Fri, Dec 2 - Sun, Dec 4, 2022

Audi Club Driving School @ Buttonwillow

Buttonwillow Raceway

About this event

Buttonwillow Raceway Park

Friday, December 2, 2022 - Sunday, December 4, 2022

Presented by Toyo Tires
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  • Have Fun driving your own car
           …on a private racetrack!
  • Learn in a supportive and enjoyable environment...
           ... with a strong emphasis on Safety!
  • Improve your driving skills...
           ... while learning about your car's capabilities!
  • Join a diverse group of friendly individuals who embrace performance driving...
           ... and really understand, appreciate, and enjoy their Audi automobiles!

What is It?

This High-Performance Driving School is an exciting, fun, and educational two or three days spent with friendly people at a terrific private racetrack. You will learn from and with other Audi owners and club members, forge new friendships, and make lasting memories. Your improved driving skills will enhance your daily driving experience. You will learn about your car and its capabilities in a controlled environment which is safer than experimenting on the public streets!

Should I Do It?

People will say   you shouldn't...    you couldn't...    you can't...    you won't...
So it will feel so good when you go home after experiencing the thrill of this weekend and tell them... I DID IT!

DO IT! with Audi Club SoCal

  • Drive your OWN car! You will learn in your own car throughout the event. Club instructors help you improve your driving skills in a structured learning environment.
  • Don’t have an Audi (yet)? -- No Problem! All makes and models of coupes and sedans in excellent mechanical condition are welcome at Audi Club SoCal driving schools – we also accept many convertibles and select performance SUVs, too.
  • We train you! At Audi Club SoCal, we don't just "drop you into the deep end"! Beginners will spend the morning of the first day learning about vehicle dynamics in the classroom and with car control exercises. Then you and your personal instructor will join the more experienced drivers on the track for the remainder of the weekend.
  • We focus on Education for all levels of experience. Audi Club driver education is tailored to each driver’s skill level using online webinars, live classroom, in-car instruction, and remote instruction where appropriate.
  • Safety is not negotiable! Separate run groups are established to allow students to be on track with drivers of similar experience. This event is not a race, a racing school, or practice for racing. Passing is allowed only under controlled conditions on designated straight sections of the course. Drivers with documented previous experience will be placed by us in a run group appropriate for their skill level and their car's capabilities.

Affordable: The registration fee (see below for details) represents an incredible bargain! Your full-weekend registration includes everything necessary for two days of fun with your car, including:

  • On-track driving with instruction by experienced and trained Audi Club instructors.
  • Lunch at the track both days, Friday Dinner, the Saturday Banquet, a souvenir Event Shirt, and an ACSC Hat.
  • First Time Beginners also get sophisticated online training, car control exercises, and a free motorsport helmet rental.
  • The optional Friday HPDE Advanced Driver Day's open pit lane format provides tons of practice time for Audi Club’s solo-qualified intermediate & advanced drivers and our instructors.

Who are we?

Audi Club North America (ACNA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization providing its members with driver safety training and education about the Audi brand. Audi Club SoCal (ACSC) is the Southern California Chapter of ACNA, serving our members in Southern California and Southern Nevada. Visit us online for more information about Audi Club SoCal at (,, and participate in our free user forum to interact with other Audi enthusiasts at

Event requirements


  • Course Configuration - we are planning on the #13 Sweeper #1 Star Mazda configuration on all three days.
    • Friday Experienced Driver Day: Star Mazda Counter-Clockwise.
    • Saturday and Sunday Driving School: Star Mazda Clockwise.
  • Passing - To promote safety, passing in all run groups is by permission-only in designated straight passing zones. The Point-By passing protocol is used at Audi Club SoCal HPDE events.
  • Convertibles and SUV - We remind you that Audi Club North America allows many models of convertible cars and selected sporty SUV/CUV cars (for example Q3, Q5, SQ5) at our driving school. Yes there are a few restrictions, so see the details on the Audi Club website. 
  • Friday Experienced Driver Day - Our Friday optional day with "Open Pit Lane" format is limited to previously soloed C-intermediates, D-advanced, and Instructors. Formal Audi Club driving instruction is not provided on Friday.
  • Not driving Friday? Show up early and you and your guest can get track familiarization rides with one of our instructors! You will need to be at the track Friday evening for check-in and mandatory driver meetings, so we encourage you to arrive early to observe the driving action on Friday.


  • Student - $595. The student registration fee for the Saturday/Sunday Audi Club SoCal High Performance Driver School includes:
    • Training - on-track instruction with trained Audi Club instructors, driving theory classrooms, car control exercises for novices, feedback sessions, discounted professional online study materials. First-timers get a free helmet rental.
    • Meals - Friday evening's meet-and-greet with heavy appetizers, Saturday lunch, Saturday night gala Banquet Dinner, and Sunday lunch.
    • Swag - Every full weekend registration includes a souvenir event tee shirt and an ACSC Hat.
    • The Club will assign Student-Instructor pairings, which will be emailed to you the week of the event so you can begin a conversation with your instructor prior to arriving at the event.
  • One Day - $325. Single day Saturday or Sunday registrations include lunch, an event shirt and an ACSC hat. Banquet tickets are available a la carte. Not for beginners.
  • Friday - $295. Additional fee for the optional Friday Experienced Driver Day. Includes lunch and more open pit lane track driving time than you or your tires can probably handle!

