It’s racing season at the Thunderhill Raceway in Willows!
On Sunday the Sports Car Club of America hosted an event where anyone who wants to can come and race.
They do have another event coming up in October, and it’s quite the adrenaline rush going around the track. Plus, you don’t have to have a race car, you can bring your own car and push it to the limit.
“It’s mentally exhausting,” said first time racer Rick Thomas.
This was a bucket list item for him, and he brought his 2013 Camaro ZL1.
“It’s got a top speed of about 180 miles per hour that I’ll probably never see,” he said.
And he’s probably right, because at this track, it’s about more than just speed.
“Anybody can go fast and straight, so the straights are fun, but it’s about getting those curves down and understanding how that works and how the car works with you.”
“We teach you about hand positions, where to have your eyes, we teach you about shifting points and breaking points,” said SCCA driver and coach Eric Diamond.
“I love getting a student who’s never done this and putting them into a car, they’re all scared out of their mind and have no idea what’s going to happen
The SCCA puts on the event, this one was the Reno region. It’s an all-day thing and you spend some time in the classroom before going out with a coach to perfect your skills, skills that go beyond the track.
“You start looking at turns differently, you start looking at the on-ramp to your house differently, and you start looking at breaking differently,” said Diamond.
And if you’re just looking for an adrenaline rush, here’s your chance to get one.
“They watch NASCAR, they watch F1, they watch Indie, this is actually where you can come out and experience it rather than just sitting on your couch and watching it,” Diamond said.
The next event is on October 28th & 29th. Check out their website for more details.