HPDE – Get Started

Get on Track with NASA HPDE – High Performance Driving Education

Want to test the limits of your car’s potential, but haven’t known where to start? You’re in the right place to start!

NASA’s High Performance Driving Event (HPDE) gives you and your car an easy, safe and affordable way to get you and your car on a world class racetrack.

Who Can Participate?

Anyone who is a member of NASA age 18 and older may participate in HPDE. Drivers under 18 must have parental consent.

How Do I Start?

Review basic requirements below, then sign up for an upcoming event (drivenasa.com in new tab/window: close to return).

  • State driver’s license
  • Any car in safe operating condition (from Ferrari to Hyundai)
    • Seat belts in good working order
    • Mufflers. Each track has special sound limits!
    • Roll bars in convertibles
  • Long-sleeved shirt and pants
  • Closed-toe shoes and socks
  • Approved helmet (rentals may be available)
  • Knowledge of the Club Codes and Regulations
Car Tech Inspection

Each car must pass a basic safety tech inspection. Start here.

HPDE Levels

We have four HPDE groups determined on driver experience and skill:

HPDE1: Beginner drivers are those who have driven zero or very few track days.  You’ll be assigned an instructor for the day.

HPDE2: Novice Solo drivers are those who have driven at some track days on at least one track and have been signed off by an instructor to drive solo.

HPDE3: Intermediate drivers are those who have participated in a variety of HPDE sessions on more than one track and have been signed off by an instructor for each track driven.

HPDE4: Advanced drivers are those who have significant track experience in open passing situations.

NASA NorCal Instructors

Our instructors are awesome!  All HPDE1 drivers are assigned an instructor for the day.  Enthusiastic supporters of the sport and of our club, they are here to help you be safe, go faster, and have fun.

Track Maps
Studying the track maps ahead of your event can help you get an understanding of the twists and turns you’ll be driving in person.  Download the maps here.

Learn More!
Find even more helpful information on our National page.

HPDE Articles
Read what NASA members have said about the HPDE experience.

“My First Day at the Track”

Preparing for HPDE

Rollover Protection (convertibles)

Passing in HPDE

Learning the Line

Shifting, Up, Down and Heel Toe

In Slow, Out Fast

Approaching the Limit Safely

Weight Transfer