ADDING "SECTION" NUMBERS AROUND THE TRACK
These are important, and will be one of the last finishing touches you put on your track. Every slot car track that will be used for any type of organized racing programs needs to be divided into equal sections or lengths. These can be approximately 10 feet. Section numbers can be painted or white or colored vinyl, depending on the color of your track or inside walls. Vinyl numbers are available in 1" die-cut form from any office supply or art store.
Starting at the isolated section (where the laps are counted and timed) measure forward 10 feet and put number "1." Then every ten feet you put another number…"2", "3", "4" and so on. These can be placed on both sides of the track surface, out next to the wall or on the inside of the retaining wall itself.
For a 100’ track, starting 10’ down from the isolated section, you will end up with nine 10’ sections. (We put the $-sign that came in the package with the numbers by the isolated section.) When the final heat of a race has been run, the "sections" are added to the racer’s total - either by inputting this number into the computer or by writing it down on the printout sheets. You’ll be surprised because occasionally you will end up with two or more drivers on the same lap at the end, so section marking is essential to determine each racer’s finishing position.
Another feature done on numerous tracks is to mark the lane color on the inside retaining wall directly in front of the corresponding lane and driver. Marshals looking across the track toward the driver’s station can tell at a glance what lane the driver is on and can aid in better, faster marshalling. These colored lane markers can be made from a variety of sources - colored plastic tape or even lane stickers. If you use lane stickers put two or three side by side.