Driving School Guide

RMC High Performance Driving School

Requirements

  • Helmets must meet the requirements listed below.
  • Students must be 18 years of age or older with a valid driver’s license – no exceptions.
  • Trucks, pickups, vans and most SUVs are not allowed. BMW SAVs (X5, X3, and other X-series) and Porsche Cayenne and Macan are allowed.
  • Convertibles must be equipped with a 5 or 6-point harness for both driver and passenger and a roll bar meeting the requirements in Section 2.3 (pp. C-15, C-16) of the BMW CCA Operations Manual.
  • Removable roof panels must be in place while on track.

If you have a question about these requirements, please contact Eugene Yen.

How to Get to the Tracks

High Plains Raceway

From Denver, drive east on I-70. Take the Byers exit (#316) to US 36. Drive east on US 36 for 17 miles. The track is clearly visible on the left (north) side of US 36. For more information on High Plains Raceway, see their web page.

Pueblo Motorsports Park

From I-25, take Exit 101 in Pueblo to US 50. Take US-50 west for 2.2 mi, and watch the signs for N. Pueblo Blvd/CO-45. Take the exit lane off of US-50. At the light, turn left, go across the highway, and then take the first right at PMI Access Rd.

Student Classing and Run Groups

Students are assigned to one of four run groups (A, B, C or D) commensurate with their skill level and experience. D is where a new student would begin, and A is the most advanced run group. The groupings are relative and are dependent on the skill mix of students who have enrolled in a given school. Therefore, a student may be assigned to one group higher or lower than what they were assigned in a previous school. Look for your run group when you get your schedule to see when and where you need to be during the day.

A-Solo Run Group

Experienced A-group drivers have the option to drive solo in A-group with the approval of the Chief Instructor. Interested drivers must obtain this approval before signing up for A-Solo.

Instructors

Each student is paired with an instructor for the day. Helmet intercoms are used between the student and instructor to facilitate communication.
Driving School Instructors

Volunteers

An event like this takes a lot of volunteer effort to put on. If you, a member of your family, a friend, or coworker would be interested in volunteering, please register online at Motorsportreg.com. Driving school students are particularly encouraged to volunteer on a day they are not in school. It provides a very different perspective and really completes the experience.

Volunteers do not need to be BMW CCA members.

Car Control Clinic (CCC)

First-time students are encouraged to take the Car Control Clinic where they will learn basic performance driving skills and explore the limits of their car in a safe environment. The Car Control Clinic is held in conjunction with the Autocross School at Pikes Peak International Raceway. This event is on the calendar at http://rmcbmwcca.org/events/, and details can be found on MotorsportReg.

Mandatory Vehicle Inspection

Within 4 weeks of the event, please print out the tech inspection form and bring it and your car to one of the shops listed on this page to be inspected. Some of these shops will perform the inspection for free, others may charge a fee. If none of these shops are located close to you, you may have your car inspected by any ASE-certified mechanic.

You must bring the completed tech inspection form with you to the school. We encourage you to have your car inspected early enough to address any issues that may be uncovered.
Driving School Vehicles

Helmets

All drivers must wear Snell 2010 or 2015 helmets. Both Snell motorcycle (M) and auto racing (SA) certifications are acceptable. SFI 31.1 and FIA 8860 certifications are also acceptable.

We have a limited number of helmets available for rent at the school, but we cannot guarantee their availability.

Car Number Guidelines

All drivers are responsible for providing and placing their assigned number on their cars. Each driver will be issued a windshield sticker indicating their run group when their car is inspected in Grid prior to their first session.

  • Numbers must be at least 8″ tall, with a 1″ stroke.
  • Numbers and letters must have sufficient contrast to be easily legible to corner workers when the car is at speed.
  • Numbers must be placed on both sides of the car.

You will be prompted to enter your car number when you register. This number will be assigned to you. Numbers are assigned first-come, first served. In the event of a conflict, the second driver will be asked to modify their number to something unique in their run group.
You may choose to purchase magnetic or vinyl numbers, or you can make your own with masking tape or printed on paper. As long as the numbers and class letters meet the guidelines above, you’re good to go.

Attachment Points (aka Tow Hooks)

All cars must have an attachment point for towing on the front bumper at a minimum. It is recommended that you have them on both front and rear bumpers. You may install the factory-supplied tow hook if your car is equipped with one (all BMWs have them). Aftermarket tow hooks or straps are also acceptable.

Passengers

Students are not allowed to take passengers on the track at any time. During instructor driving sessions, instructors may take passengers who have signed the waiver, wear an approved helmet, and are at least 18 years of age.

Medical Information

The paper medical form has been replaced with an electronic form on MotorsportReg. You will be prompted to fill out this form when you register for the school. This information is shared only with the ambulance and the officials in the control tower.

Separately from this medical information, you are required to inform us of any condition that might impair your ability to perform the tasks expected of a student in this school, impede your ability to communicate with your instructor, or that would impair your ability to exit the vehicle in case of an incident. If you are pregnant, we require the approval of your physician and that your spouse also sign a waiver.

Camping

Camping is free in the paddock. RV electrical hookups and carports can be rented through the track directly.

Weather

We hold the Driving School no matter what the weather.

Liability and Waivers

All individuals entering the track property must sign the Release and Waiver of Liability, Assumption of Risk and Indemnity Agreement. Please read it carefully and understand what you are signing. We also recommend that you show and discuss the waiver with your spouse. A parent or guardian must sign a minor waiver for all minors entering the track property; this form may be signed in advance if notarized.

STUDENTS ASSUME ALL RISK OF DAMAGE TO PERSONS AND PROPERTY DURING THE EVENT. This includes times when instructors are driving your car. Your auto insurance policy most likely does not provide any coverage for this event. While we have an excellent safety record, this is a high-speed event with inherent risks.

On-Track Insurance

The BMW Car Club of America has partnered with Lockton Risk Services to provide a high-performance driving event insurance program, delivering affordable insurance to the many BMW CCA enthusiasts involved in performance driving events. More info can be found at Lockton’s website.

How to Prepare – Step by Step

  1. Read and understand all of the content on this page.
  2. Register for the school
  3. Have a technical inspection performed on your car
  4. Bring the following items to the track:
    Completed Tech Inspection Form
    Helmet
    Full tank of gas
    Plenty of water
    Snacks
    Sunscreen
    Hat
    Clothing appropriate for rain and wind
    Folding chair
    Money for lunch
  5. Arrive at the track no later than 6:30am
  6. Sign the waiver at the track gate
  7. Find a parking space in the paddock and empty ALL items out of your car. This includes the glove compartment, storage bins, and trunk. Everything that is not firmly attached must be removed, including floor mats and radar detectors.
  8. Go to the registration desk with your completed tech inspection form and helmet. The folks there will give you your registration packet and inspect your helmet.
  9. Attend the mandatory driver’s meeting.
  10. Have fun!

Other Fun Links

Dave Jobusch’s 2016 Driving School Video, featuring James Clay
Mark Winey’s article about his first driving school experience