Briefly describe The Drivers Edge event outline?
The first day starts out with driver's meeting. Drivers are already pre-assigned into one of four different levels of run groups with in-car instructors assigned accordingly. Each run group has instructional classes each day in-between their 8 on-track run sessions over the course of the weekend. Each time a Novice or Intermediate driver goes on the track they will have an assigned instructor seated beside them for live feedback, guidance, instruction and evaluation at the end of the course to be able to further guide us in serving your performance driving needs... Drivers describe The Drivers Edge events as an intense learning experience with seamless organization, challenging yet fun family friendly environment.

Why are The Drivers Edge schools held over 2 days on weekends?
Our many years of experience in this field have proven it takes a minimum of 2 days to comprehend and obtain any lasting & learning value. Other great reason, more track time at a much better value than one day event, more time to enjoy the comradely of the new friends you’ll make and great social fun and friendly family atmosphere we provide at our events. 

When do I need to be at the track? Saturday & Sunday morning gates open at 7:00 AM at most tracks, Event Sign-In 7:00 AM and a Saturday & Sunday morning gates open at 7:00 AM at most tracks, Event Sign-In can be done either Friday Night or Saturday morning at 7:00 AM and a Mandatory Drivers Meeting at 8:00 AM. While it is NOT Mandatory to sign-in on Friday Night, it's highly recommended and you will benefit with extra time Saturday morning. All drivers must be at the track 7:00 AM on Saturday and Sunday to ensure they are there for the Mandatory Drivers Meeting, sign-in and the required insurance waiver, and their car is prepared for the track.

Am I allowed to have guest at the track?
Yes, you are welcome to invite guests, friends and family out to the track to spectator, there is no-cost involved and hey are welcome to come and go as the please. Added fun for them is they can take part in the parade laps during lunch break. Added excitement is they can take a $25. Charity Ride at speed with one of our instructors or approved advance run group drivers. 

How do Charity’s benefit from The Drivers Edge ride program?                                     100% of the donations from each event provides for an individual fund or charity. We also have a few select charity organizations that use all donations in a very efficient and worthy way to impact others. Such as: World Vision, Feed The Children, Veteran’s Group, Dallas Can Academy, Samaritan Inn Colin County, to name a few.

What should I bring to the track?
For the car: Extra engine oil, brake fluid and power steering fluid...a tire gauge...a torque wrench for wheel lug bolts or nuts. (if you don't bring theses no worries our track support team has them available at the track)...window cleaner and paper towels...also a good idea. 3” wide blue or lime green painters masking tape or glass chalk to make car numbers.  You also have an option to order vinyl cut numbers which look better in the pictures…
For You: Lawn chair, box or bag to store your personal items instead of the car, cooler with refreshments, lots of drinking water and sun block.

What NOT to bring to the track?
For obvious reasons no alcohol or drugs (including antihistamines or other drugs that make you drowsy) may be consumed during the event. Use of these substances will result in immediate ejection from event.  Please leave all pets at home, most race facilities DONOT allow pets.

Will there be food available at the track?
Yes, concession stand or catered in food will be available for lunch, prices vary depending on facility...Note: it would also be a good idea for you to bring your own cooler with snacks and plenty of drinking water…you will get dehydrated no matter what time of the year.

Will race fuel and tire services and mechanics be available at the track?
Fuel: yes, each facility has fuel pumps on site. Note: if you require race fuel be sure to confirm this prior, because different facilities vary on fuel rules and service.

Tire Service: yes, but level of service varies depending on facility.
Mechanic/Shop: yes, but level of service varies depending on facility.
NOTE: it's best that you come prepared if you have special needs in these area's...

What should I wear while driving?
Mandatory for all drivers to wear a helmets, open face or full face SNELL MA or SA 2005 or newer rated, rentals helmets are available for $20/weekend. We recommend you wear long pants and long sleeve shirt, but it is not required. Cotton shirt (T-shirt) and Denim long pants (Jeans). Select a "breathable" cotton or wool fabric, natural fibers no man made fabric. Thin-soled sneakers; no waffle soles...nothing big and bulky.. Drivers of race cars with roll cages are required to wear a minimum of single-layer suit. In between your driving sessions, you may change into more comfortable clothing, such as shorts and T-shirt. Rest rooms & changing rooms are available at all tracks.

