NASA HPDE 1 on 3/30/2015 (Updated)




Today was so much fun! I attended NASA's HPDE 1 session today. For those who haven't heard of HPDE it's basically a way to get see what you can do with your car on the track and get a racing license if you choose. HPDE has 4 levels, 1 is beginner and 4 is advance. Once you reach 4 you can get your competition license. There is no timing being recorded the whole point is to learn your racing lines and the rules. (https://www.nasaproracing.com/hpde/)

I learned a lot today about racing lines, downshifting, braking, etc. I had an awesome instructor, Jon, who consistently gave me feedback. He was so impressed with my driving that he signed off for me to advance to HPDE 2! It is so exciting to be progressing this fast. I was in the zone today! It felt so effortless and calming

The following are stats from today's session:


  • Morning Temp: 40 F
  • Afternoon Temp: 74 F
  • Track: Miller Motorsport--Outer Loop
  • Front Tire Pressure: 38 psi cold, 47 psi hot 
  • Rear Tire Pressure: 37 psi cold, 45 psi hot
  • Tires: Dunlop Direzza ZII
  • Brakes: Hawk HP Plus
  • Rotors: Centric Premium Brake
  • Brake Fluid: ATE Type 200 DOT 4
  • Rear Sway Bar: Whiteline Adjustable 22 mm
  • Rear Endlinks: Kartboy

I recommend this for anyone who is serious about racing or just become a racing enthusiast.
Here is the video, thank you Jon Tapia for letting me borrow your GoPro, creating the video, and for being an excellent instructor!



Ciao!