About this event
What is it?
- It's a chance to drive your own car on a race track in a safe, fun, and supportive learning environment.
- It's a chance to learn more about yourself and your car, and to improve your driving skills.
- It's a chance to meet and socialize with a diverse group of friendly individuals who embrace performance driving and really enjoy Audi automobiles.
Driving your own car on a race track, away from side streets, inattentive drivers, and other distractions, is not only great fun, it is the safest and most effective way to explore the capabilities of your car, while improving your driving skills at the same time.
Once you've experienced driving your own car on a race track you will know what the excitement is all about, and you will wonder why you waited so long to JUST DO IT!
Why Audi Club SoCal?
The best venues! This track is one of the safest and most fun tracks in the Southwest. If it is your first or tenth time to an Audi driving event you will have a blast.
Drive your OWN car! During all driving exercises, you will drive your own car. Club instructors will assist you in improving your driving skills, insuring you get the most out of the experience, all in a safe learning environment.
Don’t have an Audi (yet)? No Problem! All makes and models of coupes and sedans are welcome at Audi Club SoCal driving schools.
We train you! At Audi Club SoCal, we don't just "drop you into the deep end"! Beginners and Novice drivers will spend the morning of the first day learning vehicle dynamics and practicing car control with a combination of classroom and driving skills exercises. After lunch, you and your instructor will join the more experienced drivers on the track for the remainder of the weekend. Whatever your level of experience, you will benefit from sessions tailored to your skill level and discussion sessions with your peers. In-car instruction and classroom sessions are included free with your registration.
Safety First! Run groups are established to allow students to be on track with other drivers of similar experience. Beginning students will always have an instructor in the car during on-track driving sessions. This event is not a race, so passing is allowed only on designated sections of the course and under controlled conditions. Drivers with documented experience will be placed in a run group appropriate for their demonstrated skill level and their car's capabilities. Instruction and coaching is provided at all level of driver experience, and drivers of all skill and experience levels are welcome!
Registration Fees: The student registration fee of only $550 (and early bird discounts apply) represents an incredible bargain! The fee includes everything necessary for two days of fun with your car, including
- Driving theory classroom sessions at the track for all levels
- Car control exercises for beginners and novices
- On-track instruction with a trained instructor in your right seat available for every driver
- Online learning - course is required for new drivers and available to everyone registered at a deep discount
- Audi Club So Cal Custom Event Shirt
- Light Dinner at Friday evening registration
- Lunches at the track both days
- An enjoyable Saturday night Banquet Dinner with great raffle prizes and an automotive goodies auction
- Audi Club North America allows many models of late model convertible cars at our driving school
- Audi Club North America allows selected models of small, sporty SUV/CUVs at our driving school (for example, Q3, Q5, and SQ5)
- Optional Friday Experienced Driver Day - Audi Club SoCal's experienced drivers have the oppertunity to join us on Friday! This is a modified open pit-lane day giving drivers plenty of track time. Friday does not include formal instruction, so Friday is for our experienced drivers only. An additional registration fee applies.
- All participants must be members of Audi Club North America. Annual Membership is in addition to the registration fee, but is affordable and open to anyone. ACNA membership is required by our insurance.
Who are we?
The Audi Club of 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 is the Southern California Chapter of ACNA, serving our members in Southern California and Southern Nevada. To support ACNA's educational purpose, Audi Club SoCal offers a range of events throughout the year including technical seminars, social events, driving tours, as well as High Performance Driving Education schools. Our driving schools are open to all ACNA members driving any make and model of coupe or sedan. Audi Club SoCal is sponsored by Audi dealerships and other specialty automotive businesses throughout our geographic region, many of whom offer attractive discounts to club members.
When you join ACNA you will automatically become a member of the Southern California chapter if you live in our geographic region of Southern California and Southern Nevada. ACNA members receive "quattro", a glossy national magazine, discounts on new Audis, deals from ACNA sponsors, and emails from our local chapter informing you about events happening throughout the year. Audi ownership is not required for ACNA membership.
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This High-Performance Driver School is a safe, exciting, fun, and educational two days spent with friendly people at a terrific motorsports venue. You will learn about your car and its capabilities in a safe, controlled environment. When you have completed this school, your improved driving skills will enhance your daily driving experience. You will learn from and with other Audi owners and club members, forge new friendships, and make lasting memories.
