Frequently Asked Questions
What happens on a race weekend?
Most of the competitors actually arrive and set up their equipment in the paddock on Friday afternoon, and some participate in the on-track test session. Others arrive in the evening for their set up. The public is welcome to come by and walk around the paddock and check out the equipment and talk to the racers and their crews—you can even help them set up their tents and roll cars off trailers as you'll find our racers to be very friendly and appreciative of the help. You can also see some cars on the track Friday afternoon during the test sessions and ask questions about car set-ups.
Saturday and Sunday are races days and a modest admission price is required to enter the track, and an additional charge to get into the Paddock (current pricing can be found on the Tickets tab). Saturday qualifying (and Sunday racing) starts at 10:00am. There are 6 (sometimes 7) different groupings of cars, and each group gets a 25 minute practice/qualifying session. Once these are completed, racing begins!
Each race group does a pace lap and a rolling start for a 10 lap race. After the last group takes the checkered flag, that's it for Saturday. Sunday it all starts again with another class race for each group and later a Feature race for each group as well. So with 6 groups each getting three races during the weekend, that's eighteen races!
How do I get started racing?
The quickest and easiest answer is to spend time at the track and ask questions. You'll find that 99% of the people associated with Waterford Hills are very friendly and helpful. For more detailed information on how get started, read this forum post.
Yeah, yeah, I understand—I need to go to the track. But is there any other way I can get more information about racing at Waterford Hills?
YES! Join us for some lively discussion in our forums! There's a lot of knowledge and wisdom (and smack-talk) to be found there. As explained in this post, you need to request a forum account before you can log in to ask questions. But that's really all there is to it. The website guy is kind of a jerk sometimes, but he'll still get you a forum account if you want one.
Do you race in the rain?
YES! We absolutely race in the rain. We've even raced a few times in the snow. Thunderstorms will interrupt the action, but short of that, we take to the track.
Are dogs allowed?
YES! Dogs are allowed, including in the paddock area. They do need to be leashed at all times, and we do expect you to clean up after your dog.