Beginner's guide to the track

Congratulations !

... on taking your first steps into the beautiful world of track driving.

We know that embarking on this journey can be overwhelming at times, but we're here to help.

In this guide, you'll gain the confidence and the knowledge required to make the most of your first track experiences.

Provided below are thorough instructions from a world-renowned race coach, bite-sized breakdowns about leading safety gear, and genuine take-aways from our community's personal experiences.

Who You're Listening To


Decades of experience in the highest levels of motorsport have been condensed into key elements which will ensure you are able to make the most of your track journey in the safest manner.


From his early days dominating Texas kart tracks to achieving international acclaim, Michael's journey is marked by success and a hands-on approach. With KART National Championship victories, coaching at the prestigious PalmerSport school, and ongoing contributions in various racing levels, Michael's credibility as a source of expertise is unquestionable.

GP and the Community

The Grid Partners have years of personal experience tracking, and know now what could have helped them when they were beginners like yourself. Being located in the heart of LA has given us countless connections with a community full of knowledge and expertise.



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No matter your motoring experience, fundamental track gear remains consistent. Here's what everyone should have:

As your only *required* piece of equipment, your helmet is also the most important. Feel free to stop by and get fitted, or explore our guide if you're unsure of what to choose.

It's better to have one and not need it, than to need one and not have it. A fire extinguisher is non-negotiable, and is our go-to recommendation before any other upgrades.

Negligence of tire pressures can ruin a track day, so make sure to research your vehicle's psi requirements and keep them up to spec with a gauge throughout the day.

Additional essentials include:

  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Long trousers & long sleeve shirts (some tracks will require this)
  • Printed schedule for keeping up with your session times
  • Ice chest with hydration and snacks
  • Tool Kit
  • Sun Screen
  • Device to record your driving sessions



Although there are countless preparations to improve the speed and enjoyment of your ride, this list simply details what you need for the proper safety and operation of your car on the track.


A good track day is dependent on good preparation. Getting your car inspected by professionals before an event can save you from chasing issues in the pits. If you're not mechanically inclined, contact GP or your local shop to look over all major systems and fluids, allowing enough time to handle any repairs.


Old or stock brake fluid has big potential for disaster. Impurities such as debris or water can accumulate, which will lower the boiling point or impede the flow of your fluid. Better fluid not only helps to prevent these issues, but is built to sustain the extreme temperatures experienced on track.


It's important to get your car aligned for track use. Depending on your overall use of the car, your alignment shop will recommend varying specs. Extra camber, for instance, allows your wheels more grip through corners but compromises on tire wear. Ask your local pro!


When, not if you go off track, you may need to get towed back to the pits depending on the state of your car. Most cars have a small panel on the front bumper which allows the attachment of the factory tow hook. You may also opt for a fancier tow strap, though mounting hardware may be hard to find.


Number panels are an exterior accessory required by some track-day organizers. Whilst not always necessary, most of us opt to run our favorite number and stand out. These panels come in the form of vinyl stickers or big ol' magnets. Whichever you choose, be sure to make it fun and express yourself !


If you can't stand rocks chipping away at your beauty, you can shield her from the elements with products such as Track Armour. Unlike painter's tape, Track Armour won't melt on your hood and cost you a new paint job.




Your car's performance means nothing if your brain can't keep up. Focus is critical on track, so do your best to catch some Z's (or chug some coffee if you fail to do so). You can also consider staying at a nearby hotel the night before if your event is far away.

Check All Fluids / Fuel Up

Make sure to triple-check all fluids! If you've done any maintenance, such as an oil change or brake flush, check the levels again after letting the car rest. Some cars are sensitive to engine oil levels for tracking, so do your research in case you need to add a little extra.

The track requires a lot of dino-juice, so it's best to fill up before you head out. If you're driving the car to the track, you should fill up again somewhere nearby to avoid expensive track gas! A tank may not be enough, so watch your gauge throughout the day (or your EV battery if you're one of those guys).

Torque Wheel Lugs

We shouldn't have to tell you that torqueing your wheels is absolutely necessary before driving any car. It's good habit to check your wheel torques again before going out for your first session on track, and once more after coming in from your first session. For the latter, make sure to let the car cool down some before tightening any lugs. The heat from hard driving will compromise the integrity of your lugs/bolts and you risk damaging them.

Tire Pressures

Check with a local performance tire shop or the tire manufacturer for recommended track pressures. Generally speaking, your tire pressures will need to be somewhat lower before going out on track. The heat produced while driving will increase your tire pressures by about 3 - 8psi. Keeping an eye on your 'Hot Pressures' will lend more consistency to your overall driving experience than any car mod possibly could. Remember to reset your pressures for normal driving before heading home!

Empty Car and Final Walk Around

You want nothing able to fly around and distract you from driving. As a final course of action, check your car for any rookie mistakes and you're good to go!




You're REady!

If you've checked all above boxes, then you are prepared for an exhilarating experience. We want to remind you that your first day should be all about safely and smoothly learning about your machine and yourself as a driver. Speed comes after experience.

Familiarizing yourself with the rules and systems in place will further prepare you for a successful day. Make sure to check Michael Johnson's guide for everything you need to know about proper driving technique and track etiquette.

Have fun !