You’ve signed up for a track day event or high-performance driver’s education class with PBOC Motorsports; the next step is to prepare your car for the track. Track driving puts large amounts of additional stress on various components of the car relative to driving on the street, and it is essential for your safety and the safety of those around you to make sure your car is in good working order. Technical inspections take place before each event to ensure all vehicles are track-worthy, but preparing your car beforehand will help ensure you don’t miss out on the driving due to a mechanical issue.
Here are the areas of your vehicle that you should look at first:
Wheels and Tires
Your wheels and tires are the only contact points between your vehicle and the road and should be kept in good condition. Wheels should be balanced and dent free, and tires should be in good condition with tread above the wear bars and no cords showing. Any tires repaired with plugs should not be used, as plugs can fail under high-stress conditions.
Steering and Suspension
With the car in the air supported by jack stands, grab the tire at the 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock position and try to move the wheel side to side. Any play or clunking sounds indicate a worn steering or suspension component and should be replaced before racing.
Your engine and transmission should not be leaking anything that will fall onto the track, as it creates slippery and hazardous conditions for all racers. Look for oil, coolant, and gear oil leaks or residue, and correct them before race day. Your battery also much be secured with two bolts in order to race, and the terminals need to be covered to avoid arcing and potential fires.
Brakes should be in good working order with no leaks, and your pads and rotors should be in undamaged condition with plenty of material left on them, as track days wear these items much quicker than being on the street.
If you’re looking to push yourself and your car to the limits, join us for a track day or one of our driver’s education classes! Call us today at (407) 804-0892 with any questions.