I put this list together for the first Saab track day based on my own previous track day experience and a checklist written by Christopher Darwin, many of whose trackdays I have attended and greatly enjoyed.Saab Trackday: Checklist
Bill Jones' track day checklist based on lists compiled for previous track days attended:
- Driving licence
- Helmets (may be provided by circuit)
- Clothing (long sleeves and trousers)
- Wheel nuts tightened
- All fluid levels checked & caps replaced
- Car fuelled. i.e. Full (you'll need it!)
- Loose articles removed/secured
- Tyre pressures increased for higher speed (if in doubt use Saab's recommendation for load/speed)
- Windscreen cleaner (anticipate flies)
- Towing eyes (where separate) just in case
- Zero tripmeter on arrival if you wish to count laps
Also, bear in mind that some items on the car will wear at an accelerated rate on a track day.
- Check brake pads - they'll wear a bit (!)
- Consider tyre wear- if you're down to about 3mm you may not be legal at the end of the day!
- Ensure your spare is in order.
- When was your brake fluid last changed (Old fluid will boil more easily and lead to brake fade)
Remember that it isn't a race. It's an opportunity to drive your car as fast as you feel comfortable and explore what it can do in a safe environment. It's also an opportunity to receive professional driving instruction.