About this event
Join Audi Club Northwest at Oregon Raceway Park (ORP) on June 18th and 19th for Verloren Gehen 2022 sponsored by Toyo Tires!
Unlike previous years when we've held this event in April and battled rain and hail and even snow, we've moved it to June to bring the focus back to your car and the track instead of battling the weather!
The name Verloren Gehen means "get lost," which is an important part of the challenge at Oregon Raceway Park (ORP). This is the 11th year for Audi Club Northwest at this very challenging and technically interesting 2.3 mile road course in Grass Valley, Oregon.
ORP's features are some of the most exciting and challenging in the Northwest. With many elevation changes (over 300' total throughout) and banked corners like the "halfpipe" the track challenges car and driver throughout! A unique feature of ORP is the ability to run in both directions! We will drive the track counter-clockwise on Saturday, clockwise on Sunday.
If you've not yet completed a Driver Skills event, this event does not have a Driver Skills component. Drivers must have attended a Driver Skills or at least one High Performance Driving Education (HPDE) lapping day on a track. Instructors will be assigned for those who are not signed off to Solo to help them hone their skills on-track. For those who are signed off Solo but are interested in improving their skills, Instructors may also be available upon request (please note when you register).
Check out these videos of our club Instructors running ORP in the Clockwise and Counterclockwise configurations!
For many, lodging concerns can be a deterrent to making the trip to ORP. But it shouldn't be! There are a variety of optoins for lodging in the area! The Quality Inn and Suites in Goldendale, WA is one option and there are several options just a short drive away in The Dalles OR. The Dalles offers a variety of restaurants and bars along with grocery stores and Starbucks for that morning boost.
Another option is camping. Camping is permitted at the ORP parking area for Friday and/or Saturday night provided they have a list of people beforehand. Contact the Event Master if you are interested in camping overnight at the track. There is no fee for this and there are even showers onsite!
You need to be a member of Audi Club North America to drive at this event*. If you’ve not yet joined the club, you can get in the club by clicking here.
All participants must be at least 16 years of age (but ALL are welcome as spectators).
Since this is a two day event, two day registrations will be prioritized. You may sign up for one day, either Saturday or Sunday, but your registration will be deferred until all two-day registrations are processed first.
*Reciprocal instructors from BMWCCA Puget Sound Chapter and PCA Pacific Northwest Region may instruct and drive without an ACNA membership
Release and Waiver of Liability:
Everyone must sign the Release and Waiver of Liability form for Audi Club Northwest’s insurance coverage when coming onto the facility. This requirement includes drivers, instructors, guests and visitors. 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, under Adult Waiver. Two Minor Waiver options are posted there too. Please read it and contact the Event Master or Registrar prior to the event with any questions about these important documents.
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 2019 Driving School & Event Guidelines" document. 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 SA2015, EA2016 or SA2020. We have club helmets in various sizes available for rent ($25) on a first come, first serve basis.
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 properly inspect your car for safety. Ultimately it’s your responsibility to confirm that your car is safe to operate at the event, and ACNW strongly encourages you to be honest with regard to 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.
On the morning of your first day of the event, you will hand in your signed and completed Vehicle Safety Inspection Checklist to registration before getting your registration packet. Completion of the Vehicle Safety Inspection Checklist form, including the second signature, should be completed PRIOR to the event.
Morning of event:
- Visit registration:
- Bring your helmet for inspection if you do not already have an ACNW helmet inspection sticker on it. If you are renting a helmet you will pick it up at registration.
- Bring your signed and complete Vehicle Safety Inspection Checklist form
- Bring your valid driver license
- Check in and get your registration packet (with event car numbers)
- 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 larger event car numbers to car exterior on both sides; rear windows are recommended, if possible.
- Apply the smaller 4" event car number sticker to the top center of the windshield
- We no longer have a tech inspection line; instead, a brief inspection happens 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 with a valid ACNW helmet inspection sticker 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're 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
Please reach out to David Kelley with any questions on this policy.