Fri, Nov 20 - Sun, Nov 22, 2020

Audi Club SoCal - Buttonwillow Nov 2020

Buttonwillow Raceway

About this event

Buttonwillow Raceway Park

Friday, November 20, 2020 - Sunday, November 22, 2020



What is this event?

  • 3 days of open track. 7+ hours of open track time each day.

  • Please read carefully as this is NOT like our usual events

  • Due to Covid-19 restrictions we are unable to offer student instruction at this event.

  • Drivers must have qualified to drive solo at a previous Audi Club event or get approval from the CDI to attend.

  • To protect the health of participants, staff and others, this event will operate in compliance with all relevant government and ACNA requirements and guidelines. Social distancing and PPE protocols will be enforced at this event.

Each day is $295. Discounts are given if multiple days are purchased.

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. The Audi Club SoCal Chapter serves ACNA members living in Southern California and Southern Nevada. When you join ACNA you will automatically become a member of the Southern California chapter if you live in our region. ACNA members receive “quattro”, a superlative glossy national magazine exclusively for club members, discounts on your new Audi, deals from ACNA sponsors, and emails informing you about events happening throughout the year. Audi ownership is not required for ACNA membership.

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Event requirements

Buttonwillow Raceway Park

Friday, November 20, 2020 - Sunday, November 22, 2020


The primary focus of this event is SAFETY, FUN, and LEARNING in an enjoyable, relaxed, and organized school setting. This is not a racing school, a race, or practice for racing. At no time will you be pushed or encouraged to go any faster than is comfortable for you.

  • New! Course Configuration - we will run the Buttonwillow road course on the #1 Star Mazda configuration all three days.

    • Friday: Counter-Clockwise.

    • Saturday and Sunday: Clockwise.

  • New! Entire event is Experienced Driver Days – All days will have the Open Pit Lane format that is very popular with our experienced drivers. All days are limited to previously soloed students and Instructors. If you have any question about whether you qualify for this event, please contact the club's Chief Driving Instructor (

    • Not driving Friday? You will need to arrive early Saturday morning for check-in at the track. There will not be a formal Friday evening program.

    • The club hopes to provide appropriate educational opportunities at the event in a manner consistent with then-current restrictions.

  • New! Driver Meetings and Banquet

    • We will not be having a Friday evening meeting or the Saturday evening Banquet.

    • There will be a mandatory online meeting held on the Wednesday evening before the event (link to the meeting will be sent out to registered attendees several days before the meeting). Attendance at the online meeting is required to participate. If you do not attend you will not be allowed go on track until you have been briefed by the eventmaster at the track. This will result in substantial delay before you are allowed on track.

    • There will be some short mandatory safety briefings held at the track. These will be held outdoors under the canopy in front of the tower. Attendees must observe social distancing protocols during these briefings.

  • Convertibles and SUV - We remind you that Audi Club North America allows many models of convertible cars and selected small SUV/CUV cars (for example Q3, Q5, SQ5) at our driving school. There are a few restrictions, so see the Details below.


  • One day rate -  $295 

  • 2 day rate–  $525 (can be any mix of the 3 event days) Save $65

  • 3 day rate- $750 Save $135

  • The registration fee for each day includes:

    • Meals – Lunch on each day. Sack lunches will be prepared in advance and can be picked up at the Tower Cafe. There will not be a group banquet due to Covid protocols. Social Distancing will apply during meal times.

    • Hat- Every Registration includes a souvenir event hat.


  • Due to Covid-19 concerns Audi Club will not be providing beginner or novice instruction at this event. The event is only for solo-qualified C-Intermediate drivers, D-Advanced drivers, and our Instructors. Includes more open track driving time than you or your tires can probably handle! All Audi Club HPDE policies are in effect during the event including passing rules (only in designated passing zones with use of turn-signals/blinkers).

Please register early - We don’t charge your credit card until a month prior to the event and we have a generous refund policy for timely or illness-related cancellations.
Late registration (within about two weeks of the event) is highly discouraged, is solely at the discretion of the organizers and, if approved, will be subject to an additional $100 fee.


This event consists of three Open Pit-Lane Experienced Driver lapping days. This schedule is preliminary; additional details will be sent closer to the date of the event.


Experienced Driver Day - #1 course (Star Mazda) CCW
7:00 AM Gate Opens
7:20 AM Friday Check-In
(under canopy in front of the Tower)
7:40 AM Mandatory Driver Briefing (under canopy in front of the Tower)
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM Odd numbered cars
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Even numbered cars
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Open Pit-Lane
12:00 PM – 1 :00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Open Pit-Lane

Gate stays open and attended until 10:00 PM


Experienced Driver Weekend, Day One - #1 course (Star Mazda) CW
7:00 AM Arrive at Track
7:20 AM Weekend Check-In (under canopy in front of the Tower)
7:40 AM Mandatory Driver Briefing (under canopy in front of tower)
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM Odd numbered cars
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Even numbered cars
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Open Pit-Lane
12:00 PM – 1 :00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Open Pit-Lane

Gate stays open and attended until 10:00 PM


Experienced Driver Weekend, Day Two -  #1 course (Star Mazda) CCW
7:00 AM Arrive at Track
7:40 AM Mandatory Driver Briefing (under canopy in front of tower)
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM Odd numbered cars
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Even numbered cars
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Open Pit-Lane

12:00 PM – 1 :00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Open Pit-Lane
5:00 PM –
Pack up, Clean up, and Goodbyes
6:00 PM 
Gate Closes


Why do we hold our driving event on a closed road course, even though we are not racing? We do so to enhance safety, as it is a controlled environment with fewer distractions and unknowns than found on the public roadways. ALL activities 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 Motel listings are in the Confirmation you will receive after you register.


