CS Track Day FAQ
TRACK DAY FAQ
- If you cancel 30 days before the event, a 20% cancellation fee will be deducted from the event fee. If you cancel within 30 days of the event, we cannot issue a refund or credit.
- If you use your Checkerd Sports purchase discount that came with the purchase of the event, we cannot issue a refund or credit.
- Cancellation request must be emailed to Checkerdsports@hotmail.com
Registration Transfer: Event fee may be transferred to another driver within 15 days before the event. Email transfer request to Checkerdsports@hotmail.com with the driver's name, email, vehicle information, track experience, and preferred run group. All transfers must be approved by Checkerd Sports.
Checkerd Sports reserves the right to cancel an event due to any unforeseen incidents.
Can I park my car and not track?
- Yes, we will have meet section. You must be registered to park there. Spots are limited.
Rain or Shine!
- Event will go on rain or shine. Driving in wet conditions can teach you more about your driving and enhance your skills.
- Tech Inspection Form (Will be posted soon)
- Driver Waiver Form (Will be posted soon)
- Driver ID at registration
Documents must be turned in during registration on event day. If documents are not handed in, you will not get on the track.
Which run group will be offered?
- To maximize track time for everyone, we will only be running 4 groups; Beginner, Intermediate Low, Intermediate High, and Advanced.
- Run groups might possibly change depending on how many people sign up for each one.
- Run groups are divided by track experience and skill level. Please apply yourself accurately to keep track flow as smooth as possible. Even if you own a super car, doesn’t mean you get to immediately jump into advance group.
Advanced / Red - open passing, 15+ track days experience or racing license. Experience with open passing. No passing restrictions with good judgement, passing anywhere.
Yellow / Intermediate High – Point by recommended. 10+ track days experience. Drivers are experienced in passing. Point-By Passing is recommended, but not required.
Blue / Intermediate Low – 4+ track days experience. Point-by passing is required. Passing in the corners is only allowed if done safely with point-by.
Green / Beginner – 0-3 track days experience. Point-by required at all times. No passing in any corners. Only passing on straights. Instructors will be provided. Passengers are not allowed.
Thunderhill Raceway Track and paddock rules:
- See Thunderhill Raceway link for all current facility rules and guidelines.
- Missing the drivers meeting may result in losing track time or cancellation of registration, no refund will be issued.
- Speed limit in the paddock is 10 mph. Absolutely no drifting or burn outs inside the paddock. Driver will be removed from the venue if this policy is violated.
- Before staging in pit lane, clear your car of any loose items. Make sure you remove loose items from the door pockets, seats, glove box, ashtray, armrest, trunk, and above the sun visor. Remove hubcaps, lug nut covers, floor mats, and the club you never use on the steering wheel.
- Make sure that the numbers on your car are securely attached to the rear door, quarter windows, or C-pillar, and are clearly visible.
- No consumption of alcohol is allowed during the track/driving portion of the event. You may not bring alcohol onto the track property.
- Smoking is prohibited in the hot pit area, near the gas pumps, and in any buildings, including tech shed and classrooms.
- The only insurance covering drivers and their vehicles is their own, please check with your provider.
- Both front windows must remain down at all times, during track sessions.
- All waste materials must be disposed of in the correct drums, (antifreeze, oil, brake fluid, etc.) which are located in the paddock. Spillage may result in ejection from the facility and a fine.
- Participants are liable for removing their used tires, batteries, and unwanted parts.
- Absolutely no bedding of new brakes and/or testing of vehicles on the infield roads.
- Many tracks have gas pumps and these pumps will be available during the event. These pumps require use of a credit or debit card to purchase fuel. Some pumps are not attended and some do not accept cash.
Are Convertibles allowed?
- Yes, but they must have proper roll-over protection. Most modern convertibles have Pop-Up roll-over protection or Roll-Hoops.
- If your car has Roll-Hoops or a Roll-Bar, you and your passenger must fit underneath the windshield to the highest point of the Hoop or Bar, and no part of your helmet may be higher than those points.
- All NA & NB miatas (89-05) must have approved roll bars to be on the race track. Please contact us to make sure your convertible is allowed. Both driver and passenger heads with helmets must be below the top of front windshield and roll bar.
