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FAQ about torontotrackdays.com

How do I add an event to the list?

Go here, sign in or create an account, fill in the form and click submit. Easy!

How do I add an organization to the site?

Go here, sign in or create an account, fill in the organization’s info and hit submit.  That’s it!

My organization is already listed, but I didn't add it! How can I edit the listing?

I added a number of organizations to the site to kick things off.  However, if you represent one of the organizations listed, you can “claim” the listing.  If you claim your listing, you can:

  • Edit it.
  • Add photos.
  • Get notified when someone posts a review of your organization.

To claim your listing, simply go to the listing page, roll over the description, and click the Claim this listing button in the top right corner.  Then fill out the form and we’ll confirm your info and make you the listing owner.

FAQ about track days

What is a Track Day?

On this site, a “track day” is an event that takes place at a motorsport track, or closed driving course, at which participants drive their vehicles at high speeds not possible on public roads.  Participating in a track day is an exhilarating experience that offers the thrills of an extreme sport in a relatively safe environment.

Do I need to prepare my car in some way?

The average car, and even most “sports cars”, are not designed to withstand the rigours of extended high performance driving on a racetrack.  That said, most cars in sound mechanical condition can be driven safely on a racetrack with a recent brake fluid flush.

I always hear that I will burn through a set of tires in a day. Is that true? I can't afford a new set of tires every track day!

Most cars on regular street tires will not go through a set of tires in a day.  Most novice to intermediate drivers, on average, might get 4-6 track days out of a set of street tires before they need to be replaced.  Higher-performance cars or certain styles of driving (e.g. drifting) may consume tires more quickly.

How much does it cost to attend an event?

Entry fees vary by track, organization, and event type.  Lapping days with minimal overhead at a lower-cost track may only be $100 per event, while the same event at a higher cost track could be $400.  Sanctioned race events may be even more expensive.  See the list of current track events to get an idea of prices.

Okay, what's the real cost of attending an event if I factor in all of the wear and tear on my car?

If your event fees are $100, on average you might add $100-200 worth of gas (including gas to get to and from the track as well as gas spent driving on the track), $100-$200 in tire wear and $100-$200 in brake wear (pads and rotors).  So, in total, the actual cost may be $400-$700 per track day.  These costs can escalate quickly if you include alignments, oil changes, or other optional pre-track car preparations.  It’s not a cheap sport!

What kind of modifications to my car will get me the best results at the track?

The answer to this question will vary greatly depending on your car and your style of driving.  It’s best to search the specific forum for your car, where you will find a wealth of information on modifications for your specific car.

That being said, most drivers will tell you that the brakes are the first upgrade you should make, both for safety and performance reasons.

What are the different types of track day events?

On this site, we include the following types of events:

  • Lapping: Bring your car to the track to simply drive “laps” around it at your leisure.  These events are generally the lowest cost events available, but offer little structure or organization.  Some events may offer instruction in performance driving techniques at additional cost.
  • Autoslalom/Autocross: An autocross is a timed competition in which drivers navigate one at a time through a defined course. Courses are often set up in large parking lots or on small road courses using pylons to define the racing path.  It is a relatively safe and low-cost way to try out the excitement of racing, but due to the one-at-a-time nature of the event, generally offers less “seat” time (time spent driving) than other types of events.
  • Road Race: A road race or “wheel-to-wheel” race is defined on this site as a race that has a defined start time that is the same for all participants, who are all on the track simultaneously.  The winner is the first to cross the finish line.  Most events of this type require a racing license for participation.
  • Time Attack/Time Trial: In a time attack or time trial event, drivers compete against a clock and not directly against each other. In time attack, drivers are given a set number of “timed laps” (usually one or two) with their best lap time recorded as their official result.  In time trials, drivers are given on-track sessions (usually 20 minutes long) during which all of their laps are timed, with their best lap time of the session recorded as their official result.
  • Advanced Driving School: An event that combines collision avoidance and skidpad exercises with high performance on-track driving.  Typically includes both classroom and in-car instruction. A great introduction to the thrills of motorsports.  Some insurance companies will even offer discounts if you have completed an advanced driving course; contact your insurance company for details.
  • Racing School: An event that is purely focused on teaching you techniques for getting your car around a track in the quickest, safest way possible.
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