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Driving the Tobacco Road Relay course requires preparation, planning, precision and perception. The preparedness of the team driver(s) greatly impacts the experience of the team, the efficiency of the Tobacco Road Relay and the safety of all involved.
Non-running driver and co-pilot are suggested. However, some teams prefer to do the driving themselves. The team vehicle will not always follow the course, so a co-pilot will be extremely valuable to help navigate .
Know the course, the rules, the driver handbook and the team handbook.
If you don’t like runner food, be prepared with your own food and beverages (non-alcoholic).
Have a plan with your team, just in case you need to nap (alternate drivers).
Preparation and Planning
Drive the Course Before the Race? If you can’t drive the course in advance:
Thoroughly review the maps and cue sheets (listed below on this page).
Some Driver Maps will follow the course.
Some Driver Maps will navigate around Restricted Roads and greenways.
Identify exchange zones (and areas where more time will be required).
Know the difficult parking areas and plan accordingly.
Be aware of the roads that are more remote and those that may involve heavier traffic.
Know locations for gas, groceries, supplies and additional restrooms are located.
CLICK HERE for a printable (pdf) copy of the Driver Handbook.
Driver Cue Sheets
CLICK HERE for a printable (pdf) copy of Driver Cue Sheets.
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