Track Prep and Support
The technical inspection for a track day are common sense reviews to ensure a car is in proper working condition. F7 Garage can help you determine if any work is necessary before you participate in a track event.
- Wheels and Tires: There are only four small patches of rubber in actual contact with the track surface. It makes sense to have the best possible rubber on the road. Your tires should be in good condition with no cords or belts showing. The treads, assuming you use street tires, shouldnot be down to the wear indicators and should be within an acceptable date range. Track tires or slicks too should be in good shape. Check tire pressures before, during and after a track session. Tire temperatures increase significantly from heat generated under track driving. Often it is necessary to release air from tires after they have warmed up to track temperatures. As such, the pressure will drop when the tires cool making it necessary to replace lost air before driving on the street. It is strongly recommended tires which have been repaired using a plug or patch NOT be used at high speeds on a race track. Likewise, any wheel covers, trim rings and center caps should be removed to prevent flying debris.
- Suspension & Steering: The steering should turn easily with no binding as you turn from lock to lock. There should be no excessive play in the shock or strut mounts, trailing arms, roll bars or other suspension pieces. Suspension, frame and other chassis structural supports should be thoroughly inspected for cracks and wear. Wheels should be inspected to make sure there is no movement from to side indicating a loose or worn wheel bearing.
- Engine: There should be no leaks from the engine (or any other part of the car) allowing liquids to fall onto the hot engine or exhaust surfaces causing a fire hazard or onto the track surface causing a driving hazard. The battery must be properly secured with a strap or harness and the battery posts must be covered with a non-conductive material.
- Brakes and Fluid: The brake system should be in good working order with no leaks. The brake pedal should be firm throughout its range and should never bottom out. Brake lines are often made of rubber and rubber degrades over time. Brake lines must have no cracks. Fluid should be new throughout the brake system. Brake pads should be at least 50%. Like the tires, these are the only things stopping your car. Track specification pads are not necessary but recommended. Brake lights must be functioning properly.
- Safety Equipment: Fire suppression, rollover protection, impact protection and other safety features and equipment are highly recommended by F7 as they have been proven to reduce injury and save lives, even in moderate on-track accidents. F7 does not advocate driving street cars on the track at high speeds without basic safety features which are not standard on most street cars.
- Safety Gear: Proper clothing and other safety gear should be worn at all times when performance driving. F7 is happy to assist clients in selecting the proper gear for the occasion and circumstances.