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Nor Cal SAAC Open Track

Nor Cal Shelby Club has received national acclaim for the safety and organization of its open track driving events. This page is your guide to a world where your high-performance street or track car can be driven to its full potential in a safe and legal environment.

What is Open Track?

Open Track is a type of non-competitive high-speed driving event typically held on road race circuits. These events are staged across the United States by marque car clubs and Open Track clubs. The surge in Open Track popularity can be attributed to a variety of factors: the escalating cost of genuine wheel-to-wheel racing; collector value of older high-performance cars makes racing them too risky; excessive bureaucracy and regulations of racing sanctioning bodies; and finally, goin' racin' can be intimidating for a novice track driver. Many of our members have used our Open Tracks as a springboard to Vintage Racing or SCCA club racing. It's a great way to get your feet wet without mortgaging the house.

Run GroupDriving Experience
YellowNovice / Beginner
RedIntermediate / Fast
GreenAdvanced / Faster
BlueExpert / Fastest / Race Prep Cars Only

Safety

  • Non-competitive - NO timing or lap scoring allowed
  • Track is fully staffed with USARM professional cornerworkers
  • Ambulance and Tow Truck on-site
  • Strictly enforced rules for driver conduct
  • Passing of other cars restricted to straight-aways (no late passes)
  • All cars must pass tech inspection

Open Track Executive Committee (OTEC)

OTEC is an appointed group of NorCal SAAC members who are responsible for organizing and operating the club's Open Track events. View a list of the current OTEC members

Open Track Handbooks

The NorCal Shelby Club offers, at no charge, the following instructional material on Open Track driving. Whether you are a first-timer or a seasoned Open Tracker, you'll find these handbooks informative and easy to read. Thanks to our driving instructor Scott Griffith for authoring these documents.

Flags

What do the flags mean and what to do when they are displayed.


Driver's Primer

Review the fundamentals of track driving in easy to understand language. Some of the concepts and techniques it discusses:

  • Terminology
  • Finding the Line
  • Braking and Cornering Techniques
  • Safety

Track Primer - Mazda Raceway, Laguna Seca

Originally constructed in 1957, the current racetrack is 2.2 miles with 11 turns, including the famous Cork Screw and the Andretti Hairpin. This legendary track has seen world famous drives and cars.


Track Primer - Sonoma Raceway

Originally called Sears Point Raceway, this 2.52 mile course in the heart of wine country, 12 turns on a hilly course with 160 feet of total elevation change.


Track Primer - Thunderhill Raceway Park

Located 150 miles north of San Francisco, this course is a fast series of twists and turns with minor elevation changes. This course has a natural flow and lots of runoff room, making it an excellent course for beginners.

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