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This is event is a High Performance Driving School. The primary focus of the entire weekend is on SAFETY, FUN, and LEARNING. You will have a great time and improve your own personal performance behind the wheel.
This is not a racing event, a racing school, or practice for racing.
You will be learning and practicing the art and principles of precision driving in Your Car in a safe, fun, and relaxed (but highly-organized) school setting. The event is conducted at a private motorsports club under close supervision by experienced and trained Audi Club instructors. You will learn safe techniques for handling and controlling your own vehicle with increased confidence. This training allows you to safely explore your capabilities as a driver and learn about the capabilities of your vehicle. The training will help prepare you for emergencies that may occur in normal everyday driving situations.
At no time will you be pushed or encouraged to go any faster than is comfortable for you. All participants will be provided with instruction and organized into run groups according to prior experience and demonstrated skill. While this is for your safety it will also enhance your learning by providing an opportunity to share the day's experience with your peers.
Here's what Audi is up to this Spring at Club Spring Mountain!
- Weekend Track Configuration
On Saturday and Sunday we will conduct our highly regarded Driving School on the Mansell B configuration, the enjoyable 3.4 mile "traditional" layout. The "B" variation includes the Bus Stop and the Loop (the same layout as our January 2020 event).
- Friday Experienced Driver Day- Optional for C & D Students, & Instructors
Make that long drive or tow to the track really count! All Experienced Drivers are encouraged to add the optional Friday open track day to their registration. Friday is for all Audi Club Instructors and C-High Intermediate and D-Advanced student drivers with prior experience at Spring Mountain. (If you believe your prior experience at other clubs might qualify you to drive on Friday, please refer to the Experienced Driver section later in this document.)
NEW We will be lapping the Mansell B configuration on Friday, the enjoyable 3.4 mile "traditional" layout (same as Saturday and Sunday).
There will be no formal instruction on Friday, but ALL drivers are encouraged to seek informal feedback from their peers and to ride with an Instructor. Friday is for Audi Club's C (Intermediate) & D (Advanced) drivers with prior experience at Spring Mountain plus our Instructors. ALL of our students are WELCOME and encouraged to show up early on Friday and hang out at the track. We will get you demo rides on the track with our instructors.
If you are an experienced driver but new to Audi Club, see the Experienced Driver section near the end of this page for instructions on how to check your qualifications for Friday.
- Spring Mountain Club House
NEW The luxurious Spring Mountain Club House will be our venue for ALL evening social and non-driving activities. This includes Friday evening check-in and mandatory meetings and the Saturday evening banquet. The Club House is located at the base of the track tower just west of the Administration building / Radical garage.
Preliminary Schedule – This schedule is preliminary and subject to change. A detailed event schedule will be provided at event check-in.
Experienced Driver Day at the Track
7:45 AM Check-In at the track (for Friday drivers only) – C building classroom
8:30 AM Friday Drivers' Meeting – C building classroom
9:00 AM First Car On-Track
5:00 PM Track Cold
Event Check-In and Meetings in the Members Club House
5:30 PM: Driving School Check-In & Light Dinner
6:30 PM: Mandatory First-Timers and Instructors Meetings
7:30 PM: Mandatory All-Drivers Meeting and meet your instructor
Driving School at the Track
7:00 AM Late Check-In – C building classroom
7:35 AM Mandatory All Drivers Safety Briefing – C building classroom
8:00 AM First Car On-Track
5:00 PM Track Cold
5:30 PM: Social Hour - Spring Mountain Club House
6:30 PM: Banquet Dinner, Raffle and Auction – Spring Mountain Club House
Driving School at the Track
7:45 AM All Drivers Safety Briefing TBD – C building classroom
8:00 AM First Car On-Track
5:00 PM Track Cold
Note: The weekend event is a two-day driving school, not two one-day schools and not a one-day or two-day “track-day”.
The student registration fee for this Audi Club SoCal High Performance Driver School is $550*. Your registration fee includes everything necessary for two days of learning more about yourself and your car including online study materials, driving theory classroom, car control exercises for beginners and novices, on-track instruction both days with a trained instructor in your right seat, a light supper at Friday evening check-in, Saturday & Sunday lunch at the track, and the Saturday night banquet Dinner, featuring raffle prizes and auction items.
