Originally Posted by radiantm3
I disagree COMPLETELY. Canyon driving is full of unknowns (unsafe blind turns, junk on the road, 2 way traffic) and your focus is split between driving fast and hoping there's not a cop 100 yards down the road.
The track is design for going fast and there are flag stations at every corner so you have early warning to any upcoming road conditions that might arise. Not to mention you can drive the car much harder knowing you might run off into dirt/gravel (depending on the course) instead of through a guard rail. You can practice truly driving fast by learning to drive on the race line and hitting proper apexes. You can't hit any apex on a 2 way windy road without huge risk.
Driving in the canyons is nowhere near as satisfying nor as safe as driving at the track. It's just cheaper and you probably see some nice scenery. I also don't think it makes you much of a better driver like driving at the track does.
So yes if you want to really push your car and become a better driver, there's no better place than at the track. You just need to pick the right events with the right instruction.
Agree completely as well. Nothing you do on a public road can recreate what you can do on a track. The cornering speeds that are achievable on track are just not possible on public roads, unless you have complete disregard for opposing traffic and all the other road hazards. A lot of people who think that they can drive fast on the road and therefore be decent on a proper track, have greatly misjudged their abilities. Driving on a track is statistically safer than most public road driving, but caution should obviously be exercised. Drive within your limits and be wary of others around you and you will be fine. Get track insurance if possible.