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When you sign up for the NAAC’s High Performance Driving Event, you are signing up for the most exciting, exhilarating and in-depth automotive learning experience this side of racing itself. In a safe, controlled environment, in this case the road course at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, you will drive your car in ways you could never experience on the open road.
Surrounded by like-minded enthusiasts, you will be coached and schooled in the art of high performance driving – just you and your machine. In two days, you will learn more about your car and your capabilities than you would in forty years of driving on the street. Classroom sessions will teach everything from track layout to control skills, to performance driving terminology and advanced driving theory. Students who are new to driving schools will have a specialized on-track familiarization session devoted to visually understanding the track layout, flagging stations, the “line”, and communication between you and your instructor. The rest of the time not devoted to the classroom will be spent at speed, on the track, in 25-30 minute sessions with a highly trained instructor providing guidance from the passenger seat. There you will apply, practice and polish the skills you learned in the class.
This ain’t no racin’ school
When we say this ain’t no racin’ school, we mean it. This is all about you, your car and control. This is not wheel to wheel racing and we do not allow timing or competition. There are no prizes to be had, nor egos to be stroked. Passing is performed in an orderly fashion and only with permission. Safety is paramount. Rest assured however, you will be allowed to run as hard as your skills, your car and your training permits.
The classroom sessions provide a foundation for the driving skills taught in the exercises and on the track. Some of the topics include car preparation, driving position, attitude, vision, weight transfer, tire adhesion and cornering techniques. In addition, you will learn the track rules, track layout, passing zones and everything necessary for you to take to the track in confidence and safety.
This is the meat of the driving event and it makes up the bulk of the seat time. Run groups are established to allow students to share the track with other drivers of similar experience and capabilities. Novice students always have an instructor in the car during lapping sessions, providing instruction and insight into techniques, procedures and protocols. As the student progresses, smoothness and speeds increase, techniques are polished, confidence surges and grins spread widely. There are very few experiences that are as immersive, focusing and enjoyable as the NAAC High Performance Driving Event. Attend one and it will find a permanent place on your yearly calendar.
Registration information can be found here.
Other files of interest (Event registration references them):
- Pre-Tech Inspection Form
- Convertible Policy
- R Compound Tire Policy
- Medical Information/Emergency Notification Form
Frequently asked Driving School questions:
- When do I have to get to NHMS?
You must be at the track early enough on Monday to ensure you have time to register, if you did not do so on Sunday afternoon. You need time to sign the waivers, find a parking spot, get your helmet verified, and turn in your helmet waiver form and Pre-Event Safety Inspection Report forms. You must ensure your car is completely empty of extraneous materials, go through Tech Inspection, and be prepared for the track in time for the first driver’s meeting of the day, which will be at 8 AM. Depending on your run group, after the drivers’ meeting you may go directly to grid or directly to classroom, so don’t assume you have a lot of time after the driver’s meeting to prepare your car.This is why we recommend you show up on Sunday and get a lot of this taken care of.
- When is the tech inspection?
The primary technical inspection of your car occurs before you ever leave to come to NHMS. In this information packet is the Pre-Event Safety Inspection form. The Pre-Event Safety Inspection must be completed by a qualified technician within the 30 days preceding the event. You must bring your completed inspection form to Registration. It is your responsibility to ensure your car is safe and in good mechanical condition. When you grid for the first time each day, school staff will check to ensure all loose items have been removed and there are no obvious visible safety defects. It is your responsibility to bring a safe car to the event, and to maintain it in a safe condition throughout the event. Unsafe cars will not be allowed on the track.
- Can I do my own Pre-Event Safety Inspection?
You may, only if you are a certified mechanic. For most participants, the inspection should be done by a professional mechanic, preferably one who is experienced on your make of car, and who has the facilities to raise the car and do a thorough inspection top and bottom. Some participants have the mechanical skills and experience to do their own, but this is a detailed inspection for defects that will help determine if your car will be safe under high stresses on the track.
- Can I drive my convertible?
Your car must have a 4 point triangulated rollbar mounted securely to the car chassis. The car must also pass the broom stick rule. If a straight edge (broom stick) is placed on the top of the windshield and the top of the rollbar, there must be a minimum of 2 inches of clearance between the top of your helmet and the bottom of the straight edge.Convertibles pose a unique risk to their occupants in the unlikely event of a rollover. Without the added protection of an integral hard top, the windshield and A-pillar could compress to the extent it could pose a danger of injuries. In addition, without a roof it is possible in the event of a rollover that occupants’ arms may be more easily injured. Contact Event Master, Mike Collier, by e-mail (mcollier1982 at gmail.com) or telephone (603.471-9168) for more information
- Why can’t I get all my money back if I cancel out?
The organizing chapter incurs significant expenses well before the event (track rental, food, banquet facility rental, etc.). Many of these costs are still incurred even if a student does not show up.
- Why are the passing areas so restrictive?
This is a driving school, not a racing school. The passing areas are
tightly controlled so that the risk of car-to-car contact is minimized. The passing areas exist so that quicker drivers do have a safe area to execute a pass and continue on.
- Will my insurance cover any damage to my car?
Possibly, but it depends on your insurance carrier and what is stated in your policy. Some policies remain in force as long as the car is not used in a speed event or competitive event. Some policies exclude coverage if the car is used on a track at all. This driving school is a non-timed, non-competitive event and it is not a race or practice for a race. You need to ensure that you are aware of the terms of your individual auto insurance policy and are prepared to assume the risk of participating in this school.
- What if something happens to my car so that it poses a hazard?
You can’t drive on the track. One reason Audi Club of North America driving schools have a good safety record is our strict adherence to safety standards. If your car is not in good mechanical condition and safe, it doesn’t get on the track. That’s the bad news.
The good news is that there are many helpful drivers at the event who can probably help you diagnose or fix what’s wrong, if it’s fixable. If you have a good Pre-Event Safety Inspection and examine your car closely before coming to the event and then again when you arrive at NHMS, you should be in good shape.
- Do I have to let my instructor drive my car?
No. By driving your car, the instructor gets to see and feel exactly
how your car handles, and may be able to give you more insightful instruction. Also, you get to see how an experienced driver drives the line in the same car you’ll be driving. The decision is up to you. However, please be warned: if an instructor damages your car, repair
or compensation is between you and your instructor. Neither NHMS, North Atlantic Audi club, nor Audi Car Club North America may be held liable or be involved in repair or compensation.
- What if I I want to drive my car without an instructor?
Unless you are assigned to the Advanced or Intermediate run group, and have been signed off as a solo student, you will not be allowed to drive on the track without an instructor. This helps ensure overall safety and provides you with the maximum opportunity to learn from a very accomplished driver. Certain students may receive a sign-off from their instructor to go solo, but only after the instructor has ridden with the student and is confident of his or her ability to drive the car safely alone. Even if the instructor signs you off to go solo, you must still ride with the instructor on the first track session each day. Remember that just because your instructor signs you off to solo, it doesn’t mean you must drive solo. You can continue to ride with and learn from your instructor or a different instructor, and we encourage you to do so.
- Suppose I don’t get along with my instructor?
This happens occasionally. If you and your instructor are not a good match, ask the Chief Instructor or Event Master for another instructor