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High Performance Driving Education (HPDE)

If you are interested in learning the basics of High Performance Driving, or simply want to drive your car on a racetrack in a controlled and professionally staffed environment, then NASA’s HPDE is for you. NASA HPDE gives drivers a chance to test their skills and learn from NASA's cadre of experienced instructors in a venue designed for safe spirited driving far away from the risks present on the street. Our HPDE program has become the standard for the 'open track' industry and features multiple skill levels to ensure that drivers are able to enjoy a safe and fun day at the track.

Not sure which group you belong in? Select our HPDE Selection Wizard.

PASSENGER SEAT required for HPDE 1 & 2 and HIGHLY recommended for HPDE 3 & 4. 

 

This is where all of the fun and excitement of NASA begins! This group is designed for first time track day participants and drivers requiring in-car instruction to understand and learn the basic principles of road course driving. In HPDE 1 you will learn the fundamentals of high performance driving in a controlled environment using both the classroom and on track instruction. Drivers in HPDE 1 will experience a combination of fun and education as they build a strong driving foundation. You will be assigned an instructor for all of your 8 sessions per weekend. Total combined classroom and track time is approximately 8 hours per weekend. Consistent demonstration of driving the school line, safety procedures, smooth braking, turn-in and acceleration and some passing are required to advance from HPDE 1. All of these terms and concepts are published HPDE 1 section of your assigned NASA Passport journal. Sign up for Group 1 for track fun and to build your driving skill foundation.

HPDE 1 Classroom Slideshow

Advancement Instructions for HPDE 1 to HPDE 2

HPDE 1 to 2 Skills Assessment Self-Evaluation Form

THE INTENT OF THIS DOCUMENT IS TO CONVEY IMPORTANT INFORMATION SO THAT A PARTICIPANT CAN MAKE AN INFORMED DECISION ABOUT WHICH GROUP TO CHOOSE. IN THE INTERESTS OF SAFE, SERIOUS, FUN, DRIVERS SIGNING UP FOR A GROUP FOR WHICH THEY ARE NOT QUALIFIED WILL BE SUBJECT TO PENALTIES, INCLUDING A 1 YEAR SUSPENSION OR FORFEITURE OF NASA MEMBERSHIP. WHEN IN DOUBT, PLEASE SIGN UP FOR THE LOWER GROUP. DRIVERS CAUSING “TRAINS” WILL BE ASKED TO MOVE BACK TO A LOWER RUN GROUP.

Embark on the next step of the NASA HPDE ladder. This group is designed for novice drivers with previous track day experience and can successfully demonstrate the learned concepts of the HPDE 1 curriculum. Group 2 drivers must possess this basic knowledge plus be very comfortable driving with and without an instructor. Group 2 drivers are very familiar with grid procedures, passing rules, and flags. Group 2 uses a combination of some classroom, some instruction and some solo driving. You’ll use the same little blue NASA Passport used in HPDE 1, 3 and 4. HPDE has more liberal passing than HDPE 1 with faster speeds and exercises that support driver skillset growth. Building upon the solid foundation of HPDE 1, Group 2 introduces car dynamics, track maps, visual training and cooperation with fellow drivers on track. Sign up for Group 2 and hone your skills today. If you are new to NASA you may be asked to demonstrate your knowledge of HPDE 1 driving skills via a brief checkout ride. Drivers causing “trains” will asked to be moved back to HPDE 1. NASA HPDE 2 runs by itself.

THE INTENT OF THIS DOCUMENT IS TO CONVEY IMPORTANT INFORMATION SO THAT A PARTICIPANT CAN MAKE AN INFORMED DECISION ABOUT WHICH GROUP TO CHOOSE. IN THE INTERESTS OF SAFE, SERIOUS, FUN, DRIVERS SIGNING UP FOR A GROUP FOR WHICH THEY ARE NOT QUALIFIED WILL BE SUBJECT TO PENALTIES, INCLUDING A 1 YEAR SUSPENSION OR FORFEITURE OF NASA MEMBERSHIP. WHEN IN DOUBT, PLEASE SIGN UP FOR THE LOWER GROUP. DRIVERS CAUSING “TRAINS” WILL BE ASKED TO MOVE BACK TO A LOWER RUN GROUP.

