The Schedule: A Typical Race Day Itinerary
I’m going to give you a schedule of what we typically go through on an event day. Mind you this is a typical day. There are some days that Murphy’s Law is in full effect and others that go without a hitch (these are few and far between). Your schedule would be a little less intensive for testing days as well. I’m going to do a bigger event like KOTS which is an all-day event.
This is about the time you wake up, shower, get dressed etc. You put on clothes that don’t matter and that are already coved in oil stains. Then you either put on more clothes or pack a bag with more clothes. Layers are key. You’re going to be there from morning until well after the sun goes down; there can be a big variation in temperature changes, so better to be prepared. If you plan on racing you have to be wearing long pants when you’re driving, even if it is 100 degrees. Finally you’re ready to leave the house.
If you’re like us, you don’t keep your car and trailer at your house. We hook up the trailer and load up the truck.
A few things you might bring:
- Food (burgers, hot dogs, buns, ketchup, mustard etc.)
- Tools (all but the one you’ll remember you forgot once your already at the track and have to have the buddy that was late grab for you)
- Your bag of extra clothes
- Grill (if that was your responsibility)
- Charcoal for above mentioned grill
Leave to get the car from the shop where it’s kept. If it’s kept at your house you can skip this part and move on. About a 20 minute drive later you load the car in the trailer and hope you didn’t forget anything.
FINALLY breakfast. I bet you were thinking you didn’t get to eat. Our crew usually stops at the Phoenix Restaurant right off US 94 in Kenosha. It’s right on the way to the track for both the Wisconsin people and those coming from Illinois. It’s not the best breakfast place in the world but its decent,
cheap, conveniently located, and they don’t get mad when a group of 15 people dressed in matching shirts walk in unannounced, so it’s perfect. During breakfast conversations usually cover any money owed and said money is usually collected. There is also the ever constant good hearted smack talking. A plate of pancakes and a few cups of coffee later we head out for the track.
The track opens at 11:00 AM. We are always “going” to be there at 11 when it opens, but we are always there late, I still haven’t figured out how. So we get there around 11:30-12 and find the parking spot saved in the pits for us by a friend who did actually get there on time. We unload the truck and take the car off the trailer and get it to tech. We say our hellos and start setting up. The awning and chairs are set up, someone gets the grill started and the ice in the cooler. Everyone relaxes and has a drink; water for drivers, beer (or whatever your poison is) for spectators. This is when you realized that tool you forgot and call your friend who was later than you were. Then we wait for the drivers meeting scheduled at 1.
1:00 PM 1:45-2:00 PM
One thing you will learn is that the drivers meeting is never on time. If they say noon, assume 1:00. Chances are you’ll still be a little early. During the meeting the event staff makes sure all the drivers are present. They also go over a few rules, then draw names. There is a moment right before they draw names where you can call out another car if you want. Sometimes there are call outs sometimes not. Once all the names are picked the racing starts.
RACING. Rounds and rounds of racing. With eating and fun in-between. Usually the racing is done around 10-10:30. If it’s done earlier like 10:00 PM people get some grudge racing in after. Some of these races are for redemption for something that happened during the event; others are just for fun. Bigger events draw out people who you don’t see every week, so this is sometimes your only chance to race them. The track usually closes around 11 and people load up and leave; unless you’re us.
11:00 PM-12:00 AM
We load up and then we stand around and talk, and talk, and talk. Don’t get me wrong, I love to chat and catch up with people. After about a half hour I’m over it. I’d rather go sit down at an IHOP or a bar and have a drink and talk. My back can only take so much standing still. But to each their own. I can just count on being the very last trailer to leave the track, about an hour after they shut the lights on us.
Once we leave the track 7 or 8 of us decide to get some food usually at IHOP since it’s one of the few places still open. Sometimes we decide on the bar if it was a particularly bad or good day. Once we’ve had our fill of whatever we decided on we finally head home and to our beds. All in all it’s an extremely long day but the amount of thrills and fun you have make it all worth it.