As part of some road racing weekends a Region may offer a non-competitive Track Event (formerly known as a Performance Driving Experience or PDX), in which just about any legal adult with a driver’s license can lap the race track at speed (almost) in their street cars. Membership or Weekend Membership is required. The only required safety equipment, beyond stock seatbelts, is a Solo-legal helmet. The purpose is to learn car control in a high-performance environment (“high performance” has more to do with the level of driving skill than with the cars). Participants may get as much as two hours of track time during one Track Event. Rigid safety rules are imposed including strictly enforced passing zones only on straightaways, and passing protocols (the leading driver must wave you by). A TE is a way anyone can get a taste of performance driving without actually laying out the budget to go racing. Beyond the TE, members can step up to the similar but competitive Time Trials events including the Midwest Division Time Trials Series, and in other parts of the country, Hillclimbs.
Track Night in America
SCCA also conducts a series of midweek (late afternoon to sundown) Track Events at many circuits around the country, including Heartland Motorsports Park (Topeka) and Memphis International Raceway. Drivers are divided into Novice, Intermediate or Advanced levels based on experience and typically get three on-track sessions. Novices also get off-track briefing sessions. More information is found HERE.