High Performance Driver Schools
High performance drivers’ schools are not racing schools, but rather driving schools with a focus on education and safety that are conducted on a racetrack under close supervision by experienced instructors. As a participant in a drivers school, you will learn how to safely handle and control your vehicle at speeds higher than those normally driven on public roads. The experience will help to prepare you for emergencies you may encounter on the street and allow you to explore your capabilities as a driver and the capabilities of your vehicle.
Our High Performance Driver Schools are run with an emphasis on safety, education, and fun. We want everyone to enjoy the event and to leave with an improved awareness of your driving skills, your car in the same condition as when you arrived, and a lot of track stories to share with your friends and family.
Participants at an high performance driver school are organized into ‘run groups’ based on experience and skill level. At no time will you be pushed beyond your comfort level or encouraged to drive at a pace any faster than is comfortable for you. Novice participants and those not ‘signed off’ to drive on their own will be required to drive with an instructor on-board.
If you are new to high performance driver schools hosted by the DelVal Chapter, we have developed a student handbook especially designed for novice students. We urge you to read this material to familiarize yourself with the program, safety issues and concerns, and to obtain a better understanding of our events for your benefit and for the benefit of your fellow participants.
Please download our WAIVER & RELEASE form, EMERGENCY MEDICAL INFORMATION form, and the PRE-EVENT TECHNICAL INSPECTION form. Print and complete the forms and bring them with you on the day of the event.
In addition to the above there are several track bulletin documents that have been generated to provide you with valuable information about the operation of our events. All students are responsible to be familiar with this information.
REGISTRATION – Participation in a high performance driver school hosted by the DelVal Chapter is limited to current BMW CCA members. In addition, everyone must read, understand, and accept the Waiver and Release form prior to registering to participate in a DelVal chapter high performance driver school. There is a also Pre-Event Technical Inspection form that must be completed for the vehicle that you intend to participate with at the high performance driver school. We recommend that you have your vehicle inspected by a qualified mechanic no more than 30 days prior to the date of the event. You must present your completed Pre-Event Technical Inspection form to the tech inspector prior to event registration at the track. (Do not mail the Pre-Event Technical Inspection form to the Registrar!)
Registration for high performance driver schools hosted by the DelVal chapter is conducted online through MotorsportReg. We also use the information in MotorsportReg to communicate electronically with students, so we ask that you log in to verify/update your vital information. It is critical that we have a current valid email address for you. Please remember to update your information in the future should there be any changes.
Your event registration is not complete until you pay. Payment may be remitted by Visa, MasterCard, ACH via MotorsportReg or mailed to the Registrar after you complete the online registration process.
WAIT LIST – Student applications are accepted on a first come, first serve basis, provided all eligibility requirements have been met. There are a limited number of student spaces available for our events. This number may vary from one venue to another. In addition, students are divided by ‘run group’ (Novice, Intermediate & Advanced) based upon experience and skill level. If we receive event applications after a ‘run group’ is full, we will create a wait list. Participants that are posted to the wait list will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis if a vacancy in the appropriate ‘run group’ is created due to a cancellation by another participant. The Registrar will inform you of your status (confirmed or wait listed) approximately one month before the event.
CANCELLATIONS – Cancellations will be accepted up until approximately two weeks prior to the date of an event (check the specific cancellation dates in connection with each event). Any cancellation received on or prior to the respective cancellation date will be charged a $50.00 handling fee. Any cancellation following the cancellation date will not be accepted and the entire entry fee will be forfeited. All cancellations must be communicated to the Registrar.
For any other questions regarding registration for a high performance driver school event, please contact Registrar Lisa Mellott (firstname.lastname@example.org).
INSURANCE – If you are concerned about unexpected damage to your car, be aware that most automobile policies offer no coverage or limited coverage for damage at a high performance driver school. However, insurance coverage for high performance driver schools is available through Lockton Insurance at a very reasonable price and they offer a discount to BMW CCA members.
Please be aware of the following:
- This is a high performance drivers’ education school and is not practice for any racing or speed contest. All participants are required to attend the required classroom sessions to learn vehicle dynamics and driving techniques. These sessions will continue throughout the day to help you understand the fine art of high speed driving. Failure to attend the classroom sessions as required will result in loss of driving privileges.
- Participation in Delaware Valley Chapter Driver Schools is limited to BMW CCA members. Proof of current BMW CCA membership is required and verified during the registration process at the track. Join BMW CCA online or call the BMW CCA National Membership toll free number at 1-800-878-9292.
- Participants must be at least 18 years old and hold a valid driver’s license. This will be verified during the registration process at the track.
- You must wear long pants, long sleeve shirts (cotton or natural fibers are recommended), and a pair of well-fitting shoes that lace-up so they are secure on your feet and that do not have thick or large soles (which allows for better control and “feel” for your pedals).
- We require that you wear a properly fitting helmet with a SNELL 2010 (or newer) SA rating. Per New Jersey state regulations, your helmet must be a full-face helmet.
- We recommend that you have your vehicle inspected by a qualified mechanic no more than 30 days prior to the date of the event. You must present your completed Pre-Event Technical Inspection form to the Chief Technical Inspector prior to event registration at the track. (Do not mail the Pre-Event Technical Inspection form to the Registrar.)
- We require equal restraints for drivers and passengers (minimum 3-point restraints).
- All cars must be muffled.
- If your car has after-market window tinting on the rear and side glass, you must be able to see through the vehicle while standing 20 feet away.
- SUVs are not eligible to participate in high performance driver school events.
- Open top vehicles are not eligible to participate in high performance driver school events. We permit only Spec Miatas or similar vehicles equipped with a full SCCA approved roll cage and a bolted-on hardtop.
If you have any questions about your vehicle or the technical inspection process, contact Technical Chair David Somma, Jr. (email@example.com) for details.