Driver Education Event Rules & Regs


  • All adults, 18 years or older, holding a full (not provisional or learners permit), valid driver’s license may participate in PCC-ACNA driving schools.
  • Teens 16 or 17 years old, holding a full (not provisional or learners permit), valid driver’s license may participant in PCC-ACNA driving schools WITH a parent/legal guardian signing the Minor Release and Waiver of Liability and Indemnity Agreement at the start of the event and witnessed by an Event Official.
  • Teens may participate in dedicated Teen Driver Education events with a learners permit, provisional or full license.

Audi Club (ACNA) membership:

ACNA membership is mandatory for DRIVERS and INSTRUCTORS per ACNA Nationals requirements.  All registrations MUST include a valid membership number.  Registrations without one will NOT be processed.  Members can contact ACNA at or (262) 567-5476 if they can’t find their member number.

If you are NOT currently a member you may join online at and use the confirmation number (enter the full number including the “ACNA-JOIN” prefix as a temporary number) on the event registration form.  Non-Audi owners are welcome to join as Associate Members.

Typical Event Info:

  • Five run groups ... Beginner (Green), Novice (Yellow), Intermediate (Blue), Advanced & Instructor (Black) and Instructor-only (Red) groups
  • Four, 25 minute run sessions each day (8 total) along with classroom sessions
  • Advanced & Instructor (Black & Red) enjoy open passing as long as everyone behaves<
  • Novice (Yellow) &amp; Intermediate (Blue) may have expanded passing zones depending on group behavior and are eligible to be solo'ed based on instructor feedback
  • Beginner (Green) will spend time completing skidpad and car-control exercises before joining the other groups for Full Course sessions (6 total)
  • Event T-shirt included with fee (April and November VIR only)

Car Sharing:

Please note the other driver’s name if you plan on sharing.  In order to maximize your driving time, drivers are strongly urged not to share with someone in the same run group/level.  Beginner drivers should not share a car with someone in one of the other groups.  We try to accommodate car-sharers, but you may miss runs sessions if you car-share.

Driver Level/Group Guidelines:

The following are general guidelines for run group assignment.  Final assignments and/or adjustments made during an event will also take into consideration attention to safety, driving ability, on-track behavior, and adherence to event rules & regulations.  Driver/Safety Schools include those by other car clubs, such as PCA and BMWCCA, and/or professional training schools, such as Skip Barber.  Final Run Group placement is at the discretion of the event coordinators and Chief Instructors.

Green / Beginner = 0 - 4 days (no R-compound tires)

Yellow / Novice =  5 - 14 days (R-comp w/ prior approval.  Contact Event Coordinator providing previous instructor as references and other related experience.)

Blue / Intermediate = 15 – 29 days

Black / Advanced or Instructor = 30+ days (Advanced) or Instructors.  Black/Advanced SOLO status will be based on registrant’s prior experience with PCC-ACNA.  If you are registering for this group, please provide past PCC-ACNA BLACK group experience in the NOTES section of the registration form.  Anyone with no previous PCC-ACNA Black group experience will be assigned an instructor for at least one check-ride.

Red / Instructor = If you have NOT previously instructed for PCC-ACNA prior to registering, please check the “Instructor Program” information found under the "FAQs" section on the website.

Instructor Deposit: We are requiring a $100 “deposit” as part of your registration.  Please see the Refunds and Cancellations section for additional details. We have implemented this policy in an attempt to reverse the trend of an inordinate number of last minute instructor cancellations.

These cancellations adversely affect event planning and finances and have had a detrimental impact on the success of our events.  We compliment and thank our instructor corps who have supported our events and made them the success they have been. 

High-Center of Gravity Vehicles (SUV/CUV):

High-center-of-gravity vehicles (Truck, Van, SUV-Sport Utility Vehicle, CUV-Crossover Utility Vehicle) are typically NOT permitted at HPDE or HPDC events, with the exception of those vehicles on the Approved Vehicle Participation List (see Appendix below)


No convertibles with ONLY FACTORY rollbars/rollhoops including those with deployable roll hoops are allowed.  This includes Audi TT’s and Cabrio’s, Porsche Boxster's, BMW's, etc.  For such vehicles to be allowed to participate, the minimum requirements are:

  • A four point roll cage or rollbar consisting of a main hoop behind the front seats with two rear braces.
  • A four and preferably five point safety harness.
  • Arm restraints are recommended but not required at this time.

Removable hard tops are not considered structural roofs.  The only exception is if they meet minimum requirements set by the racetrack/motorsports facility.  Most targa and T-top cars such as Porsche 911s and Corvettes are allowed.  Some convertibles with integrated, retracting hard-tops such as the BMW M3 and Mercedes Benz SL are allowed.  The driver’s helmeted head must be 2” (two-inches) below the top of the roll bar/hoop.

Please contact the specific Event Coordinator(s) and Tech Coordinator for clarification if you have questions.


Helmets with a minimum SA-2005 rating are required.  A limited number of rentals helmets are available throught the club and can be requested on the registration form.

Refunds and Cancellations:

All cancellations 21 days prior will be charged a $75.00 fee to cover fixed and administrative costs.  No refunds will be made for cancellations made within 10 days of the event.  If circumstances (i.e., acts of god or nature) force the cancellation of all or part of this event, the event coordinators reserve the right to retain a portion of the registration fees to satisfy obligations stemming from fixed and/or unrecoverable event costs.  Registration fees paid via Google Checkout will be refunded via Google Checkout.  Fees paid by check will be refunded via club check.  Our goal is to have all refunds completed within 6-8 weeks after the event. 

Instructor “deposits” will be refunded at the event if a check is used or immediately after if Google Checkout was used unless an instructor cancels within 14 days in which case the deposit will be retained.

Final Note:

Please remember, as this is a safety seminar, not a racing school. Aggressive or reckless driving will result in expulsion without refund from the event and suspension from future events.  Drivers are financially responsible for any and all damages they make to the VIR facility and its parts. Run group rules (i.e. passing zones) and/or driver run group assignment adjustments may be made at the discretion of the event planners to ensure the event is safe and enjoyable.

APPENDIX - CUV/SUV & Approved Vehicle Participation List:

CUV/SUVs listed below may be used at HPDE and HPDC events. They must run on stock, OEM wheel/tire size and offset and are currently limited to Group 1 – Beginner (Green).

Specific conditions are indicated in the parenthesis (vehicle specific note). Base model designations are shown (e.g. Q5) and this conditional approval includes the derived performance models (e.g. SQ5) even if not specifically listed.

In all situations, the Event Coordinator(s) and/or Chief Instructor(s) have final onsite authority to impose more stringent requirements for any event and also have complete authority to exclude any vehicle for any reason, including those shown in this list.

If your CUV/SUV is not on this list, you may contact John Sullivan (PCC-ACNA Chief Instructor) for information on how to petition for inclusion.  This list will be reviewed on an annual basis.

Audi: Q3 (2014+), Q5/SQ5 (2009+), Audi A6 Allroad (2001+), Audi A4 Allroad (2013+)

BMW: X1 (2013+), X3 (2006+), X5/X5M (2006+), X4, (2014+), X6/X6M (2009+)

Mercedes-Benz: GLA (2014+), GLK (2009+)

Porsche: Macan (2014+), Cayenne (2006+)

Volkswagen: Tiguan (2009+), Touareg (2006+)

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