What if I don’t have a helmet?
No worries, The Drivers Edge have rentals available for $20/weekend. If you have your own helmet or would like to buy a new one, they will need to be SNELL SA or MA 2005 (or later) approved to meet our requirements.

Why does my car need to have Tech-Inspection?
To help ensure it’s track worthy and you have a great time. 

When does the Tech-Inspection have to be done?
You must have a qualified technician complete a Tech-Inspection on the car within the 30 days preceding the event. A second Inspection Verification may be done at the track if we question cars preparation. At registration you must present your Tech-Inspection form and a copy of your valid driver's license and proof of insurance if we do not have them on file already. All race cars are required to have “current log book” and self filled out Tech-Inspection form. Note: if your car has fewer than 15,000 miles and less than 2 years old you may fill the tech form out yourself. Note: our tech inspections are valid for 6 months.

What if my car doesn't pass the Tech-Inspection?
You can't drive your car on the track until it does.

What is the driver qualifications required to participate?
All drivers must meet the minimum age requirement 18 years old, with an unrestricted and valid driver’s license. All drivers must NOT have any medical or health or vision issues that will affect your driving abilities or jeopardizes your safety, your instructor or others around you. Note: We are well know for being able to handling most issues in these area…Please inform us of any of these issues, so we can better serve you...Examples: diabetes, neck injury, nervous system or motor skills that would affect movement, vertigo, motion sickness, color blind, vision or health restrictions of any type that will affect your driving ability.

What is the minimum driver’s age?
18 years old with an unrestricted valid driver’s license. Note: We are high performance driving school that teaching a higher level of performance driving.

Is there a club membership fee?
No, just a driver registration fee for that specific event. You only pay only when you play. 

What does a weekend driving school cost? 
$315 for 2 full days over a weekend event. $295 for all Drivers Edge RED Solo Approved advanced run group drivers. Special all-solo or night time events prices vary..

What is the student ratio to instructor?
The Drivers Edge has only two student run group assignment per each instructor. (2 to 1)

Why does the instructor ride with me while I’m driving on track?
This is the best way to learn, instant feed back, our instructors not only teach, train and guide you they also evaluate you and we keep records of your evaluation so we can better serve you next time we see you. Realize not all organizations provide the quality and level of expertise that our instructor staff has the ability to do with our guidance.

What if I want to drive on track without an instructor?
Unless you are previously Drivers Edge Approved to a Solo Advanced run group, you will not be allowed to drive on the track without an instructor until you signed off solo. This provides you with the maximum opportunity to learn. Certain experience proven students do receive a sign-off from their instructor to go solo, but only after the instructor is confident of his or her ability to drive the car safely, at higher speeds, alone. 

How is a driver’s run group assignment determined?
Run group placement is based on first and foremost the driver’s experience and creditable history references then total event demographics.

Do I need a certain type of car to attend?
The Drivers Edge is highly qualified to instruct in all types of cars and level of driver’s …”we don’t care what you drive, we care how well you drive it.”

Special Notes for special cars:
Race Cars are allowed for our advanced approved drivers.
Vintage Race Cars are allowed as long as they can “KEEP PACE” with present day street cars.
24 hrs Lemon's & Chump race cars are NOT ALLOWED to be used by students, they do not work with in our environment.
Open Wheel cars are NOT ALLOWED. (Note: open wheel is any car with out a structural fender covering and surrounding the wheels)

Kit Cars are NOT ALLOWED.

