High Performance Driving Education
Briefly describe an HPDE event outline?
The morning starts out with driver's meeting. Drivers are already pre-assigned into one of three or four different levels of run groups (pending event) with in-car instructors assigned accordingly. Each run group has instructional classes each day in-between their 4 to 5 on-track run sessions over the course of the day. Each time a Beginner or Novice driver goes on the track they will have an assigned instructor seated beside them for live feedback, guidance, instruction and evaluation at the end of the course to be able to further guide us in serving your performance driving needs.
Am I allowed to have guest at the track?
Yes, you are welcome to invite guests, friends and family out to the track to spectator, there is no-cost involved and they are welcome to come and go as they please BUT they may not ride with you while on track.
What should I bring to the track?
For the car: Extra engine oil, brake fluid and power steering fluid...a tire gauge...a torque wrench for wheel lug bolts or nuts. (if you don't bring theses no worries our track support team has them available at the track)...window cleaner and paper towels...also a good idea. 3” wide blue or lime green painters masking tape or glass chalk to make car numbers. You also have an option to order vinyl cut numbers which look better in the pictures… For You: Lawn chair, box or bag to store your personal items instead of the car, cooler with refreshments, lots of drinking water and sun block.
What NOT to bring to the track?
For obvious reasons no alcohol or drugs (including antihistamines or other drugs that make you drowsy) may be consumed during the event. Use of these substances will result in immediate ejection from event. Please leave all pets at home, most race facilities DONOT allow pets. Will there be food available at the track? Most events Yes, concession stand or catered in food will be available for lunch, prices vary depending on facility...Note: it would also be a good idea for you to bring your own cooler with snacks and plenty of drinking water…you will get dehydrated no matter what time of the year.
Will race fuel and tire services and mechanics be available at the track?
Fuel: yes, each facility has fuel pumps on site. Note: if you require race fuel be sure to confirm this prior, because different facilities vary on fuel rules and service.
Tire Service: yes, but level of service varies depending on facility.
Mechanic/Shop: yes, but level of service varies depending on facility.
NOTE: it's best that you come prepared if you have special needs in these area's...
What should I wear while driving?
Mandatory for all drivers to wear a helmets, open face or full face SNELL MA or SA 2010 or newer rated, rentals helmets maybe available for as little as $20/weekend. Most tracks recommend you wear long pants and long sleeve shirt, but it is not required. Cotton shirt (T-shirt) and Denim long pants (Jeans). Select a "breathable" cotton or wool fabric, natural fibers no man made fabric. Thin-soled sneakers; no waffle soles...nothing big and bulky.. Drivers of race cars with roll cages are required to wear a minimum of single-layer suit. In between your driving sessions, you may change into more comfortable clothing, such as shorts and T-shirt. Rest rooms & changing rooms are available at all tracks.
Why does my car need to have Tech-Inspection?
To help ensure its track worthy and you have a great time.
When does the Tech-Inspection have to be done?
You must have a qualified technician complete a Tech-Inspection on the car within the 30 days preceding the event. A second Inspection Verification may be done at the track if we question cars preparation. Pending event, you may have to present your Tech-Inspection form and a copy of your valid driver's license and proof of insurance
What if my car doesn't pass the Tech-Inspection?
You can't drive your car on the track until it does.
What is the driver qualifications required to participate?
All drivers must meet the minimum age requirement 18 years old, with an unrestricted and valid driver’s license. All drivers must NOT have any medical or health or vision issues that will affect your driving abilities or jeopardizes your safety, your instructor or others around you.
Why does the instructor ride with me while I’m driving on track?
This is the best way to learn, instant feedback, our instructors not only teach, train and guide you they also evaluate you and we keep records of your evaluation so we can better serve you next time we see you. Realize not all organizations provide the quality and level of expertise that our instructor staff has the ability to do with our guidance.
What if I want to drive on track without an instructor?
Unless you have been previously Approved to drive Solo, you will not be allowed to drive on the track without an instructor until you signed off solo. This provides you with the maximum opportunity to learn. Certain experience proven students do receive a sign-off from their instructor to go solo, but only after the instructor is confident of his or her ability to drive the car safely, at higher speeds, alone.
How is a driver’s run group assignment determined?
Run group placement is based on first and foremost the driver’s experience and creditable history references then total event demographics.
Do I need a certain type of car to attend?
As long as it isn’t a high profile “SUV” or Pick-up (check with track if you have questions), we don’t care what you drive, we care how well you drive it.”
