About this event
Join Audi Club Northwest (ACNW) for Geschwindigkeit at Pacific Raceways on Friday, June 25th!
2021 makes it the twelfth straight year of hosting an ACNW High Performance Driving Education (HPDE) event at Pacific Raceways; the world-class facility right in Seattle’s backyard!
Geschwindigkeit is a fantastically German word for “speed” and Pacific Raceways is a fitting location for this event as the front straightaway delivers one of the fastest track sections on the west coast! But not to worry, the 10-turn (nine turns with a “kink”), SCCA and NASCAR certified track offers more than just high speeds! The 2.25-mile track has a front straight at an elevation of 150 feet above sea level with a total elevation change of 125 feet, of which 100 feet occurs in just 1/2 mile between turn 2 and turn 3B. Winding through natural wooded terrain, sweeping curves and hairpin turns, Pacific Raceways is one of the most unique and challenging road courses in the United States.
Driving fees for this event are $290 for one day.
Registration includes lunch. Guest lunches are available as well. Note: When meals are a part of our events, ACNW will attempt to accommodate special dietary requirements if requested. However, meals are provided by third parties and circumstances may not always enable ACNW or its vendors to meet every special dietary need.
For drivers that have not been signed to solo, we are offering HPDE lead-follow instruction where instructors and students will alternately lead and follow in their own cars. In addition, if you are willing, we are allowing in-car instruction, with mandatory windows-down and masks on for both student and instructor. Please make your preferences known on the registration form.
Of special note: PLEASE make sure and read the requirements on the next page, including the linked driver’s handout. You will be expected to bring items that are not usually required for our normal events. In addition, you will be expected to comply with the requirements that will be provided in documentation prior to the event. It is imperative that you read and follow these requirements so we can conduct a safe and successful event.
All participants must follow the Pacific Raceways Health Protection Plan regarding COVID-19. This information is summarized in the Driver Handout but also can be found here.
- DO NOT come if you are sick or in a high-risk group.
- Bring a mask and wear it unless you are in your car / hauler / RV.
- No groups of people eating together will be permitted, unless all are members of your household.
- You are permitted to bring a guest.
- There will be a mandatory drivers’ meeting on Wednesday, June 23, at 7:00PM via Zoom. Zoom meeting details will be send to participants at least a week prior to the meeting. Attendance will be taken at the end of the meeting.
- No congregating in the paddock. You are to be in or around your car or driving.
By registering for this event, you are accepting compliance with the guidelines provided by Pacific Raceways and by ACNW. Anyone operating outside of those guidelines will be asked to leave. NO REFUND will be issued if you are asked to leave.
You need to be a member of Audi Club North America to drive on track at this event*. If you’ve not yet joined the club, you can get in the club by clicking here.
All participants and guests must be at least 16 years of age. To qualify for lapping, drivers must have previously attended a Driver Skills (DS) clinic with the Audi Club or other equivalent club/group (please check with the registrar with any questions).
If you are bringing a convertible car or cross-over, please read the Convertibles or High Center of Gravity Vehicles section below.
*Reciprocal instructors from BMWCCA Puget Sound Chapter and PCA Pacific Northwest Region may instruct and drive without an ACNA membership.
Convertibles lacking rollover protection are not permitted in ACNA High Performance Driving Schools (HPDE, lapping, or any events held “at speed”). Vehicles with removable hardtops or retractable hardtops lacking a rollover protection system are also not permitted at high-speed events. Convertibles with factory-installed rollover protection (either fixed or deployable) meet the ACNA minimum requirement for high-speed events and are acceptable, subject to approval by chapter leadership and event staff. We strongly recommend driving with the soft-top up or the hard top installed; otherwise, SFI and/or FIA approved arm restraint system(s) must be used.
High Center of Gravity Vehicles:
High center of gravity vehicles (truck, van, SUV-Sport Utility Vehicle, CUV-Crossover Utility Vehicle, SAV-Sport Activity Vehicle) are not permitted in Audi Club Driving School events held “at speed” (DE-Driver Education, HPDE, instructed or non-instructed lapping, track days), except those models included in the ACNA Vehicle Participation Exception List found in the "ACNA Driving School and Event Guidelines" document (link below). These exceptions include Audi Q3/Q5, BMW X1/X3/X5, Porsche Macan, Cayenne, for example.
