About our Track Events
Tidewater Sports Car Club hosts track events in the form of High Performance Driving Education (HPDE) and also Time Trial (TT) events.
These are higher speed events held on road courses and/or vehicle testing facilities and have stricter safety standards. Each type of event (HPDE or TT) also has it’s own supplemental rules which must be adhered to.
High Performance Driving Education (HPDE, or “Track Day”)
These are high speed continuous lapping events on a track with multiple cars at a time (up to about 20) with the goal being to teach and learn high speed driving techniques in a safe environment. Point-bys are given to cars that have caught up to you, and you must give a point by before anyone may pass you.
Drivers are split up into different “Run Groups” depending upon skill and experience level:
[♦] Green: This is the Novice group for anyone who has zero, or very limited, track experience (2 weekends or less). An instructor will be provided for all members of this group. There are specific passing zones in which point-bys are given
[♦] Yellow: This is the Intermediate group, which is for anyone with multiple weekends of experience. An instructor will be provided for all members of this group. There are specific passing zones in which point-bys are given.
[♦] Purple: This is the Intermediate group, which is for anyone with multiple weekends of experience. Purple drivers have been approved by an instructor to drive solo. There are specific passing zones in which point-bys are given.
[♦] Blue: This is the Advanced run group, which is for anyone with many track weekends, no instructors are required. You should have a solid history with several events completed, being safe on track, being aware of all your surroundings, knowing all the flags, etc. Point-bys are required but can be done anywhere on track.
[♦] Red: This is our Advanced+ run group with no point-bys and passing anywhere on track. This group is reserved for those with experience in other organizations in open passing or with competition licenses. Experience -will- be verified. This group was made due to increased demand for our higher-level participants.
[◊] White: This is the Instructor run group. This group follows the same Blue passing rules – point-bys required but can be done anywhere on track. We are always looking for more people to add to our instructor pool, if you are interested please email email@example.com.
Vehicle requirements: Most vehicles are perfectly fine and capable of running an HPDE. It does not matter how “fast” your car is. It must have a pre-event safety inspection performed beforehand, you can download and print the HPDE Tech Inspection Form HERE. In a nut shell you need to make sure the car has brakes, suspension, and tires in good condition, no leaks, seat and seat belts/harnesses in good condition and mounted correctly, etc. We have one of the more strict tech inspections vs many others, as safety is a top priority.
Event requirements: The latest version of our HPDE Supplemental Rules can be downloaded HERE. It contains driver requirements, event procedures and information, plus further clarification on vehicle tech inspection requirements, rollover protection standards, and harness mounting.
Time Trial Gripfest Events
These events we run unlike most other organizations’ Time Trials, these are a blend of autocross and road racing in which they are performed from a standing start, drive one continuous lap of the course, and run through finish beams. Think of it as an autocross at higher speeds with no cones. It is a GREAT way to get your feet wet with higher speed track driving without the worry of multiple cars on course, passing/point bys, and the wear and tear that continuous 20 minute sessions put on a vehicle. It also provides some intense competition among drivers (unlike the HPDE which is a driver school).
Requirements – The same basic safety rules of a typical autocross apply, but with the addition of our convertible rollover protection requirements as set forth in our Time Trial Supplemental Rules available HERE. We require a Snell SA2010 or newer helmet to compete, though we do have a limited number of loaner helmets available, so don’t use that as an excuse to not join us!
NEW for 2020, Gripfest is a 3-Event series in which awards are given at each event plus championship trophies at the end of the season! More information on classing, scoring, prizes, novice info, and other Frequently Asked Questions can be found HERE!