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PART 2 - More about your First Track Day This is largely a re-run of an article from previ- ous years – my reason for running it again is that (a) I want every Metro member who has not participated
in a Driver Education (DE) day to do so at least once. If you have never gotten your Porsche onto a race track you are missing
out on a great joy, you have no idea of the su- perb capabilities of your car, and you would learn some skills which are very useful for your every- day driving; (b) there are some essential points you must know about Your First Track Day which are covered here. In addition, please read Part
1 (Printed page 18) of this article if you haven’t already, which ran in the last issue of the POST. In this article I use the word ‘he’ to refer to the driver. Please do not think that track driving is restricted to males or that I am sexist. All types of people can enjoy it and be equally skilled.
I also want to say that everyone is nervous when considering taking their precious Porsche (and themselves!) out onto the track. The DE program is designed to make you comfortable, safe and happy about your experience. Additionally, you will always have a qualified instructor equipped with a two-way communicator in the car with you, giving you guidance and listening to any ques- tions you may have.
This article focuses on flags and passing. It is very important that you have a good understand- ing of these two aspects of your Track Day in advance of the event.
But before we get started, there is a critical step
to getting on the track: You must register for
the event if you want to participate! It is a good idea to register significantly in advance of your desired track date because events do sell out. The procedure is very simple – click on http:// and you will be taken to a web page listing all of Metro’s track events for the year. Each of them has a REGIS- TER button.
Every track day begins with a Drivers Meeting
at which a great deal is explained to the partici- pants. One of the topics is a review of the flags. When you are out on track the only way the track officials and corner workers who are observing the track from stations located all the way around the course can communicate with you is by use of colored flags. It is vital that you understand the meanings of these flags. The Meeting is conduct- ed at a fast pace, so my hope is that by explain- ing the flags here in advance of your Track Day you will fully understand them in advance. (Note: the meanings of the flags may be somewhat dif- ferent from one track to another. Pay attention at the Meeting!)
Before I go through the individual flags I want
to tell you of an incident about 10 years ago at Summit Point WV. I was in my GT3, following
a Lotus into the high-speed Turn 10, when the Lotus burst into flames at corner exit! Its driver immediately stopped and exited the car. I was able to get by the flames, and I stopped. Mean- while, a group of cars was approaching Turn 10 and of course had no knowledge of the incident. The corner workers displayed the RED flag, and those cars all stopped before they reached the scene. THE MORAL: Pay attention to the flags and know their meanings. It matters. (Continued on page 18)
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