SCCA Track Night in America Driven by Tire Rack is the fastest way for automotive enthusiasts to get on a race circuit. The very popular program was created as a non-competitive, no-stress, entertaining, easy and inexpensive way for nearly anyone who loves cars or motorsports to have a weeknight adventure. No previous on-track experience required. Realizing that traditional road courses have always been a bit of a secret society, the SCCA created Track Night in America as a way to remove the mystery around such facilities. The goal is to eliminate hurdles that keep people from enjoying local racing circuits and open the doors so everyone can come and play.
2019 is the fifth year the SCCA has conducted this program. Events are rain or shine (with some exceptions). TNA will visit more than 25 facilities around the U.S. in 2019 from March through September. Events usually run from 4pm to 8pm on weekdays, leaving weekends free for other obligations. Generally, each participating race circuit will host one TNA event every month. The cost is never more than $150 for each entrant seeking time on track, and admission is free for those wishing to just hang out and enjoy the festivities or display cherished rides. SCCA membership is not required for TNA events. Entrants must be at least 18 years old with a valid driver’s license, and have access to an approved helmet and street car in good working condition. (No race cars permitted!) Participants are divided into three categories: Novice, Intermediate or Advanced. Each group has three 20-minute sessions on track, and professional SCCA instructors and staff are on hand to provide guidance.
A leisurely parade lap session is offered during events for attendees not registered for the full on-track experience. People can learn more or reserve a spot by visiting www.TrackNightinAmerica.com. Space is limited for each event.
In addition to the Track Night in America program, Philly Region SCCA members participate in events hosted by other Regions and clubs. "Time Trials," "PDX," or "Track Days" typically take place on an actual racetrack just a NJMP, Summit Point, or Pocono, providing for higher speeds than is allowed or possible at Solo events. Most of these events can be run in a regular street car that passes a standard safety inspection. Certain timed events may require additional safety equipment, so be sure to look at the supplemental rules for the particular event you are considering. Drivers are typically separated by experience level and sometimes by vehicle performance capability. Ordinarily, all drivers start off with an instructor until they are signed off to drive own their own having demonstrated a knowledge and respect for the rules as well as good judgment.
2019 PDX / Track Day Schedule*
(*Verify all dates on actual event page)
PENNSYLVANIA HILLCLIMB ASSOCIATION EVENTS
Philly Region participates in the Pennsylvania Hillclimb Association (www.pahillclimb.org) which is celebrating its 60th Anniversiary in 2019. Whether you are interested in seeing what it takes to drive in one of these events, are interested in volunteering to work at a corner (and get the best view in the house), or just want to spectate, be sure to go to one of these great events to see the terrific cars and excellent driving.
The PHA series is operated under the Hillclimb Rules on their webpage. Below is the PHA’s 2019 Schedule. Be sure to check their website for updates. Volunteer workers are always welcome, with on-the-job training there's no better way to get closer to the action!
2019 PA Hillclimb Schedule
These events present something of a middle-ground between Solo and Club Racing. Like Solo, these events are typically scored or timed one-car-at-a-time as opposed to wheel-to-wheel racing for position on track like in Club Racing. Like Solo, you can participate in some of these events with the standard safety equipment in a street vehicle (seat belts) and helmet, while other events will require additional safety equipment such as a roll cage and driver safety equipment such as a firesuit.
“Hillclimbs” typically take place on public roads that are closed for the event and – as you might guess – are located in very steep terrain. These events require additional safety equipment in the car and on the driver since the chance for error and the proximity of trees, steep slopes, or the side of the hill presents some additional risk.