Which Convertibles are allowed?
Check with individual track/event...rules very.
Are there any Specific Tire rules?
Check with individual track/event...rules very.
Seat Belts and Restraint Systems Requirements?
OEM or better; matching restraint system must be provided for both left and right seats.
NOTE: all participating cars MUST be pre-tech inspected within 30 days prior school date.
May two drivers share one car?
Yes, as long as skill levels are such so the two of you can be assigned to 2 different level run groups. Many couples, parent and sibling or just friends have done this to share the learning experience.
Will my insurance cover my car while on track?
This depends on the insurance carrier and your policy. Many policies remain in force as long as the car is not used in a speed timed event or non-competitive event held on private property.
What if it rains?
Don’t get discourage rain is a very good learning tool for car control, if you can hone your skills in the rain; you are guaranteed to be even better and smoother in the dry. Some of our driver’s most rewarding events have been during adverse weather condition. Note: All track events run in the rain or shine some even in snow flurries….we’ve learned to make the most out of every track event for you.
What is the Cancellation Policy?
Check with the event prior to paying.
Want to find out when and where future HPDE events are coming up? Keep in touch at the following web sites:
Event listings are an informational type listing only. It is intended for your own individual (or with family or friends) attendance - outside of any other coordinated or scheduled LSCC event or activity.
2018 HPDE Events & Information
From the July Track Hound Newsletter:
Track weather is not HOT ….. Damm HOT! Start you track day early (or very late in the day) and pray for lots of clouds.
Track Run Dates Added:
From Eagles Canyon Raceway (ECR): Work continues on the facilities. The next open track day will be July 28th (Noon to Midnight). ECR registration has moved to https://www.motorsportreg.com. Now would be a good time to setup a profile if you haven't done so. Also, you can watch the ECR track website or Facebook for more info ….. hope to see ya there!
On the Calendar:
SCCATrack Night America information here:
PCA Track Dates: The PCA Calendar for MSR Cresson & COTA, 2018:
September 22-23 Motorsport Ranch Aug. 23rd, 8 a.m. 3.1 CCW
October 20-21 Motorsport Ranch Sept. 20th, 8 a.m. 1.7 CCW
September Austin Schnellfest Circuit of the Americas July 22nd, 8 a.m. 3.4 CCW
PCA at MSR: Register here: http://mav.pca.org/events/de/
COTA: NEW TRACK DATE - September 7-9: Registration here: austinschnellfest.clubregistration.net/
APEX (Pending Changes): http://www.apexdrivingacademy.com/schedule.htm
Registration for APEX is now done at https://www.motorsportreg.com
Note: New track date added for this Saturday, September 8th!
Register early - this APEX event will be a sell out for sure!
As of now, this is what is listed for 2018 for APEX (subject to change so check website often):
Sept. 8th - FULL TRACK - 3.1
Oct. 13th 1.3 CCW
Oct. 27th 1.7 CCW
Nov. 16th 3.1 CCW (Solo Approved Drivers Only)
Dec. 1st 1.7 CCW
Other Events and Links to Check Out:
The Driver's Edge: https://www.thedriversedge.net/02_tracks.htm
LADIES!! - Your day is coming!! As soon as the second club house is finished, Rick will be adding a Ladies Only Track Day!
July 14-15 - Motorsport Ranch 1.3 (Registration just opened; spot available now)
Sept. 8- 9 - Houston MSR 2.4 (Registration opens July 9th at 10:00 a.m.)
Sept. 15-16 - Motorsport Ranch 1.7 (Registration opens July 16th at 10:00 a.m.)
Oct. 6- 7 - Motorsport Ranch 3.1 (Registration opens Aug. 6th at 10:00 a.m.)
Nov. 3- 4 - Motorsport Ranch 3.1 (Registration opens Sept. 4th at 10:00 a.m.)
Nov. 17-18 - Houston MSR 2.4 (Registration opens Sept. 17th at 10:00 a.m.)
Dec. 8- 9 - Motorsport Ranch 1.7 (Registration opens Oct. 8th at 10:00 a.m.)
Edge Addicts: http://www.edgeaddicts.com/events.html Four (4) COTA dates for 2018 and six (6) for MSR; and check out the 3-day November event ….. looks like a kick!
Lone Star BWM Club:
Only two events listed for 2018 but this is one of the best HPDE schools around.
And if you still can't find an event that suits you - wade through this site:
Drive safe and keep the rubber side down ….. and see ya at the track!