Driver Education Event Rules & Regs

Age & Licensing

  • 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. 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.

If a registrant’s membership is not current and valid at the start of the event, the registrant will be asked to join/renew ACNA at event registration.

Typical Event Info:

  • Five run groups : Group 1 - Beginner (Green), Group 2 - Novice (Yellow), Group 3 - Intermediate (Blue), Group 4 – Advanced/Solo & Instructor (Black) and Group 5 - Instructor-only (Red)
  • A minimum of four, 25 minute run sessions each day (8 total) along with associated mandatory classroom sessions.  Depending on the track, time of year, and factors (e.g. safety considerations), run sessions may be added and/or lengthened for a given event
  • Groups 4 and 5 (Advanced/Solo & Instructor) are open passing as long as everyone follows event, track, and safety rules (i.e. everyone behaves)
  • Groups 2 and 3 (Novice & Intermediate) may have passing zones expanded during a given event based on group behavior and are eligible to be solo'ed based on instructor feedback
  • Group 1 (Beginner) will spend time completing skid pad and car-control exercises, and additional mandatory classroom sessions before joining the other groups for full lapping sessions.
  • Event T-shirt included with fee for certain events, typically the annual Fall VIR event and coming events at Old Dominion Raceway.  This is dependent on event finances.

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.

  • Group 1 – Beginner (Green) = 0 - 4 days (no R-compound tires)
  • Group 2 – Novice (Yellow) = 5 - 14 days (R-comp w/ prior approval. Contact Event Coordinator providing previous instructor as references and other related experience.)
  • Group 3 - Intermediate (Blue) = 5 – 29 days
  • Group 4 – Advanced/Solo or Instructor (Black) = 30+ days (Advanced/Solo) or Instructors.  Advanced/Solo status will be based on a registrant’s prior experience with PCC-ACNA. If you are registering for this group, please provide past PCC-ACNA Group 4 (Black) experience in the NOTES section of the registration form.  Anyone with no previous Group 4 group experience will be assigned an instructor for at least one check-ride.
  • Group 5 – Instructor (Red) = 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 for instructions.

Instructor Deposit: We require a $100 “deposit” as part of your registration.  Please see the Refunds and Cancellations section below for additional details. This policy is in-place in to reduce the number of last minute instructor cancellations which adversely affect the attending instructors, event planning and finances, student participant experience, 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! 

“Open Top” Vehicles - Convertibles, Targa, and T-tops:

At this time, most convertibles are NOT permitted to participate in ACNA driving schools with sessions that take place “at speed” (i.e. HPDE and HPDC).  This includes convertibles with factory roll hoops and/or deployable rollover protection. These include Audi TT Roadster, Audi R8 Spyder, Audi A3/S3 Cabriolet, A4/S4 Cabriolet, Audi A5/S5 Cabriolet, Porsche Carrera, BMW 2/3/4/6 Series, BMW Z, etc

For such vehicles to be allowed to participate in “at speed” events, the minimum requirements are:

  • A four point roll cage consisting of a main hoop behind the front seats with two rear-triangulated braces.
  • Minimum of four-point safety harness with ASM (anti-submarining). The same equipment is required for driver and passenger.
  • Additional protection in the form of arm restraints for both driver and instructor is recommended.
  • Enforcement of the “broomstick rule” for all occupants and vehicles. Minimum clearance (with helmet on) will be two inches below a straight edge, placed from the top of the roll hoop to the top of the windshield frame

Removable hard tops are not considered structural roofs. A removable hard-top is a convertible that has a separate hard top attachment. Merely placing a non-structural hardtop over the occupant does not guarantee rollover integrity. This feature implementation varies among manufacturers, but regardless, these vehicles are NOT permitted.

Retracting hard tops are not considered structural roofs. A retractable hardtop, also known as coupe convertible or coupe cabriolet, is a type of convertible that forgoes a folding textile roof in favor of an automatically operated, multi-part, self-storing hardtop where the rigid roof sections are opaque, translucent or independently operable and are NOT permitted.

