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Open track days 

 

Experience driving
faster
than ever.

Anyone with a car can enjoy our 2.75 mile road course. Whether you are looking to compete or just have fun, come to the park as a race fan, a driver, or a rider, we have something for you.

 

$200 for the day.

What is Open Track Day?

Open Track Day (OTD) is your opportunity to bring your car onto our track and experience the thrill of high-performance track driving.

Format of the Day

Typically, walk-up registration opens at 7:15 am. We hold a mandatory drivers’ meeting at 8:15 am, and the first group goes out on the track at 9 am. Each run group gets 5, 20-minute sessions throughout the day.

Registration

If you are at least 16, have a current driver’s license, and have your own car you can register for OTD. Simply find a date that works for you on our calendar above or sign up at our walk-up registration on the day you choose.

 

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Upcoming Open Track Days

 

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Need-to-Know

 

  • INSTRUCTIONS FOR FIRST TIMERS

Instruction is not provided during OTD. Track Day Light is the recommended place to learn and hone skills. We conduct an extended drivers’ meeting for the novice run group and discuss in detail the passing rules and the definition of flags used on the track. 

  • Choosing a Run Group

If you have never been on track before or have very limited track experience, you should register for the Novice run group. If you have several track days under your belt or have participated in other events (like NASA or PCA DE’s), you should register for the intermediate group. If you have a race car with a current logbook and have a current race license, you should register for the racecar group.

  • Cancellations

If you register but you cannot attend, contact us in advance and we will issue you credit towards a future OTD.

  • Training

While we don’t offer instruction during OTD’s, there are events at the track held by organizations like NASA (National Auto Sport Association) and the Mardi Gras Region of the Porsche Club of America that host DE events (Driver Education). In DE’s, an instructor is assigned to you and will ride with you during every session you’re on track. They are great fun and you will learn the tips you need to become a faster and safer driver on the track. Be aware that the instructor groups often sell out early – sign up as soon as you decide you want to attend.

Vehicle Requirements

  • Regulation Cars
You do not need a race car to participate. In fact, almost any sedan, sports sedan, or sports car can participate. Trucks, SUVs, or minivans are NOT allowed and convertibles must have roll-over protection and must meet NASA standards for protection and safety.

If you have questions about your car’s eligibility, contact us.

  • Car Condition
During the drivers’ meeting, we will give you a tech sheet to fill out and turn in to check if your car is performance ready. It is your responsibility to ensure your car is ready for the track. We do not mandate that you take it to a shop to pass tech.

  • Insurance
Most insurance policies don’t typically cover track day driving. We recommend contacting your insurance agent to verify or get coverage.

  • Mechanical Failures
Mechanical issues are, unfortunately, an intrinsic part of the motorsports hobby. We recommend to every driver that they get a vehicle inspection to ensure race-readiness (though we do not require a formal tech evaluation). If you have a mechanical issue, we will do our best to assist you, though we do not offer refunds for failures at any point during your participation in OTD.

Track Rules

  • Passing
There will be several cars on the track in one run group. Passing other cars is allowed in designated passing zones with specific passing rules that will be discussed in detail during the drivers’ meeting.

  • Passengers
Passengers are not allowed on the track during OTD. However, friends and family can hang out and watch you from outside.

  • Helmets
Each driver must have a helmet with an “SA” Snell rating no older than 2010. We rent approved helmets for $30/day if needed.

  • Rain or Shine
We run rain or shine but if we get too much standing-water to safely run on the track, we will credit your entry for a future OTD.

Track Day Checklist

All participants must have a valid driver's license. Anyone under the age of 16 must sign a minor waiver.
Parent or legal guardian must be present to sign the waiver.


Please read through both the vehicle & driver checklists.

Drivers

All drivers must have and/or check the following safety items:

  • Battery secured
  • Positive battery terminal covered
  • Helmet (SA 2010 rated or newer)
  • Fully functioning brake lights
  • Convertibles must have factory rollover protection as stated in the owner’s manual or an SCCA Solo II roll bar installed.
  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Car is in proper working order – no leaking, cracked windshields, etc.


Vehicles

Wheels & Tires

  • No cuts/defects/cords showing.
  • No bent or cracked wheels.
  • Center caps (hubcaps) removed.
  • Tighten lug nuts (5lb/ft over manufacturer recommendation)
  • Check Tire Pressure (typically 3-5psi below manufacturer-recommended cold pressures)

Brakes

  • Brake Fluid (level full, recommend new fluid at least every year, no leaks, recommend at least DOT 4)
  • Brake Pedal (firm pedal, not spongy)
  • Brake Pads/Shoes (at least 50% pad thickness, no cracked rotors)

Body

  • Fender to tire clearance (no rubbing)
  • Body parts secure
  • Windshield (no cracks)

Interior

  • Seat and belts secure and in good condition
  • All loose items removed (floor mats, bags, etc…)

Engine

  • No fluid leaks (oil, water, fuel, etc…)
  • Check oil and water levels
  • Wires and Hoses secured.
  • Throttle Return Springs (make sure throttle returns on it’s own)
  • Suspension/Steering Steering (no play, proper fluid level, proper alignment)
  • Tie Rods (no looseness or excessive play, bolts tight)
  • Wheel Bearings (lift vehicle off ground – check for excessive play or looseness)
  • CV/U-Joints (no play, noise, or grease leaks)
  • Shocks (no play or loose mounts)

Safety Items

  • Battery secured
  • Positive battery terminal covered
  • Brake lights (must be operational)
  • SA 2010 rated or newer helmet (NOLA Motorsports Park rents helmets)