Just announced: SCCA Track Night in America 2023 schedule

Colin
By Colin Wood
Jan 25, 2023 | SCCA, Track Night in America, TNIA, SCCA Track Night in America

Photography Credit: Michael Berchak/Courtesy SCCA

Looking for proof that it really is easier than ever to get on track these days? Look no further than the SCCA’s Track Night in America program.

What is Track Night in America? We’ll let the SCCA exaplain the concept:

People are busy, with life commitments getting in the way of enjoying quality track time. Enter TNiA, where a few hours in one day can place you and your street car on the track–you know, where you belong.

Interested? You’re in luck, as SCCA just announced the 2023 TNiA schedule:

  • Atlanta Motorsports Park, Dawsonville, GA – March 22, April 19, June 7, July 12, August 16, September 13
  • Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, CA – January 28
  • Blackhawk Farms Raceway, South Beloit, IL – May 10, June 7, July 12, August 9, September 13 
  • Brainerd International Raceway, Brainerd, MN – July 7
  • Carolina Motorsports Park, Kershaw, SC – April 5, May 10, June 14, September 20, October 18
  • Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, NC – March 16, April 27, June 28, August 10
  • Dakota County Technical College, Rosemount, MN – May 5, June 9, June 30, July 27, August 18, September 15
  • Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL – April 20, April 21, August 3, August 4, September 21, September 22
  • Dominion Raceway, Thornburg, VA – May 11, June 8, July 27, August 24, October 5
  • Eagles Canyon Raceway, Decatur, TX – March 21, May 16, September 12
  • GingerMan Raceway, South Haven, MI – May 18, June 15, August 17, September 21
  • Harris Hill Raceway, San Marcos, TX – March 15, April 12, May 10, June 7, September 13, October 4, November 1
  • Heartland Motorsports Park, Topeka, KS – April 27, May 18, June 15, July 6, August 17, September 19, October 19
  • High Plains Raceway, Deer Trail, CO – June 22, August 24
  • Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead, FL – TBA
  • Lime Rock Park, Lakeville, CT – April 27, June 7, June 8, July 17, August 17
  • Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, Braselton, GA – May 31, June 23, July 21
  • MotorSport Ranch, Cresson, TX – April 25, June 6, October 10
  • Nashville Superspeedway, Lebanon, TN – May 3, July 25, August 23, October 18
  • Nelson Ledges Road Course, Garrettsville, OH – April 22, August 2, September 13
  • New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, NH – May 5, July 28
  • New Jersey Motorsports Park, Millville, NJ – April 26, May 24, June 21, July 19, August 16, September 20
  • NOLA Motorsports Park, Avondale, LA – March 9, May 11, October 19
  • Palmer Motorsports Park, Ware, MA – June 22, September 7
  • Pikes Peak International Raceway, Fountain, CO – May 25, July 27
  • Pittsburgh International Race Complex, Wampum, PA – April 27, May 25, June 21, July 19, August 25, September 20, October 18
  • Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, PA – April 20, May 16, June 13, July 6, August 9, September 12
  • Portland International Raceway, Portland, OR – April 21, May 26, June 30, July 18, August 15
  • Ridge Motorsports Park, Shelton, WA – April 27, May 24, June 29, July 26, September 19, October 18
  • Sebring International Raceway, Sebring, FL – May 18, June 11, August 24, October 6, November 2
  • Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, Thompson, CT – April 18, May 11, May 23, June 29, July 11, July 20, August 10, August 29, September 21, October 10
  • Thunderhill Raceway Park, Willows, CA – March 16, May 11, June 8, August 31, October 5
  • VIRginia International Raceway, Alton, VA – July 20

Registration for each event opens on the first of every month. Visit tracknightinamerica.com for more information.

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David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
1/25/23 4:24 p.m.

Daytona!

AMiataCalledSteve
AMiataCalledSteve Reader
1/25/23 4:37 p.m.

One of my main goals for this year is to go beyond autocross and get to a track day. My Miata should be able to handle it as long as the diff doesn't explode. The only bummer with TNiA is that it happens on weeknights, so I'd have to miss half a day of work at a minimum. But they run at Charlotte, so this might be my chance!

 

maschinenbau
maschinenbau GRM+ Memberand UberDork
1/25/23 4:43 p.m.

Wonderful news!

Puddy46
Puddy46 Reader
1/25/23 6:22 p.m.

The license plate on that Miata is a deep cut reference. 

And it's fantastic. 

ClearWaterMS
ClearWaterMS Reader
1/25/23 8:58 p.m.

i hope to be at all of the blackhawk events again this year, hit me up if you're going to be there.

SKJSS (formerly Klayfish)
SKJSS (formerly Klayfish) PowerDork
1/26/23 6:16 a.m.

