Competition Drivers’ School

If you have been racing only against the clock and are eager to compete against other drivers, you are ready for competition drivers’ school (aka comp school, race school).

Unlike other racing schools, ours is for experienced drivers who are comfortable driving in an open-passing environment. Our competition drivers’ school prepares experienced drivers for wheel-to-wheel racing in NASA SoCal; it does not teach beginner drivers how to race on the track.

If you graduate from our competition driver’s school, you are qualified to apply for your provisional NASA Competition License.


All candidates must submit a summary of their driving experience to Steve Stepanian,¬†Chief Instructor: [email protected]

You must show proof of experience in one of the following:

  • HPDE 4
  • Time Trial
  • Open-passing environment


Our comp school is highly structured and conducted in a non-contact environment. It is limited to 30 participants and features an experienced team of instructors and drivers. You are evaluated throughout the course and take a formal, written test at the end. You do not need a race car to participate; you may use any street-safe car that can pass a basic safety inspection. Take a look at the Tech Requirements.

The instructor-led training includes:

  • Eight classroom sessions on topics such as:
    • Race-specific flagging
    • Racing strategy
    • NASA Club Codes and Regulations
  • Eight on-track sessions where you practice skills like:
    • Open-corner passing
    • Three-wide exercises
    • Race starts.