Here at GMP Performance, there is nothing we love more than cars. We love the looks, the sounds, the parts, the details, everything that goes in and comes out of them. But what we may love the most about our cars is racing them!
GMP Performance and race tracks have gone together for almost 40 years now and we’re always looking for new ways to share that with you. Not just watching, oh no, but participating and being part of the experience as much as we are. And so, THAWOUT was born.
For THAWOUT, we have organized a track day at Carolina Motorsports Park, a track that has seen the likes of the NASA and SCCA series and the NASCAR Sprint Cup series and some Grand Am teams for testing, and open it up to you to bring your car and live the racing life for a day. No matter what your level of experience is, we have a program for you.
We are allowed to do this for you, courtesy of The Palmetto Motorsports Club, CMP’s private membership-only motorsports club. The intimate PMC format guarantees a minimum of five twenty minute sessions with additional sessions as time permits, all in one day. We will be there to make sure everything you could need is taken care of. Our trailer and techs will be on hand to assist participants with everything from helmet rental, car preparation (removing loose items such as floormats, setting tire pressures and adding numbers), giving directions on where to go and keeping track of the event schedule. Each participant receives their own box to store their valuables which is stored in the trailer during the day. Chairs are set up around tables and we supply a mix of snacks and drinks.
A week prior to the event, a comprehensive inspection of the vehicle will be performed to make sure your car is in tip top, race-ready shape. We check over the brakes, steering, suspension and engine. We strongly recommend replacing the brake fluid with a high temp variation. Additionally, worn out items such as tires may need to be replaced and can be ordered in time for the event.
Participants are grouped into three groups based on experience levels to insure the utmost safety.
Group 1: The DE (Drivers Ed) group is for novice drivers to get comfortable with the track day experience. Participants are assigned an instructor that will ride in the car to explain driving/track techniques and is there to keep you and others safe. Instructional class-time is included to brief you on the course layout, track procedures and passing rules. Passing is only permitted in designated "safe-zones" which are on the longer straight-aways to keep risks at an absolute minimum. Since this group has instructors, we strongly encourage early sign-up as we try and pair instructors with experience in particular cars. Registration for the Drivers Ed group closes May 1st.
Group 2: The Solo group allows more experienced drivers to run at a higher pace and overtaking is allowed in designated zones with a "point-by".
Group 3: The super-solo group is for racers and their racecars. Passing is allowed and participants can enjoy abundant track time for testing.
There will also be an opportunity for enthusiasts to get on track for Touring laps. This series of controlled speed laps are free, open to everyone, and will be performed for those looking to familiarize themselves with what it’s like to be on track. These laps will be held during the mandatory quiet hour at lunch. There are also rental Go-Karts for those enthusiasts not old enough to participate on the track.
Track Day Schedule:
5:30am-7:00am : Caravan from GMP to the track
7:00am-7:45am : Tech Inspection
7:45am-8:00am : Mandatory Driver's Meeting
8:00am-12:00pm : Morning Track & Classroom Sessions
12:00pm-12:15 : Group Photo on Front Straight
12:30pm : PMC Luncheon/Touring Laps
1:00pm-5:00pm : Afternoon Track Sessions
5:00pm : Track Sessions Concluded
The fun isn’t just at the track either. On Friday, May 10th, we have an amazing open house. Our shop doors will be open and enthusiasts are invited to tour the showroom, shop and warehouse to get an insiders look. We are inviting industry insiders and manufacturer reps as special guests to discuss their available upgrades. In previous years, we’ve had representatives and displays from everyone as far as APR, Michelin, Brembo, Vossen, BBS, Eibach, Speedart, and many more.
Our shop team will demonstrate a Hawk-Eye Elite alignment and road-force balancing using our state-of-the-art Hunter equipment. Drinks and light snacks will be served all day and free ice cream will handed out at 5pm.
Track Day Registration includes all of the following:
+an abundant amount of track time
+track wheel/tire transport to and from the track
+onsite track support (vehicle prep/wheel torque/tire pressure check)
+event T-Shirt - Please state your size when ordering.
To register or for more information, click here!
Our first caravan will leave on Friday night to head to the track to get setup the tents and trailers. Lodging is available five minutes from the track at the Executive Inn.
If you would like to get involved in this event as a volunteer or vendor, send an email to Stephen@GMPperformance.com