Awesome!!  My schedule is so insane, but hopefully I can make some of these events.  If you're going to run AMP or Road Atlanta, let me know.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
1/26/23 9:14 a.m.

In reply to AMiataCalledSteve :

Good or bad, it's a weekday thing.

When they ran down at PBiR, I had a comfortable routine: leave work early, drive down, run the car, dinner afterward, drive home. PBiR is/was 3 hours away, and the entire outing took up 12 hours of my day. Not bad for a track day. 

slefain
slefain UltimaDork
1/26/23 10:04 a.m.

Must. Get. E46. Running!

maschinenbau
maschinenbau GRM+ Memberand UberDork
1/26/23 10:07 a.m.

In reply to SKJSS (formerly Klayfish) :

I'm planning on the first AMP event in March. Hope to see you there.

jmabarone
jmabarone Reader
1/26/23 11:10 a.m.

So how bad of an idea would it be to take a '15 Fiesta automatic for a novice event?  Obviously fresh brakes but I am more worried about the transmission overheating.  

I've been dying to get my wife into something faster on a track.  I originally wanted her to try a real kart out (even a 4 stroke) instead of just a rental but I'm afraid that would be a little more than she would want to try out.  I think a car with an instructor would be a more reasonable suggestion.  

dps214
dps214 Dork
1/26/23 11:47 a.m.
jmabarone said:

I think a car with an instructor would be a more reasonable suggestion.  

Just to be clear, there's no in-car instructing, just lead-follow and external coaching.

jmabarone
jmabarone Reader
1/26/23 12:33 p.m.
dps214 said:
jmabarone said:

I think a car with an instructor would be a more reasonable suggestion.  

Just to be clear, there's no in-car instructing, just lead-follow and external coaching.

Ahh, good point.  Still better than just hoping in a kart.  

KyAllroad
KyAllroad MegaDork
1/26/23 1:09 p.m.

It's kind of amazing that I live in a geographic anomaly  where I'm within 500 miles of 9 different tracks but no closer than 230 miles to any of them either.  And most in the mid 400's, not exactly "track night" convenient.

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
1/26/23 2:16 p.m.

Ever since my first time driving on track, I've been eager to get back on.

Putting the dates for Daytona on my calendar now.

ClearWaterMS
ClearWaterMS Reader
1/26/23 2:54 p.m.
jmabarone said:

So how bad of an idea would it be to take a '15 Fiesta automatic for a novice event?  Obviously fresh brakes but I am more worried about the transmission overheating.  

I've been dying to get my wife into something faster on a track.  I originally wanted her to try a real kart out (even a 4 stroke) instead of just a rental but I'm afraid that would be a little more than she would want to try out.  I think a car with an instructor would be a more reasonable suggestion.  

may I suggest you start with a track touring session?  TNiA offers a free track touring session where anybody can go out in a lead/follow and drive the track for a session at highway speeds.  Any car and any experience (assuming they have a drivers license and are at least 18) is welcome 

AND ITS FREE... i.e. come on out and play it costs you nothing but a bit of your time and if she likes it, pay for an event and come back.  

jmabarone
jmabarone Reader
1/26/23 3:00 p.m.
ClearWaterMS said:
 

may I suggest you start with a track touring session?  TNiA offers a free track touring session where anybody can go out in a lead/follow and drive the track for a session at highway speeds.  Any car and any experience (assuming they have a drivers license and are at least 18) is welcome 

AND ITS FREE... i.e. come on out and play it costs you nothing but a bit of your time and if she likes it, pay for an event and come back.  

Ah, that's what I'm talking about!  

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
1/26/23 3:05 p.m.

In reply to jmabarone :

Totally take advantage of the track touring laps. That how I got my friend behind the wheel.

She thought she was riding shotgun. As we approached the car, she learned that she was driving.

The only challenge: She had never driven that car before and didn't know where to find reverse. But the smiles after returning to the paddock were huge. 

Jerry
Jerry PowerDork
1/27/23 9:07 a.m.
KyAllroad said:

It's kind of amazing that I live in a geographic anomaly  where I'm within 500 miles of 9 different tracks but no closer than 230 miles to any of them either.  And most in the mid 400's, not exactly "track night" convenient.

Closest for me is 4-5hrs away.  No Mid Ohio or Putnam Park (IN).  The first year of TNiA they did Putnam and myself/some AX friends left work early and caravanned the 2.25hrs to Putnam and had a blast.

Shavarsh
Shavarsh HalfDork
1/27/23 11:12 a.m.

I'll (hopefully) be in Fontana tomorrow if anyone wants to meet up!

Ranger50
Ranger50 MegaDork
1/27/23 1:51 p.m.

By the time they roll into gingerman, I'll probably be on skinnies and drag brakes....

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