I’ve never driven a car on track!
Well, you’ve come to right place because that’s where we all started. Most club racers get their start these days in HPDE (High Performance Driver Education) programs. IRDC and our various sister clubs run driver training programs where you receive 1:1 coaching in your car. There are also an abundance of car clubs and other programs that offer similar track day programs. <<LINK HERE TO THOSE CLUBS and PROGRAMS>>.
I’ve done track days. What’s next?
Great! Track days are a fantastic way to develop car control skills. Racing is the next step with its own rules and additional skills.
Mastering yourself and car on track at speed can lead to pursuing a Competition license. As your state driver’s license certifies your understanding of the rules of the road, your competition license certifies that you can race safely and that you understand the rules governing the sport. To earn this license your next step is to successfully complete a race school that qualifies you for a Novice License with ICSCC (aka Conference). <<Link to a list racing schools>>
I have race experience; Do I need a license?
Everyone needs a license. If you already hold a current license from a recognized sanctioning body (SCCA, SOVREN, NASA, IMSA, FIA) Conference will honor those.
Drivers with wheel-to-wheel race experience from groups such as Lucky Dog, ChumpCar, etc. can work directly with the ICSCC license director to see what works best to help get them to a senior race license. While not a guarantee of a fast track to a license, it can help.
One best practice is to build a racing resume. The races you’ve driven in with links to video footage can build a picture of your skills and familiarity with tracks, safety requirements and etiquette.
The novice handbook is another resource for new conference racers by outlining what is expected our racers, even for those with racing experience.