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.
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. 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 are defined as cars with retractable tops, whether soft-top or folding hardtop. Convertibles are not allowed to participate in sessions driven at speed without a roll-bar and a 5 or more point harness. Arm restraints are strongly recommended. Cars equipped with only factory pop-up posts are not allowed. At the discretion of the Chapter, cars with factory-installed, fixed rollover protection or removable roof sections may be allowed, but only if this protection establishes a Helmet Reference Plane from the top of the roll bar to the base of the windshield AND this plane is a minimum of two (2) inches above the driver’s and passenger’s helmet.
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 a week 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.
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.

Q. If I am on the wait list for Driving School, how will I know if/when I am in the school?
A. The registrar will contact you via email or phone.

Scheduling Questions

Q. What time should I arrive at Driving School?
A. 6:30 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 are acceptable. SFI 31.1 and FIA 8860 certifications are also acceptable.

There are no helmets for rental at this driving school.

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?
• Helmet
• Full tank of gas
• Plenty of water
• Snacks
• Sunscreen
• Hat
• Clothing appropriate for rain and wind
• 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. 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 to 20 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.
Q. Since I am an experienced track driver, may I drive solo on the track, without an instructor?
A. Experienced drivers may drive solo in A-group with the approval of the Chief Instructor.

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 come from a variety of driving disciplines including club racing, advanced driving schools, time trials, and autocross.