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Racing Safety Tips: How To Avoid Track Day Catastrophes

Going out on the track and racing a vehicle for the first time can become somewhat of a nail biting experience. However, it’s guaranteed to create a lot of adrenaline and get the heart pumping. Anyone who wants to engage in a pastime of that nature needs to take safety seriously. With that in mind, some basic tips on this page should help drivers to avoid injury. In most instances, track inspectors will assess a vehicle to ensure it meets their standards. Still, that isn’t always the case when arranging a track day with a small establishment. So, use this information wisely!


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ALWAYS wear a seatbelt

Using a belt might sound like obvious advice. However, lots of racing drivers fail to follow that most basic of procedures. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out what can happen if the driver isn’t secured in their seat. When crashes happen, people in the driver’s seat could sustain many life-changing injuries. That is the last thing anyone wants, and so it’s vital that belts are fixed in place before the key goes into the ignition. It’s also worth investing in some advanced belt technology if the individual plans to race regularly. Harnesses tend to provide better protection than the devices that come as standard on most cars.

Important seatbelt fact: 75% of drivers who don’t wear a belt and become ejected from the vehicle during a crash won’t survive.

NEVER ignore track conditions

Lots of people make the mistake of overlooking the weather conditions when they plan to race. Unfortunately, not even the best car accident lawyer would succeed in gaining compensation if something goes wrong. Drivers who use race tracks forfeit their usual protections under the law. That means motorists will have to cover the full costs of any damage or injuries that might occur. With that in mind, it’s sensible to check weather reports before leaving home and keep a close eye on the conditions. Never drive as fast when the track is wet as you would when it’s dry. Use some common sense!


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Keep a safe distance from other drivers

It’s tempting for drivers to get too close to other vehicles when taking part in track races. That tends to happen on corners when one motorist might try to overtake another. Unless the car is fitted with a roll cage and other safety equipment, it’s sensible to keep a safe distance. The slightest contact could flip either driver’s vehicle over and leave them with severe injuries. Until people gain a lot of experience in the racing field, it’s wise to overtake on the flat as much as possible.

Drivers who follow that basic safety guidance should stand a decent chance of enjoying their time on the track. The important thing to remember is there is no need to become too competitive. Only professional racers who earn a substantial income from the sport can warrant taking too many risks. Amateurs like most of the people reading this post should put their safety first. Good luck!


Put Pedal To The Metal On The Track!


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If we’re honest with ourselves we all dream of being racing drivers. This is true whether you bought your first car twenty years ago or whether you first sat in the driver seat just last week. We all feel the urge to put the pedal to the metal and see what the car can really do.

Unfortunately, it’s not safe to do this on the roads. Trying to race on the road, while often attempted can lead to dangerous situations. Even places like Germany, where there is virtually no speed limit, prohibit street racing. Though, it has certainly been known to happen.

The smart choice, if you want to race, would be to attend a track day. A track day gives you the chance to test the strength and speed of your car against other races in a controlled environment. It’s a thrilling experience that most people find incredibly addictive. So, what do you need to know for your first track day?

Take Some Time

You might think that you can book your track day now and shop up at the weekend. Well, that could be a mistake because most people spend months preparing their car for a track day. They want to make sure it’s in tip-top shape, so if you want to win, you might want to do the same. First, take your car down to the local mechanics and get it checked out for any and all problems. Once you’ve done this, you should think about looking to make a few little improvements. For instance, you can lower the suspension slightly.

With a lowered suspension you’ll have a better feel for the car at high speeds, and this can be useful on the tracks.

Get It Delivered

It might sound like overkill but a lot of drivers, don’t drive the car to the track themselves. Instead, they hire a pro delivery service to get it taken there for them. That way, there is no chance that the car is ruined on the drive there. It can be quite a trek to get to your nearest race track. During this time, the tread on the tyres might wear out, and you don’t want that if you’ve just put new ones on. Luckily, with services offered by companies like Shiply, you can have the car there and waiting for you once you arrive. This can also mean you’re refreshed and ready to ride once you arrive at the track.

Get Racing Insurance

Track racing can get a little, shall we say, competitive. You might find that there are car drivers who don’t care about whether their car gets a few dents and scratches. If you do, you might want to look at the insurance for your car insurance. Chances are it won’t cover a track day, but you can get racers insurance. While sometimes expensive this might be useful, particularly if this is for your first time on the tracks.

Take this advice, and we’re sure you’ll have a lot of fun on your first track day.

The General’s Motorsports Skunkworks: Inside the GM Performance Racing Center

-Basking in the warm glow of its remarkable success at the recent Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona endurance race (see the bottom of this post), GM flung open the doors of its new Performance Racing Center in Pontiac, Michigan, to provide a look at how the pros prepare for road-, drag-, oval-, and Indy-car racing. While this $ 200-million enterprise is still a work in progress, with the completion of construction still half a year off, 82 engineers and technicians are already building, developing, and tuning engines for upcoming races.

In essence, GM is consolidating its core engine expertise by relocating, expanding, and updating previous Wixom, Michigan, facilities to be an attached part of the global Powertrain engineering mother ship located 20 miles to the east in Pontiac.


The new digs have 50,000 square feet of performance and development labs and an additional 60,000 square feet of test and support space. The machine shop boasts nine new CNC centers and 21 additional tools to cut metal with utmost precision. Experts craft cylinder heads, test air flow, clean parts beyond medical standards, assemble engines, and prep them for testing on four dynamometers, some with 1000-horsepower, 12,000-rpm capacities. Other shops develop instruments and software for race-engine electronic controls and telematics.

Some peripheral work—electric motor design and development and gear machining studies—has also moved from Wixom to the Pontiac race center complex. That said, the real mission here is competing in Indy, NASCAR, NHRA, IMSA, and United Sports Car series, not to mention the 24-hour race at Le Mans. Corvette, Cadillac, and Camaro engines are developed, built, and tested in house for use by various teams. Ilmor Engineering collaborates with GM fielding IndyCar engines, while Richard Childress Racing and Hendrick Motorsports collaborate on NASCAR and IMSA series projects.


GM bosses explain that these investments aren’t only aimed at having fun on weekends. There’s a proven transfer of technology from the track into better-performing production models. Engineers trained under motorsports pressure learn a decision-making process that serves them well throughout their careers in other parts of the company. Of course, racing success is the ultimate form of public relations and an excellent means of drawing fresh customers to the fold.

Last year, GM won six major racing championships and five drivers’ titles, more than any other manufacturer. Of course, success only inspires those who dream the future, allocate resources, and propose long-term goals to reach higher. Thanks to its new Performance Racing Center facilities, GM is armed and dangerous when it comes to competing in some of the toughest U.S. and European motorsports series.

  • The 2016 24 Hours of Daytona in 40 Stunning Photographs
  • Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona 50th Anniversary: 50 Facts and Milestones
  • 7 Things You Need to Know About the Chevrolet Corvette C7.R Race Car

Chevrolet’s Delightful Day at the 2016 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona

• Second overall (of 54 starters) by Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype, 26 seconds behind the winning Honda-powered Tequila Patron Ligier prototype.

• Corvette class victories in the DP and GTLM classes.

• Corvettes earned six of the first eight finish spots. The first Corvette C7.R finished seventh, 1 minute, 33 seconds behind overall winner.


Key race-car specs:

Daytona Prototype: mid-mounted 5.5-liter V-8 restricted to an estimated 565 horsepower with a minimum curb weight of 2290 pounds.

GTLM C7.R: front-mounted 5.5-liter V-8 restricted to an estimated 485 horsepower with a minimum curb weight of 2745 pounds.


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