NASA Great Lakes Region RED SHIRT HPDE Instructor Development Program
Are you a current HPDE Instructor with another organization or a current NASA HPDE 3 or 4 driver interested in becoming a NASA Great Lakes Instructor? This page is for you.
NASA is a National organization with 13 regions across the USA. The business model includes HPDE, Time-Trails and Wheel to Wheel racing. Contrary to popular belief, NASA's goal is not to "create racers". We are a learning organization and our goal is to support our customers to whatever level of driving skill they aspire to. Each for-profit region uses the same HPDE passport with specific driving concepts to support 4 run groups: HPDE 1 (for never been on track ever before to little to some experience) to HPDE 4. 4 run groups with 4 different curriculums.
Each NASA region runs their own HPDE program w some slight variation and with their own unique personalization. All regions typically have an Instructor certification program and Instructor status in one region is typically recognized in all other regions. Discounts vary from region to region. Once Instructor status is earned in one region this license is entered into the NASA National database and other regions have visibility. This allows an Instructor from Ohio or any other state to Instruct at a NASA event at Road Atlanta, VIR, Daytona and other tracks where NASA holds events. Usually you will be contacted by the Chief Instructor who may or may not brief you on thier region's unique curriculum and grant you permission to instruct in thier region.
INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION SCHOOL
Each region runs their Instructor certificaiton program differently. Each year NASA Great Lakes holds a 3 day Instructor School at MId-Ohio in April. We've been doing this since 2014 and it's always on a Friday. Our next school with be in April, on a Friday at Mid-Ohio. Date TBD. The one time cost for this program is $349. The 3 day program consists of various role playing scenarios both on and off track, an introdution to our HPDE 1 classroom curriculm, common, proven Instructor techniques and the actual use of customer review materials to document driver performance. Our Instructor program is designed to support the HPDE 1 driver by connecting what happens in the classroom to what happens on track. This is a direct relationship. As part of the RED SHIRT Instructor development program you will learn both HOW to instruct and WHAT to instruct. The what is our curriculum which includes all the foundational driving elements that make a successful DE driver.
ABOUT OUR HPDE PROGRAM
We think we run one of the best HPDE programs in the nation. Yes, I just said that. Our staff of HPDE leaders and instructors have evolved into a highly collaborative, continously improving team. Each year we raise our bar and strive for higher levels of customer satisfaction, education, entertainment and execution. Our current program began in 2014 and has 10 experienced group leaders, two chief instructors and we've certified over 160 in and out of region instructors. HPDE 1 group leader John Santiago says it best: "we are a learning organization". Drivers who frequent NASA Great Lakes region get the best HPDE education out there. We are an educational business model and not a "just lapping" group. Our drivers excel at the fundamentals and frequently advance up our HPDE program to become outstanding DE drivers, instructors and nationally ranked Time-Trail drivers and wickedly talented racers.
Every 3 years our Instructor program holds a Re-Calibration school. This 1/2 day school (always held on a Friday) is required by all in-region instructors to maintain their instructor status. The $50 fee includes free lunch and lasts the first half of the day. The second 1/2 day of Friday gives you afternoon off and free track time/test adn tune laps. $50 for the entire day. The purpose of this re-calibration is to introduce and practice new changes to our program and to provide an opportunity for a focused refresher.
NASA Great Lakes Instructor school graduates driving in HPDE 4 pay $75 per weekend event. Time-Trail drivers and Racers pay $100. There is no cost for an instructor Not Driving. Free lunch in included on event weekends. There are requirements that must be met when instructing a weekend event and failure to attend/execute/show up may lead to permanent loss of your NASA Great Lakes Instructor status and privledges. We take instruction seriously and put our customers and clients above our own personal track goals. Instruction is not for everyone. You must be dedicated to putting your student above your own driving weekend. You can do both but it makes for a very, very busy weekend. Each HPDE 1 Instructor is required to tech one or more car Saturday morning and ride right seat for 4 sessions on Saturday and 4 on Sunday. NASA Great Lakes only assigns 1 student per each instructor in HPDE 1.
RED SHIRT INSTRUCTOR DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM CHECKLIST
Current HPDE 3 and above drivers interested in Instructing enter our RED SHIRT INSTRUCTOR DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM. All our NASA GL instructor graduates wear a red shirt to denote Instructor status. The RED SHIRT program is the start of your learning and begins about a year before the April Instructor school. This allows the new instructor a jump start and a solid foundation to achieve high levels of Instructing success. You will understand the in's and out's of becoming a NASA GL Instructor months before your first assigned HPDE 1 student. It is a backwards mapped program to prepare you for success at our annual Instructor School in April at Mid-Ohio. The program checklist consists of:
___ Verbally commiting to the NASA GL Instructor program as an HPDE 3 or above NASA GL driver and a successful evaluation ride with a Chief Instructor. This ride includes both an assessment of your driving quality and pace but more importantly your ability to communicate and multi-task while driving. A good instructor can multi-task and process vast amounts of information quickly while providing concise and relevant feedback.
___ Attendance and involvement with our NASA GL Saturday morning Tech Inspecton and Instructor morning meetings. You will learn how to tech a car and listen in on the same meetings you'll be attending.
___ A unique HPDE 1 classroom experience where you partner with another Instructor candidate and act out the roles of both HPDE 1 customer and Instructor. This includes attending class and then doing the same actual on-track drills our customers experience. This familiarizes you with our HPDE 1 classroom curriculum and it's support documents and also gets your feet wet driving with your fellow future instructor.
___ 4 Role Playing events both on and off track with our senior instructor mentors. Let's practice during the season to get you some experience!
___ Ross Bentley's Instuctor Manifesto document and a 10 question open book quiz. The Instructor Manifesto is the HPDE Instructor bible.
___ It is recommended that you instruct with other organizations and we can help you do this. Go and get your feet wet at your local track. Practice makes perfect.
___ It is recommended (but not required) that you achieve MSF Level 1 Instructor certification. Most all our NASA GL instructors have earned this on-line status.
___ One time attendance at the annual 2 day Instructor Summit in Indianapolis featuring Ross Bentley. Here you will learn and use benchmark HPDE instructing concepts in a workshop environment with peers and leaders in our industry.
All of the above prepares you for success at our April Mid-Ohio 3 day instructor clinic where you will be assigned an HPDE 1 customer and help them learn the foundational concepts of open track driving.
Are you ready to get started? Please send me an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org and we can get your on your way.
NASA GL Instructor Resources:
NASA Great Lakes HPDE 1 classroom presentation (full)
HPDE 1 TO 2 ADVANCEMENT INSTRUCTIONS for Instructor
1/3/5 Session Review Packet
Instructor Learning Resources:
Richmond Shreve Free Manual
Instructor Manifesto Free Download
Richmond Shreve Free Resources
MSF Certification (not required to Instruct)