Pocono Raceway – May 4th, 2018 HPDE


2.5 Mile Double Infield

The Audi Club North America New Jersey Chapter will be hosting our annual one-day HPDE event at Pocono Raceway on Friday, May 4th, 2018. We will have access to the entire Pocono Raceway facility and will run both the 2.5 Mile Double Infield course configuration.

Event Pricing
Student Registration: $249.99

Advanced Solo Driver: $199.99

Instructors Registration: Free


Helmet Rental: $35

Garage Rental: $25

Register for this event online at:    

Requirements for May 4, 2018:

  • Must have the first page of the Tech Inspection form completed by a certified mechanic within 2 weeks of event.
  • Brake fluid must be flushed prior to the event.
  • There will be a safety check on the day of the event which your car must pass to be eligible to participate.
  • Failure to meet safety check or incomplete Tech forms will disqualify students from event and forfeiture of entry fee.
  • Open cars (convertibles) must have rollover protection which meets or exceeds the specs found here. No SUVs are permitted on track.
  • Equal restraints (seats and belts) are required for driver and instructor and must be securely mounted to stock mounting points or directly to the frame.
  • All drivers must have a helmet with a Snell SA or M rating of 2005 or newer. No motorcycle helmets. A limited number of helmets are available for rent.

Participants Will Receive

  • At Speed, In Car and On-Track Instructional Driver Education
  • Ride-Alongs with Instructors adding to the on-track experience
  • Event Photographer
  • Professional Flaggers and Station Workers
  • Five – 25 minute Run Groups

Double Infield Course

The 2.5 mile Double Infield configuration is comprised of the newly paved and widened North Course, the front straight, Long Pond straight and the newly paved and widened South Course. Upon driving down the front straight in the opposite direction of NASCAR, you will enter the Northern Infield (North Course). After completing the northern infield, you will enter back onto the NASCAR Superspeedway just prior to NASCAR Turn 2.  You will then proceed down Long Pond Straight where just prior to NASCAR Turn 1 you will brake and enter the South Infield where once completed, you will proceed on to the front straight and pass over the start/finish completing one lap.

New to HPDE?
michaudipoconostrOur annual One-Day High Performance Driver Education Event (HPDE) at Pocono is an excellent event to have your first taste of the track. High Performance Driving is NOT racing however, it does provide you with the rare opportunity to push your car’s limits in a safe and fun environment. Students receive one on one in car instruction from a certified HPDE Instructor. Our instructors have countless track days with the most renowned Driver Education and Racing organizations. Audi Club North America, Porsche Club of America, BMW Car Club of America, Corvette Club of America, National Auto Sport Association and the Sports Car Club of America just to name a few.

ClassroomClassroom sessions will be held at the event as well. All beginner and intermediate students are required to attend the classroom sessions held at the event. This is an excellent opportunity to discuss with the classroom instructor and other students vehicle dynamics and driving techniques.

As a student, you will learn:

  • Proper Cockpit Etiquette
  • HPDE Terminology
  • The Line around the track
  • Threshold Braking
  • Turn in, Apex and Track out
  • Oversteer/Understeer
  • Car Control
  • Proper Passing and Passing Signals
  • Optical Awareness

High Performance Driving is an excellent way for drivers to improve their daily driving habits. Many students will notice changes from attending just one HPDE event. Taking the knowledge gained from an HPDE experience and utilizing it on the street is the ultimate defense for the real world.

A5 on track

Pre-Event Tech Inspection
The Pre-Event Tech Inspection is a safety inspection that Audi Club NJ requires all cars participating in the event to undergo. No Exceptions. All participants must have their cars inspected by a Certified Mechanic within 2 weeks of the event and allow enough time to fix any issues which are uncovered. The Certified Mechanic must complete and sign our Pre-Event Tech Inspection Form. Failure to have this inspection completed prior to the event will disqualify you from participation in the event and your entry fee will be forfeited.

