Novice Training Classes
The novice driver is expected to attend all training sessions before being allowed to race on the track. Training sessions are free of charge. The classes meet at the ice cream parlor at Alpenrose Dairy and last about two to four hours depending on the session. NOTE: The first session is geared toward adults. When your child starts the training program, you will receive a binder to keep that includes a training outline, introduction, novice rules, club information, lesson information, code of conduct, bylaws and tech training (car setup) information to help you and your child learn the ropes.
Novice Training Schedule
Rookie Training Dates TBD
The Race Day
The Rookie year is a non-competitive year. There are no points and it is a year for learning and experience.
Here is a very general overview of a typical race day:
Before you even get to the track you need stop and get some gas at the gas station near the track for the race day. When you arrive for a race the first thing you will want to do is get your car out and get it ready for the safety director to okay your car for the race. This person will be walking around with a clip board and usually wearing an orange shirt or vest. You must have your car safety checked before you will be allowed to register for the race day. The safety director will give you the signed safety sheet and you can take that sheet to the registration window to sign up. After sign-up comes the pit meeting at the bottom of the tower area. Then the race day will begin.
Saturday racing will start at 7:00 – 8:00am with Safety and sign-in. Registration from 7:30-8:30am. Pit meeting at 8:45am. Novice practice starts at 9:00am with racing to follow no later then 9:30am.
Sunday racing will start at 7:30-8:30am with Safety and sign-in. Registration 8:30-9:30am. Pit meeting at 9:45am. Novice practice starts at 10:00am with racing to follow no later than 10:30am.
If it is a “Heat Race” format there are usually two “heat” races and a “main” race for each class. If it is a “Qualify Race” format there are usually two qualifying runs your driver must make and then the “main” race for that class. Before each set of races or qualifying runs, the tower person will post the order of the classes and each driver’s car number for that particular race. You will have to get four sets of paper with that number on it from the registration area and tape them on your car with painter’s tape.
About one race before you are up to go out, you will want to take your car and driver up to the staging area (the area near the tower with the covered awning) and line up to push out. Your driver will need to put on his or her safety gear and you will need to get him or her in the car and buckled in ready to go. The race director will come around to each car and check the brakes on the car and make sure the driver is in the car correctly and ready to push out. He will then signal you can push out and you can push your driver onto the track.
But wait! That’s not the end! YOU may have work to do, too. If your driver is in the top four positions for that race, you will be a “corner worker.” This means you will go to the corner that matches your driver’s car number and put on an orange safety vest and stand behind the track wall. During the race you will watch your corner of the track for any accidents or safety hazards and go out on the track to help if there is need. After the race, all the handlers (that’s you) meet their drivers at the car scales so your driver and car can be weighed. Once they are weighed you will sign the weight sheet and remove your driver and car from the scale area.
Once out of the scale area, you will need to “seal” your car. This involves painting over certain areas of your car engine to make sure nothing has been opened or removed or added for the rest of the race day. Your tires will be branded and those are the tires you will run your car with for the rest of the race day.
During the race day, your other family members should volunteer for whatever help is needed. They may judge races, work in the tower keeping score, work in the snack shack, help with the registration area, help at the scales … there are endless things you and all of your family can be involved in during the race day. As a novice family there will be people around to help you with any of these areas you wish to learn. Everyone appreciates help with the tracks' shared responsibilities and your driver will know you care about what he or she is involved in doing. You can’t beat that kind of encouragement!
At the end of the race day, if your driver placed high enough in the main race, you will need to take your car to “impound.” Cars in impound may be inspected by the tech director at the end of the race to make sure the race was run fairly.
At the end of the race day, after all the cars have passed inspection, then it’s on to the awards presentation! All the kids will line up at the bottom of the tower and the presenter will call out the drivers’ names and finish place and they can go up and get their award. You can then congratulate yourself, your family and your driver on a day will spent together!