First Time To The Track?
Here’s what to expect.
When you come to the track, you will first meet the gate personnel. You will be required to sign a release waiver to enter the pit area. While at the gate, you will pay for your tech cards and for any spectators (if you didn’t pre purchase Windsor Weekend tickets).
Please note, Windsor Weekend spectator tickets are more expensive at the gate.
If you are staying over night, locate and claim a pit spot, being careful not to setup in someone’s paid for, seasonal spot.
Immediately complete your tech cards, in ink, and legibly please, before heading over to the “tech inspection”. Give us some information about you, your crew or anything of interest. (e.g. Like how you built the car in 2 days). This is a good time to thank your Mom, wife, sponsors, etc. This gives the announcer something to talk about and makes for a more interesting event.
At Grand Bend, the tech inspection is down the track by the weigh scales. If you are taking your street car, and it is not a death trap, you will pass tech.
Some obvious things you need to pass tech:
- safe tires (no cord showing)
- radiator coolant overflow catch canister (the factory one is fine)
- no blatant fluid leaks pouring out
- make sure your battery is strapped in well.
- If you are running aftermarket wheels, make sure your studs comes out at a distance that is at least equal to the diameter of the stud below the rim of the stud.
- Make sure none of your studs or lugnuts are broken.
- Remove your hubcaps
- Shorts and tank tops are not allowed. YOU MUST WEAR LONG PANTS WHILE ON THE TRACK! All the officials look for this, so don’t try to sneak by them.
- If your car runs 14 seconds and quicker, you must have a helmet.
- If your car runs faster than 11.99 the entire game changes. Please consult the Grand Bend Handbook and the IHRA Rulebook for details.
Things To Pack For The Races
- Pen to fill out tech cards, and money for entry fees.
- ¼ to ½ tank of gas.
- Long pants and shirt with sleeves.
- Sunscreen and bug repellant
- Helmet (if required)
- Lawn chairs and an ice chest for drinks (NO GLASS BOTTLES ALLOWED)
- Maybe some orange cones to mark your pit spot.
- Radio, so you can listen to the track announcer.
- Tools for doing some minor car repairs, spare parts and fluids.
- If you’re staying overnight, make sure to have all of your camping gear.
- Food is available for purchase at the track, but feel free to bring your own.
- First Aid Kit
- Your car (duh)