NASA Group 3 allows the experienced Driver to exercise the skillset and knowledge gained in NASA Groups 1 and 2. Drivers are required to demonstrate these abilities at all times. Passing opportunities are increased in Group 3, through enhanced cooperation, on track communication, training, and technical drills. Group 3 Drivers MUST be very comfortable passing and being passed. With great reward comes great responsibility. In order to meet these challenges, NASA Group 3 instruction includes training on sensory and situational awareness, working up a track map, how to achieve higher entry, roll, and exit speeds, in addition to advanced passing strategies and braking techniques. Group 3 is the perfect spot for those individuals seeking to become better, faster, safer Drivers.

EXPERIENCED Drivers from other Clubs, Groups, Regions, etc. are always welcome and encouraged to join the fun!

THE INTENT OF THIS DOCUMENT IS TO CONVEY IMPORTANT INFORMATION SO THAT A PARTICIPANT CAN MAKE AN INFORMED DECISION ABOUT WHICH GROUP TO CHOOSE. IN THE INTERESTS OF SAFE, SERIOUS, FUN, DRIVERS SIGNING UP FOR A GROUP FOR WHICH THEY ARE NOT QUALIFIED WILL BE SUBJECT TO PENALTIES, INCLUDING A 1 YEAR SUSPENSION OR FORFEITURE OF NASA MEMBERSHIP. WHEN IN DOUBT, PLEASE SIGN UP FOR THE LOWER GROUP. DRIVERS CAUSING “TRAINS” WILL BE ASKED TO MOVE BACK TO A LOWER RUN GROUP.

Welcome to the top rung of the NASA HPDE ladder. Group 4 drivers have passed through all previous NASA HPDE levels or equivalent, have obtained an Official Signed NASA Passport, and understand the HPDE rules as described in the CCR. They can successfully navigate the road course both on-line and off-line and are comfortable passing and being passed just about anywhere on track. It is essential they have a heightened situational awareness and understanding of common passing situations such as ‘leap frog’ or ‘side by side’ exercises as experience passing and being passed is an absolute must in this run group.

HPDE 4 is a destination for the elite performance drivers and a stepping stone for future racers and time trial drivers. This fast and skilled group is frequented by our NASA instructors and other licensed competitors who choose to get extra seat time outside their competition groups. As a prerequisite of the NASA competition school, additional, advanced passing exercises and coaching to maximize corner entry roll speed will be presented with other advanced driving techniques.

Group 4 is reserved for very experienced drivers who have extensive training within the NASA system and must list previous experience, events, schools attended, and licenses on the entry form to be eligible.

THE INTENT OF THIS DOCUMENT IS TO CONVEY IMPORTANT INFORMATION SO THAT A PARTICIPANT CAN MAKE AN INFORMED DECISION ABOUT WHICH GROUP TO CHOOSE. IN THE INTERESTS OF SAFE, SERIOUS, FUN, DRIVERS SIGNING UP FOR A GROUP FOR WHICH THEY ARE NOT QUALIFIED WILL BE SUBJECT TO PENALTIES, INCLUDING A 1 YEAR SUSPENSION OR FORFEITURE OF NASA MEMBERSHIP. WHEN IN DOUBT, PLEASE SIGN UP FOR THE LOWER GROUP. DRIVERS CAUSING “TRAINS” WILL BE ASKED TO MOVE BACK TO A LOWER RUN GROUP.

Many questions come up when preparing for your first day at an event. Review the below information to make sure you are ready to drive at the track

First steps

  1. Become a NASA Member.
  2. Print the HPDE tech inspection form. Can be found here.
  3. Inspect the car for any leaks or worn parts.
  4. Review the track travel data and plan your trip accordingly. A PDF on our Track distances can be found here.

What to Bring

  • Snell 2000 (minimum requirement). SA2015 or newer Helmet Recommended
  • Long Pants and closed toed shoes
  • Painters tape for applying car numbers. Vinyl numbers are available for purchase
  • Drivers License
  • HPDE Passport (Given to you at your first event)
  • Bring completed HPDE Tech Inspection Form
  • Plenty of Water and Food. Most Tracks do offer these amenities, however they are not guaranteed to be open.

At the Event

  • Find a place to park in the Paddock (Paddock is area on grass or blacktop where you may park your car).
  • Clear all loose objects from your car and leave at your spot in the paddock.
  • Check in at NASA Central (The large NASA trailer).
  • Place your assigned car number on your car.
  • Bring your car to tech (usually located on grid) along with your COMPLETED Tech Inspection Form.
  • Park at your paddock spot and then proceed to the Drivers meeting gathering point at NASA Central.

