Put Your Car on the Track
Put your car on the track
There are a thousand ways to get into racing. And a
thousand different disciplines, from drag racing to motocross to sports car racing.
For a road racer, one of the best ways is to
get into karting. It’s demanding, and yet relatively inexpensive. Portland Karting Association is a good contact. For road racing cars, the Sports Car Club of America, and
Cascade Sports Car Club both have into programs, as does the Pro Drive racing school here at PIR. One
good place to start is this website: www.safeisfast.com.
There are lots of club days, and you don't need to belong to a particular club to join in. For your fee (they vary, but plan on $250-$325) you will get a 20 minute session each hour, which is enough to exhaust you. Clubs handle their own registration, and a list of clubs and their contact info is under the CONTACT heading on our home page.
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You can drag race for fun, or for points and purse. On Wednesday evenings the ET drag program is run eighth-mile in several classes using the bracket racing system, where you dial in predicted time, as does your opponent, giving one of you a handicap. Races are often won with great reaction times at the start. Racing Wednesday will get you a couple of test passes, then into eliminations, which means you might get knocked out in the first round, or keep winning all the way to the end. It’s up to you. And yes, there is always a bracket for the "lovable losers" too.
Friday and Saturday evening is grudge racing on the quarter-mile at Late Night drags. No points, no purse, no eliminations, just bragging rights.
In either case you will go through tech inspection before racing, but for most cars it just makes sure you are safe (battery tie-down, non-cracked windshield, belts, etc.)
The crew is quite helpful, so don’t be intimidated.
Come out and enjoy.
Motorcycle track days are
handled by the various promoters (Pacific Super Sport Riders, Motocorsa and 2Fast), and you can find links to their websites on
the club contact list or check our calendar.
Typically you will be put in
a group that fits your skill level, often with instruction. Best to check with
the club on their own rules.
For inquires, contact us at
racing fuel suppliers
Looking for racing fuel? Here is a (certainly incomplete) list of places to look, created by users. Call for availability, grades and prices and send us other suppliers to be added to firstname.lastname@example.org
ARCO 11125 SE Foster Road, Portland, OR (503) 760-8242
• (Sunoco 110 only)
• Sunoco 110 & 112 leaded, 100 unleaded SS100 race gas
• Sunoco EX02 Motorcycle fuel
Olson Brothers Tire Factory, 14115 SE McLoughlin Blvd, Milwaukie, OR (503) 659-5141 • http://www.tirefactory.com/milwaukie/biodiesel-ethanol
• Ethanol & Biodiesel