Targa-type tops with structurally integrated roll hoops are allowed, however enforcement of the “broomstick rule” is required. A targa-top is a semi-convertible car body style with a removable roof section and a full width roll bar behind the seats. The rear window can be fixed or removable, making it a convertible-type vehicle. Targa tops are different from T-tops, which have a solid, non-removable bar running between the top of the windscreen and the rear roll-bar. In both applications, roll over protection exists. Only vehicles on the Approved Vehicle Participation List are approved (see Appendix below).

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

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).

With specific approval of the ACNA Chapter event master, registrar or chief driving instructor, CUV/SUVs will be allowed to participate at the following venues were maximum speed is not to exceed 50 mph if the activity is:

  • Exercises at a driving school held in a confined area
  • Autocross events if the maximum speed is controlled/limited
  • Teen Driver Education clinics
  • Winter driving schools, in snow or ice conditions


Helmets must be worn by all participants during all in‐car sessions other than low speed (50 mph or less) teen clinics, driver education, low speed autocross, track familiarization sessions and touring laps.

All helmets used in ACNA events require the current or immediately prior Snell Memorial Foundation certification sticker. At the time of certification update, helmets meeting the second prior certification standard will be permitted a use grace period through the end of that calendar year. Use of Snell Special Application (SA) rated helmets is required for all vehicles that have supplemental rollover or impact protections installed, including OEM and after-market roll bars or roll cages.

Use of Snell Motorcycle (M) rated helmets is permitted in stock vehicles that solely utilize factory impact protection, but note that the M2010 rating will be the final Motorcycle (M) rating permitted for participant use in ACNA sanctioned events.

Car Sharing:

In order to maximize your driving time, drivers are strongly urged NOT to share with someone in the same run group/level. 

It is possible to share with a driver in a different run group, however, due to group scheduling there still is the possibility participants who share will miss some on-track time due to the logistics of swapping drivers, instructors, etc. If you would like to share, please note the other driver’s name on your registration. 

Group 1 (Beginner) drivers should NOT share a car as doing so significantly reduces the amount of exercise and driving time.

We try to accommodate car-sharers, but you may miss runs sessions if you chose to car-share.

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 a participant registers within 21 days of the event and then cancels, the same policy applies (i.e. $75 will be retained if canceled 10+ days prior to the event, no refund if cancelled within 10 days).

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. 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 shortly after the event if paid via credit card unless an instructor cancels within 14 days in which case the deposit will be retained.

Final Note:

Please remember, PCC-ACNA driver schools are first and foremost driver education events with a focus on safety. They are NOT racing schools. Aggressive or reckless driving will result in expulsion without refund from the event and possibly suspension from future events. 

Drivers are financially responsible for any and all damages they make to the track facility and its parts.

Run group rules (e.g. passing zones), driver run group assignment adjustments, and other event logistic changes may be made at the discretion of the Event Coordinators and/or Chief Instructors to help ensure the event is safe and enjoyable for everyone.  All event staff are VOLUNTEERS, so please be patient and, if possible, lend a helping hand.

APPENDIX - CUV/SUV & Open Top Approved Vehicle Participation List:

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.

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).

If your CUV/SUV is NOT on this list, you may email 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+)

 “Open Top” vehicles listed below may be used at HPDE and HPDC events.  All occupants must pass the “broomstick rule” in which the minimum distance at the top of the helmeted head is two inches below a straight edge, placed from the top of the roll hoop to the top of the windshield frame

  • Porsche: 911 Targa (not Convertibles; 1968+, 911, 964, 993, 996, 997, 991), Boxster  (2005-2012)
  • Chevrolet: Corvette Coupes (not Convertibles, 1968+, C3, C4, C5, C6, C7)
  • Lotus: Elise (1996+), Exige (2000+)

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