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Nor Cal SAAC

TRACK DAYS

RUN GROUPS   |   CAR NUMBERS   |   SAFETY   |   TRACK RULES   |   FLAGS   |   PAPERWORK

What are Open Track Days ?

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.

Experience the thrill of driving your high-performance car on the racetrack. Nor Cal SAAC provides an onsite ambulance, tow truck, and professional corner workers. Passing permitted only in designated areas, with more liberal rules for the experienced groups. Driver conduct is closely monitored by our track stewards to ensure an enjoyable time for everyone. ALL makes and models welcome (except open-wheel). Nor Cal SAAC membership not required. Open Track Days are held 3 - 4 times per year. 

New to driving on the track? Mention you're new, at the drivers meeting, and we'll make sure you are well taken care of.

 

RUN GROUPS

Regardless of run group stickers on your windshield, a driver should never enter the track in a group for which they are not qualified.

YELLOW

Novice: Limited track experience. Controlled passing zones.
Car Prep: No special equipment required with the exception of convertibles

Safety: See Safety Gear

Passing Zones: View Here

RED

Intermediate: Driver knows how to drive the line. Driver has the ability to observe corner workers and obey flag signals. Additional passing zones granted.
Car Prep: No special equipment required with the exception of convertibles

Safety: See Safety Gear

Passing Zones: View Here

PURPLE

Intermediate-Advanced: Driver is comfortable with traffic. Car/Driver speeds are faster. Additional passing zones granted.
Car Prep: No special equipment required with the exception of convertibles

Safety: See Safety Gear

Passing Zones: View Here

GREEN

Advanced-Expert:  Car/Driver combination is significantly faster. 

Car Prep: Racing-style harness 4-Point all cars, convertibles require roll bar. Convertibles require roll bar or factory installed rollover protection. Cobras with 3-point bars OK, no passengers allowed.

Safety: See Safety Gear

Passing Zones: View Here

 

All cars must display a car number. 1, 2 or 3-digit numbers only (no alphabetic or other characters). Please indicate one preferred number and one alternate number on your entry form. Car numbers will be assigned by the registrar prior to the event. Preference will be given to those club members using their Permanent Numbers. Then to entries based on the entry date.

 

Drivers and passengers are required to have the following attire:

Helmet – Snell rating SA2010, M2010 or later

Fireproof Gloves

Long-sleeve Cotton Shirt

Full-length Pants

Closed Toe Shoes

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 RULES

Open Track drivers must be at least 18 years old and have a valid driver’s license. Passengers 18 years and older are allowed in some sessions.

All drivers and passengers must comply with the Nor Cal SAAC Open Track Rules. Please read these rules carefully, including the Safety Inspection and Disqualification Policies. All passengers and drivers must fill out the appropriate paperwork. (Find latest forms HERE) All vehicles participating in the open track sessions must undergo a thorough inspection prior to arriving at the event. This inspection is to ensure that your vehicle is mechanically sound. At a minimum, you must perform all of the inspections listed on the tech inspection form. Initial each line item signifying that YOU have performed the inspection and made all required repairs.

 

PAPERWORK

Participating in a track event? Find all the paperwork you'll need to have completed here.

FLAGS

Whether you're a novice and need to learn, or you just need a refresher, here's a document on racing flags.

EVENTS

Interested in joining us for a track day? Check our events calendar.

 
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