Where to track in Bay Area


New member
San Francisco
Golf R 7.5 Stg 1
I have a 7.5 w/ stage 1. Love this car. Want to track this car (with my son who’s 18). Any recommendations on:
Budget for the day
Insurance y/n

Thank you!


Go Kart Champion
2019 DVP Spektrum R
Sonoma or laguna seca. Then up north of the bay by a couple hours you have thunder hill.

I would recommend insurance if it is your daily since regular insurance does not cover speed contests.


Drag Racing Champion
'18 R
Where: Sonoma, Thunder Hill, Laguna Seca are your closest tracks.

Budget: Very dependent on you. Cheaper track days will have more cars in a session and (in my experience) tend to attract more reckless drivers. I've seen parts fall off cars, people brake check me trying to give me a point by that I was waving off, and other dangerous things that aren't worth the lower cost. If it's you and your son's first track day, I highly recommend a track day with an instructor. I know Hooked on Driving and Audi Club Golden Gate have great instructors. It might get a little tricky if both you and your son are novices, since you'd be in the same group. Audi Club has an event at Thunder Hill next month, maybe they'll let you drive one day and your son the other?

In terms of consumables, you'll take a decent amount of life from your brake pads and tires. If this is going to become a consistent thing, you'll eventually want some track pads and tires. The R in stock form is fairly capable on track, the only thing I would say is a requirement prior to going is a high performance brake fluid. RBF600 is a common fluid used.

Add in helmet rental if you don't have your own, a hotel depending on how far of a drive it is, and general food costs.

Insurance: This is dependent on your risk tolerance. As previous poster mentioned, normal auto insurance does not cover track days. If you can't afford to walk away from the car if you crash it, get insurance. I, personally, have never bought track insurance but that's my risk. My friend totaled his TTRS at a track day, and he was very happy he had track insurance.

Connect with some guys on the forums about track days in the Bay. I've met a good chunk of them and they're all great guys.


Autocross Newbie
San Francisco Bay Area
'15 Golf, e36 328i
I did my first track day way back when I was 18 with Hooked on Driving at Thunderhill East. It was on the more expensive side for a thunderhill track day (I think like 300-400ish), but they had an in-car instructor and some good classroom time. Now in days I usually do Turn 8 or Speed SF because it's a good price.

Major costs for non-wear items for a track day usually are:
Event cost: $150-300
Hotel: $100
Food/misc: $50
Fuel: about 1 tank's worth for the day, plus whatever it takes to drive there.

I've never done track insurance, but it's probably a good idea if you're dependent on the car or have a really expensive car.

For consumables (tires, brakes, etc...) it's harder to judge, and depends on what you have on the car and your driving style. I go through the equivalent of like $200 in tires and $50 in brakes every time, but it should be better as a beginner with stock stuff.