We are an event organizer that allows anyone to drive on reknown racetracks with their own cars. We put on safe and fun days for you to explore the limits of your car at your own pace with people of similar experience to you. The Turn8 name comes from the famous Corkscrew corner at Laguna Seca, which is the 8th corner on the track!
Our "home" track is the globally famous Buttonwillow Raceway Park, though we also hold events at other California tracks such as Laguna Seca, Thunderhill, Sonoma Raceway, Willow Springs and Chuckwalla.
Most of our events typically run a standard run-group format with drivers seperated in to Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. Usually you will get 5 sessions through the day, each lasting 20 to 25 minutes. Sometimes we will do special events where we'll do a combination of sessions in the morning and "open pit" in the afternoon where drivers can go on and off the track at will (typically only intermediate and higher will be allowed in the open pit session, and beginners will get additional regular sessions earlier in the day to compensate).
Yes! Drivers of all levels are welcome, including those who have never been on track. You can bring any well maintained car (from a Prius to a Corvette!), as long as it meets our car requirements (see below). We will provide classroom sessions for all beginners, and assign instructors to groups or individuals as availability allows.
All drivers must wear close-toed shoes, and must be equipped with a helmet approved to Snell SA2010 or newer. No other special clothing is required and most drivers run with jeans and T-shirts, though a full race outfit can be worn if you prefer!
We like to keep our groups small to minimize traffic, and depending on the track length, will be between 20 and 30. At Buttonwillow, we limit to 25 at a time.
Any well maintained sedan, hatchback or convertible will be allowed on track. Convertibles will require factory rollover protection or a roll bar. SUV's, trucks, etc, will NOT be allowed on track. Some CUV's will be allowed by approval. Open wheel cars are only allowed in advanced, and by approval. Please contact us if you have any questions!
Our events are NON-COMPETITIVE and thus very very safe. However, as with any high speed event, there is an element of risk. Our safety marshals will remove any unsafe driver from the track, and that driver may lose some track time, or be expelled from the entire event. Your safety is our number one priority and as such we have an ambulance with EMT staff, fire truck and tow truck all present at the track where possible.
Your car must pass self-tech, and you are responsible for your car meeting all the requirements. You must wear a helmet rated to Snell SA2010 or higher at all times on the track, and must not remove the helmet at any time. You must not leave your car for any reason while on track except in cases of your car being on fire.
Turn8, LLC does not provide any insurance for your vehicle and it is your responsibility to provide insurance if you so wish. Some normal insurance companies provide track coverage for non-competitive events, though we highly recommend a specialist track insurer. If there is an incident, the responsibility lies with you, and Turn8, LLC will not be liable for any damages or injuries.
In intermediate and advanced group passengers may ride with you for free but must sign a waiver before going on track, and receive a passenger wrist band. Beginners will not be allowed passengers except for instructors. If you bring your own instructor, they must receive clearance from Turn8 management before going on track with you.