FAQ

Refunds:
  1. If I can’t attend an event that I’ve already registered for, can I cancel and get a refund?
    1.  Refund policy for HPDE & TT – full refund less $30 admin fee, with at least one week notice prior to the event, otherwise no refunds or credits.  No exceptions.
    2. Refund policy for Race Groups – full refund less a $30 admin fee, provided that you registered at least 12 days in advance and you notify your NASA region within five days following the missed event, [email protected].  No partial refunds allowed.  This policy does not apply to special events.  Once the car hits the track all fees are non-refundable.
    3.  Garage reservation fees (Sonoma) are not refundable after the start of the event weekend.
Membership:
  1. Do I need a NASA membership to participate in HPDE/TT/Race Groups?
    1. Yes.  A NASA membership is required to participate in any driving event.  The cost is $49 and is good for one year from the time of purchase.  It does not renew automatically.  You can purchase the membership through your online member account.
  2. What are my membership benefits?
    1. For information on membership benefits, click here.
HPDE:
  1. What HPDE group should I sign up for?
    1.  If this is your first track day ever, sign up for HPDE 1.  If you have completed other track days, you can sign up for HPDE 2 or 3, at the group leader’s discretion.  If you have many track days under your belt and are comfortable with open passing, sign up for HDPE 4.  To contact any of our group leaders with questions about what group to join, send them an email directly.
  2. What type of helmet do I need?
    1. Use a proper fitting helmet that meets Snell 2005 (SA2005; M2005) or newer (or equivalent) standards for cars or motorcycles.  Helmet rentals can be rented on-site at Thunderhill events through Ken at I/O Port, or rented ahead of time for Sonoma events.
  3. How do I get my car teched?
    1.  If your car is 10 years old or newer, you may use the tech form to self-tech your car.  If your car has any modifications or is older than 10 years, you will need to use a shop to get your tech form signed off by an ASE certified mechanic.  Click here for the HPDE tech form.  Click here for a list of tech inspection shops. NOTE: Four-point belt sets that have a DOT-only certification are prohibited.
  4. What do I need to do to prep for my first event?
    1.  If this is your first day at the track (or even your fortieth day!), read this post for helpful information about how to prepare for your first day at the track.  HPDE – First Day at the Track
  5. Where can I find the HPDE CCRs?
    1.  The NASA CCRs can be found here.  HPDE is covered in sections 3-11.
  6. Is there a two-day discount for HPDE1?
    1.  No.  We offer a two-day discount for HPDE2-4, when you register for both Saturday and Sunday, but not for HPDE1.

 

Time Trials:
  1. How do I apply for a Time Trials license?
    1.  Apply for your TT license here.
  2. What are the requirements for my car?
    1. NASA TT utilizes a car classification system that is easy to understand. To find the requirements for your car, click here.
  3. How do I get my car teched?
    1. If your car is 10 years old or newer, you may use the tech form to self-tech your car.  If your car has any modifications or is older than 10 years, you will need to use a shop to get your tech form signed off by an ASE certified mechanic.  Click here for the tech form. Click here for a list of tech inspection shops.
  4. Do I need a transponder?
    1. Yes.  An AMB transponder is required in Time Trials.  You can purchase one online or rent one from Ken at I/O Port at the track or ahead of the event.

 

Racing:
  1. How do I apply for a competition license?
    1. All race groups require a NASA license.  You’re eligible to apply for your license if you have completed the HPDE ladder and the NorCal competition evaluation session, have completed another competition racing school, or have a license from another sanctioning body such as SCCA.  Apply for your competition license here.
  2. Do I need a medical evaluation to race?
    1. Yes!  Complete your medical application here.  Please note the expiration date of your medical once it is processed.  If your medical is expired, you cannot race until it has been updated.  If you have a completed medical exam for another race license, such as SCCA, you can use these documents for your NASA medical application.
  3. What are the requirements for my car?
    1.  Review the race car safety equipment and technical requirements here.
  4. How do I get my car teched?
    1.  You will need to get your race car inspected by a mechanic that is SFI certified.  They will tech your car and issue you a logbook.  You can find a list of SFI certified mechanics here.
  5. Do I need a transponder?
    1.  Yes.  An AMB transponder is required in Time Trials.  You can purchase one online or rent one from Ken at I/O Port at the track or ahead of the event.
  6. What is “supersizing”?
    1.  Group A racers can “supersize” into Group C for a discounted rate and run in a Group C class as well as Group A, to maximize the amount of races in a weekend.  Supersizing is only for race groups, not for TT.
General:
  1. Am I allowed to bring a friend or family member to the track with me?
    1.  Yes.  We welcome you to bring your friends and family to our events.  They are welcome to sit in on driver’s meetings, view the on-track events from areas around the track, enjoy a meal at the café, and hopefully decide to bring their own car to participate in an HPDE event, too!
  2. Are passengers allowed in the car on track?
    1.  Yes!  Passengers are allowed in HPDE groups.  Please review the NASA CCRs for passenger privileges, section 4.5.  Passengers must check in at registration and get a wristband before going on track.  Passenger privileges may be revoked at any time.