Spectators & Passengers


Spectators are FREE at regular HPDE events.  This excludes CARFEST and special events (which will be noted on the event registration page).  Nelson Ledges Road Course collects a $10 gate fee to all non-drivers (this is a track fee, not an AutoInterests fee).

If a spectator wants to do any ride-alongs, they will need to sign the AutoInterests waiver (different from the track's waiver) and purchase a passenger wristband.  Passenger wristbands may be purchased for $10 at Hospitality - look for the Hospitality sign.


All passengers must have a passenger wristband, which may be purchased for $10 at the AutoInterests table/garage, after signing the AutoInterests waiver.

One passenger is permitted in the front of each vehicle with certain restrictions.

First Timers and Novice drivers may not have passengers, with the exception of instructors.  Novices may only have a passenger if approved. Driver seat & restraint matches the passenger seat & restraint (if mismatched, passengers will not be permitted - this includes instructors)

Intermediate and Advanced drivers may have passengers as long as the passenger has the same safety equipment as the driver - helmet, equal seats & restraints (both either standard seat belts or harnesses but not mis-matched) and HANS device if applicable.

Additional Drivers

Sharing a car in a DIFFERENT RUN GROUP:

Drivers may share a vehicle in separate run groups.  Each driver needs to register for the event as normal.  Please be aware that car sharing with a Novice may result in missing an Intermediate/Advanced session, and/or at least one Novice car control session.  Please inform your instructor and the classroom director if you are a Novice who is sharing a vehicle with an Intermediate or Advanced driver.

Sharing a car in the SAME RUN GROUP:

If you plan to share a car with a friend or family member and allow them to driver your car on track in the same run group you are registered in, an additional driver wristband must be purchased.  Additional Driver wristbands are $15 and are available at hospitality, just look for the sign at an event.  The additional driver wristband does qualify as a passenger wristband as well, subject to the passenger policy above.  All additional drivers must attend all mandatory driver's meetings including the one held before the track goes hot each morning of an event.

Additional drivers MUST HAVE APPROPRIATE DRIVING EXPERIENCE for the run group they are "sharing" with the primary registered driver.  If their experience/skill level does not match yours, an additional entry must be purchased in the appropriate run group for their skill level.  Any driver determined not to be in the appropriate run group is subject to removal or reassignment.  There are no refunds available if an additional drivers does not meet the requirements of the shared run group and is disqualified from driving.  We will credit the additional driver wristband fee toward the purchase of an entry in the appropriate run group (subject to availability) if deemed appropriate and desired by the driver.

FIRST-TIMERS may not share a car within the same day.  First-time drivers must fully participate in the entire day of the instruction/coaching program in order to gain key driving skills and ensure a safe experience.  However, first-timers MAY sign up for a 2-day event and each drive one day.  If opting for this choice, be sure to note in your order comments the name of the second driver and who is driving which day.

NOVICES with at least 5 days of driving (at the track they are looking to sign up for) may share a car with another driver of the same experience level within the same day.  Novices who elect to share their track time with another driver should realize they will not gain the full benefit of the instruction program.  It is recommended that two novices who plan to share a car sign up for a 2-day event and each drive one day rather than alternate sessions within the same day.  If opting for this choice, be sure to note in your order comments the name of the second driver and who is driving which day.