ChrisTropea
ChrisTropea Associate Editor
2/13/23 8:43 a.m.

It seems crazy that since I work at a motorsports magazine that I have never driven on track, but that all changed a few weeks ago, when we went to the Florida International Rally & Motorsports Park to do a story for the magazine.

[The Grassroots Motorsports ultimate guide to track car lap times]

Now, I’m hooked.

Fellow …

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Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
2/13/23 12:11 p.m.

To piggyback off what Chris said, I was terrified on my way to the FIRM that day, but once I got out on track, I was surprised at how much it just felt like normal-ish driving.

10/10 would track day again.

Tom1200
Tom1200 UberDork
2/13/23 12:18 p.m.

I'm on my 37th season of racing and still get butterflies on grid.

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
2/13/23 2:06 p.m.

In reply to Tom1200 :

I'd say that's not totally a bad thing. I'm not sure if I'd want to get comfortable enough driving on track that I don't get butterflies.

Tom1200
Tom1200 UberDork
2/13/23 3:04 p.m.

In reply to Colin Wood :

No it's a good thing; a motorcycle racer friend, who's been racing for 50 years, says if you don't get butterflies you should just stop.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
2/14/23 11:25 a.m.
Tom1200 said:

In reply to Colin Wood :

No it's a good thing; a motorcycle racer friend, who's been racing for 50 years, says if you don't get butterflies you should just stop.

Totally yes. 

If you're not feeling it, why are you doing it? 

chiquito1228
chiquito1228 Reader
2/14/23 12:22 p.m.

Yes butterflies and you leg twitching. Thats the rush. 

DaleCarter
DaleCarter GRM+ Memberand New Reader
5/11/23 3:39 p.m.

The most important thing I learned at my first track day is that I  was slow. I mean REALLY slow.

Now, I teach slow drivers :-)

Also, yes to butterflies. I've been a gigging musician for over 40 years and still have them for the first few songs.  Needless to say, the track is no different. I am convinced that I am going four-off at some point on the warm-up laps.

RacingComputers
RacingComputers GRM+ Memberand Reader
5/14/23 1:43 p.m.

Looking forward to Charlotte TNiA on June 28th

 

Been a while since we have been behind a windshield

 

TRMV

AMiataCalledSteve
AMiataCalledSteve HalfDork
5/15/23 8:01 a.m.

I'm glad this popped up again since I will also be at Charlotte on the 28th for my first track day.

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