If this is your first time driving a car at a race track, SoCal Audi Club includes a complimentary helmet rental.
*Save some coin and help us plan for this event - Register Early to reserve your place! Your credit card will not be charged until March 25.
This Audi Club SoCal driving school will be held at Spring Mountain Motor Resort & Country Club, an exclusive country club with a modern road course located at 3601 South Hwy 160, Pahrump, NV 89048 (800) 391-6891.
Spring Mountain is located 55 miles West of downtown Las Vegas. With a challenging race track and an array of resort-style amenities, Spring Mountain delivers a world-class motorsports experience to driving enthusiasts of all levels. The Spring Mountain Motor Resort & Country Club road course includes over 6 miles of track and can be driven in more than 50 configurations; there are thousands of square feet of air-conditioned permanent structures, including a luxury clubhouse with resort-style amenities, rental condominiums, racing schools and shops, an indoor shooting range, and private members garages. There are luxury track-side homes, and coming soon an additional 8 miles of track with an onsite commercial center with a hotel casino. If you’re serious about performance driving, Spring Mountain is truly a destination not to be missed.
Friday afternoon Check-In and evening Meetings and the Saturday evening banquet will be held at the track in the Spring Mountain Club House. Saturday evening's Banquet, Raffle and Auction will feature many cool items from our sponsors.
Book your room EARLY – Pahrump hotels are known to fill up! Lodging choices in Pahrump include Best Western Pahrump Oasis, Holiday Inn Express, Nugget Hotel & Casino, and Saddle West Hotel & Casino. It is about a 45+ minute drive to Las Vegas Strip hotels.
Audi Club will try to block rooms at the Best Western Pahrump Oasis, 1101 S. Hwy 160, Pahrump NV 89048 (775) 727-5100. Mention Audi Club when you make your reservation to obtain a room in the block and get the Audi Club room rate (if available). Once the block of rooms is gone, reservations are subject to availability and may be at standard rates.
Camping RV Camping is available at the Best Western Pahrump Oasis RV Park. Reservations and check-in for the RV Park are at the hotel numbers and address above. There are other RV Parks in the Pahrump area. Audi Club has NOT arranged for camping at the track for this event.
"He who loves practice without theory is like the sailor who boards ship without a rudder and compass and never knows where he may cast." — Leonardo da Vinci
An Audi Club SoCal driving school is much more than just a track day. We provide you with a balanced learning environment utilizing modern eLearning, classroom, and on-track instruction.
This is a high-performance driver safety education school - it is not practice for any racing or speed contest. All participants will attend classroom sessions designed to teach vehicle dynamics and safe driving techniques. Classroom and driving time will be balanced to give drivers a better understanding of the principals and application of precision driving.
Car Control Exercises
Drivers Skill classroom and Performance Driving exercises are provided on Saturday morning for our beginning drivers, allowing you to practice the principles you've learned in a safe environment before going on the track with your personal instructor for the remainder of the weekend.
Speed Secrets Performance Driving 101 online course
Audi Club SoCal is pleased to partner with respected driving coach Ross Bentley of Speed Secrets fame. Ross offers SoCal Audi Club drivers a generous 50% discount on a lifetime subscription to his incredible Speed Secrets Performance Driving 101 and advanced Inner Speed Secrets 201 eCourses. Learn (or refresh your understanding of) the principles of performance driving at your own pace before you arrive. You will learn in easy to digest modules on Vision, Controls (steering, braking, accelerator), Shifting, Vehicle Dynamics, and Cornering. The Audi Club SoCal 50% discount code will be provided in the confirmation email you receive when you register for this event.
Is this your very First Time driving on a race track? SoCal Audi Club requires first-timers to take the Speed Secrets Performance Driving 101 eCourse before arriving, and we will reimburse you for the 50% fee you pay per the above!
Completion of the online eCourse is required for first-timers and highly recommended for everyone else – doing so will allow you to make the best use of your valuable time at the track. To learn more and enroll in the course visit learn.speedsecrets.com.
Celebrity Guest Instructor
Brief Summary of Driver Requirements
- Drivers must be at least 18 years old (SMMR requirement) and possess a valid driver's license (not a learner's permit) issued by their state of residence (ACNA requirement).
