Ya know, Teej, I was considering doing the same thing. Then I read another thread that suggested it might be better to wait until you have dedicated track bike and a trailer in the event you go down and the bike takes serious damage. Don't wanna walk home from b/f.
Otherwise, I watched some riders last year and it looks like a great place to learn. NESBA does their thing every year there. They seem serious yet polite.
(could i be more generic?)
Did you find leather that fits?