words & photos: Audi Club Northeast (NEQ)
If you’ve ever wanted to find out more about what you and your Audi are capable of doing at speed, a well-run high performance driving school at one of many area racetracks is an incredible way to have that experience. For many ACNA members, track events start as a one-off bucket-list dream. For some, it’s a life altering experience and many go on to regularly attend events and build close relationships with fellow enthusiasts.
The hardest step for most is the first event. You may have questions about events. The Northeast Chapter is on hand to help make that first step as easy and enjoyable as possible.
NEQ High Performance Driving Schools
Safe, Fun, Exhilarating & Eye Opening
Learn to drive your car on a real racetrack with the Audi Club of North America, Northeast Chapter (NEQ)
We know what it’s like to drive on a race-track for the first time so we customize our student experience to make it an enjoyable as possible. We love welcoming first-timers to every event – you will not be alone. You’ll have classroom sessions throughout the day tailored to first-timers and be matched with a personal in-car instructor. Together, the classroom and in-car instructors will prepare you with tools to be comfortable and confident when enjoying your car on track.
Choose one of our events, or contact us and ask us any questions. We want to help you have an experience to remember! If you have any questions, email us. We’re at [email protected]
Winter Driving School #1
Feb 15 or 22, 2020
The day includes exercises in the AM to improve your car handling skills on low friction surfaces and lapping on a prepared ice track in the PM. More information HERE.
Winter Driving School #2
Feb 29, 2020
Our Second winter school for 2020 on Lake Algonquin, Wells NY. This event is open to members and non-members interested in honing their low friction driving skills. More information HERE.
Lime Rock Park
May 14, 15 & 16, 2020
Join us at this High Performance Driving School at the historic Lime Rock Park, CT. This track takes a short time to learn, but a lifetime to master. More information HERE.
Watkins Glen #1
June 1 & 2, 2020
This event is also promoted by Boston BMW and Infinite. Join us at this High Performance Driving School at the historic Watkins Glen International raceway, in Central NY. More information HERE.
Palmer Motorsports Park (Clockwise!)
July 11 & 12, 2020
Join us at this High Performance Driving School at the majestic Palmer Motorsports Park, MA. Enjoy epic views, and every twist and turn. This is a weekend event. More information HERE.
Watkins Glen #2
August 3 & 4, 2020
This track is so good, we come back twice every year. Join us at this High Performance Driving School at Watkins Glen International. See what your car can do! More information HERE.
New Jersey Motorsports Park Lightning & Thunderbolt
Sept. 14 & 15, 2020
Enjoy 2 tracks in 2 days. Join us at this High Performance Driving School at New Jersey Motorsports Park. More information HERE.
Never Done This Before? No Problem.
Our club is a friendly community of individuals who share a passion for driving their cars. First time participants, in addition to regular track and classroom instruction, participate in safe car handling and accident avoidance exercises specially set up in a large parking lot (Paddock). These activities are designed to better familiarize you with the capabilities of your car (and yourself) before going on the track. You’ll find these exercises not only instructive but fun.
We know what it’s like to drive on a race-track for the first time and we customize your experience to make it an enjoyable as possible. We love welcoming first-timers to our events and we have a good number of first-timers at each one. Your novice classroom teacher and your personal in-car instructor are ready to make you comfortable and give you the tools and confidence to enjoy driving your car on the race-track. Don’t forget – this is not competition driving. There is no overtaking in corners or racing other cars. This is all about having a safe and enjoyable experience.
We have some restrictions on driving convertibles and you will need a helmet. We have rental helmets available if you need one. Should you have any questions which are not answered on this page, please contact us and ask. We want to make you comfortable and we’re happy to talk with you.
If you have any questions, email us. We’re at [email protected]
You will have four on-track sessions each day varying from 20-30 minutes each. At the end of the 2-day event you will have had between 3-4 hours on-track over the two days. That’s a lot of driving time and a lot of personalized high-quality instruction.
Your day is divided between driving on the track, classroom sessions, and free time. Yes, this is a school, and there is mandatory classroom time. All participants are required to attend classroom sessions throughout the day to learn vehicle dynamics and driving techniques.
In the classroom, you learn a lot of high speed driving theory such as the difference between an early and late apex. You’ll get a better understanding of car dynamics so you understand what is really happening when you brake or why your car understeers or oversteers in certain circumstances. Each classroom will also include an opportunity for Q&A.
Please contact us with questions: [email protected]