- Drivers must provide and wear an approved auto racing helmet, a long-sleeve shirt, long pants and practical closed-toe shoes while engaged in the car control exercises and on-track driving sessions. Clothing should be made of natural or flame-retardant fibers.
Current membership in the Audi Club of North America (ACNA) is required by our insurance.
- Audi ownership is not required for membership in ACNA.
- ACNA member benefits include a quarterly glossy magazine titled "Quattro", preferred pricing on new Audi automobiles, and discounts from club sponsors.
- Join Audi Club at www.audiclubna.org/join.
Brief Summary of Vehicle Requirements
- All makes and models of coupes and sedans are welcome.
- All cars must be in excellent mechanical condition.
- All cars are required to undergo and pass a safety check (aka Tech Inspection) prior to arriving at the event.
- Equal safety restraints (seat belts, air bags, seats, etc.) are required for the driver and for the instructor passenger.
- Use of competition tires is not permitted for SUVs or A-Beginner and B-Intermediate drivers, and is discouraged for C-Intermediate drivers.
- Open cars and convertibles are allowed if equipped with ACNA-approved OEM rollover protection or an approved aftermarket 4-point (or greater) roll bar meeting the broomstick rule. (FAQ: the OEM rollover protection on Mazda Miata / MX-5 is NOT ACNA-approved.)
- In general most high center of gravity vehicles (large SUV and pickup trucks) are not appropriate for this high speed driving school. However, certain performance-oriented sports utility and crossover vehicles are permitted with restrictions. No competition tires are permitted on these vehicles.
- Inquire about your convertible or SUV/CUV model, or see the current list in the Driving Event Guidelines on the ACNA website www.audiclubna.org.
Participants must wear helmets bearing Snell SA2010 (or later), or Snell M2010 (limited) certification. The certification label must be accessible for verification for the helmet to be allowed. DOT-only rated motorcycle helmets are not allowed. Snell M2010 motorcycle helmets are the only generation of motorcycle helmets which are accepted and are only permitted in cars without supplemental roll-over protection (roll bars). .
BEFORE REGISTERING, all drivers MUST review the detailed event requirements and download the inspection form from our website www.audiclubsocal.org/driving-school
For reference after you register, this information page will continue to be available at ACSC.MotorsportReg.com.
Passing in all run groups at Audi Club driving schools will only occur in designated passing zones with the permission of the car being passed. Passing may be on either side in all run groups, and the car being passed is expected to drive their normal line. Therefore, the passing car should plan on driving off-line to complete the pass. Off-Line is usually (but not always!) the side of the track that is in the direction of the next corner.
ACNA requires the use of turn signals to indicate permission to pass. Turn signals will be used in the same manner as when driving on the public street (aka “Nürburgring style").
The designated passing zones will be indicated with a green cone at the start of the passing zone and a yellow cone at the end of the passing zone. All passes must be complete before the end of the passing zone (prior to the start of the braking zone). No late passing into the corners ("dive bombing") will be tolerated. There will be a minimum of four designated passing Zones for all Run Groups.
The Audi Club passing protocol will be used on all three days (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday).
First-Timer? If this is your first time at an Audi Club driving school, please read our First-Timers Introduction and Preparation article on www.audiclubsocal.org.
Experienced Driver? Are you an experienced student driver or instructor but registering with Audi Club SoCal for the first time? Please make sure your driving history in your MotorsportReg.com Profile is fully up to date. This will help us place you in an appropriate run group. Do you have questions about your driving or instructing qualifications? Please contact Alex Whitney, our Chief Instructor, at email@example.com.
Garages Rental day garages are NOT available at Spring Mountain.
HPDE Insurance Will my regular insurance policy cover damage to my car at this event? This article helps you find out: A guide to your personal auto policy. If you find your regular policy excludes coverage, you may purchase special HPDE insurance for your car while participating in this Audi Club driving school. Audi Club has an exemplary safety record which qualifies our drivers for a 10% premium discount. Visit the Audi Club page on LocktonMotorsports.com for details. To purchase your policy online search by the date and track.
Still have Questions? Contact Audi Club SoCal at (714) 660-3453 or Ben Payne, HPDE eventmaster, at firstname.lastname@example.org.