NASA Event Regulation

  • Anyone driving on the track must be a NASA Member.
  • Helmets must be worn at all times while on track. (Orientation Laps Excluded)
  • Safety belts must be properly worn at all times while on track.
  • Camera mounts - Camera mounts which attach to a driver or passenger headrest are strictly prohibited. See NASA CCR for additional information regarding use and mounting of cameras.
  • Late Fee of $50 is added 10 days prior to the first day of the event.
  • On-Line registration will close for each event the Monday night before the event.
  • Once an group is said to be “sold out”, no refunds will be permitted for anyone in that group unless the driving slot can be filled.
  • HPDE & Time Trials group entry fees are fully refundable before ten days prior to the event.

HPDE Specific Regulations

  • Long Sleeve Shirts are recommended.
  • Passengers are allowed in Groups 3&4 ONLY.
  • Passengers will need to get a special wristband from NASA Central.
  • Drivers are to have a wristband and a track-pass to get on track.
  • Cars are to have a tech sticker before going on track.
  • You may and should have your car tech completed at any SAE Certified shop before each event. Simply have the tech shop complete your tech form and stamp it with their ASE number. If you have an SAE Certified shop perform your tech inspection you DO NOT need to bring your car to tech - simply bring your helmet and SAE stamped tech form to tech.
  • Drivers should attend all scheduled meetings and download sessions for their driving group.
  • Each group will be scheduled for approximately 4-20 minute track sessions each day.
  • Instructors are to sign up on-line at least 30 days before an event.

 

Interested in Finding Out What HPDE is About?

HPDE 101 and Hyperdrives can give you a small taste of What a complete HPDE event is about.

NASA Great Lakes and Midwest regions have created an introduction to road course driving and we call it HPDE 101. HPDE 101 allows a new driver to become familiar with the various aspects of Open Track driving in very little time and for very little money. HPDE 101 is an orientation to open track driving with NASA.

You will experience the same processes and procedures that NASA members exercise every weekend. These include:

  • Our morning all hands meeting

  • NASA car tech prior to taking your car on track HPDE 1 classroom(s) for an introduction to driving and safety, what to expect when you drive on the road course, the various flags, how to enter and exit the track and the fundamentals of braking, turning and accelerating.

  • After the classroom you will have the opportunity to drive on track (helmet optional) at a Parade Lap pace. The speed of the parade laps is governed by a pace car with speeds lower than if you were driving in our actual HPDE program. Safety is our main priority and this is why parade lap speeds are low. Parade laps occur at lunch time. See event schedule for the time this occurs.

  • After parade laps you are welcome to grab some lunch and stick around to watch some great racing or sign up for our afternoon ride-a-long sessions with our HPDE 3 and 4 drivers. You must register for this (there is no cost) and sign a waiver. Registering for this occurs at the NASA Central Registration trailer. Rides are limited and this is a first come, first served offer.

  • The track goes cold at approximately 5 pm followed by our free awards dinner with a variety of adult and non-alcoholic beverages. Trophies are given to the drivers who finish well and we often do prize raffles. This is a quick dinner and social mixer to plan on before returning to your hotel or home.

There are two requirements for HPDE 101. You must sign up for HPDE 101 at www.nasaproracing.com For liability purposes you must join NASA and this is a one time annual cost of $45. Joining NASA will allow you to attend any other HPDE 101 event this year at ZERO-cost.

Following your parade laps, you are welcome to watch races or wander the paddock to check out all the cool cars. Whatever car marque you favor you will likely see it at our events. And drivers who love to talk about their cars. So plan to hang out with us at the track for a while.

For more information please email Marlon Sumlin our HPDE 101 Group Leader MarlonSumlin@nasagreatlakes.com

HyperDrive is an introductory opportunity for drivers who want to try a lower cost option to track driving. HyperDrive is not available at all events due to time constraints and other factors. When you sign up for HyperDrive you will be required to attend classroom instruction, you’ll receive one on-track session with an Instructor, utilizing HPDE 1 on-track rules.

Preparation is straight forward. Bring a car in good condition, with good brakes and good tires. You will need a helmet (See NASA’s CCR for current requirements), long pants, closed toed shoes and eye protection.

Once you have signed up, you will immediately receive a confirmation receipt. In addition to the information on the website, you will receive a final event information e-mail on the Tuesday before the event, with specific information about your weekend.

Just like our other HPDE drivers, you’ll be required to attend the early morning car tech, the all hands HPDE meetings and the HPDE 1 standup and classroom meetings.

NASA puts an emphasis on having a great driving experience, lots of fun and of course includes all the safety components of on-track driving that we are famous for.

Click Schedule above for events that will include the HyperDrive. Under each event there is an icon that represents the HyperDrive sessions.

 

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