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P R E P A R I N G

F O R

Y O U R

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T R A C K

D A Y

Who's in front? Photo by Fraser Dachille.
Black flag - come into the pits
and stop where the worker
indicates. If you can see the black
flag, it's for you. From where you
can see the black flag to the pits,
drive as if this was the cool-down
lap. (See " Checkered Flag " .)
Red - there's a serious issue
on the track. Check your mirrors
to see if anyone is right behind you,
then quickly but smoothly and
moderately come to a controlled
stop on the right side of the track,
within sight of a flag station.
Do not stomp on the brakes, especially if someone is right behind
you. When the flaggers take the red
flag down, they will almost certainly
replace it with a black flag. At that
point, proceed at half speed to
the pits.
Checkered flag - the session
is over. Complete the final lap at
half speed, letting yourself and the
car cool down. Even on this cooldown lap, drive your line and " hit
your marks " (the corner apexes).
The cool-down lap is a terrific
opportunity to practice your line at a
modest pace.

March I April

Common HPDE Terminology That
You Need To Know
Apex - that point on the curbing of
the inside of each corner that you want
to reach so as to maximize the amount
of lateral room that you have to
accelerate out of the corner. See the
diagrams above.
Breathe - ease smoothly off the gas
(so as to slow the car without braking).
Both feet in - see " lock 'em up " .
Grid - the area, next to pit lane, where
everyone lines up with their cars just
before their driving session begins.
When you and your car are on the grid,
you should already have your helmet
on, your seatbelt fastened, and your
communicator headset in place.
Lift - see " breathe " .
Lock 'em up! - If you lose control of
the car and your instructor says this,
then brake as hard as you can
and depress the clutch (in a manualtransmission car, so the car doesn't
stall).
Oversteer - in a turn, if the rear end

of the car starts swinging out, that's
oversteer. Your rear tires have lost
grip. To recover, countersteer,
i.e., turn in the same direction that the
tail of the car is swinging. If the tail of
the car is swinging to the right, then
turn right. If the tail of the car is swinging to the left, then turn left. Also, if
you initiated oversteer by lifting off the
gas in the turn, shifting the car's weight
frontward and off the rear tires, then
gently squeeze the accelerator to shift
the car's weight back to the rear.
If you initiated oversteer by being too
aggressive on the throttle, breaking the
rear tires loose, then ease off the gas.
Practice on the skidpad.
Paddock - the area where everyone
has parked their cars, tow vehicles,
and campers, and where everyone has
unloaded their " stuff " out of the car.
Drive slowly (walking pace) in the
paddock!
Pit in - (go to) the designated access
road to exit the course to go back to pit
lane.
Pit out - (go to) the entrance to the
track; the " pit out " area is at the end of
pit lane. Wait for the worker to signal

you to go before entering the track.
Too hot = too fast. Slow down.
Track out - as you exit each corner
and accelerate, the force of accelerating out of the corner will push the car
laterally to the outside edge of the
track.
Understeer - if the car's direction
doesn't change commensurate with
your steering input, but continues to
slide more or less in the same direction as before, that's understeer. The
front tires may also " chatter " . You're
asking for more turning than your front
tires' grip can deliver. To recover,
slow down and straighten the
steering wheel. Practice on the
skidpad.
After track day is over and you've
returned home, you'll receive an email
from Driving Evals prompting you to
critique the HPDE and your instructor.
We review all student critiques and
make adjustments based on your
inputs, so please submit your review!
This may seem like a lot, and it
is, but don't worry. Your instructors
will help you with all of this. Listen to
them and do as they say.
And remember: Have Fun!

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