Audi Club North America policies for convertibles and high center of gravity vehicles are posted on the ACNW's Driving School Materials page under ACNA Driving School and Event Guidelines for your review.
Approved helmets are required to be worn when on track at this event. Approved helmets include only Snell SA2010, M2010, SA2015, EA2016 or later. Except for Snell M2010, the M (Motorcycle) and K (Karting) designators have lapsed.
Club helmets will be available to rent for $25. You may request a helmet and indicate size (please use the Bell Helmet Sizing Chart) on the registration form.
Release and Waiver of Liability:
Everyone must sign the Release and Waiver of Liability and Communicable Disease Spectator and Participant Release forms online for Audi Club Northwest’s insurance coverage prior to coming to the facility. You can initiate the process here, for both yourself and as the legal guardian of a minor. You may also initiate the process using the SpeedWaiver invite on the registration form. The full text of this Release and Waiver of Liability is on the last page of the registration form, and can also be found on the ACNW's Driving School Materials page.
Safety Inspection Policy:
For every event, ACNW requires two (2) signatures on your Vehicle Safety Inspection Checklist form. View this form here.
- The signature at the bottom is yours. It is your car, and we need you to take responsibility for its safe condition and operation.
- It is ACNW’s expectation that your car will be inspected per the areas of emphasis on the Vehicle Safety Inspection Checklist form, by someone in addition to you. This should be a dealer, a local automotive shop, or any other person you believe has the technical knowledge and experience to thoroughly inspect your car for safety. Ultimately, it is your responsibility to confirm that your car is safe to operate at the event, and ACNW strongly encourages you to be honest about your own mechanical abilities/knowledge. Should you feel capable and confident in inspecting your own vehicle, it is permissible for the second “Inspected by” signature to be your own.
- View the entire Safety Inspection Policy and Procedure here.
Completion of the Vehicle Safety Inspection Checklist form, including the second signature, should be completed PRIOR to the event. You will need to scan or photograph your completed form and email a copy to the Registration Team prior a week prior to the event. There will be no forms supplied at the facility.
Morning of Event:
- After showing your signing the Pacific Raceways waiver at the gate (details to be provided closer to the event), you will proceed to the registration table to check in and get your event packet.
- Please proceed to east end of the paddock as outlined in the drivers’ handout.
- Find a place to park in the paddock that is at least 10 feet away from your neighbors.
- Ensure your vehicle meets all areas of the Vehicle Safety Inspection Checklist form, particularly removal of all lose items from the cabin and trunk.
- Apply the two car numbers found in your packet to car exterior on both sides; rear windows are recommended, if possible.
- Make sure that you put on the wristband that you received at the Pacific Raceway’s guardhouse and the wristband you received in your packet.
- We will no longer have a tech inspection line; instead, a brief inspection will happen while in pre-grid prior to your first session on track.
Pre-grid, prior to first session on track:
- Drive your car to pre-grid, with car empty of loose items, helmet on, restraints fastened securely. Please arrive at the pre-grid 10 minutes prior to the start of your first on-track session.
- A volunteer will inspect you and your car to make sure that:
- Your car's tow hook(s) are installed (if available)
- You have equal restraints installed (i.e. both driver and passenger, if there is one, have the same type of harnesses or OEM 3-point seat belts), and that 4-point harnesses are of the anti-submarine (ASM) style.
- You have a helmet on and buckled securely.
- If you have a forward head and neck restraint (e.g. HANS, Simpson Hybrid, etc.), that it is positioned properly under the shoulder harnesses and connected to your helmet
- Your car is empty of loose items.
- If you are driving a convertible, that it passes the broomstick rule for driver and passenger, and if you are running with the top down that you have approved arm restraints.
- If everything checks out, you will receive an additional inspection sticker on your vehicle windshield; otherwise, you will be required to leave the pre-grid area to fix the safety concern.