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Cheapest way to get track time

I am looking for opinions/suggestions on the cheapest way to get track time. I live in southern NC, so VIR is about 3 hours away and Carolina Motorsports Park is about 1.5 hours away. CMP offers a club membership with 40 track days, for a one-time $1000 initiation fee and a $3000 annual fee. VIR offers a club membership for a one-time $3000 initiation fee and then $3200 a year after that for 18 track days.
I think the VIR club is unreasonably expensive, but at CMP it breaks down to ~$100 a day, which is not terrible. Would it be cheaper to keep doing HPDEs? My cars would not be competitive in club racing, I just want to have fun on the track without breaking the bank. Thanks for any suggestions!

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There are sometimes local clubs that specialize in track days for all marques of car. Some of them only run mid-week events, because tracks are cheaper to rent during the middle of the week. Those might be the most economical in terms of $$/on-track hour.

I'm not sure how you'd find them, though. Maybe go to the websites of local tracks and see if they have a calendar listed? Then search the name of the organization renting the track (again, mid-week) to try to find contact info.

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The problem with the packages you mention is the schedule. Will you be able to attend all 40 days and will you get bored with one track? Sticking with a car club chapter and demonstrating your skills could get you instructor status. Instructors pay reduced rate on nothing for a weekend. Or you can volunteer for jobs during DE weekends to earn track time. NASA does this and I know several car club chapters that do same.
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Looking at dollars per hour DE's and open track days are usually best.

There are so many places that host open track days for their customers
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If you want to do all of your driving on one track the CMP deal may be the cheapest. Do you plan on going 40 times a year? You also have:
Road Atlanta - 3 hours
Atlanta Motorsportspark - 3.5 hours
Roebling road - 4 hours.
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Highly recommend NASA... at least here in the NE, they are very good and we run a lot of trackdays.. DE, TT, Race , ect..sometimes even single days..

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VIR is a significantly nicer venue than CMP, both is size and offerings.

That said, I don't like the track membership idea. I'd get TOO bored. I like variety in my tracks. As mentioned, looks for multimarque clubs (chin, scca, nasa) but even single marque groups will let in non marque owners, especially if they need the numbes ($$).

Becoming a club instructor can also reduce your cost outlay.

There are other groups like Kojote or David Murry, while the may cost $500/day, you get 6-8 hours of "open track", sometimes with pro instructors made available. Need to figure out how much track time you really want
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Hooked on Driving frequents VIR, AMP and Roebling, etc.....
Get enough laps and instructor status and it's FREE.
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CHUMP CAR ! - find a team , do a arrive and drive or something. $800 for 4 hours of track time is someone elses car can be had if you have your own driving gear.
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A Chump Car rental is the best value. Find a team with a proven record and you'll get all the track time you could ever want. No 30 minutes sessions with Chump Cars. You stay in the car for 2 hours at a shot. You'll be happy to get out when your stint is over.

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Feel free to join MVP Track Time (www.MVPTrackTime.com) at any of our events. We will be at CMP in early Spring 2014.
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Have you considered instructing? Many clubs give instructors free sessions.
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Have you considered instructing? Many clubs give instructors free sessions.
Can you list afew that do?.....I just became an instructor 2 years aog with PCA and was looking for more track time outside of PCA DE events.

Free is NICE!

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