- Eye protection is mandatory for convertibles. Helmet visors must be worn down. Otherwise, glasses or sunglasses must be worn to protect the driver's eyes.
What are the vehicle safety requirements?
- Helmets with an M, SA, or FIA rating are required. SA helmet must be SA2015 or newer. M helmets must be M2015+. Open face helmets are accepted (closed cockpit only), but full-face helmets are preferred. Helmets must not be older than 10 years.
- 4 point harnesses are not allowed unless ASM Certified and approved for use in that specific vehicle.
- 5 point and 6 point harnesses must have proper rollover protection such as a Roll-Bar or Cage.
- Cotton shirts are mandatory when on-track unless announced during the drivers meeting.
- We strongly recommend long-sleeve cotton shirts, but allow short sleeve cotton shirts (no tank tops). Closed toed shoes are required. No sandals allowed. We recommend long pants, but allow short pants. No gloves are required, but we recommend racing gloves.
Vehicle Numbers are required
- Numbers are required and you can pick your own numbers (Minimum two digits). The numbers 1 and 7 cannot be repeated.
- Numbers must be displayed clearly on both sides of the vehicle.
- You will select a number during your registration.
- Numbers are required to be at least 6” tall and must be run on each side of the car.
- Numbers can be made from blue/painter's tape or vinyl numbers (black or white) can be purchased at registration.
- - If the number you'd like to choose isn't available, that's because someone else has already picked that number. Please choose a number that is available.
Can I share my car?
- Two drivers are allowed to share a car, as long as drivers are register independently for two different run groups.
- Multiple drivers in a single run group is not allowed.
Do I need Tow Hooks?
- Tow hooks are required. If your vehicle does not come with one, please have one installed professionally, (aftermarket may be allowed) or figure out a tow point (at the front) that can be used to pull you off track if necessary.
- Front and Rear Tow Hooks or Tow Straps are optimal. If you only have 1, put it on the front of the car.
- It is your responsibility to make sure that use of the tow hook or tow point will not damage your car. You will be responsible for damage done to your car due to towing.
- Tow points underneath the car are not recommended.
How much track time do I get?
- You will have 20 minutes per session. We will have 5 sessions per group.
How many cars will be on the track at once?
- Depending on turnout, there will be approximately 20-30 cars per session. We will try and keep this number number down for best experience.
Can I have a passenger?
- Yes, passengers are allowed for all groups except beginners. Passengers are not permitted to ride with beginners except instructors.
- Passengers must be 18+. There may be exceptions if Thunderhill Raceway has different rules.
Are there safety crews and corner marshals?
- We will have Thunderhill Raceway corner marshals, fire rescue or emergency medical transport (EMT).
Are track days dangerous?
- Yes, Motorsports can be dangerous just like many other sports. Accidents can happen. Best way to prevent accidents is to listen to the flag marshals, beware of your surroundings on the track, and use common sense.
Can I bring my dog/pet?
- Pets are allowed but must be leashed at all times. Failure to maintain your pet could result in your ejection from the event.
Is my bucket car missing panels allowed?
- No, due to liabilities we will not allow half way done cars with missing bumpers, windows, body panels, or body parts that do not fit right. All panels must be secured properly to ensure the safety of other drivers on track. Checkerd Sports has the right to reject any vehicle they think is unsafe.
Will there be camping?
- Yes, we will offer camping the night before event day.
- Camping is at the paddock. You can pitch a tent next to your car, sleep in your trailer, etc.
- No RV hookups are available.
- You must be respectful to the Thunderhill Raceway facility and follow all their rules and guidelines.
- Access to the paddock is between 5:30 pm and 12:00 midnight day before event.
- Always be courteous to your neighbors and keep the noise down to a minimum. There is absolutely no track access by motorized vehicles after the track goes cold for the day.
- You maybe kicked out by Thunderhill Raceway security for not following rules during camping. If you are kicked out, you will not be able to return for your track sessions the following day.
Do you allow minor drivers?
- We do accept minor drivers with a minimum age of 16. Minor Waiver must be signed. Parent or guardian must be present at the event, or the minor waiver form must be notarized.
- Minor drivers and passengers are on case-by-case basis.
Does my auto insurance cover on track accidents?
- Most auto insurance companies do not cover any incidents or accidents that happen on the track.
- You can purchase specialty track day insurance through Hagerty. Get Insured!