Driving School / Driving Education
We typically run two High Performance Driving Schools each year. These are usually held at the Streets of Willow which is part of the Willow Spring International Raceway complex in Rosamond, CA. Classes are provided in:
- High Performance Street Driving
- Novice Time Trials
- Advanced Time Trials
- Road Racing
The High Performance Street Driving class is a chance to test the limits of your vehicle and yourself in a safe, structured and supervised environment. No flashing lights, no tickets, no worries! In addition to having a great time, you will be learning the skills that can keep you safe on the highways and roads. You will have class time, skidpad exercises (a great experience in learning car control) and a lot of track time. This is the perfect class for young drivers, so to all of you parents out there that are worried about your child’s driving skills, sign ’em up today! They will learn a lot, meet new people, and have fun too! The entry requirements are the same as those for Novice Run Group.
The Novice Time Trials class is the next step in your continuing driver training experience. You learn how to take the basic techniques learned in the Street Performance class, expand on them and refine them to prepare you for Time Trialing. Here you will also learn more about vehicle set-up and preparation fort the big tracks like Willow Springs, Buttonwillow, Las Vegas and Laguna Seca. The entry requirements are the same as those for Intermediate Run Group.
The Advanced Time Trials class is geared toward the experienced Time Trialer (No beginners please!) This class is for the serious TT driver who wants to shave a few tenths off his/her lap times. We’ll work on mechanical tweaks, technique and mental strategies to help you drive a better prepared car, with better control, and do it smarter with less wear and tear on your car! There will also be in-depth seminars designed to help you find the fastest possible line with detailed instruction to help you with driving techniques to get every 10th possible! The entry requirements are the same as those for Advanced Run Group.
The Road Racing class is for you if you are an experienced Time Trialer and want to start wheel-to-wheel racing. It is also very useful if you are already race qualified and want to learn more about racing strategy, passing techniques or if just want to increase your experience with starts and get instructor tips and critiques. The entry requirements are the same as those for Race Group.
Each group includes time in the classroom, on the skidpad and on the track. If you have any specific questions about High Performance Driving Schools, please contact our Director of Instruction. To get on the mailing list for our Driving Schools and Track Events, contact our Registration Director.
HPDE / Time Trial / Time Attack
High Performance Driver Education (HPDE or just DE) is a step up from typical autocross programs. The speeds can be considerably higher than with autocross and the venue is almost always a real race track rather than a cone-outlined course in a parking lot. Along with the higher speeds comes responsibility for yourself and your equipment, and for the others who will be on track with you. We provide safety and skills training in both classroom and behind the wheel as part of this activity.
We hold several HPDE events each year in conjunction with our Time Trial and Race events. There are three run groups within which HPDE takes place, Novice, Intermediate and Advanced. The groups differ in terms of passing arrangements, required safety equipment and experience level. If you end up in a group which is uncomfortable for your driving style, we will do our best to reassign you.
In the HPDE program emphasis is on driver training with respect to the safe operation and handling of a car at elevated speeds. HPDE events are run with a very strong emphasis on safety. All cars and drivers must pass a technical and safety inspection before they are allowed onto the track. It is not intended to be a competition. If you want to be timed, our Time Trial program is where you belong.
Racing with AROSC HPD is wheel-to-wheel racing in the club sense; it is not a “blood sport”. Our goal is to have fun competing with people driving cars with similar speed potential (see Car Classification) on the track to see who can get to the finish first. Our emphasis is on safe, clean racing. Car-to-car contact is dealt with very aggressively by our Directors. On a typical weekend, we run several practice sessions, a qualifying race and a final sprint race (typically 12 laps). If the schedule permits it in the late spring to early fall, we may also run an enduro of 2 to 2.5 hours in length.
All racing takes place in Race Group. Timing and scoring is done using an AMB transponder system whenever possible. Consequently, if you want to be scored you will need to have one mounted and working in your car. They are available directly from My Laps ( Car/Bike Transponder) and they occasionally show up on eBay. You can also try searching the web for a “TranX 260 transponder”. We do not normally have any at the track to rent. You can race without a transponder but you will not be scored.
All cars and drivers must pass a technical and safety inspection before they are allowed onto the track. We accept drivers with race licenses from most other clubs and organizations but drivers without AROSC Race Licenses should contact the Race Director prior to signing up for an event.
Our schedule usually includes events at places such as Willow Springs, Buttonwillow. We also occasionally run at Spring Mountain, Las Vegas and the Auto Club (formerly California) Speedway and Laguna Seca (when we can get a date). And we expect to run at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway in the future.
Race / Time Trial License
Time Trials, also know as Time Attack, is a speed event somewhat similar to autocross but with speeds which are considerably higher and at a venue which usually a real race track rather than a cone-marked course in a parking lot. Time Trials are an exercise in driver skill with everyone trying to get the “perfect lap”. A number of cars are on the course at the same time, doing continuous laps, competing against the clock for the best lap time in their class. We almost always run two day, weekend events with practice sessions Saturday and Sunday. The official times runs usually take place in the last session of the day on both days.
All timing is done using an AMB transponder system. Consequently, if you want to be timed you must have a transponder mounted in your car. They are available new directly from My Laps (Car/Bike Transponder) although they occasionally show up used on eBay. You can also try searching the web for a “TranX 260” transponder. We also normally have a few transponders for rent at the track. You can “run for fun” in one of the Time Trial groups if you don’t have a transponder but you will not get lap times.
Time Trials runs take place in three run groups, Novice, Intermediate and Advanced. The groups differ in terms of passing arrangements, required safety equipment and experience level. If you end up in a group which is uncomfortable for your driving style, we will do our best to reassign you. At the end of the official timed session, the times of all three groups are combined and from this, class winners are identified.
The TT events are run with a very strong emphasis on safety. All cars and drivers must pass a technical and safety inspection before they are allowed onto the track. Please note that safety requirements are based on Run Group with the more agressive groups requiring more protection. In addition, drivers who do not have AROSC TT licenses are required to attend Novice Classes where they are instructed in various safety aspects of track driving as well as in the practical aspects of getting good lap times.
Our schedule usually includes events at places such as Willow Springs, Chuckwalla and Buttonwillow. We also occasionally run at Spring Mountain, Las Vegas and the Auto Club (formerly California) Speedway and Laguna Seca (when we can get a date). And we expect to run at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway sometime in the future.