Racing For Night Owls: SCCA Track Night 2020 Registration Begins

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.

Photo credit: Tradd Slayton

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.

From Golfs to Carreras, most tiers of the sports car market are well represented at Track Night in America.

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.”

Photo credit: Tradd Slayton

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

Photo credit: Tradd Slayton

Track Night in America Locations and Dates for 2020

Atlanta Motorsports Park; Dawsonville, GA
April 1, May 13, June 10, July 8, August 12, September 16
MotorSport Ranch; Cresson, TX
March 10, April 7, May 5, June 2, September 1, October 13
Auto Club Speedway; Fontana, CA
May 9, June 13, November 21
New Hampshire Motor Speedway; Loudon, NH
May 22, August 6
Blackhawk Farms Raceway; South Beloit, IL
May 7, June 4, July 9, August 6, September 3
New Jersey Motorsports Park; Millville, NJ
April 29, May 19, June 23, July 21, August 11, August 28, September 1
Carolina Motorsports Park; Kershaw, SC
March 19, April 30, September 17, October 15
NOLA Motorsports Park; Avondale, LA
March 12, May 21
Charlotte Motor Speedway; Concord, NC
April 16, May 7, June 5, July 10, August 13
Palm Beach International Raceway; Jupiter, FL
February 11, March 10, April 7, May 5, June 30, August 25, October 20, November 10, December 15
Dakota County Technical College; Rosemount, MN
May 6, June 3, June 26, July 31, August 28, September 18
Palmer Motorsports Park; Palmer, MA
June 16, July 21, September 10
Daytona International Speedway; Daytona Beach, FL
May 22, July 31
Pikes Peak International Raceway; Fountain, CO
June 9, July 14
Dominion Raceway; Woodford, VA
April 23, May 14, June 11, August 6, September 3
Pittsburgh International Race Complex; Wampum, PA
April 30, May 20, June 10, July 8, July 29, August 19, September 2, September 30
GingerMan Raceway; South Haven, MI
May 14, June 18, July 17, August 13, September 17
Pocono Raceway; Long Pond, PA
April 21, May 12, June 9, July 7, August 20, September 14
Harris Hill Raceway; San Marcos, TX
March 11, September 2, October 14
Portland International Raceway; Portland, OR
May 15, June 19, July 31, August 14
Heartland Motorsports Park; Topeka, KS
April 23, May 14, June 18, July 17, August 18, September 15, October 15
Ridge Motorsports Park; Shelton, WA
May 14, June 18, July 30, August 13, September 16
High Plains Raceway; Deer Trail, CO
May 12, August 11
Sebring International Raceway; Sebring, FL
June 10, September 16
Lime Rock Park; Lakeville, CT
May 20, May 21, June 11
Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park; Thompson, CT
April 23, May 7, June 2, June 25, July 14, July 30, August 17, September 1, September 29, September 30
Memphis International Raceway; Millington, TN
March 24, April 21, May 12, June 23, July 28, September 22
Thunderhill Raceway Park; Willows, CA
March 19, May 21, June 18, August 20, September 17
Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta; Braselton, GA
May 1, June 26, July 24
 VIRginia International Raceway; Alton, VA
July 16

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About the author

Tommy Parry

Tommy Parry has been racing and writing about racing cars for the past seven years. As an automotive enthusiast from a young age, he worked jobs revolving around cars throughout high school, and tried his hand on the race track on his 20th birthday. After winning his first outdoor kart race, Tommy began working as an apprentice mechanic to amateur racers in the Bay Area to sharpen his mechanical understanding. He has worked as a track day instructor and automotive writer since 2012, and continues to race karts, formula cars, sedans, and rally cars in the San Francisco region.
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