My son (16 y/o) is going to do the teenage drivers course and then the midohio 3 day school which allows him to do events. Otherwise, tracks have an 18 y/o age limit unless they have a racing license.Also - has anyone done or considered Mid-Ohio's 3 day High Performance Course? It's not cheap, but looks like it could be well worth the cost based on curriculum / seat time over the 3 days.
It's about 2-3x the cost of HPDE events at Mid-Ohio put on by AutoInterests, ChinTrackDays, and NASA Great Lakes. Mid-Ohio 3 day course has skid cars and S2000 you get time in, but not sure of other benefits over these other companies.
***EDIT - for those interested, here are some of the costs of other companies for events at Mid-Ohio specifically. Prices are similar for events at other locations too like Pitt Raceway
NASA - 2 day HPDE $479.00
ChinTrackDays - 2 day HPDE $750
AutoInterests - 1 day only offered, HPDE $270-$365 depending when you sign up
Mid-Ohio School - $2050 for 3 days. ~$750-$800 per day if you sign up individually
NASA and Chin both offer HPDE events with class room and instructors which are superb. I remember that at a Chin event at VIR, my friend who was a complete novice had an instructor who was the SCCA rookie of the year. You will get as much track time with the others and equivalent education. Other groups with HPDE and great instruction include Porsche Club, BMW Club, Audi Club and NSX Club. I will be at the Porsche Club events in my Supra, will definitely be there is August as both my son and nephew will be doing the teen defensive class.