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One of the most common questions I get asked by my fellow employees and car enthusiasts is how they can get into track days and racing. There really isn't a secret formula, but there are really great grassroots ways to get involved.

The most common progression is to find a local autocross club, and learn some car control in a lower speed environment, then graduate to High Performance Driver Education (HPDE). SCDA is one such organization that has provided performance driving in non-competitive and controlled environments since 1995. I started instructing for them in 2002 and they have a great community of enthusiasts, instructors, and a jam-packed schedule at tracks from New Hampshire to Virginia.  


FCP Euro and SCDA have partnered to give you a fantastic opportunity to drive your own car on a track with an instructor. If you are a first-time registrant, SCDA is offering $50 off your first school, and FCP Euro will give you $50 to spend at fcpeuro.com to get your car ready to hit the track.

Just use code: FCPEuro5050 when signing up for your first track day.

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If you have more questions, here are some SCDA Driving & Track Event FAQ's


The Sports Car Driving Association is non marque specific group. At any given Sports Car Driving Association event, there is a broad selection of automobiles represented: BMW, Porsche, Volkswagen, Ford, Lotus, Audi, Corvette, Mini Cooper, Alfa Romeo, Mazda, Ferrari are just some of the types of cars that show up at our events. We welcome everything from Dodge Neons to Porsche Turbos. The brand of car is not important, a desire to improve one’s driving skills in a safe and fun environment is! In the event that you do not have a car that is track worthy, the SCDA would like to remind you that we offer Spec Miata track cars for rent at SCDA events. After market modifications are permitted, but not required. All automobiles participating in SCDA events are required to participate in a Tech Inspection on the day of the event. Convertibles are required to have a roll bar and/or factory hard top. Sound limits at NHMS and Watkins Glen are 99 decibels, and the sound limit at Lime Rock Park is 86 decibels.




The Sports Car Driving Association event starts at 7:30 AM. Registration is handled, and each student is assigned to a specific run group. There is a novice group for people with limited or no track driving experience. There are two intermediate groups. Also, there is an advanced group for the seasoned track driver. Finally, there is an instructor run group. There is a drivers meeting at 8:30 AM which will provide an introduction for the days events. Then, the various run groups rotate throughout the day, and close to two hours of on track driving can be expected. Also, there are several “chalk talks” and classroom sessions throughout the day covering different aspects of high performance track driving. An SCDA WAIVER MUST BE SIGNED BY ALL PARTICIPANTS. No one will be allowed on the track without having read and signed the SCDA WAIVER. All tracks also require a signature of the track waiver upon entering the track. Please note that this is not the SCDA Waiver. THE SCDA WAIVER MUST BE SIGNED AT THE TIME OF REGISTRATION FOR THAT DAYS EVENT. At TWO DAY EVENTS, A NEW SCDA WAIVER MUST BE SIGNED EACH DAY BEFORE anyone is allowed on the track. For your planning purposes you may wish to view the schedule for a typical SCDA event, here is the schedule for an SCDA event.


For safety reasons, all convertibles (Boxster, Miata, Corvette, BMW Z4, Honda S2000, Pontiac Solstice etc.) are required to have a roll bar that meets the following two criteria in order to be eligible to run during any event. 1) The roll bar must be in the fixed position and visible at all times. This means that roll bars which are designed to automatically deploy are not acceptable unless they are in the full upright and locked position at all times. 2) The roll bar must allow the driver to pass the “broomstick” test which means that the top of the drivers helmet must be below the line from the top of the roll bar to the top of the windshield. There are aftermarket roll bars and/or seats which can be used to help meet these requirements. If your convertible meets these standards, then you are welcome to participate! Factory hard tops are acceptable, as well.


