Track day at NYST

Occam’s Racer is hosting a track day for cars and bikes at New York Safety Track (NYST) on July 5th, 2022. There’s also a pre-event at Pineview Run.

Sunday July 3rd at Pineview Run

For people coming in from out of town and want to make it a two-fer, there will be a casual trackday at Pineview Run on Sunday. We got a special rate of $149! This is not an easy track to get onto, as you need a member to sponsor you for the day – I’m your sponsor for July 3rd. To get this special rate, buy a track pass online and make sure to enter MARIOGUESTDAY-22 as the coupon code. Pineview has some special restrictions, so if you’ve never been there before, read my blog post that has more info.

NYST Details

The rest of this page has to do with details about the NYST event.

  • Motorsports photographer Peter Levins will take photos and video, and provide free, unlimited access to all media.
  • A healthy lunch and unlimited drinks will be provided. If you have dietary restrictions, you’ll probably find something to eat, but please plan accordingly.
  • Car and bike groups, lots of track time, rock bottom pricing.

If you have any questions, text Mario at 415.269.3246.

Skill level

This is event is for advanced and intermediate (solo) drivers and riders.

Novice drivers may be allowed on a case-by-case basis, contact Mario before signing up. To be considered for that, you must be a highly skilled driver (autocross, ice racing, rallycross or other relevant experience) and you’ll need a driving instructor in the passenger seat at all times. However, no instructors are provided for this event, you’ll have to make those arrangements on your own.

Novice riders must wear an orange vest and will be given extra room.

Motorcycles

There will be one open bike group capped at 30 bikes. Many of us go to Two-wheel Wednesdays at Pineview Run. If you aren’t part of that group, but you know someone who can vouch for you (Lee Ringe, Jake Galek, etc), then you may join. There may be a lot of smaller bikes and supermotos, as that’s what we run at Pineview, and hopefully you’ll ride something that mixes well with those bikes.

NYST rules and regulations

This event is held under New York Safety Track’s insurance, and so all vehicles must pass NYST tech inspection and follow their track rules. Their rules are posted online, please read them. If you don’t read the rules, and subsequently fail tech inspection, that’s on you.

Cars: if you fill out NASA’s tech form, you should be well covered for this event.

Don’t crash

Crashing your car sucks, not just for you, but for everyone. Crashing requires cleanup, alters the day’s schedule, and is less track time for everyone. For this reason, I removed the time trial portion of this event, and I highly discourage anyone from pushing themselves or others into chasing a lap time and making a mistake.

Cars, if you go two off, pit and have the track marshal check your tires. Some of the pavement can be sharp where it drops off, and it may cut tires. If you go four off with any kind of a bump, you should stay where you are. You may have oil pan damage and coming back on track could spread oil on track. Wait in your car (unless it’s on fire), and NYST will pause the session to check on your car. If you go four off at slow speed without drama, you may enter the track safely but be very aware of dropping fluids.

Note that if you crash your car or spread oil/coolant around the track, NYST will charge you for cleanup. You’ll also get the stink eye from every other driver, since they are literally paying for your mistake.

If you spin your car or go four off, you must pit immediately. Don’t go back on track until you’ve talked to the track marshal and event staff (Mario, Ian or someone else on the Occam’s Racer team). If you spin or go off track twice, pit in immediately, you’re done for that session and the next one. You’ll get a stern talking to, and an instructor ride along when you go out again. If this happens three times, you’re done for the day, without a refund, and you’re not coming to another Occam’s Racer track day again.

Run groups

Run groups may change based on sign-ups, track condition, delays, etc. But the plan is to have four run groups: three car and one bike. After lunch we’ll merge the track noobs into the other groups and there will be three run groups, two car, one bike.

  • Bikes. Open passing on straights and on the outside of corners, please respect a 6′ space. Many of the bikes will be supermotos and 300s, so if you have a big bike, be patient and pass on the straights.
  • Cars open passing. For licenses racers, advanced drivers, and intermediates by permission.
    • Passing allowed anywhere on track, but be safe and courteous; no stealing apexes, no blocking, and consider pointing by faster cars .
    • Anyone who exhibits dangerous passes, is aggressive, unsafe, or behaves like a jackass will not be allowed back on track, and will not receive a refund.
  • Cars, point by. This group is for intermediate (solo) drivers, or anyone who prefers point-by passing. In the morning, there will be two point-by groups, one for drivers who are new to NYST.
    • Passing on the left only, in three zones: the front straight, between T4 and T5, and between T8-T9.
    • If you are stuck behind a train of cars, come through pit lane and ask the starter to find you a gap in traffic.
    • If you’re an advanced driver who is coming to NYST for the first time, you can move to the open passing group after lunch.

Identification

All cars require a number on each side, preferably on the front door. You may use painter’s tape, but professionally made vinyl stickers are recommended, as they look better in photos.

Schedule

You may camp at the track Monday night. NYST charges $20 per vehicle. People camping must arrive Monday evening between 6-10pm.

The morning sessions are 15 minutes: one motorcycle group, three car groups. One car group is specifically for drivers who are new to NYST. If that’s you, ask a driver from the open car group if they will sit right seat and show you the way around the track.

After lunch, we’ll remove the track noobs group and move those drivers into the point-by or open group. This means after lunch there will be three run groups, one motorcycle, car point-by, and car open passing. These groups will alternate 20 minute sessions on the hour.

If things go smoothly, everyone should get seven sessions: three 15-minute sessions in the morning, and four 20-minute sessions in the afternoon.

6:30am Gates open
7:00-8:30 Registration and tech
8:30-8:55 Mandatory drivers meeting
9:00 Open cars
9:15 Open bikes
9:30 Car noobs
9:45 Car point by
Repeat every hour until noon
1:00 Open cars
1:20 Open bikes
1:40 Car point by
Repeat every hour until 5:00

Sign me up!

Pricing is as follows:

  • Cars
    • $175 early sign up before April 1.
    • $195 regular price.
    • $225 within 1 week of event.
  • Bikes
    • $100 regular price.
    • $125 within 1 week of event.
  1. Cars: fill out this form to get on the roster.
    Bikes: fill out this form to get on the roster.
  2. Pay me at paypalme/occamsracer. When you check out, use Personal: friends and family. If you don’t use friends and family, I’ll back charge you whatever PayPal charges me.

If you don’t or won’t use PayPay, you may pay by the following:

  • Venmo @Mario-Korf
  • Send a check to Mario Korf, 137 Hopkins Rd, Ithaca NY 14850
  • Cash in person, well in advance of the event

Full refunds will be given up to June 14th, after that, there are no refunds. If you experience an emergency or have trouble and can’t make it, please find someone else to take your place.

If you have any questions, text Mario at 415.269.3246.

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