NCRC puts on a variety of activities at our events. Check the event details to confirm which of these are happening at the event you're attending.
Open track events consist of solo driving on the track for fun and practice, not for racing. Drivers are classified into three groups, based on track experience:
- Solo Group: For relatively new drivers, allowing passing with point-by only in straight sections of track
- Point-By Group: For drivers with more experience, allowing passing anywhere on the track with a point-by
- Open Group: For very experienced drivers, allowing passing anywhere on the track with no point-by required
Open track makes up the bulk of most NCRC track days.
For novice drivers (those who haven't driven on a race track before) we provide a one-day driving school (also called DE, or Driver's Ed). This school begins with three classroom sessions and on-track exercises in the morning. These activities are designed to get the driver comfortable with the rules, process and experience of safe open track driving. These include learning to drive the racing line, learning to pass safely, and understanding of flags. In the afternoon, the remaining three track sessions are regular Open Track sessions for the drivers, with "Solo" passing rules. This school offers one instructor for each five students, and predominantly does not have instructors in the passenger seat of the student car. Passengers (other than instructors) are not allowed in the driving school.
Most of our drivers are moved into the Solo group after this school, the rest are encouraged to take the school a second time. As the driving school is a single day, customers registering for weekend events should choose either day for the school, but not both. Those wanting to attend the full weekend may register for two days, but it will be NCRC's decision as to whether the driver moves to the solo group, or remains in the school for the second day.
NCRC hasn't held full motorcycle events yet, but does periodically include a motorcycle run group within its regular schedule. Like the car Open Track groups, this is not a race group, and riders should behave accordingly. Riders of all skill levels are welcome, as this is a very easy-going group with plenty of help from the experienced riders for the new folks.
Under the American Racing Club (ARC) banner, we run true wheel-to-wheel racing for those with race licenses and race-prepared cars. These races are run as a separate rungroup at NCRC events. Those with race licenses are welcome to join us for these events. Those with race-prepared cars, but no racing licenses, should contact us before registering for a race, and we'll determine whether you can start your first race with us as a novice racer.
With the Chrono Series, NCRC has re-formatted its Time Trials to provide a separate run group for a more exciting driving series much closer to a race format, and a "framework" for marque-specific time trial/challenge groups. Drivers will be racing against the clock to set their best lap time (Chrono being Greek for "time") for the day, within the boundaries of key safety rules.. Read more about the Chrono Series.
Open Track Timing
NCRC optionally offers our AMB timing system to the open track drivers who want to get lap times throughout their sessions. You will get reports periodically throughout the day, showing your lap times in the same format as the racers receive. This is purely an option for the open track drivers, and there is a fee for this service; you'll see the options available during the registration process for any event. Keep in mind that insurance companies often determine accident coverage based on whether the event is "timed", so you'll have to include this in your plans if you chose to be timed.