Originally Posted by jphughan
Houston MSR (in Angleton), Texas World Speedway in College Station, and coming in March, Circuit of the Americas in Austin!
Just go to www.thedriversedge.net
and sign up. Great HPDE organizers that run several Texas tracks, so you get a consistent experience wherever you go, and their 2-day events are far better from a fun, value, travel justification, and long-term learning perspective than the normal 1-day offerings. Lots of members here including myself run with them and love it.
Paint worries are exaggerated IMHO, especially if you have clear bra. Not really any worse than road hazards. As for feeling not ready, that's the perfect mindset. People who think they'll impress everyone their first time and go out with something to prove are the ones who risk learning a hard lesson. Approaching it with excited trepidation is the way to go.
The one thing to check is your insurance coverage. If your normal carrier doesn't cover HPDEs (most don't anymore, sadly), Lockton has HPDE insurance on a stated-value basis.
Thanks for the tips! I'll be sure to check those out. I might try M-school first to get me warmed up. It's really expensive but it looks like a blast.