How Safe is It?
Drivers use their own cars, but strict adherence to non-contact and passing only on designated long straights ensures the level of safety.
TCRA expends significant effort to ensure that your driving is both enjoyable and safe. First and foremost, you will not be pushed to drive faster than you are comfortable with. The driving is non-competitive, and everyone on the track with you is required to respect that.
Practice and Open Track sessions are supervised and strictly enforced as non-contact events. Cars are spaced out, but differences in cars and drivers means that sooner or later you'll catch up to someone or vice versa. Like the photo at the top of this page, cars may bunch up, but passing is permitted only on lengthy straights where the slower driver is flagged to move to the right, and the faster is allowed to pass on the left -- just like on the freeway.
What if you mess up and lose control? No one wants to wreck the car they have to drive to work on Monday, but testing the limits certainly means you're going to exceed them from time to time--that's how you learn. How fast you want to go, and what limits you want to explore are up to you. However, we do drive at tracks that do not use walls except in a few short sections typically to protect spectator stands and the pit area. This allows you plenty of extra room to run off the track into dirt if you overshoot a corner. Additionally, every event is attended by an on-alert ERT and ambulance should it be needed.
There are certainly no guarantees that you'll never damage your car, or injure yourself (and following racing's custom you are solely responsible for your own costs incurred regardless of fault), but then again would you rather explore high speed driving on a controlled track with lots of room around you, or out on the highway?