What Do You Want To Know About Track Days?

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I finally had the opportunity to experience something I’ve been eager to for ages. I’ve lined up my first ever track day—and I want to know what you want to know about the whole experience. Top to bottom, in and out.

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Basically, I’m coming into this whole experience a fresh slate. I can count on one hand the amount of laps I, personally, have turned on a track, and it has left me stuck in that age-old conundrum: no one asks me to do track days because I have never done one, which in turn means I never get the experience. Something something, vicious cycles, etc.

Thankfully, that angle—being a brand new track day driver—has paid off. My boss over at A Girls Guide to Cars set me up with a full, nine-to-five BMW track day. Her goal is for me to write about it from that first-time perspective and to encourage people who have never had the opportunity to go out of their way and try it.

But because I’m all about efficiency, I want to answer your questions over on Jalopnik, too. Mind you, I really doubt I’ll be able to provide in-depth analysis of track days, or how this BMW day compares to other machines or manufacturer education programs. But if you, like me, have never had the pleasure of a track day, then I’m here. Ask away. I am (occasionally unfortunately) an open book, and I’d really like to demystify the whole experience because I, for one, am experiencing a little bit of that whole ‘anxiety’ thing you hear so much about these days.

Oh, yes—and if you’re a track day expert, I’ll take any advice you can give me! I don’t plan on making an absolute fool of myself, but the best way to do that is, y’know, preparation.

Weekends at Jalopnik. Managing editor at A Girl's Guide to Cars. Lead IndyCar writer and assistant editor at Frontstretch. Novelist. Motorsport fanatic.

DISCUSSION

This might seem obvious but... clean out your car the night before/ahead of time.

No, REALLY clean it out. The glovebox, the center console, under the seats, the door pockets, etc...

The last thing you want is that lugnut socket bouncing around in the glovebox breaking your concentration and making you think you just popped a tie rod end or something.

Anything important like that socket, owners manuals, gloves, First Aid kit, jumper cables, etc.. that you don’t want to travel without, put it all in bin with your name on it so you can just plop it out at the track