Which Convertibles are allowed?
Click here for all details: http://www.thedriversedge.net/droptop.htm

Are there any Specific Tire rules?
Click here for all details: http://www.thedriversedge.net/tires.htm

Seat Belts and Restraint Systems Requirements?
Click here for all details: http://www.thedriversedge.net/seatbelt.htm

NOTE: all participating cars MUST be pre-tech inspected with in 30 days prior school date: http://www.thedriversedge.net/lib/pdf/Tech%20Sheet%202010.pdf

Please call with any questions: 903 303-3000

Do I need to use my own car to attend?
While we feel it’s best to learn to drive what you drive… We’ve seen regular rent-a-cars join us at the track and many drivers who would like more of a track car / race car you may rent one from a number of different sources with prices ranging from $350 - $1500 per weekend depending on car and source. Please contact us for further information:
rick@thedriviersedge.net

May two drivers share one car?
Yes, as long as they are assigned to 2 different level run groups. Many couples, parent and sibling or just friends have done this to share the learning experience. Example: two drivers of the same driving level (both novice) want to share a car, they will have to draw strews and one will have to go thru a 2 day school first and then get promoted into the next level run group, this will allow both drivers to share the same car the next event.  Note: we will not split one run group driver position between two driver’s, this just doesn’t work and ends up diminishing track time and learning experience for both drivers.

Can I take passengers for a ride on the track?
NOT at speed, however all drivers can take riders during lunch time low speed parade laps. A added BONUS that only offer by The Drivers Edge is solo approved “Red Level 4 Approved” advanced run group drivers may take riders during their at speed track sessions as long as all of our requirements and safety standards are meet by car, driver and passenger.

Will my insurance cover my car while on track?
This depends on the insurance carrier and your policy. Many policies remain in force as long as the car is not used in a speed timed event or non-competitive event held on private property Note: All The Drivers Edge events are non-timed & non-competitive held on private property. If you have concerns we recommend you read your policy before thinking about calling your agent… If it is not stated in your current policy or any updated supplements you are covered. Note: If you still have concerns, you also an option to purchase event specific insurance form several different outside sources, please just search the internet for High Performance Driving Event Insurance. Note: The Drivers Edge events have many tools in-place to lesson the risk factor (it is far less of a risk than driving on the public road just getting to the track). All of our events are held on control environment (privately owned) race facility with designated controlled passing zone utilizing highly trained in-car instructors and classroom instructional setting.

Does my non-street legal racecar need insurance?
No, only street legal cars are required to have proof of insurance. Race Cars Note: while not required to have insurance you like everyone else on track will be responsible for any or all track or car damage that may occur which is caused by you. Note: you also have an option to purchase event specific insurance form several different outside sources, please just search the internet for High Performance Driving Event Insurance.

Why are there passing zones?
This is a high performance-driving school, not a racing event. The passing zones exist so that drivers may execute a pass in a controlled area. We also require a hand point-by the lead car so communication is established between the two drivers before execution of pass.

What if it rains?
Don’t get discourage rain is a very good learning tool for car control, if you can hone your skills in the rain; you are guaranteed to be even better and smoother in the dry. Some of our driver’s most rewarding events have been during adverse weather condition. Note: All track events run in the rain or shine some even in snow flurries….we’ve learned to make the most out of every track event for you.

What is the Cancellation Policy?
Your registration is Non-Transferable & Non-Refundable.


Credit Options: Credit towards another event will be issued in the following cases:
A) If you cancel 30 days before an event we will credit 100% of your entry fee towards another event.
B) *If you cancel 29 - 18 days before an event we will credit 50% of your entry fee towards another event.
C) *If you cancel 18 - 3 days before the event no credit will be issued.
D) If you cancel 3 - 0 days before the event NO credit will be issued.
*Exception to the credit options: In case of B or C, if we have a participant on stand-by that can fill your spot you will receive 75% credit towards another event.
Notes:

  • Any and all credit issued will be only valid for the following 12 months of date issued.
  • Track events/schools run in the rain or shine, rain is a very good learning tool.

What can I expect to gain from attending The Drivers Edge high performance driving school?
An unparallel value/experience while achieving a higher level of driving, a new appreciation for your car and driving awareness that you may not realize existed... all of which you will use every time you get behind the wheel.