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 safe, fun, 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 school schedule on this website’s Events page.
When registration is open for an event, it may be found on Audi Club SoCal’s page on MotorsportsReg.com .
Driving School Requirements
These documents apply to ALL of our driving schools:
- ACNA Safety Inspection Form (PDF – Required) Have your car inspected within 30 days of the event, and bring this completed Mandatory Form with you to onsite event check-in. Everyone’s car and personal safety gear must meet certain safety standards before bringing it to the track. The form has a list of MINIMUM requirements plus some recommendations, but it is your responsibility to determine if there are additional items needing inspection on your car and personal safety gear to ensure your own safety as well as the safety of others on track with you.
IMPORTANT: There will be NO car safety inspection (“Tech Inspection”) at the event – the safety inspection form MUST be completed in advance and brought with you to the event. Cars with obvious safety deficiencies will not be allowed to participate in the driving school.
- HPDE Event Detailed Requirements (PDF – Required Reading) Everyone attending our driving schools must read and understand the important event requirements in this document.
- First-Timer Overview (PDF) If this is your first time at an Audi Club driving school this overview will help you know what to expect.
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-forms 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 driving school policy (See Sect 2.13 & Appendix D – member login is required) 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.
Here are the highlights:
- Only small SUV/CUV which are on the Audi Club North America approved list may participate in high performance driving education.
- No special track (DOT or competition) tires may be used on 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 these arm restraints to the event.
If you are considering driving one of these vehicles at an Audi Club SoCal driving school, this static chapter summary Convertibles and SUVs at ACNA Driving Events (PDF) gives general detail; note that the official Audi Club North America requirements, linked at the top of this section, are revised on a more frequent basis than this summary so you should check the official document if you have any doubts.
Driving School Venues
Audi Club SoCal conducts HPDE events at the following motorsports facilities in our chapter’s territory.
Spring Mountain Motor Resort & Country Club, Pahrump, Nevada
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 safety driving schools. They are not a race, a racing school, or practice for racing.
All HPDE events are conducted with a “Safety First” mindset. Drivers are assigned 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. There is no timing or scoring. In-car lap timers visible to the driver are not allowed. There are no prizes or trophies. The events are conducted on a closed course – away from distracted drivers, without opposite direction traffic, and under close supervision – to avoid the many hazards found on the public streets.
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 remind you that YOUR safety depends primarily on the decisions YOU make! Ultimately, Safety is Your Responsibility!
In Case of Emergency 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
- Medical Information in the Medical section and
- Emergency Contact info in the My Information section
Medical information forms are no longer collected at our driving school events, but Audi Club SoCal strongly recommends that participants carry In Case of Emergency (ICE) medical and emergency contact information on your person when at a driving event. You may carry the ACNA medical form if you wish (see the detailed requirements document above), or 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.
- We formerly recommended ICEdot.org, the provider of the Motorsport Safety Foundation’s ICE products . Unfortunately ICEdot has discontinued their ICE products: “ICEdot was acquired by Specialized Bicycle Components. ICEdot Emergency ID services will continue to operate through March 31, 2019 and afterwards will be terminated.” We strongly recommend that you remove any ICEdot identifying information from your helmet and ID after that date to avoid confusion.
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 Level II clinic but are not an Audi Club SoCal member, visit www.motorsport-safety.org/certified to find a commercial provider of the MSF Level II instructor training program near you. In California, we recommend you contact Hooked on Driving to see if they have a clinic in your area.