go to motorsportsreg.com and look for drivers education. You will find time at Palmer and Lime Rock for sure. Also check SCCA and their night at the track events to see if there are any in your area. If you want to go to NJ you will find time at New Jersey Motorsports Park. BMW CCA(car club of America) and PCA (Porsche Club of America) are good venues to go with. I will be at NJMP Nov 5-6 with Schattenbaum PCA on the Thunderbolt track. DelVal BMW-CCA has an event at the end of September. These are just examples but your best source in motorsportsreg.com. If you get a chance, go to Watkins Glen--fast and lots of grip since it have been repaved. Check your manual for track setting for your car. If you don't change the alignment settings, at least start with their tire psi settings.
Let me know if you will be in NJ at any time this year, maybe we can get together and swap lies. Don't forget the Track Attack that you get with the purchase of the GT350--just costs you getting there. Nothing like burning up someone else brakes and tires for a day. I am going Oct 2-4 and am anxious to run the car.
I was at NJMP last Thurs and Fri, and a fellow driver sent me a photo of me on the track--we were facing one another and I was the one going in the right direction! No contact, he took a late pass in damp conditions, hit the curbing, unsettled the car as well as picked moisture on the tires and a 540 was in his immediate future. Looks more ominous but I had held brakes longer than usual and took a late turn in to give us distance. Thankfully it worked out just fine.
I have been with Track Daze and they do a fairly good job. I believe that Chen does as well. My preference for the BMW or PCA clubs is that they usually are at their "home" tracks so their instructors are very familiar with the track and can impart their knowledge to you. My primary club is the Nations National Chapter of the BMW CCA (of which I will be an instructor after the next track session). One thing I do like about that club is their emphasis on technique. You will always have an instructor with you on the track, you will have one exercise session (off line, no brakes, passing) every day and you will get skid pad time. Summit Point (WVA) is one of the few tracks with skid pads that are used all of the time. Other clubs are interested in getting you to solo as soon as they can--but you can always learn something. Should you find yourself with a club like that, don't be afraid to ask one of them to do at least one run with you. And you won't solo until you have had some "critical" time on the track. Regarding NJMP, Lightening is a very fast course. You can get good speed on the Thunderbolt--I just find it more fun to run on. They also have rooms and villas for rent right on the premises.
Maybe I should have asked this before--do you have any track time? All the clubs will want to see your GT35
ask away I am always ready to create another track rat. You might even get hooked. Get your wife (if there is one). My fiance' has participated and in fact is very capable-not the fastest but her lines are good as are her skills. There is a group of us that go frequently--set up the grills--cook lunch etc. Turns into a good together weekend.
Shelby24, have you had any luck finding any track time yet?
I have four more events this year--maybe more if I can fit another in. We will be at NJMP on the Thunderbolt course Nov 5 and 6 with Schattenbaum PCA. Take a look at it and see if you can make it. You won't be disappointed. Once again, it is a safe environment--crap does happen--but overall safe for you and your car.
Shelby24, I am trying to add a photo from my last track session to show you some of the excitement. I am in the 2009 Shelby and I am the one going in the right direction. No animals were hurt in making this photo. Nor were any vehicles
The cost for the NJMP event in Nov I think is 305 for the two days. Palmer is a track on our radar but we haven't made it yet. Same with Lime Rock So I have no personal experience at either of those two tracks. Thompson I know nothing about but will look into it. Our issues with Palmer or Lime Rock is places to stay but with you being only an hour away--they should be perfect tracks to go to. I will do some investigation into Thompson and let you know.
Thompson appears to be a nice course that for the most part is fairly new as the surface looks good. Historically, an older track--seems to function like a country club (similar to VIR and NJMP). Palmer is also a new course altogether--I would have expected to have a little more run off in some areas (but then again, I primarily run at Summit Point which run off can be a weak point). Has a good bit of elevation changes as well where I didn't get that at Thompson. Lime Rock is just a traditional track that I would like to run.
Palmer is your best bet as the two middle weekends in Sept have events-first sponsored by Audi Club and the second by a BMW CCA. The other two tracks only have single day events and none by a major venue such as PCA or BMW CCA or even Audi