If you have never attended a track event, this would be the perfect time to see what the excitement is all about! It’s a safe, controlled environment that allows you to experience the performance aspects of your Audi with expert instruction and a program designed to encourage and excite, regardless of your familiarity with the track environment.
On site check-in and tech inspections will start at 4PM Friday at the hotel, with a mandatory drivers’ meeting at 8PM. There will also be a first-timers’ meeting at 7PM which is a great opportunity to hear more about the weekend ahead, ask questions, and get comfortable with the event schedule.
Questions? Here are a few answers to the most commonly asked questions about our track events.
I’m afraid I will hurt my car.
I can honestly tell you that in the thirty or more track events I have attended, I have never seen a first-timer hurt his or her car. Novice drivers spend the morning of the first day in classroom session and driving exercises off the track learning vehicle dynamics. The class and exercises are designed to enhance your car control skills and knowledge of your car. During these driving exercises, you drive your own car and have club instructors assist in developing better driving skills. This provides helpful input to ensure you get the most out of the experience as you prepare to move to the track environment.
What if I can’t keep up? A track seems like such an intimidating environment.
After the car control sessions the balance of the learning is on the track. Run groups are established to allow students to be on track with other drivers of similar experience. At most events first-timers are only on the track with other first-timers, and novice students always have an instructor in the car during track sessions. Passing is allowed only on designated sections of the course and under controlled circumstances, making for as safe of an environment as possible.
My car isn’t a race car; it’s totally stock, right from the dealer.
If your car is totally stock, you’ll be in good company; that’s the way most who are just getting started with HPDE driving are. And other than making sure your car is in proper running order (tires-brakes-oil-etc) you don’t need to do anything extraordinary before coming to an event.
Am I going to wear out my brakes and tires?
It’s very unlikely that you will run through your street tires or brakes at your first event. Novice drivers tend to be very conservative and cautious. This translates to minimal wear and tear on your car, its brakes and tires.
Do women come to these events?
Absolutely! Women usually make up 25-30% of the first-timers group, and many return for event after event. The club has several women instructors as well.
Cost is $425.00 for students; $175.00 for instructors, and includes the track time, lunches at the track, banquet dinner Saturday night, event shirt and other miscellaneous swag. Helmets will be available to rent for those who need one, but if you’re a first-timer, the helmet rental is on us! Audi Club North America membership is required.