We encourage everyone to Download and Read the Audi Club SoCal HPDE Event Detailed Requirements and download and print the mandatory Safety Inspection Form ("Tech Form") from the club's webpage at You must bring the completed Safety Inspection Form with you to the event.

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;
  • bring and wear their own approved racing helmet (see below);
  • wear a long-sleeve shirt, long pants and practical closed-toe shoes while engaged in high performance driving activities. Clothing should be made of natural or flame-retardant fibers;
  • have a current Audi Club North America membership
  • Audi ownership is not required for membership in ACNA. Membership dues are in addition to the event registration fee.

Vehicle Requirements

  • All makes and models of coupes and sedans are welcome.
  • Your car must be in excellent mechanical condition.
  • Cars are required to undergo and pass a safety inspection prior to arriving at the event.
  • Cars must have functional turn signals.
  • Equal safety restraints (seat belts, air bags, seats, etc.) are required for driver and the instructor passenger. OEM 3-point belts as part of the stock driver safety system are fine for this event.
  • Use of specialized track tires (R-compounds or slicks) is not permitted for beginning and novice drivers; 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”. All occupants of open cars must wear arm restraints. Inquire about restrictions or see the list 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 now permitted with restrictions. Tires on SUVs must be UTQ wear rated at 200 or greater; no competition tires.

Helmets Participants must bring and wear their own motorsport helmet bearing Snell SA2010 (or later) or Snell M2010 (only) certification. This certification label must be accessible for verification for the helmet to be allowed. Snell M2010 helmets (motorcycle) are only permitted in cars without supplemental roll-over protection (without roll bars) and will not be allowed after the end of this year. Motorcycle helmets with only a DOT rating are not permitted. Audi Club SoCal rental helmets will NOT be available at this event for sanitary reasons.

Event Policies - These policies apply on all three days of this event.

  Passing Protocol Passing will only occur only by permission in designated Passing Zones.

  • Passing Signals must be given and received - Permission to pass in all run groups will be indicated by mandatory use of turn signals (blinkers) on the car being passed. The blinker will be used “street-style” – the blinker indicates which way the slower car will maintain; the faster car will pass on the side opposite the blinker. This is an Audi Club North America requirement.
  • Passing on Either Side - Passing in all run groups will be allowed on either side at the discretion of the slower car; however, the slower car should drive their normal line. Therefore, the faster car should normally expect to drive “off-line” to complete the pass. Off-Line is often the side of the track that is in the same direction as the following corner.
  • Passing zones - The approved Passing Zones will usually be designated 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 and no later than the start of braking. Late passing into the corners ("dive bombing") or crowding other drivers will not be tolerated. There will be a minimum of four designated Passing Zones for every Run Group.

  Passengers are discouraged at this event. If permitted by applicable regulations at the time of the event, passengers should be from your own household/group, both front windows must be fully down at all times, and all car occupants must wear a mask or balaclava covering the nose and mouth. This applies even if wearing a full face helmet with closed visor. ACNA requires that if there are two occupants in a car, at least one must be an instructor approved by Audi Club SoCal.

  Guests To reduce exposure to communicable disease please limit the non-participant guests you bring to this event to an immediate family member / household member of the participating driver.

  Compliance with Communicable Disease Protocols To protect the health of participants, staff and others, this event will operate in compliance with all relevant government and ACNA requirements and guidelines. Social Distancing and Face Coverings will be required at all times while away from your personal pit area i.e., while moving about in the facility. Your full cooperation is needed to protect the health of all involved, to preserve the good reputation of our club, and to ensure the ability of the venue to continue holding similar events. Whatever your personal opinion of the protocols, if you cannot comply (or chose not to comply) please do not attend this event. Violators may be asked to leave and no refunds will be given.

  Waivers All participants and guests must read, understand, and sign Audi Club North America's Liability and Communicable Disease waivers using SpeedWaiver before arriving at the track. Instructions are in the Registration Confirmation webpage / email you will view / receive immediately upon registering. Retain the resulting Speedwaiver credential page on your smartphone and be prepared to show it when entering the track and when picking up your packet at onsite check-in.


Experienced Driver? Are you an experienced driver but registering with Audi Club SoCal for the first time? Please make sure your driving history in your Profile is up to date. If you have questions about your qualifications for attending this event please contact our Chief Driving Instructor at

Garage Rentals Buttonwillow Raceway Park has enclosed day garages available for weekend rental. Garages include lighting, power, and compressed air. There are eight private garages and eight semi-private garages. Each garage will accommodate two cars; you are encouraged to make your own arrangements with fellow participants to share a garage. To rent a garage please call the track at (661) 764-5333. The cost per two-car garage is $100 for Friday and $200 for Saturday/Sunday).

HPDE Insurance Does my regular insurance policy cover my car at this event? Probably not! This article tells you how to find out: Personal Auto Policy Guide. 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. Find the right policy for you and your car by searching the web for "HPDE Insurance" as there are many alternatives available.

Still have Questions? We know that is a lot of material to absorb! If you still have questions please contact the event master (714) 660-3453.


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Buttonwillow Raceway

Buttonwillow, CA
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Audi Club NA - Southern California Chapter

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