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    Preparing for First Track Day Ever

    Morning! So I've been puttering around Houston for a while now in the RS and enjoying it as a great DD. But I need to stretch its legs! I used to live in Colorado and also Andalucia, Spain which had great mountain roads to speed around in. Since South Texas is devoid of such topography, I've signed up to a track day this Sunday at Austin. This will be my first track day ever! Kinda excited/nervous.

    I've gone through the threads here for "Racing" and read plenty of great experiences tracking the RS. I'm by no means an expert, and will be riding with and instructor at CotA. What I couldn't see much of is advice for preparing for track day. Would really appreciate any helpfull track advice for a noob What else would you add to this list:

    1) Track Insurance

    2) Mechanical Inspection

    3) TrackTape or PPF

    4) Helmet (Provided at track)

    5) ????
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    Pack up a cooler and some chairs. Depending on how many cars are out there you could be doing sessions.

    Make sure the tow hook is in the car (install it at the track)

    Bring an extra qt of brake fluid and oil, just in case.

    Also, tire pressure gauge.

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    Some time next year I want to make it out to a HPDE at CotA with the RS. Have fun out there this weekend!
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    In addition to the items noted I'd recommend bringing a sun shade of some kind (Big umbrella to pop-up.) You'll be out in the sun all day and you'll appreciate the shade. Also, I don't know who you are running with and I'd suggest not disabling or reducing ESP or traction control. You'll have tons of fun with it on and if things get a bit wild the extra level of "protection" will be appreciated.
    As to track insurance ... for me that depends on what type of event you are going to and your insurance provider. Many (but not all) HPDE events are instructional and you are covered under your regular insurance. If the event is timed all bets are off. In California, Allstate and Progressive specifically exclude coverage at any racing venue - even in the parking lots - regardless of event type and there are surely other companies that have the same exclusions in their policies. I'd recommend chatting with your agent and get a hard ruling before buying additional track insurance.
    Most of all ... relax and have a great time and know that tracking your car can be addictive!
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    FWIW, I haven't been able to find an insurance company that was willing to cover HPDE's under a personal auto policy.

    Travelers was one of the last ones to make the switch (from my companies) and that was in 2013 I believe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by l8apexing View Post
    In addition to the items noted I'd recommend bringing a sun shade of some kind (Big umbrella to pop-up.) You'll be out in the sun all day and you'll appreciate the shade. Also, I don't know who you are running with and I'd suggest not disabling or reducing ESP or traction control. You'll have tons of fun with it on and if things get a bit wild the extra level of "protection" will be appreciated.
    As to track insurance ... for me that depends on what type of event you are going to and your insurance provider. Many (but not all) HPDE events are instructional and you are covered under your regular insurance. If the event is timed all bets are off. In California, Allstate and Progressive specifically exclude coverage at any racing venue - even in the parking lots - regardless of event type and there are surely other companies that have the same exclusions in their policies. I'd recommend chatting with your agent and get a hard ruling before buying additional track insurance.
    Most of all ... relax and have a great time and know that tracking your car can be addictive!
    Good post @I8apexing. A couple of things to add.

    1. Check tire pressure after each run and just before you stage for the next run.
    2. Never use the emergency brake after a run.
    3. Make sure your brakes are cool before the next run.
    4. Plenty of water to drink, you will be surprised after your first track day run how thirsty you are.
    5. Always nice to have a GoPro or similar camera to record your runs. Interesting to see where you can improve and what mistakes you made.
    6. I use a different seating position when on track as compared to daily driving. You may find a closer position will work better.
    7. Don't forget to watch your rear mirror you may have a fast car but there is usually some much faster wanting to pass you. Use the "passby" signal.
    8. The most important is to relax and have fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by seniorgeek View Post
    3. Make sure your brakes are cool before the next run.
    Add a point and read thermometer to the list, and also use it to keep an eye on your tire temps.
    I've also seen people put distilled water in a weed sprayer to spray down the radiator/intercooler before and after runs.
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