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Audi Club NJMP 2020: Lightning & Thunderbolt

Audi Club NJMP 2020: Lightning & Thunderbolt

Audi Club NA - Northeast Chapter

Monday, Sep 14 — Tuesday, Sep 15, 2020
Lightning & Thunderbolt at NJMP, Millville, NJ

Registration closed September 7, 2020 11:59 PM at 2020-09-07T20:59:00-0700 Registration ends September 7, 2020 11:59 PM at 2020-09-07T20:59:00-0700 Registration opens February 1, 2020 12:00 AM at 2020-01-31T21:00:00-0800 Registration runs from February 1, 2020 12:00 AM to September 7, 2020 11:59 PM


New Jersey Motorsports Park -  Lightning & Thunderbolt -  September 14 & 15, 2020

Learning and Driving Safely During COVID-19

The procedures for registration, classroom and track instruction have been modified for safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Reduced contact registration, safe distancing and masks will be worn as appropriate.  On track instruction will be using the well regarded "Lead/Follow" method where one instructor will lead one or two students around the track, demonstrating the appropriate driving line, turn in, apex, track out point and braking techniques. We will also use cell phones and ear buds to communicate between instructors and students, so please bring your cell phones and ear buds.

Students are divided into run groups according to their prior experience and evaluations from previous schools. In between the track sessions, students get classroom instruction in an appropriately safe distancing environment appropriate for their skill level.

About New Jersey Motorsports Park.

Sitting on more than 500 acres in Millville, N.J., New Jersey Motorsports Park is the premier motorsports entertainment complex in the Northeast. NJMP is conveniently located near Philadelphia and New York City, offering diverse and dynamic attractions both on and off-track. The Park includes two world-class road courses: Thunderbolt and Lightning, and during this event you will get to drive on both!

The 1.9 mile northern circuit is known as Lightning Raceway. This 10 corner circuit is fast and challenging featuring some of the most interesting and dramatic corners and elevation changes in the park. The 20 acre paddock area has a 4 acre skid pad and autocross area, as well as concession areas, timing towers and school and drivers meeting room facilities. Click here for a detailed Lightning track map.

NJMP Lightning

The southern road circuit at New Jersey Motorsports Park is our signature Thunderbolt Raceway featuring 2.25 miles of asphalt, 12 challenging turns, a one half mile straightway and approximately 40 acres of full service paddock space. Amenities on this circuit include concession buildings, event garages, twenty (20) VIP Suites, banquet rooms, and a three (3) story timing tower with media center. Click here for a detailed Thunderbolt track map.


Registration Fees

Students $525 per student for both days, or $360 per student for one day.
Instructors: Event fees are waived in appreciation of your instruction.
Instructors not instructing. $525 You will not have any responsibilities or any student assignments. You'll drive in the Instructor run group as usual, and additionally you will also be able to drive in the Advanced group's sessions for double the track time.

What is a High Performance Driving School?

The purpose of a driving school is quite simple: to improve your driving skills. We conduct the school on a racetrack under the close supervision of experienced and trained instructors. You will learn how to handle and control your vehicle at speeds not normally attained on public roads. This will help to prepare you for emergencies in normal driving. It will also allow you to explore your capabilities as a driver and those of your vehicle in a controlled environment. At no time will you be pushed or encouraged to go any faster than is comfortable. All participants will be organized into run groups in accordance with experience, skill, and type of vehicle.

What you learn on the track depends on your driving skill. Beginners are taught driving style (smoothness, consistency, the ability to read the track), more experienced participants continue to work on consistency, while developing new skills such as trail braking and threshold braking. Every time you are on the track, you will have an experienced instructor with you, leading or following you around the track.

For the most experienced drivers, you can be “signed off” and drive solo when you have proven to your instructor and the Chief Instructor that you understand the basics of high speed driving, you can consistently drive the correct line, and you show proper etiquette on track. Maturity, good judgment, skill, and significant experience will lead to being signed off for solo driving.

Though you are on a racetrack, other drivers of similar driving skills, it is not a race. Passing in corners is not allowed, and you are not expected to shift at redline, or go screaming through each corner with the tires squealing. Safety of the event is of the utmost importance. Driver conduct will be diligently monitored throughout the day by the staff, instructors, and corner workers.

Track Time

You will have four on-track sessions each day varying from 20-30 minutes each. At the end of the 2-day event you will have had between 3-4 hours on-track over the two days. That’s a lot of driving time and a lot of personalized high-quality instruction.


Your day is divided between driving on the track, classroom sessions, and free time. Yes, this is a school, and there is mandatory classroom time. All participants are required to attend classroom sessions throughout the day to learn vehicle dynamics and driving techniques.

In the classroom, you learn a lot of high speed driving theory. Learn about the difference between an early and late apex. You’ll get a better understanding of car dynamics so you understand what is really happening when you brake or why your car understeers or oversteers in certain circumstances. Each classroom will also include an opportunity for Q&A.

Do I need to own an Audi?

We welcome all makes of cars  -- you don't have to drive an Audi to enjoy our events.  This school is an excellent way for you to improve your driving skills and have fun too!  

All participants must simply be members of the Audi Club of North America (ACNA).  There is a $49 fee for annual membership. To join or update your membership, please go to the ACNA website ( and click on "Join ACNA" at the top of the page.

First Time Students

Our club is a friendly community of individuals who share a passion for driving their cars.

We know what it’s like to drive on a race-track for the first time and we customize your experience to make it an enjoyable as possible. We love welcoming first-timers to our events and we have a good number of first-timers at each one – you will not be alone.  Your novice classroom teacher and your personal instructor are ready to make you comfortable and give you the tools and confidence to enjoy driving your car on the race-track. Don’t forget – this is not competition driving. There is no overtaking in corners or racing other cars. This is all about having a safe and enjoyable experience.

We have some restrictions on driving convertibles and you will need a helmet. Requirements are on the next page. We have rental helmets available if you need one. Should you have any questions which are not answered on this page, please contact us and ask. We want to make you comfortable and we’re happy to talk with you. Use the "Contact Host" button on the right side of this page.

This YouTube video shows even more about events with our club. (Note this video does show in-car instruction which we are unable to offer right now due to COVID-19)



At each NEQ Club event we host a banquet. It’s always a fun time and an opportunity to meet other club members and their families. The banquet will take place at the Finish Line Pub at NJMP's Clubhouse, located between the two tracks starting at 6:30pm on Monday night. It will be outdoors under a tent, in accordance with NJ state laws on dining during the pandemic.

Banquet Fee is $50 when purchased online during registration or $60 on site.


A discounted rate of $109 per night + tax has been established at the Fairfield Inn & Suits for Sunday & Monday nights. The rate can be reserved online (Book your group rate for Audi Club) or by calling the hotel directly at: (856) 776-2400 and ask for the Audi Club Group rate before 8/31/20. Discounted rooms typically sell out well before the event date, so please do not delay in reserving.

Interested in attending or have other registration questions?

Please continue through to the next page for more information about the event and helmet and technical requirements.  Contact Eventmaster Greg Miceli at with any questions. 

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