HOT LAP

DRIVERS

HOT LAPS

  • On Saturday and Sunday we will have five Hot Lap run groups that vary from A group (Expert/licensed race car driver) to E group (novice/entry level).
  • The lapping sessions are NOT a race event.
  • The cost to participate is $250 per person per day (one driver per car – no sharing of cars within a particular run group) which includes 5 on-track sessions of 18 minutes each plus an event t-shirt.
  • Instructors are mandatory for all E group drivers and are also available on request at no additional charge in any other run group.
  • Our goal is to provide a safe and enjoyable event for all participants, whatever their level of experience. Anyone who does not drive in a safe and courteous manner may be asked to leave, with no refund. 
  • Sound limit for the weekend is 103db

WHAT TO DO CHECKLIST

BEFORE REGISTERING

  • EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

Read the Experience Requirements to make sure you sign up for the correct group.

Note: If your desired run group is full, then contact us to be added to the waiting list. In the interest of safety do not just sign up for a group that is beyond your experience level.

Being in the correct run group is not only safer for you and those around you, it is considerate to the other drivers in your group.

Any drivers identified as having intentionally placed themselves in the wrong group will be pulled from the track with no refund.

  • TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS

Read the Technical Requirements section and make certain your car has the necessary safety items including an approved roll bar.

You will need to complete a full safety inspection of your car prior to the event, as well as print, complete and sign your Tech Form to bring when you check in.

  • DOCUMENTATION

Have all your required information ready, including:

  • Emergency contact info (name, relationship, phone #).

  • Car number (see Tech info).
  • Verifiable number of track days completed in past 2 years. (“Verifiable” means you can provide the track-day organization you ran with, the date and the track. Autocross and parade laps do NOT count as “track days”).
  • Verifiable number of track days completed at Laguna Seca.
  • The payment page will allow you to pay via PayPal or your credit card

AFTER REGISTERING

  • HOTELS/CAMPING

Reserve your lodging ASAP! October is considered high season in Monterey, so hotels will be booking up and prices skyrocketing.

We have arranged discounted room blocks at Embassy Suites and Holiday Inn Express, but those are likely to go quickly also.  Camping is also available.  See options.
  • FIND FRIENDS

Are you caravanning with a group? There will be groups who want to caravan together forming from all over, including from Canada. 

Check out our Facebook, Instagram and Miata.net feeds to help you find a group.
  • NEW DRIVERS

Most new drivers always try to get in some laps at Laguna Seca on various video games before the event. It’s not a bad idea, as it gives you a sense of which way the track goes.

Better yet, check the TrackMasters Racing schedule to get in some  track time before the big event.

And make sure you get familiar with the flags ahead of the event so you can concentrate more on driving your car and learning the track line.

AT THE EVENT

  • EARLY CHECK-IN

We strongly recommend you get checked in at Event Central at the track on Friday, 11 October, (open from 3pm to 6pm).

Event Central will be open all day Saturday and Sunday, but checking in Friday eliminates time pressure.

  • MANDATORY MEETINGS

There is a mandatory “all drivers” meeting at 8 AM on both Saturday and Sunday mornings.

  • SCHEDULES

During the weekend follow the Event Schedule and Hot Laps Schedule and you can’t go wrong.

  • DOCUMENTATION

For everyone’s safety we require a full safety inspection of your car prior to the event. Bring your completed and signed Tech Form to check-in at Event Central.

RUN GROUPS/DRIVER EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

A - Expert

  • This group is comprised of current or former licensed race drivers or extremely experienced non-racers with a minimum of 20+ events, driving highly-prepared track cars, including having driven Laguna Seca before.  These are essentially the fastest cars and drivers at the event.  Open passing is allowed, but passing in corners, stealing apexes, and aggressive driving is frowned upon.  Courtesy point-by hand signals are always encouraged, and we prefer to see passes made before the turn-in point of a corner.  The key here is track experience, awareness, predictability and no surprises!

B - Advanced

  • This group is similar to A Group but is not restricted to current or former race licensed drivers.  'B' drivers will have a minimum of 10+ events experience, including at least one track day at Laguna, and have the awareness on track to pass and be passed with open passing rules.  This group also consists of both track prepared and street legal cars that are driven to the event.  As above, there is no passing in corners, stealing apexes, or aggressive driving, and courtesy point-by’s are strongly encouraged to enhance safety. Once again, the key here is track experience, awareness, predictability and no surprises!

C - Upper Intermediate

  • Drivers in this group must have the skills and track experience to safely share the track with other cars of varying speeds and capabilities. The vehicles in this group could be street or track prepared, and C drivers are required to have a minimum of 4+ verifiable track days under their belt in the past 2 years. ("Verifiable" means you can provide the track-day organization you ran with, the date and track. Autocross and parade laps do NOT count as “track days”). This must include completion of at least one track day at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. ALL passing in this group is controlled by the vehicle being overtaken, and requires mandatory point by. Passing is not allowed unless the car being overtaken has authorized the pass with a hand signal. As above, there is no passing in corners, stealing apexes, or aggressive driving.

