Driving School

TCRA's driving school helps prepare you for the track. Unlike other clubs that just have you head out on your own, TCRA wants you to understand what it is you're trying to do out there. This not only improves your driving skill, but is beneficial for your own safety, and the safety of the others on track with you. TCRA's events are not bonzai, hot-dog, show-off free-for-alls, and this school will prepare you to be a better driver both on and off the track.

The school is conducted during most of TCRA's regular two-day events. While we won't tell you that it's as in-depth as a professional school, you will recieve classroom instruction using a handbook and "chalkboard," in-car instruction if you wish, and have lots of time to drive the track on your own. For a small price over the cost of the track fees, TCRA's driving school is a bargain way to recieve basic instruction while getting a taste of driving on a race track.

The typical school schedule looks like this:

Saturday

  1. 7:30 -- arrive at TCRA and register (turn tech forms or have car inspected on site if needed)

  2. 8:30 -- driver's meeting for all event attendees

  3. 9:00 -- Classroom Session 1 -- students are introduced to the outline of the weekend, and using the TCRA handbook will study how to use the entire track width to properly drive through corners to maximize the speed while maintaining smooth and balanced control of the car.

  4. Driving Session 1 (25 minutes) -- students are driven in a "station wagon" session around the track by an instructor. This introduces you to the layout of the track, and the driver will point out on track things that were discussed in the classroom session. This will point out the proper line to drive, and give you a feel for the range of speeds you might drive at various points of the track.

  5. Classroom Session 2 (30-45 minutes) -- Heel/Toe Downshifting will be the focus of the second session. Heading into a corner, the race driver is a busy person! One hand on the wheel, one hand on the shifter, left foot on the clutch, and the right foot on both the brake and gas pedal -- all at the same time. Sounds tricky? It is, but we'll show you how and when to do it, and how it can dramatically increase your speed and stability through a corner.

  6. Driving Session 2 (25 minutes) -- now you'll get to play follow the leader. Students will get in their own cars and at low speeds follow an instructor around the track. This will again show you the proper racing line on the track, and allow to have a feel for it in your own car at a comfortable speed.

  7. Classroom Session 3 (30-45 minutes) -- this session will cover braking and how it relates to cornering, basic car control, and more advanced examples of lines through complex corners.

  8. Driving Session 3 (25 minutes) -- your first session on your own. You'll head out onto the track, and practice what you've studied. Of course the goal here is to get used to the track and the speeds involved. Start out a little below your capability and gradually increase your speed each lap to gain some familarity with the track.

  9. Classroom Session 4 (30-45 minutes) -- well, how did you feel out there? In this session, you'll discuss how you did, and go over any questions you may have, review material, etc.

  10. Driving Session 4 (25 minutes) -- try it again.

Sunday

  1. Classroom Session 5 (30 minutes) -- a quick review and Q&A session.

  2. Driving Session 5 (25 minutes) -- practice time.

  3. Driving Session 6 (25 minutes) -- practice time.

  4. Driving Session 7 (25 minutes) -- practice time.

  5. Driving Session 8 (25 minutes) -- depending on the number of attendees at the event and how smoothly the day goes, there may be time for one more practice session.

  6. Classroom Wrap Up -- at the end of the day, students will gather for a final Q&A session, and assuming you didn't get yourself involved in any careless mishaps, receive your TCRA school certificate.

If you wish, you may have one of the instructors ride with you during one of your sessions for some in-car critique. Also, even though there are fewer classroom sessions on Sunday, the instructors are always available for questions during the whole weekend.

To emphasize that students should treat their first event as an educational and practice event rather than a competitive event, students will not be timed in any session. Drivers should practice at speeds they're comfortable with, and not be concerned about their lap times. There's plenty of opportunity at future events to track your speeds and progress.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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