Driving School Information

Audi Club of Southern California High Performance Driving Schools

What is an Audi Club SoCal high performance driving school?

  • It’s a chance to drive your own car on a race track in a safefun, and supportive learning environment.
  • It’s a chance to learn more about yourself and your car, and to improve your driving skills.
  • It’s a chance to meet and socialize with a diverse group of friendly individuals who embrace performance driving and really enjoy Audi automobiles.  

Driving your own car on a race track – away from side streets, inattentive drivers, and other distractions – is not only great fun, it is a safe and effective way to explore the capabilities of your car, while improving your driving skills at the same time.

See our upcoming driving schools on this website’s Events page.

Event registration is located at ACSC.MotorsportReg.com .

HPDE means High Performance Driver Education

An Audi Club HPDE is a driving school. It is not a race, a racing school, or practice for racing.

Driving School Requirements

  • If this is your first time at an Audi Club SoCal driving school, our First-Timer Overview (PDF – Informational) will help you know what to expect.
  • Everyone must read and understand the important ACSC HPDE Detailed Requirements v2019.08.02 (PDF – Required Reading)
  • Each attendee’s car and personal safety gear must meet safety standards before bringing it to the track. Have your car inspected within 30 days of the event, bring the completed ACNA Safety Inspection Checklist 2019-08-31 (PDF – Required of all attendees) form with you, and turn it in the at onsite event check-in.

IMPORTANT: There will be NO car safety inspection at the event  – the safety inspection form (also known as “tech inspection”) MUST be completed by a shop (or other qualified individual) in advance. The form lists MINIMUM requirements and a few recommendations, but it is your responsibility to determine if there are any additional items needing inspection on your car and your personal safety gear to ensure your own safety as well as the safety of others on track with you. Cars or safety equipment with obvious deficiencies will not be allowed to participate in the driving school.

Audi Club members may always download the latest version of the form at https://member.audiclubna.org/content/safety-inspection-checklist (ACNA member login is required).

Driving Evaluations & Driver Logbook

Audi Club SoCal uses the online evaluation and logbook system at DrivingEvals.com . This simple system is a huge improvement for both the club and for you over the previous paper-based evaluation system. Learn what to expect and how to use the system by reading Audi Club SoCal’s DrivingEvals Student Guide [PDF]

Convertibles, SUV, and CUV

Audi Club North America now allows many modern convertible cars and certain small sport utility vehicles (SUV) and cross-over utility vehicles (CUV) at our high performance driver education schools.

The complete requirements are in the Audi Club North America driving school policy  (See Sect 2.13 & Appendix D; ACNA member login is required to view this document). Here are some highlights:

  • Only SUV/CUV which are on the Audi Club North America approved list may participate in high performance driving education.
  • No special track tires (DOT <=200 wear factor or non-DOT competition) may be used on your SUV/CUV.
  • Open cars, or convertibles with the top down, MUST provide eye-protection and approved arm restraints for both the driver and instructor-passenger. It is the student’s responsibility to bring two sets of arm restraints to the event.

If you are considering driving one of these vehicles at an Audi Club SoCal driving school, the official Audi Club North America requirements are revised on a frequent basis. You should check the official document for updated model lists or if you have any doubts about your vehicle.

Driving School Venues

Audi Club SoCal conducts HPDE events at the following motorsports facilities in our chapter’s territory. Click the link to see event information and learning resources.

Our page about Spring Mountain Motor Resort & Country Club, Pahrump, Nevada

Our page about Buttonwillow Raceway Park, Buttonwillow, California

Chuckwalla Valley Raceway, Desert Center, California

Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, California

If there is sufficient member interest the chapter would like to consider future events at these facilities:

The Thermal Club, Thermal, California (Palm Springs area)

Inde Motorsports Ranch, Willcox, Arizona (in cooperation with Arizona chapter)


Audi Club SoCal High Performance Driving Education events are driving schools. They are not a race, a racing school, or practice for racing.

All Audi Club SoCal HPDE events are conducted with a “Safety First” mindset, hence many of our policies are designed to enhance our safety culture:

  • Drivers are assigned by our chief instructor to separate run groups based on their demonstrated driving experience as well as their car’s capability.
  • There is no competitive passing; passing is only allowed with the permission of the car being passed and in designated passing zones.
  • The club does not provide timing or scoring.
  • In-car lap timers visible to the driver are not allowed.
  • There are no prizes or trophies.
  • The events are conducted under close supervision and on a closed road course to avoid the many unknown hazards found on the public streets, such as distracted drivers and opposite direction traffic.

It would, however, be misleading to pretend there are not risks present when engaging in any high speed driving activity. While the club works to minimize external risks, ultimately it is up to each individual driver to behave in a safe and mature manner.

We welcome you to join us, but we remind you that YOUR safety depends primarily on the decisions YOU make! Ultimately, Safety is Everyone’s Responsibility!

In Case of Emergency (ICE) info (Medical & Contact Info)

Audi Club North America requires our chapter to collect emergency contact information. You must ensure your MotorsportReg.com Profile (found under My Account) is complete and current, especially the Emergency Contact info in the My Information section

Medical information forms are no longer collected at our driving school events, but Audi Club strongly recommends that you carry In Case of Emergency (ICE) medical and emergency contact information on your person when at a driving event. There are many free or subscription ICE products available:

  • One example is GetIceCard.com , a free fill-and-print ICE wallet card; your medical and contact info is immediately available without the need to call or text a code.
  • You may carry the discontinued ACSC Medical Form if you wish.

  • We formerly recommended ICEdot.org, the provider of the Motorsport Safety Foundation’s ICE products. Unfortunately, ICEdot was acquired by Specialized Bicycle Components and ICEdot Emergency ID services have been terminated. To avoid the potential for confusion we strongly recommend you remove and discard any ICEdot wrist bands and identifying information from your helmet and ID cards.

Motorsport Safety Foundation

Audi Club SoCal is proud of its affiliation with the Motorsport Safety Foundation. Our club’s internal instructor training program is MSF Level II certified.

If you are interested in attending a MSF Level II clinic but are not an Audi Club SoCal participant, visit www.motorsport-safety.org/certified to find a commercial provider of the MSF Level II instructor training program near you. We can recommend Audi Club SoCal sponsor Hooked on Driving‘s MSF-approved instructor clinics conducted throughout their many regions.

Still Have Questions? 

Email us at: [email protected]

We look forward to seeing you at the track!