D - LOWEr Intermediate

  • Drivers in this group will typically have recently graduated from the novice group, but do not yet have extensive track experience. The vehicles in this group could be street or track prepared, and D drivers are required to have a minimum of 2+ verifiable track days in the past 2 years. ("Verifiable means you can provide the track-day organization you ran with, the date and the track. Autocross and parade laps do NOT count as "track days"). All passing in this group is controlled by the vehicle being overtaken, and only with mandatory point by. Passing is not allowed unless the car being overtaken has authorized the pass with a hand signal. As above, there is no passing in corners, stealing apexes, or aggressive driving.

E - NOVICE

  • This group typically consists of first-time drivers and/or drivers with 2 or fewer track days experience in the past 2 years, and no experience driving at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.  In the interest of everyone’s safety, we require first time drivers to have an instructor assigned to them, to include riding along in the car, and will also have mandatory classroom/download sessions. (Instruction is free, included in your entry fee for all Hot Lap Drivers). After demonstrating the requisite skills and experience to their instructor, those who demonstrate adequate experience, safety and skill may be allowed to run 'solo' (without an instructor).  All passing in this group is controlled by the vehicle being overtaken by way of mandatory point by hand signals, and passing is restricted to designated straight sections of track described in the drivers meeting.  Passing is not allowed unless the car being overtaken has authorized the pass with a hand signal.   As above, there is no passing in corners, stealing apexes, or aggressive driving.

    Note: While the first priority for our instructors is to focus on new (E Group) drivers, they can be available if requested to assist drivers in other groups who wish to improve. As always, instruction is free, included in your driver registration.

CANCELLATION POLICY

FULL REFUND: More than 10 weeks before the event (Aug 2nd cutoff)

50% REFUND: Between 10 weeks and 4 weeks before the event

NO REFUND: 4 weeks or less before the event (Sept 13th cutoff)

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Our Technical Inspection process is designed to assist you in the self-inspection process prior to an event to ensure that all vehicles that enter the track have no obvious problems or safety issues.
  • Drivers are required to conduct a thorough vehicle safety inspection prior to the event and/or have the inspection performed by a qualified repair facility using the forms provided.
  • Drivers confirm that this inspection has been conducted and passed when they sign the event waivers and submit their completed and signed Tech Form during check-in.
  • Hot laps credentials will not be issued without a completed and signed Tech Form.

REGISTRATION FAQS

Please see our run group page for detailed group descriptions and experience requirements. As courtesy to other drivers and for everyone’s safety do not sign up for a faster run group than you are qualified for. This is unsafe and may result in you being removed from the track.

All groups will likely be sold out, making it difficult or impossible to move anyone from group to group at the event.  However there may be some special situations:
Prior to the event: You can find another driver to change spots with, as long as that driver is qualified for your run group. You will need to contact us at miatasatlagunaseca@gmail.com to make the necessary changes in the system. 
At the event: Please see the administrators at Event Central to make this official for everyone’s safety. Don’t just show up in the wrong group. Due to the high level of activity at the event, we may not be able to make changes to run groups in time for the next session.

It is your responsibility to accurately assess your experience level before registration opens. If it becomes apparent on track that you signed up for a group that is beyond your experience level, the event organizers reserve the right pull you from the group due to safety concerns. As it is highly unlikely there will be room in a different group you will not be eligible for a refund.

 

Cancellations more than 10 weeks before the event receive a full refund. Cancellations between 10 weeks and 4 weeks before the event receive a 50% refund. Cancellations 4 weeks or less before the event receive no refund.

Yes. You are welcome to transfer your registration to someone else. However, the new driver will need to be have the required experience to take your spot. If this change ends up presenting a safety issue (for example a novice driver taking a group B spot), we reserve the right to deny track access.

HOT LAP FAQS

Please see the Rollover Protection section in Technical Requirements. Contact us directly if you have any questions.

Because the car is safer that way. If you have trouble fitting your helmet under the roof, then your helmet is also taller than your roll protection and you might want to consider addressing that problem. We know it’s more fun with the top down, sorry.

 

Yes, as long as that passenger has signed the track waiver. They will also need an approved helmet. E group drivers will not be allowed passengers until signed off by an instructor.

The event will not be providing helmets. Some sponsors and vendors may have helmets available. If you plan on going for rides the best thing is to bring a helmet with you.

We know there’s a lot of Miata DNA in the “Fiata”, but this is a Mazda event. Fiats are welcome to stop by, but they are not invited on to the track surface.

