should i go to infineon track day if its raining?

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RichieZ

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i'm signed up for a track day this coming monday but the weather looks poor, 70% chance of rain and its going to be bad all week in CA.

This will be my first track day, I can still cancel until 6am tomorrow for a $50 fee. What do you all think?

my car: 08 boxster
 

zerocool84

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Ehh I wouldn't. It'd just suck so much in the rain. If you already paid you paid and that may make you want to go but I'd just hate slipping and sliding everywhere.
 

Koing

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IT's no fun unless your sideways!

My first track day in the S2000 was on a somewhat icey road...it did melt away later as we were behind a marshalls car to help defrost the track!!!

It'll be fun and it'll teach you the limits of your car in THE WET which is equally important. I think everyone should do at least a few track days in the wet to understand their car and it's and your limits.

Koing
 

DivideBYZero

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I drove an Exige on a wet to drying track and it was still fantastic. Tracks have greater levels of grip than your average blacktop and the penalty for spinning out is often that only your ego gets a beating not your car. Unless you are going nuts, which you shouldn't be for your first time.
 

exdeath

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IT's no fun unless your sideways!

My first track day in the S2000 was on a somewhat icey road...it did melt away later as we were behind a marshalls car to help defrost the track!!!

It'll be fun and it'll teach you the limits of your car in THE WET which is equally important. I think everyone should do at least a few track days in the wet to understand their car and it's and your limits.

Koing

This. Do it anyway.
 

bruceb

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Go anyway. Best way to test a car's handling is in rain or snow. If you can control it good then, you can do better when it is dry roads.
 

Mursilis

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It'll be fun and it'll teach you the limits of your car in THE WET which is equally important. I think everyone should do at least a few track days in the wet to understand their car and it's and your limits.

Koing

This is great advice. I second it.
 

Viper GTS

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I had the same dilemma this summer when I went to PIR. I ended up going, & it was a good time. It wasn't pouring, so the driving line actually dried out and stayed fairly dry the whole day. The only real inconvenience of the rain was having to crank up the wipers every time you hit the straights.

Heavy rain might be a different story, but light/intermittent rain wasn't a big deal at all.

Puddles at PIR:

http://pics.bbzzdd.com/users/ViperGTS/DSC_0366.JPG

Viper GTS
 

overst33r

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My first track day got rained out. I got to drive in the dry and wet. Plus I had the track all to myself. The speeds were much slower of course, but it was fun!
 

dawheat

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Not sure what to recommend. Infineon is not a forgiving track to drive in the wet and is a notorious car eater. There isn't much run-off and lots of walls to hit.

Considering that it's going to be quite cold and wet, I'd pass as it's your first track event. There are other tracks which are much more forgiving in a spin you can go to.

If it was dry, I'd say go, keep it within your skill level, and listen to your instructor. In the wet, even guys with a ton of time under their belt can get caught out.
 
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