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 must match 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 Driver Policy
Drivers are solely responsible for any track damage they cause – this includes damage to any barriers and/or surfaces, oil dry used to clean up fluid leaks/spills, fire extinguishers, etc.
Drivers will be billed for such damages and/or consumables. Payment must be made at the time an invoice is received.
The costs are typically billed by the race track venue (or their third party service provider) to AutoInterests - these are not "marked up" in any way and drivers are only responsible for actual costs incurred.
We employ a 3-strike policy at our driving events. Any of the following violations will result in a strike. Penalties for each strike are outlined below.
- Illegal start, not waiting for starter point
- 2 wheels off, repeatedly
- Failure to come in following 2 wheels off (to check car)
- Spin or 4 wheels off
- Failure to observe flags
- Exiting car on track (unless on fire)
- Passing zone violations
- Passing without a point-by
- Failure to use pit signal
- Too fast in the hot pits
- Speeding in the paddock
- We reserve the right to declare reckless driving
- Strike 1 – a warning will be issued
- Strike 2 – you will sit out the next session
- Strike 3 – you will leave the facility and receive no refund
- Avoidable contact with another car is an instant removal from event.