Chin Motorsports HPDE Track Days
All drivers are classified according to experience. Driver classifications are track-specific.
Be sure to provide a summary of your experience to us via email, before you register for an event.
- Novice/green: (green group) 0-5 days track experience, just getting started
in the track hobby. A qualified instructor is assigned to provide advanced driver
coaching on road course skills. A novice driver will typically have an instructor
assigned for the first several track days, while experience is acquired. Drivers
that have prior experience in autocross, or karting, will have an accelerated learning
curve, but, without road course experience, will still be classified as novice,
and an instructor is required. A driver that is new to the hobby would expect to
be classified as novice, with an assigned instructor, for a minimum of 3+ days track
experience. Passing requires a point-by passing signal, and passing zones are restricted
to straightaways only.
- Advanced Novice/double green: (green group) 5+ days track experience. A driver
that already has well-developed skills, but is visiting a new track for the first
time. Since different road courses all have unique challenges and varying 'degrees
of difficulty', it may be appropriate to have an instructor provide orientation
and local tips. In this scenario, an experienced driver may be classified as novice,
so that an instructor can be assigned. An example: For a driver that has been solo
qualified at Roebling Road, but has never driven at Road Atlanta, an instructor
would be required. That driver would be an advanced novice at Road Atlanta.
- Solo/yellow: (green group) 5+ days track experience. Once a novice level
driver has acquired a level of experience that they are very comfortable with the
lap and high-speed traffic, and their car, the driver can become solo qualified
following a check-out evaluation from a senior instructor. A newly-qualified solo
driver practices those skills and builds experience on-track in the green group
sessions. The solo qualification is track-specific, and it is appropriate to receive
a solo qualification at each track a driver visits.
- Provisional solo/double green: (green group) 10+ days track experience. This
is appropriate for drivers with experience that have a valid solo qualification
with other groups or at other tracks in the past. If it is your first event with
Chin, or your first visit to a new track, then one of our master instructors will
accompany you as a passenger in the opening session, for a "check-out" evaluation.
You will get an orientation to the line, and we will observe while you demonstrate
clean, consistent, smooth laps, with excellent car control, and awareness of traffic,
corner stations, and track conditions. You should already have excellent command
of all the fundamentals of safe road course driving. Upon the successful completion
of the check-out ride, the driver will receive a solo qualification, in either the
'yellow' or 'blue' group, dependent on skills. A provisional solo candidate that
does not satisfy the criteria for a solo qualification will have an instructor assigned
and continue to receive coaching as needed. In this case, an instructor fee is applicable.
- Intermediate Solo/blue: (blue group) 15+ days track experience. Drivers that
have substantial experience and have earned a valid solo qualification are classified
as intermediate. Drivers at this level have visited several different road courses,
and have received numerous days of in-car coaching/on-track instruction. The driver
has satisfied solo qualification protocols with other well-established programs
like Chin Motorsports. Passing requires a point-by signal, and passing zones are
unrestricted. Drivers are eligible for this category after a minimum of 15+ track
days of experience.
- Advanced Solo/red: (Red group) 50+ days track experience. Our top classification
includes drivers with years of experience and thousands of laps at numerous different
tracks. The driver's road course skills and traffic management are instinctive.
The driver has superior situational awareness and is capable of multi-tasking at
a very high level. Heel/Toe downshift technique is second nature. Drivers at this
level are comfortable with side-by-side conditions, safely passing through corners,
driving off-line, and promptly yielding to faster traffic. Passing requires a point-by
signal, and passing zones are unrestricted. It is necessary for a driver to receive
an in-car evaluation by a master instructor to qualify for Advanced solo. Drivers
that have already qualified for national or pro level competition licenses may be
exempt from the check-out requirement.
- Instructor/white: Please see
this information in the Chin forum for instructor criteria and qualifications.