Racers: please note that Friday is not suitable for race car test-and-tune. All Audi Club HPDE rules will be in effect all three days, including: passing with permission only in designated straight zones; no in-car timing may be visible to the driver; and only an Audi Club designated Instructor may be the second occupant in your car.

  • Instructor - Special low promotional one-time weekend rate includes all meals and swag - see the registration form. Our trained and experienced Audi Club instructors volunteer their time and expertise and incur significant expense to teach at our driving school, so they qualify for a discounted weekend registration fee and have their own dedicated instructor Run Groups.

Early Bird - Please help us plan by registering early. We don’t charge your credit card until a month prior to the event, and we offer a reasonable refund policy for timely cancelations. Early full weekend student registrations save $20. Early Bird cutoff is October 16th.

Late registration - is highly discouraged and will be subject to an additional fee. Late Fee applies after November 17th. Cutoff for ordering shirts is four weeks prior to the event, so register now!


BEFORE YOU REGISTER please review the following summaries of ACNA SoCal event requirements:

Driver Requirements All drivers must:

  • possess a valid driver's license issued by their state of residence.
  • wear practical clothing made of natural or flame-retardant material and practical closed-toe shoes while engaged in the car control exercises and on-track driving sessions.
    • We recommend long sleeve shirts, long pants, and a balaclava to protect exposed skin. Avoid slick stretchy yoga pants made of nylon or polyester.
  • wear an approved motorsport helmet bearing Snell SA2015 (or later) or unexpired FIA certification. The certification label must be accessible for verification. Motorcycle helmets are not allowed. While we encourage you to buy your own helmet, you can rent an approved helmet from Audi Club for this event.
  • be a current member of Audi Club North America This is a requirement of our insurance. Audi ownership is not required for membership in ACNA. The affordable membership dues are in addition to the event registration fee.
  • Sign the SpeedWaiver before arriving at the event.

Vehicle Requirements

  • All makes and models of coupes and sedans are welcome.
  • Your car must be in excellent mechanical condition.
  • Your car is required to undergo and pass a safety inspection by a dealer, shop or other capable and qualified mechanic prior to arriving at the event.
  • Cars must have functional lights and turn signals.
  • The driver and instructor passenger positions must have equal safety restraints (seats, belts, air bags, etc.) Stock driver safety systems with OEM 3-point belts are fine for this event.
  • Use of specialized track tires (R-compounds or slicks) is not permitted for beginning and novice drivers and they are discouraged for intermediate drivers.
  • Open cars and convertibles are allowed if equipped with approved OEM rollover protection or an approved aftermarket 4-point (or greater) roll bar meeting the “broomstick rule”. Inquire about restrictions or see the lists on the Audi Club website.
  • High center of gravity vehicles are not appropriate for this high-speed driving school; however certain performance-oriented sports utility vehicles are permitted with restrictions. Tires on SUVs must be UTQ wear rated at 200 or greater; i.e., no competition tires.

Experienced Driver? Are you an experienced driver but registering with SoCal Audi Club for the first time? Please make sure your driving history in your Profile is up to date. This will help us place you in an appropriate group. If you have questions about your qualifications for Friday or the Weekend please contact our Chief Driving Instructor at


This event consists of an (optional) open lapping day, followed by a two-day driving school. More details will be sent closer to the date of the event.


Experienced Driver Day - At the track
7:00 AM Gate Opens
7:20 AM Experienced Driver Day Check-In (in the Tower Café)
7:40 AM Mandatory Driver Briefing (as long as it takes, in the Tower Café)
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Experienced Driver Day

Friday Evening Check-in & Meetings- At the track in the Audi Club tent
5:00 PM Meet and Greet, with heavy appetizers served courtesy of the Club
5:30 PM Driving School Check-In begins
7:00 PM Mandatory Instructor’ Meeting & First-Timer’s Meeting
8:00 PM Mandatory All-Drivers Meeting, then Meet Your Instructor
Gate stays open and attended overnight


High Performance Driver School, Day One - At the track
The Gate is open and attended 24 hours, we recommend you arrive no later than 7:00 AM.
7:15 AM Late Check-in (Tower Café)
7:25 AM Mandatory Driver Briefing (in the Audi Tent)
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Instructed Driving
5:00 PM - Social Hour in the tent at the track
6:00 PM Banquet Dinner (in the Audi Tent at the track)
Gate stays open and attended overnight


High Performance Driver School, Day Two -  At the track
The Gate is open and attended 24 hours, we recommend you arrive no later than 7:00 AM.
7:30 AM Mandatory Driver Briefing (Audi Tent)
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Instructed Driving
5:00 PM Load up, Clean up, and Goodbyes
6:00 PM Gate Closes


ALL activities, including the Saturday evening banquet, will be held at Buttonwillow Raceway Park, 24551 Lerdo Hwy, Buttonwillow, CA 93206, (661) 764-5333.

Lodging - There are nearby motels, or you may camp in the paddock. There is no designated headquarters hotel for this event. Detailed hotel listings are in the Confirmation you will receive after you register.

MORE INFORMATION - The preceding information has introduced you to the basic nature of this driving school. If you are registering for the event please DOWNLOAD and READ the Documents on our website at and to fill in the details.

Still have Questions? We know this is a lot of material to absorb! If after reviewing the information above and downloading the linked documents you still have questions, please contact us at

This Audi Club High Performance Driving School is presented by Toyo Tires
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