license, an approved helmet, and a street car in good working condition.
This year promises more of those casual events — 135 of them, to be exact — at 30 different tracks across the country. Pikes Peak International Raceway joins the list this year — a list which includes tracks all over the country. From Portland to Daytona, most of the biggest venues across the country are available for both the ambivalent beginner to the seasoned ace. To register, please visit this link.
“It’s hard to believe that SCCA Track Night in America Driven by Tire Rack is entering its sixth season,” SCCA President and CEO Mike Cobb said. “It seems to us at the SCCA that it’s a new program, but at the same time, like a program that’s been a part of this Club forever. That’s a testament to the energy and enthusiasm we feel at each and every Track Night event, from the participants through the staff.”
What to Expect
After arriving at the track in a leisurely fashion, drivers participate in the Advanced, Intermediate, or KONI Novice Experience group, so on-track activities remain fun, educational, and stress-free for all. Everyone gets an hour of track time, divided into 20-minute sessions, as well as feedback from SCCA driver coaches. Admission is free for family or friends who wish to spectate, and leisurely circuit parade laps are provided for all Track Night in America guests.
Expect to spend somewhere in the vicinity of $160 for registration, then maybe another hundred for transportation, food, accommodations, and perhaps a set of brake pads. With the casual nature of the event factored in, there aren’t many comparable events with as little headache.
For more information on preparing for a track event, read here.
Track Night in America Locations and Dates for 2020