The Sports Car Driving Association prides itself on having arguably the best group of instructors in the Northeast. Our Instructors have many years of on track high performance driving experience. We have Professional Race drivers, National Champions, Regional Champions and a great cross section of highly experienced HPDE and marque specific Instructors who assist us at our events. Our Head Instructor, Bill Prout, was previously Chief Instructor at the Skip Barber Racing School. Furthermore, we provide several classroom sessions that discuss the fundamentals of high performance driving on a race track. As part of your SCDA experience, all students will be provided with two classroom sessions. The classroom sessions include a very detailed PowerPoint presentation covering such topics as vehicle dynamics, threshold braking, and line theory. It should be noted that if you bring a guest to an SCDA event, they are welcome to sit in on the Classroom Sessions as well.


Safety is our first priority. These events are for educational purposes. This is NOT a race, nor are SCDA events competitive in nature. Wheel to wheel racing is not permitted. “SNELL SA2005” or newer Helmets are required. Please visit either Driving Impressions or HMS Motorsport for your helmet needs. Novice students are required to drive with an Instructor in the passenger seat at all times. Under certain circumstances and at the discretion of the PIT LANE CHIEF, it would be possible for a passenger aged 18 or over, TO TAKE A RIDE AROUND THE TRACK WITH AN SCDA INSTRUCTOR. THE PASSENGER MUST COME TO REGISTRATION AND SIGN A WAIVER BEFORE GETTING ON THE TRACK. Passing is allowed on designated straights only, with a point by signal. All Novice Drivers will be provided with one on one in car instruction throughout the duration of the SCDA track day. The SCDA adheres to a two spin policy – any person that spins twice during an event, regardless of run group, will be done driving for the day. The SCDA reserves the right to black flag any driver that is not able to adhere to club rules, or that drives in an unsafe manner.




Please see our schedule for complete details on upcoming SCDA events.


Drivers must be at least 18 years of age, and posses a valid drivers license in order to attend. “SNELL SA2005” or newer helmets are required for all participants. SCDA events are offered on a first come first served basis and there is no membership fee. Long sleeved shirts and pants must also be worn.



Before attending an SCDA event, it is each student’s responsibility to ensure that his or her vehicle is up to the added challenges of track driving. First of all, all loose items should be removed from the automobile, take time to clean out the trunk, and empty the car completely. Fluids should all be checked prior to an event. Specifically, make sure that your oil is fresh, as is your brake fluid. Old brake fluid will appear brown or even black in color. This is not acceptable. Brake fluid should be fresh and golden in color. If at all in question, have your mechanic bleed your brakes, and have him check the thickness of your brake pads as well. Both passenger and driver side seat belts should be fully functional and the same restraint system must be used for both driver and passenger. Tires should be inspected closely, and air pressure should be set to the appropriate amount before the car goes on the track. Furthermore, cars with body rot or rust will NOT be permitted to participate. The SCDA reserves the right to inspect any car for any reason at any point of an event. Having your mechanic check over your automobile before the event is strongly encouraged. It should be noted that each participant will be provided with a Tech Inspection form on the day of the event. The Tech Inspection will be an on site process, we do not require that you tech your car prior to the event.




All SCDA events are offered on a first come, first served basis. Our events run rain or shine.There will be a $25 processing fee for any entry that is refunded, if transferred to another event more than 3 weeks in advance, no penalty will apply. Cancellations between two to three weeks prior to event date forfeit 50% of total amount, remaining 50% will be stored as credit for 12 months valid towards another event. No shows on the day of the event, as well as cancellations within two weeks of the event date forfeit the total amount. No refunds, transfers, or credits will be issued.


Enrollment is easy. You can register online with a credit card (MasterCard, Visa or American Express).  

Just use code: FCPEuro5050 when signing up for your first track day.

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Written by :
Michael Hurczyn

My Avatar picture was taken in 1980, and I've been playing with BMW's ever since. BMW CCA Driving Instructor since 2001. Track Rat, Club Racer, general tinkerer, and Brand Director at FCP Euro. Driver of the FCP Euro sponsored #710 e30 and #720 C300 in AER.

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