Most dealerships and automotive repair facilities will preform the Pre-Event Tech Inspection at no charge.

*Brake Fluid must be flushed prior to the event.

**Instructors may self-tech

Classes and Run Groups
All participants will be organized into different classes and run groups. During the online registration process, registrants will be asked to select one of three different classes: Student, Advanced/Solo and Instructor.

Students – Participants who require an instructor in the car.

Advanced/Solo – Participants who do Not require an instructor in the car.

Instructor – Certified as an instructor with ACNA or any other recognized HPDE club/organization. Instructors who have not instructed with ACNA-NJ before, must contact the Chief Instructor Scott Lynn (slynn@acna-nj.org) before registering.

In addition to your class you will select a Run Group. There are four different levels of Run Groups.

Green – Little to no HPDE experience. Requires an Instructor.

Yellow – Some HPDE experience. Requires an Instructor.

Blue/White – This is a mixed level of experience. Some students still require an Instructor (Blue) and some do not require an Instructor (White). This is an intermediate/advanced group, a certain amount of track days required.

Red/Black – This is an advanced group. Red Group drivers must meet a certain amount of track days. Black Group drivers must be Instructors.

*Registrations for upper level Run Groups will be reviewed and assigned upon confirmation of track experience.

Student Instructor Assignments
Students and Instructors will receive their assignments approximately 2 weeks before the event. It is recommended that instructors contact their students prior to the event to introduce themselves and answer any questions the student may have about them or driving on track.

Track Pack
Prior to the event, all confirmed registrants will receive an email containing an event information packet. This PDF will contain all the information you will need to know for the event. Including the official schedule, run group assignments, rules, policies, event tech form, etc.

Arriving at Pocono
audistagingThe morning of Friday, May 6th, the track gate will open at 7:00 am. Attendees will drive through the registration line prior to entering the paddock. Participants will receive an Event Track Pack. This package will contain your wristband, car number, lanyard, your pre-ordered t-shirt (if purchased during the online registration), student/instructor assignment, schedule, track map and other essential materials for the event.

Event Tech Inspection
After registration, participants can park in the garage or paddock areas. Garage space is available on a first come first serve basis. Participants must completely empty their cars before proceeding to the tech line. This includes but is not limited to: EZ passes, radar detectors, floor matts, tools, water bottles, luggage, spare parts, etc. Once the car is completely empty, please place your car numbers (found in the Track Package) on the rear side windows of the car. Be sure to bring your completed Pre-Event Tech form, our tech team will ask for it. Then proceed to the Event Tech Line located in garages #1 and #2.

The Event Tech Inspection will open sharply at 7:00 am and close sharply at 8:00 am.

Driver's Meeting

Drivers’ Meeting

There is a mandatory drivers meeting located in the garage at 8:00 am.

Instructors’ Meeting

The instructors meeting will be held in the classroom located in the ARCA building at 8:00 am.

First Run Group will proceed to staging (Pit Lane) after the Drivers’ Meeting. First car will be out on track at 8:30 am.Pit out

If you have any questions please contact the Chief Instructor and Event Master Scott Lynn at: slynn@acna-nj.org

Register for this event online at:    


  1. I am a new member to ACNA and live in NJ . I saw the Pocono event in May and am interested for myself and my 18 year old son. I have an S5 Sportback w less than 1k miles. Is this the type of vehicle people bring to this event? Do all cars have to be Audi’s ?

    Also I would like to know more about the NJ club.

    Thanks for your assistance.

    1. Hello Howard, thank you for reaching out. The S5 Sportback is perfect for this event. People bring all different makes and models to our HPDEs, and they do not have to be Audis. There are many people who bring their kids who recently started driving. This event is a great opportunity to enhance driving skills, on the track as well as day to day driving.

      If you need any additional information or have any other questions, please feel free to reach out to us at directors@acna-nj.org.

      Thank you,

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