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Ashley's tips for your first racing experience

Ashley's tips for your first racing experience

Are you a racing fan? Truthfully, these races are some of the most exciting sporting events you’ll ever attend. Attending a race evokes so many emotions. It’s thrilling, scary at times, and the rush you feel as the cars speed past you on the rack really can’t be put into words. 

Being a racing wife means my time is split between my work with Monarch Reign and my Polo career and cheering on Kurt at his races. Races are a huge part of my life, and I would highly recommend that everyone attend a race at some point in their life to experience the contagious energy that pulses through the crowds. There’s truly nothing like it.  

If you’ve never attended a race, here are my best tips on how to prepare.


How to dress:

Check the weather before the race and base your outfit off that. The season spans several months, so you could be attending your first race in different types of weather, mainly depending on the city of the race. You want to dress nicely but just as important is how comfortable you are because you will be outside and walking a lot.  I'll switch things up with dresses or jeans depending on my mood, but above all else, I always wear comfortable shoes. I would recommend you do the same. Comfortable shoes will be a lifesaver on these massive tracks.


What to pack:

As you watch the race, your head will continuously be moving directions, and often that can mean coming in contact with direct sunlight, so don’t forget sunglasses. Depending on the race and track conditions, you could be in the stands for a few hours, so it is crucial to bring sunscreen. You'll be spending more time outside in the sun than you think. 

If you love racing but have sensitive ears, earplugs are a must-pack item. The noise on the track can be pretty loud at some points, so always protect your ears. I wear custom ones that connect to my radio so I can hear Kurt and his team communicate. 

Remember that watching a live race is different from watching it on television. You will not get the information or commentary sitting in the stands, so it’s a good idea to bring a scanner along with headphones. Most drivers frequencies are available at the tracks, so you can listen in and feel closer to the action. 

Bring an umbrella or even a light poncho because you never know when rain might show up, especially for any Florida races. 

Race tracks are enormous, and there is a lot of walking involved. For that reason, it’s smart to pack bottled water and a few snacks with you, so you don’t have to take a long walk every time you get thirsty throughout the day.


Pay attention:

In the event you get access to passes, you could be close to the action on the pit road and the garage area. That level of access is so immersive and makes for an unforgettable experience, but you need to pay attention to your surroundings. Watch where you are walking at all times. Things happen fast, and in no time a race car could be coming by you in the garage area, especially. 

Lastly, be a considerate fan, knowing everyone around you could be there supporting a different driver. Be courteous and gracious while you enjoy your day. These tips should prepare yourself for a fun-filled day of fast speeds and loud cars.


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