Sat, Jun 24, 2023

CAROC/Lotus Corps Carl Grabowski Drivers Ed. Day

Blackhawk Farms Raceway

About this event

Please join us at Blackhawk Farms Raceway, as CAROC and Lotus Corps are proud to join forces in presenting the Twentieth Annual Carl Grabowski Drivers Education and Lapping Day.

You’ll be able to:

  • Drive your car closer to its limits
  • Learn how to drive fast SAFELY
  • Hone your skills at one of the best tracks in the Midwest
  • Enjoy the company of other sports car nuts

 For whom is this event intended?

This is a day for all levels of driver skill. Depending upon experience, you will be placed in one of three run groups.

Green Group C –       Drivers with little or no track experience, all convertibles without a roll bar. In-car and classroom instruction will be provided.

Yellow Group B –      Moderately experienced drivers who have attended several Driving Schools or other track events.

Red Group A –          Very experienced drivers who have attended many Driving Schools, track events, or with race experience.

What do I need to bring?

Make of car does not matter.  You can come with your daily driver, your sports car, or your race car. As long as the vehicle passes the Tech Inspection, you will be allowed to run.

The minimum safety equipment that is required is:

  • Helmet with a Snell rating of 2010 or later – No DOT motorcycle helmets allowed.
  • Long sleeve shirt made of cotton or fire resistant fabric.
  • Pants made of cotton or fire resistant fabric.
  • You are encouraged to bring any other safety apparel you have!
  • Most importantly, bring a good attitude. This is an Educational Event - not a race, not a time trial, not a competition. You will get plenty of track time.

Event requirements

  • All drivers must be 18 years or older and have a valid driver’s license.
  • All makes and clubs welcome.
  • Lapping is open lapping, running as a group with passing permitted only on designated straightaways with a point-by. Drivers and cars are divided into groups based on experience and speed potential. Cars are started individually to allow spacing. Orange cones (or signs) mark the beginning and end of each passing zone.
  • A classroom driving school will be held for novices, and in-car instruction will be available.
  • For lapping, a current automotive racing helmet with a Snell rating of 2010 or later is needed – No DOT motorcycle helmets allowed. Some loaners may be available if requested in advance. You may be able to rent one at the track, but check in advance.
  • Open cars require a roll bar for lapping (but not for touring)
  • Lots of track time! We'll run all day, one group after another, with breaks for Touring sessions at midday.
  • There is a cafe and lunch is available at the track. There is also a store with snacks and convenience items. Fuel is available, but pricey.
  • A basic safety inspection is conducted on all cars before they are allowed to participate in Lapping, but you are responsible for making sure the car is safe and ready. A list of items to check will be included in the registration packet that will be sent to you. You are responsible for teching your car and will be required to submit the signed off tech form at the tech barn before a run group sticker is issued.
  • Touring is driving on the track, at a brisk pace, but with speed limitations. Roll bars are NOT required in open cars for Touring, as you won't be driving at the limit. Passengers are allowed, so bring your friends and family.

Please be sure to print and fill out the forms below, and bring them to the event.

Tech Sheet

Release and Waiver

A printable schedule and track map are below (schedule subject to change).


Blackhawk Track Map with Passing Zones

We will begin activities on the evening before the event for those staying in the area the night before. Weather permitting, early registration, packet pickup, helmet inspections and tech form drop-off will be conducted between 5:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the official hotel, below. If it is raining please bring your tech form, waiver and helmet into the lobby.

Fairfield Inn
2784 Milwaukee Rd.
Beloit, WI  53511
Use this link to obtain a discounted rate.


Entries (54)

Alfonso de las Cuevas
Evan Polanik
Dennis Neel
Scott Adler
Zain Baig
Joshua Schnabel
Donald Labriola
Victor Dakessian

Blackhawk Farms Raceway

South Beloit, IL
Download track map
Download track map
Watch a video tour/lap
Watch a video tour/lap


HPDE organized by

CAROC / Lotus Corps

Event over!