FAQ – Performance Driving School

Registration Questions

Q. Must I be a member of BMW CCA to participate in the Driving School?
A. Yes. Driving school participants are required to be BMW CCA members. We are offering an option when registering for the driving school that includes a one year membership in BMW CCA.
Q. How old do I have to be to drive in Driving School?
A. 18.
Q. Can I use my convertible, pickup truck or SUV for the Driving School?
A. Convertibles, cars with removable hardtops, trucks, pickups, vans and most SUVs are not permitted at the Driving School. Permitted SUVs are the BMW X6, X5, X4, X3 and X1, and Porsche Cayenne and Macan. Lotus, Caterham, and Corvette cars with a rollbar or fixed structure behind the driver’s and passenger’s head are also permitted – any removable roof panels must be in place while on track. If you have a question about whether your car is allowed, please contact Andrew Jordan
Q. How do I know if I am registered in the Driving School?
A. You can check your “My Events” page in MotorsportReg.com to see your registration status (see the link in the top banner). You will receive an email confirming your credit card payment via the secure online shopping cart. You will also receive an email listing your car number and run group from the registrar about 12 days before the school. Both registration and payment must be complete to secure your place in the school.
Q. If I have to cancel out of the Driving School, what do I do?
A. Go to the “My Events” page in MotorsportReg.com and click the “Cancel Me” link next to the green highlighted event entry. Contact the registrar for a late cancellation after registration has closed. Refunds will be mailed if registrar is notified prior to the cutoff date shown in MotorsportReg. There are no refunds after this date.
Q. What completed forms do I have to bring to Driving School?
A. All forms are available on the Driving School Forms page.

Your completed car tech inspection form is required at check-in. If you will be bringing any minors to the track, you should bring the completed minor waiver form as well. If the parents or legal guardian will not be present, the minor waiver form must be signed by a parent/guardian and notarized in advance.

Bring your student log book if you have attended our schools previously.

Q. If I am on the wait list for Driving School, how will I know if/when I am in the school.
A. Registrar will contact you via email or phone.
Q. Can I pay by check?
A. We prefer that everyone pay online. If you are unable to do so, contact the dsinfo@rmcbmwcca.orgregistrar.
Q. What if I have a letter of credit or discount coupon for a club event?
A. Pay the full amount online and mail your coupon to the registrar (2026 S. Ironton Ct., Aurora 80014) for a refund check.
Q. Who is the registrar?
A. Leslie, the one pulling her hair out! Send her an e-mail if you have a question! She likes e-mail:
dsinfo@rmcbmwcca.org

Scheduling Questions

Q. What time should I arrive at Driving School?
A. 6:45 am.
Q. What time will Driving School be finished?
A. Around 6 pm.
Q. What is the Driving School schedule?
A. Links to the schedules are on the Spring and Fall Driving School pages.
Q. If it is raining, snowing, etc., will the Driving School be cancelled/postponed?
A. No, we hold the Driving School no matter what the weather.

Track, Safety, & Preparation Questions

Q. Do I need a helmet for Driving School?
A. Yes, if you do not have one, we recommend that you obtain one. All helmets must have a Snell foundation 2010 or newer certification sticker. Either the Snell motorcycle (M) or auto racing (SA) certification is acceptable. A limited number of helmets can be rented for $15 at the driving school, but the fit may not be as desired and you may have to share.

Bell Helmet’s How to Fit Guide is an excellent reference on proper helmet fitting.

Q. This is my first driving school, how can I prepare?
A. Download and read the documents on the download page. Before leaving home, take all loose items out of your car that you will not need at the track.
Q. What should I bring with me?
A.
• Helmet
• Full tank of gas
• Plenty of water
• Snacks
• Sunscreen
• Hat
• Clothing appropriate for rain and wind
• Folding chair
• Money for lunch
Be sure to also read the Driving School manual available from the download page for a list of what to bring.
Q. Is passing allowed on the track?
A. Because safety is our first priority, passing is strictly controlled. C & D group drivers will not be allowed to pass during their first track session. Otherwise passing is only permitted in designated areas with plenty of room and only when the driver of the overtaken vehicle gives a “point-by” signal indicating they are prepared for another car to pass.
Q. How many cars are on the track at once? Is it crowded?
A. We limit registration to ensure a good instructor to student ratio and to avoid a crowded track. Approximately 15 student cars will be on the track at one time. Instructor drive sessions may have 30-40 cars on the track.
Q. How are the students grouped into the on-track run groups?
A. The chief instructor is responsible for grouping students into the 4 run groups (A, B, C & D) based upon each student’s prior experience at driving schools and other high performance driving history. Students can be moved between run groups during the day if it becomes clear to the instructors that they are not assigned to the most appropriate run group. Remember, our focus is on safety, learning and fun!
Q. Since I am an experienced track driver, may I drive solo on the track, without an instructor?
A. In general, the Rocky Mountain Chapter does not “sign-off” students to drive solo. We feel that having an instructor in the right-hand seat helps ensure safety – even if the student does not need guidance. In special cases, where an A group driver is being considered as a future instructor training candidate, he/she may be permitted by the chief instructor and driving school chair to drive without an instructor. However, even in these cases, an instructor will be observing that student one-on-one from the tower at all times.

General Questions

Q. Can I bring the kids to Driving School?
A. Yes, however, bring someone who will be responsible for their welfare while you are on the track or in class. A parent or guardian must sign a Minor Waiver Form for each minor.
Q. What are the qualifications of the instructors?
A. Our instructors have extensive high performance driving experience and have demonstrated both technical driving skills and a ability to teach. Our instructors have experiences from a variety of driving events including club racing, advanced driving schools, open track days & autocross.