High Performance Driver Education.

Get your start in high performance driving

If you are interested in learning the basics of High Performance Driving, or simply want to drive your car on a racetrack in a controlled and professionally staffed environment, then NASA’s HPDE is for you. NASA HPDE gives you a chance to test your skills and learn from NASA’s pool of experienced instructors at a venue designed for safe, spirited driving far away from the risks present on the street. Our HPDE program has become the standard for the ‘open track’ industry and features multiple skill levels to ensure that you are able to enjoy a safe and fun day at the track.


NASA Rocky Mountain provides the instruction to elevate your driver skill to the next level of HPDE. From beginners to weekend enthusiasts, we have the right instructor for you.

Service, Quality & Value

Along with your instruction, we cater to your experience with unmatched customer service, track safety and most importantly, seat time.

What group do i belong in?

This is where all of the fun and excitement of NASA begins! This group is designed for first time track day participants and drivers requiring in-car instruction to understand and learn the basic principles of road course driving. In HPDE 1 you will learn the fundamentals of high performance driving in a controlled environment using both the classroom and on track instruction. Drivers in HPDE 1 will experience a combination of fun and education as they build a strong driving foundation. You will be assigned an instructor for all of your 8 sessions per weekend. Total combined classroom and track time is approximately 8 hours per weekend. Consistent demonstration of driving the school line, safety procedures, smooth braking, turn-in and acceleration and some passing are required to advance from HPDE 1.

This group is designed for novice drivers with previous track day experience and can successfully demonstrate the learned concepts of the HPDE 1 curriculum. Group 2 drivers must possess this basic knowledge plus be very comfortable driving with and without an instructor. Group 2 drivers are very familiar with grid procedures, passing rules, and flags. Group 2 uses a combination of some classroom, some instruction and some solo driving. 

 NASA Group 3 allows the experienced Driver to catapult their skills gained in NASA Groups 1 and 2. HPDE 3 is not a lapping group. Our far reaching program is heavily based on drills and close proximity driving. You will learn how to quickly and confidently navigate small and large groups of traffic in close proximity, off-line at speed all while being aware of flag stations and those around you. The goal of HPDE 3 is greatly increased situational awareness. 

 Group 4 drivers have passed through all previous NASA HPDE levels or equivalent, have obtained an Official Signed NASA Passport, and understand the HPDE rules as described in the CCR. They can successfully navigate the road course both on-line and off-line and are comfortable passing and being passed just about anywhere on track.