Yes. Miata-based kit cars and engine swaps are welcome. What sets these apart from the Fiat is that they were, at some point, built and sold as Miatas.

HOT LAPS SCHEDULE

If there is an incident that requires the track to be shut down, the start times of groups will NOT change.

The hot lap schedule is the same on both days. (NOTE: the paddock gates will remain open on Saturday until the conclusion of the Moss BBQ/Party at 8:30pm. However paddock gates will close at 6pm on Sunday)

A & B Groups = open passing, no stealing apexes. C,D,E Groups = Point By Passing ONLY

TIME
MORNING SESSIONS
8:00
MANDATORY DRIVERS MEETING
9:00
GROUP A
9:18
GROUP B
9:36
GROUP C
9:54
GROUP D
10:12
GROUP E
10:30
BIO BREAK/TOW BUFFER
10:35
GROUP A
10:53
GROUP B
11:11
GROUP C
11:29
GROUP D
11:47
GROUP E
TIME
AFTERNOON SESSIONS
12:05
PARADE LAPS
12:50
GROUP A
13:08
GROUP B
13:26
GROUP C
13:44
GROUP D
14:02
GROUP E
14:20
BIO BREAK/TOW BUFFER
14:25
GROUP A
14:43
GROUP B
15:01
GROUP C
15:19
GROUP D
15:37
GROUP E
TIME
ADDITIONAL SESSIONS*
15:55
BIO BREAK/TOW BUFFER
16:00
GROUP A
16:18
GROUP B
16:36
GROUP C
16:54
GROUP D
17:12
GROUP E
17:30
DONE

* ADDITIONAL AFTERNOON SESSIONS BROUGHT TO YOU BY

MAIN EVENT SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11TH

START
FINISH
LOCATION
EVENT
3:00 PM
6:00 PM
EVENT CENTRAL AT TRACK
DRIVERS/ATTENDEES CHECK-IN (SEE TRACK MAP) Note: Paddock gates close at 6pm.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12TH

START
FINISH
LOCATION
EVENT
7:00 AM
6:00 PM
LAGUNA SECA PADDOCK
TRACK GATES OPEN
8:00 AM
8:45 AM
LAGUNA SECA CLASSROOM
MANDATORY HOT LAP DRIVER’S MEETING
8:00 AM
4:00 PM
EVENT CENTRAL
EVENT CENTRAL OPEN FOR CHECK-IN, REGISTRATION + MERCHANDISE SALES
9:00 AM
12:05 PM
LAGUNA SECA RACETRACK
HOT LAP MORNING SESSIONS
11:20 AM
OUTSIDE OF TURN 5
STAGING FOR PARADE LAPS
12:00 PM
OUTSIDE OF TURN 5
GROUP PHOTO
12:05 PM
12:50 PM
LAGUNA SECA RACETRACK
PARADE LAPS
12:50 PM
5:30 PM
LAGUNA SECA RACETRACK
HOT LAP AFTERNOON SESSIONS
2:00 PM
4:00 PM
MEET BY CRUISIN’ CAFE IN THE PADDOCK
MOSS MIATA CRUISE
5:00 PM
8:30 PM
LAKEBED BBQ AREA
MOSS MIATA BBQ PARTY & CAR SHOW (Note: Paddock gates will remain open until the party ends at 8:30pm).

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13TH

START
FINISH
LOCATION
EVENT
7:00 AM
6:00 PM
LAGUNA SECA PADDOCK
TRACK GATES OPEN
8:00 AM
8:45 AM
LAGUNA SECA CLASSROOM
MANDATORY HOT LAP DRIVER’S MEETING
8:00 AM
4:00 PM
EVENT CENTRAL
EVENT CENTRAL OPEN FOR CHECK-IN, REGISTRATION + MERCHANDISE SALES
9:00 AM
12:05 PM
LAGUNA SECA RACETRACK
HOT LAP MORNING SESSIONS
9:00 AM
11:00 AM
MEET BY CRUISIN’ CAFE IN THE PADDOCK
MOSS MIATA CRUISE
11:20 PM
OUTSIDE OF TURN 5
STAGING FOR PARADE LAPS
12:05 PM
12:50 PM
LAGUNA SECA RACETRACK
PARADE LAPS
12:50 PM
5:30 PM
LAGUNA SECA RACETRACK
HOT LAP AFTERNOON SESSIONS (Note: Paddock gates close at 6pm).

RESOURCES

Food/drink: Cruisin’ Cafe will be open from 8am to 4pm each day

Air: Available next to Event Central

Fuel: Track self-serve pumps

TECHNICAL INSPECTION FORM (.pdf)
PRE-EVENT INSPECTION CHECKLIST
TRACK MAP (.pdf)

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