How to Make Sure Your Car Passes Tech Before a Track Day

Worried you might fail tech inspection? Check these things before you head out.

Bill Caswell

If you've ever been to a track day or HPDE event before, you'll know it begins with a tech inspection. Organizers won't let any car that doesn't pass tech onto the track, as they don't want anything to go catastrophically wrong while it's being pushed to the limit. Here's how to make sure your car will pass its tech inspection before you head out.

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Parts distributer put together a quick video breaking down what exactly you need to check on your car before bringing it to the tech station. Using a Mk7 Volkswagen GTI, Pirelli World Challenge driver Nate Vincent walks through a tech sheet (usually supplied by the organizers) with a checklist of items that need to be inspected before you go out on track.

Some of the more obvious things that should be checked are the status of your brakes—pad life, rotor condition, and fluid quality. Making sure your tires have tread and there aren't any loose items in the cabin are good things to do as well. One thing that many people forget to do is take out the driver's floor mat, which, if moved around, could become lodged under your brake pedal.

There are also a few less-obivous things worth checking. Having a securely mounted battery is important because if it comes loose, it could rip through the body and fly out of the car. Having a tow hook screwed into the bumper is recommended at all track days (and required at most) because it makes it easier and safer to pull you out of a gravel or mud pit if you get stuck. Giving each of your wheels a good shake to check for bearing play is a good idea too.

So before you sign up for that local HPDE event, make sure your car is in order.

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