Here are some answers to questions we're frequently asked about The Mid-Ohio School and our programs. Those marked with an * are specific to our Performance Track Riding programs.
Q: What kind of transmissions do the school cars have?
A: Most of the Acura ILX vehicles have standard transmissions, though a limited number of automatic transmission Acura ILXs are available. All of the Honda Civic's have automatic transmissions. The Honda S2000 roadsters are all manual transmission vehicles.
Q: How does the Skid Car work?
A: The skid car simulates hazardous driving conditions like rain, snow, ice, wet leaves and gravel through the use of hydraulically, or manually, controlled outriggers. These outriggers support the majority of the weight of the car, creating less contact between the tire(s) and the driving surface. The car is designed to properly teach students how to react to the effects of oversteer and understeer.
Q: Can I use my own car or motorcycle?
A: You may use your own street legal car for the Honda Teen and Adult Driving Program, Advanced Defensive Driving, Acura High Performance Course, Acura Advanced High Performance Course, Lapping Program, Two- and Three-day High Performance Programs, Corporate Program, Coaching Program and Competition Licensing. It's highly recommended to use the school-supplied Hondas and Acuras due to the typical wear and tear from going through an extensive driving program. Additionally, The Mid-Ohio School's cars are specifically set up for use in these courses. Students in the Open Testing and Tuning, Open Track Time and Performance Track Riding must provide their own vehicle.
Q: May I use my convertible car?
A: Convertible automobiles are welcome for use in all on-track driving programs at The Mid-Ohio School as long as they are equipped with a proper roll bar. Roll bars are not required for Lead/Follow track lapping. Rules do vary by course type. Please read the Requirements section for each course.
Q: What should I wear?
A: Dress casually and comfortably. Closed-toe shoes are required.
Q: Will helmets be provided?
A: Defensive helmets will be provided to all students. Helmets are not required for the Honda Teen and Adult Driving Programs.
Q: Will lunch be provided?
A: Yes, lunch is included for participants. Guests may purchase lunch for $8 each. Please, contact us in advance if a guest plans to purchase lunch.
Q: *What preparations are essential to my bike?
- All bikes MUST pass technical inspection prior to admittance to the track.
- Tires and brakes must be in good condition. Tires should be at least 75 percent of new condition. Any tires that are bluing from excessive wear will be disallowed. Slicks are allowed in 85 percent plus condition. We will have on site tire service at each track day, so if your tires don't pass, you will have the opportunity to purchase replacement tires to pass tech.
- All glass, headlight, turn signals, and plastic lenses must be taped over or removed. Side mirrors must be removed for the advanced group and at least taped over for all other groups.
- We recommend, but do not require removal of center stands. No bikes with center stands will be allowed in the Advanced and Expert Group due to the ground clearance issue.
- All machines must have an operational handlebar mounted kill switch/button and self-closing throttle in good working condition.
- Advanced and Intermediate group riders MUST use water or water wetter or a non-ethyl glycol based anti-freeze/coolant. Approved Poly Glycol brands are: Evans, 7th Gear, Liquid Performance, and Engine Ice. NO AUTOMOTIVE ETHYL GLYCOL BASED COOLANTS ARE ALLOWED.
- It is recommended that Advanced and Intermediate riders safety wire drain plugs and oil fill caps. Minimum requirement is RTV silicone on both. We highly suggest securing the oil filter as well.
- All valve stems must have caps.
- Wheel balance weights must be well-secured.
- License plates must have bolts taped or be removed.
Q: *What are the Rider and Gear Requirements?
- All riders must be at least 18 years of age and have a valid driver's license.
- Damage free DOT or SNELL full-face helmet with face shield.
- Riding boots that fully cover the ankle.
- Gauntlet style gloves with full wrist coverage.
- One- or two-piece leathers. Two-piece leather suits must zip together for intermediate or advanced groups. Ballistic nylon suits are acceptable in the Novice and Intermediate Group only provided they are either one piece or zip together with at least 50% zipper contact with reinforced and padded shoulders, elbows, hips, and knee areas. No chaps.
- Advanced and Intermediate group riders MUST WEAR A BACK PROTECTOR. Soft back pads sewn into suits are not enough. No back protector = no track time!
Q: *Will gas be available to buy?
A: We have Sunoco gas available through our credit card pay pumps.
- Cam2 (Purple) Leaded 100 Octane
- Cam2 (Clear) Unleaded 100 Octane
- 260GTX Unleaded Non-Oxygenated 98 Octane
- Premium Unleaded 93 Octane
Pumps are available 24 hours a day and payment method is by major credit card only - including but not limited to: Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and Sunoco credit/cash cards
Q: *What time do gates open?
A: Please check the separate informational E-mail you will receive a few days prior to your scheduled date. Enter facility at Gate 3.
Q: *What about check-in/registration?
A: Registration and tech will open two (2) hours prior to the first on-track session. A rider’s meeting usually occurs 40 minutes before the first session. Please check the separate informational E-mail you will receive a few days prior to your scheduled date with the specific times.
Q: *Which group goes on track first?
A: Please note formats vary by type of Performance Track Riding event, but generally this is the procedure. Riders will be separated into three skill-sets – Intermediate, Advanced, and Novice. Intermediate riders will begin session followed by Advanced and Novice. First set of bikes take the track at 9:00am sharp. Any changes will be announced in rider’s meeting before the first on track session. Twilight sessions will each have a 15 minute lap starting with Intermediate then Advance, the groups are combined for the remainder of the event.