I have my car ready to go, now what?
It’s your first day on track and assuming (I know, I shouldn’t do that) the driver has already read and understood the Self Tech Form (and is working to fix any necessary elements). The driver will want to review a few more things before getting on track.
First off, helmets are required for most on-track activities. They keep your noggin from being knocked around. You don’t want to pick out just any ol’ bucket. You need one that meets the safety standards of the event. Pitt Race accepts a few different safety standards listed on our self tech form. One of the most recognized standards being Snell rating.
All drivers will need to take their helmet to registration when they check-in. Helmets will receive a sticker placed on the left side proving it has been checked by event staff.
Next, make sure you are familiar with the different flag colors and what they mean. These will help to keep you safe and safety is number one for Pitt Race.
Finally, you will want to get familiar with the track. If you have never been to Pitt Race, bring a friend and check it out, there are many different motorsport options at our complex. As a bonus note, most Pitt Race events are free for spectators. You can download a track map or watch a driving demonstration from our YouTube channel.
Flag Colors and What They Mean
Green – Start/Restart Signals the start of a practice or qualifying session or the start or restart of a race. Also signals a clear course.
Yellow – Stationary Flag -Slow down, no passing, hold the position.
Yellow -Waving Flag – Slow down, no passing, immediate danger, unsafe driving conditions on the track.
Black – Furled (closed) – The signaled car must go immediately to the Black Flag Station in the pits for consultation.
Black – Open Flag – Signals that you are to enter the pits.
Red – Stop – Signals a complete stoppage of driving activity. Come to a controlled stop as quickly as possible at the edge of the track and within sight of a flag station. Upon indication from a corner worker, proceed cautiously to pits.
Blue with Yellow Stripe – Check your mirrors and give consideration to the overtaking car, be prepared to expedite a pass.
Checkered – Signals completion of the session or the race. Enter the pit at next opportunity.
White – Signals that an emergency (or slow moving) vehicle is on the track.
Red and Yellow Striped – Signals you to exercise caution due to a slippery condition or debris on the track.
Note: The White and Red/Yellow Stripe flags shown above are in common use for race events but are seldom used in non-competition events.