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HPDE Flags You Need to Know

Originally published August 29, 2019. Last updated April 15, 2024.

An excerpt from The HPDE 1st-Timer’s Guide, written by Ryan Staub and Ross Bentley.

If you are new to HPDE, learning the flags is a great place to start. HPDE organizers use a variety of flags to communicate important information to drivers on the track. Each flag has a specific

April 15th, 2024|First Timers Tips, HPDE|

Make the Best of Events in the Rain

Originally published July 12, 2019. Last updated March 25, 2024.

Everything is ready to go for your event — you, your car and your team. But a look at the radar shows rain? Don’t let this forecast dampen your enthusiasm.

Nearly all HPDE events will continue despite rain, so be prepared. Follow these tips to stay safe on the track and actually enjoy your

March 25th, 2024|First Timers Tips, Motorsports Tips|

3 Must-Haves for Autocross

Autocross is a motorsport where you compete with other drivers for the best time on a closed course. It’s a great choice for both the casual competitor and the developing racer, in part, because there’s not a lot of gear or equipment required to participate.

In fact, you can really narrow it down to just a few essentials that will help get you

June 30th, 2023|Autocross, First Timers Tips, Motorsports Tips|

12 Tips for Your First Autocross

Your first autocross event can be a lot of fun. New experiences, fast driving and great friends await. It’s one of the easiest competitive motorsports you can get into, and you can dramatically improve your driving skills and accuracy in a safe and welcoming environment.

There are a few things you can do that will help you enjoy the day

February 28th, 2022|First Timers Tips, Motorsports Tips|

HPDE Event Packing List

An excerpt from The HPDE 1st-Timer’s Guide, written by Ryan Staub and Ross Bentley.

“What to pack?” may be the eternal question. Whether you’re going on vacation, a business trip or your first-ever HPDE event, it’s hard to know what to bring and you’re bound to forget something you need. But there’s one trick that works just as well for

November 29th, 2021|First Timers Tips, HPDE, Motorsports Tips|

Pre-Event HPDE Expectations for First Timers

An excerpt from The HPDE 1st-Timer’s Guide, written by Ryan Staub and Ross Bentley.

 

The first time you attend an HPDE track event, it can feel a bit like your first day of school. You may not be sure what to do or where to go, on top of already being excited, nervous and eager to make the

September 28th, 2021|First Timers Tips, HPDE|

HPDE Tips: Preparing Your Car for Track Days

An excerpt from The HPDE 1st-Timer’s Guide, written by Ryan Staub and Ross Bentley.

Preparing your car for track days is important—you don’t want to be the one to show up unprepared. Remember that the “E” in HPDE stands for education and that track days are a learning experience. You don’t do as well on the

July 29th, 2021|First Timers Tips, Motorsports Tips|

The Right HPDE Approach

An excerpt from The HPDE 1st-Timer’s Guide, written by Ryan Staub and Ross Bentley.

Few things in life compare to driving fast in a great car on a world-famous track with your friends cheering you on. Yet the real secret to HPDE is the trip, not the destination. With the right HPDE approach, you’ll be focusing on 4

July 1st, 2021|First Timers Tips, HPDE|

Using Ear Protection at HPDE Events

It can get kind of loud on track day, which is why most professional drivers use some sort of ear protection. The 140 decibels of a full-throttle NASCAR cockpit is about as loud as fireworks or gunfire. That’s pretty loud, so it makes sense the pro drivers protect their hearing. But what about you and your HPDE driving?

  • If you’ve got
October 2nd, 2019|First Timers Tips, HPDE, Motorsports Tips|

Making the Most of Your HPDE Experience

What do you like most about HPDE events? Is it the comradery or is it driving on the limit of adhesion? The HPDE community is a growing group of enthusiasts who share a common passion for high-performance driving. I have noticed the growth of the community all over the United States from attending HPDE events. There is a common question that I

July 12th, 2019|First Timers Tips, Motorsports Tips|