Tue, Mar 19 - Wed, Mar 20, 2024

Ponies In the Smokies Driving Experience 2024

Smokies Stadium

About this event

The 8th Annual Ponies In The Smokies, presented by National Parts Depot, brings you

"The Driving Experience" at Smokies Stadium!

BFGoodrich Driving School (Tuesday AM/PM Sessions)

From beginner to expert, the instructors at Gateway Mustang will provided a mix of classroom and on-course instruction across a 4-hour session to help you become a better, more competent driver to maximize the potential of what you and your machine can do. The classroom portion covers terminology, the race line and hitting the apex along with various methods of going fast while maintaining control. The course will be broken down into segments and is a mix of in-car/out-of-car instruction that allows you to eventually put it altogether for the quickest lap possible. Don’t think these maneuvers only benefit closed course action, because achieving improved car control and understanding limits provide benefits on the street as well.  $50 per session

Autocross (Wednesday)

Autocross at PITS uses the same closed course the BFGoodrich Driving School used the day before where a single lap is timed from a standing start in the beginning to a controlled stop at the end with a slew of rights and lefts between hard accelerating and braking. Open to any year/make/model, the course is lined with marker cones to help safely navigate through; however, the action is fast and drivers can often “loose the course” so don’t think this is a Sunday drive. Unlimited runs are $50. 

Gateway Mustang will have a small Army of prepared Mustangs and professional drivers offering complementary ride-alongs.

Top 3 quickest times receive trophies at Saturday's award ceremony.

Shotgun Alley (Wednesday)

Time to grip, rip and stop in this timed Start/Stop Competition that begins with a standing start, then accelerating to approximately 60’ mark and then another 60’ of braking zone to a complete stop.  3 attempts to achieve your best time.  $20 for 3 Runs

Top 3 quickest times receive trophies at Saturday's award ceremony. 

**Rain Date for Autoccross - If the weather on Wednesday prohibits the use of the Autocross course, then Thursday will serve as a make-up date for Autocross where previoulsy paid registrations will carry over. 

Event requirements

All participants in the vehicles are required to wear at minimum a D.O.T. approved helmet to be able to participate in the event.  An appropriate Snell rating would be preferred (Snell helmets certification - Standards (smf.org)  *There will be a limited number of D.O.T. loaner helmets available.

Participants must be at least 16 years of age and have a valid drivers license. Participants under the age of 18 must also have a parent/guardian present in order to run.

Anyone entering the paddock area are required to sign the release waiver prior to entering through the paddock gate.

Smokies Stadium

Kodak, TN


Autocross/Solo organized by

T5 Productions, LLC

Ponies In the Smokies Driving Experience 2024

Tue, Mar 19 - Wed, Mar 20, 2024