Thunderbolt Driver School & Club Race School
Registration closed May 25, 2014 11:59 PM on May 25, 2014 11:59 PM EDT Registration ends May 25, 2014 11:59 PM on May 25, 2014 11:59 PM EDT Registration opens February 16, 2014 9:00 AM on February 16, 2014 9:00 AM EST Registration runs from February 16, 2014 9:00 AM to May 25, 2014 11:59 PM
This page is for Driver School and Club Race School registration ONLY. If you are a Club Racer, please go here to register and pay.
Please come join us for our gala 40th Anniversary Driver School event at our annual June Club Race/Driver School to benefit the Westlake School to be held at our home track at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, NJ. We will have a celebratory banquet, honored guests and special giveaways. The event will be held on Thunderbolt Raceway, which is a 14 turn, 2.25 mile road course designed by the owners of VIR with help from the legendary Carroll Shelby. Since 2008 a number of professional racing series have held events at Thunderbolt Raceway. This is a perfect spectator event given the proximity of the track to the majority of our members, the excitement of Club Racing and the joy of the kids from the Westlake School who come as our guests. Take a personal day and come out to the track!
Driver School: We anticipate a full school for this event based on our success of past years. However, because we have both the Club Race and Club Racing School, we will only have two student run groups. It is likely that one of the groups will be for Advanced students with the second group being Beginner/ Intermediate. The final determination of how to allocate students between the groups will be made by mid-MAY based upon both registrations and payments received. To accommodate the maximum number of students possible, there may be a greater range of driving skills than usual in each group. If you send a payment and we cannot accommodate you, you will receive a full refund (i.e., a cancellation fee will not be assessed). As always, acceptance preference is based upon the date your payment is received by the registrar. REGISTER EARLY TO SECURE YOUR PLACE IN THE SCHOOL! We will have a Monday evening banquet in keeping with our tradition of a track-side dinner at summer schools.
BimmerWorld BMW CCA Club Racing School: After the success of our Club Racing school last three years, we will again offer the school at this event. The BimmerWorld BMW CCA Club Race School focuses on situations inherent to racing and open track lapping as the majority of the on track sessions will be held with other cars next to, in front of, and behind you at all times. This introduces the students to traffic, passing, and driving lines that they won’t get in the typical high performance driving school. Exercises include driving the entire track for multiple laps both two and three abreast to develop spatial awareness, setting up passes coming into corners at speed and passing while exiting corners which develop off line competency and confidence, as well as practice race starts and open track sessions which combines all aspects of the learned material.
The method of track instruction is unique to the BimmerWorld BMW CCA Club Race School in that instructors do not ride along with the students during the on track sessions. The instructors, who are primarily composed of seasoned racers, observe the students while driving their own cars. This allows the instructor to develop a greater sense of how a student is improving with respect to spatial and situation awareness, different lines, and traffic. The on track sessions are supported by 4+ hours of classroom time per day. While the classroom sessions will support the on track experiences, topics such a car preparation, mental preparation, physical preparation, qualifying, the benefits of practice sessions, car setup, etc. are also presented to the students for discussion. The school is designed as a learning experience and not a speed contest. The emphasis is on driver development, so race prepared cars are not required and neither are driving suits, racing seats or harnesses. The BimmerWorld BMW CCA Club Racing School is open to Advanced Driver School students and Instructors only. CLUB RACING SCHOOL PARTICIPANTS MUST REGISTER FOR THE EVENT ON THE BMW CCA CLUB RACING WEBSITE AND THEN COMPLETE REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT ON MOTORSPORTREG.COM
Graduation from the BimmerWorld BMW CCA Club Racing School does not automatically qualify you for a BMW CCA Club Racing license, but if you meet the experience and other requirements you will be eligible for a rookie license and the opportunity to join the ranks of BMW CCA Club Racing. Please note that acceptance to the club race school is at the discretion of the event chair and Club Race School chief instructor and is not guaranteed.
$405 Registration Fee for the Driver School; $435 Registration Fee for the BimmerWorld BMW CCA Cub Racing School