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Okay, registered for Track Attack today, booked the hotel and bought non-refundable airline tickets (so I have to go). Mid-June.

I understand that it's a curated event and we aren't likely to be turned loose, but I expect it to be quite a bit of fun. Really looking forward to this.





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You get more freedom on the track than you would expect. You can pretty much push as hard as your skills allows. I did it last year and will be going again this year. It was a blast.
 

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Last I heard, the TA was lead/follow. No room for pushing anything when you have an instructor setting the pace.

The old TA, they let you loose. The new TA almost makes it worth not going.
 

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It’s all lead follow on the track. Tom is right, I went a few weeks ago. Though if they see you can handle more they’ll move you up groups
 

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Last I heard, the TA was lead/follow. No room for pushing anything when you have an instructor setting the pace.

The old TA, they let you loose. The new TA almost makes it worth not going.
I disagree..the harder you push on the “lead” car ..he will drive away from you .. never did I feel held back by the instructor..
 

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I disagree..the harder you push on the “lead” car ..he will drive away from you .. never did I feel held back by the instructor..
We will see. I'm going in May and I will be right on his ass. I know what the car can do and i don't believe anyone gets anywhere near that kind of performance at the TA. The lead/follow is baby sitting probably for the lawyers.
 

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We will see. I'm going in May and I will be right on his ass. I know what the car can do and i don't believe anyone gets anywhere near that kind of performance at the TA. The lead/follow is baby sitting probably for the lawyers.
I too plan on going again.. had a blast 1st time.. hope to get to use my other 2 opportunities to burn their gas ...
 

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Last I heard, the TA was lead/follow. No room for pushing anything when you have an instructor setting the pace.

The old TA, they let you loose. The new TA almost makes it worth not going.
Totally disagree. I was just there in March. They quickly figure out the capabilities of the drivers. I was there for the 500 on the first day and the 350 the second day. On the 500 day the group was pretty experienced. Guys like you Tom, coming in with their own suits, helmets, etc. On the track they divided this group quickly, a couple of guys one on one with the instructor and lapping the others. On the second day, the 350 day I was much faster than the rest and I was lucky enough to be one on one with the instructor. Believe me the instructors love the fast guys. I'm a novice for sure but we were moving and lapping the other groups. I had an absolute blast, especially on the 350 day. I would also like to point out that on the last lap or two I was so impressed with my instructor. He could tell I was getting tired as I started missing my marks and he was 100% right. Crazy these guys can be driving that fast and looking in their mirrors.
 

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Totally disagree. I was just there in March. They quickly figure out the capabilities of the drivers. I was there for the 500 on the first day and the 350 the second day. On the 500 day the group was pretty experienced. Guys like you Tom, coming in with their own suits, helmets, etc. On the track they divided this group quickly, a couple of guys one on one with the instructor and lapping the others. On the second day, the 350 day I was much faster than the rest and I was lucky enough to be one on one with the instructor. Believe me the instructors love the fast guys. I'm a novice for sure but we were moving and lapping the other groups. I had an absolute blast, especially on the 350 day. I would also like to point out that on the last lap or two I was so impressed with my instructor. He could tell I was getting tired as I started missing my marks and he was 100% right. Crazy these guys can be driving that fast and looking in their mirrors.
Looking forward to it.

I dont believe you can bring your own helmets. The ones provided have communication built in.
 

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Looking forward to it.

I dont believe you can bring your own helmets. The ones provided have communication built in.
Guys did, and they were able to use them. I just think your helmet needs to have the 3.5mm jack (not absolutely sure). They will check your helmet in the classroom to make sure it has the right plug. The radios are mounted on the watson cage and the cord to plug into your helmet hangs off of the left side of the drivers seat. So would probably be best if your plug on your helmet is on the left side. So in essence the helmets just have speakers and the comms are mounted on the cage. Helmets are receive only for participants.
 

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Guys did, and they were able to use them. I just think your helmet needs to have the 3.5mm jack (not absolutely sure). They will check your helmet in the classroom to make sure it has the right plug. The radios are mounted on the watson cage and the cord to plug into your helmet hangs off of the left side of the drivers seat. So would probably be best if your plug on your helmet is on the left side. So in essence the helmets just have speakers and the comms are mounted on the cage. Helmets are receive only for participants.
I've never had comms built into my helmets.
 

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Totally disagree. I was just there in March. They quickly figure out the capabilities of the drivers. I was there for the 500 on the first day and the 350 the second day. On the 500 day the group was pretty experienced. Guys like you Tom, coming in with their own suits, helmets, etc. On the track they divided this group quickly, a couple of guys one on one with the instructor and lapping the others. On the second day, the 350 day I was much faster than the rest and I was lucky enough to be one on one with the instructor. Believe me the instructors love the fast guys. I'm a novice for sure but we were moving and lapping the other groups. I had an absolute blast, especially on the 350 day. I would also like to point out that on the last lap or two I was so impressed with my instructor. He could tell I was getting tired as I started missing my marks and he was 100% right. Crazy these guys can be driving that fast and looking in their mirrors.
Did you do the 15th and 16th in march? I did those two dates for the 500 and 350 as well. And agree, after my first session they said I was too fast for my group and moved me.
 

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When I did Spring Mountain (the Corvette version of this) it was lead follow - and no matter how good anyone of us thought we were - they are better. They staffed with all former pro drivers and those guys drive that same track every single day for the program and then after hours for fun. The instructors know every single minor aspect of the track. no matter who it was or how good they were - the instructors outdrove them with a lesser car with ease.
Can you push them a few times - sure - and, at least at Spring Mountain, they were happy to oblige and then show you where you could be better in the next turn. And what @EBTAGMOTO said - they LOVE faster guys and split them into the fast guy group.

If you allegedly can outdrive your instructor at one of these types of learning environments - be sure to bring the video, cause I'd love to see it.
 

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When I did Spring Mountain (the Corvette version of this) it was lead follow - and no matter how good anyone of us thought we were - they are better. They staffed with all former pro drivers and those guys drive that same track every single day for the program and then after hours for fun. The instructors know every single minor aspect of the track. no matter who it was or how good they were - the instructors outdrove them with a lesser car with ease.
Can you push them a few times - sure - and, at least at Spring Mountain, they were happy to oblige and then show you where you could be better in the next turn. And what @EBTAGMOTO said - they LOVE faster guys and split them into the fast guy group.

If you allegedly can outdrive your instructor at one of these types of learning environments - be sure to bring the video, cause I'd love to see it.
one of our instructors said it best "while you guys think you're going fast, remember, we're doing that while watching all of you in our mirror and talking"
 

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Did you do the 15th and 16th in march? I did those two dates for the 500 and 350 as well. And agree, after my first session they said I was too fast for my group and moved me.
March 2nd and 3rd.
 

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