Sat, May 12, 2018

Chapterfest BMW CCA Highway Safety School

Summit Point Raceway - Jefferson

About this event

Entrant Registration for the Highway Safety School

for the 2018 BMW CCA Chapterfest

Use this site to sign up as an entrant for the HSS event only.

This event is part of the 2018 BMW CCA NCC Chapterfest! at Summit Point Motorsports Park!!

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Details for the HSS event:

Date: Saturday May 12th
Time: 7:30 am - 5:00 PM
Location:  Summit Point Raceway - Jefferson Circuit
Registration Fee:  $225.00
Age Requirement:  All participants must be at least 18 years of age and possess a valid driver's license

Prepare for an exciting weekend of activities.  In addition to the Highway Safety School on the Jefferson Circuit, the National Capital Chapter will be hosting an HPDE event on the Main Track and an Autocross on the Washington Circuit!

This HSS event an introductory performance driving event.  You will have an instructor with you at all times – during the morning exercises and during the afternoon track sessions.  

At a National Capital Chapter HSS, with an instructor in your car. you will be able to explore your car's capabilities, approach your car’s limits under controlled conditions, and practice the skills needed to control your car safely within those limits. 

BMW CCA Membership is NOT Required for the HSS.  In 2018 and moving forward, at time of HSS registration, you are not required to be a BMW CCA club member. Anyone, non-members and members alike, can register for NCC HSS program. Note that this policy applies ONLY to the HSS and not to other programs or events.


As of 2017, Snell 2010 and later helmets are required.  SNELL 2005 rated helmets are no longer authorized for use. A helmet is required for the afternoon sessions at the HSS.
elmets can be rented from OG Racing.  Their contact information:
      Address: 22585 Markey Ct Ste D, Sterling, VA 20166
      Phone: (703) 430-3303

Vehicle Requirements:

  • Trucks, vans, and motorcycles are NOT permitted!
  • SAVs and SUVs are permitted if they meet rollover requirements and with approval of the Chief Instructor.  Please contact us before registration if you are thinking of using an SAV or SUV.
  • Convertibles are permitted without roll bars.  Speeds are limited to 70 MPH (for all vehicle types) to allow this.
  • Race cars are not allowed for this event since this is considered an introductory performance driving event.
  • Street Tires only please: The use of R Compound tires is NOT allowed at this event since it is an introductory performance driving event and the use of R Compound tires will not allow the student to learn the limits of their car in a manner consistent with this type of event.
  • The Chief Instructor has the final determination on the safety of all vehicles prior to admittance on track! If you are uncertain, please contact us prior to registration to confirm.

Solo Criteria:

  • There are NO solo run groups at this HSS event.
  • Do NOT expect to get a solo sign-off at this HSS event.

This HSS event an introductory performance driving event.  You will have an instructor with you at all times – during the morning exercises and during the afternoon track sessions.  Allowing a student to drive solo is not consistent with an introductory event.

VEHICLE INSPECTION REQUIREMENTS - Cars must be inspected BEFORE EVERY HSS and within 60 days of every HSS by a qualified service facility.  A properly completed tech inspection form (supplied) must be presented at the track.  It is your responsibility to insure that your car is safe and road-worthy. If you are bringing a race car, or car not currently inspected for road use, you must present proper race car safety and certification material (i.e., annual race inspection).

Free Tech Inspections:  In preparation for our May 12th HPDE on Summit Point Main, we are offering the following places for participants to get their free tech inspections.

BMW of Sterling
21710 Auto World Circle Sterling, VA 
Dates: Mon, April 23 and Tue, April 24
Time: 5pm - 8pm
Appointments: Not required, just show up
Cost: FREE

Tier Car Care (Official NCC HPDE Tech Sponsor)
307 Church Lane, Pikesville, MD (410) 486-2622 
Dates: Fri, April 27 and Sat, April 28
Appointments: Please schedule in advance
Cost: FREE

You can down load the tech inspection form here ir you would like: Technical Inspection Form.pdf

New for 2018; Summit Point Motorsports Park has a maximum allowable decibel of 103 for HPDE and non race programs (which includes this HSS). At the very least, your HSS registered vehicle must be quiet enough to allow appropriate in car, on-track, communication between instructor and student and must also not interfere with communication between other instructors/students on track. If you're not certain if your car is acceptable, test the decibels or contact us.

Event requirements

About Our Instructors:

Our focus is on skills, not speed, and our overriding concern is with your safety and that of your car.  We select our school instructors very carefully, not simply for their technical knowledge and accomplishments as drivers, but also for their abilities to impart that knowledge to their students in a clear, concise, and professional manner.

Highway Safety School Events:

The primary goal of these schools is to develop and hone your car-control skills. It is not to drive fast, although speed will come with improving skills.  We seek to produce not necessarily the fastest, but the most proficient drivers possible.

No single drivers' school will ever convey all there is to learn about driving. In this sense, our HSS are part of a continuous learning environment.

Each HSS consists of driving exercises on the track and at the skid pad, as well as classroom sessions. An in-car instructor will work with you to help you improve your driving skills.

What does the day look like?

CLASSROOM: Short presentations – Car dynamics, correct seating positions, typical distractions, plus an overview of the day’s activities.  Classroom sessions present the underlying mechanics of your car's behavior and how your inputs as a driver affect it. We present basic driving theory, the physics of car behavior (i.e., the "why it works" of driving) and discussions of the techniques of advanced car control.

THRESHOLD BRAKING: Entrants are taught proper techniques of car control while using maximum braking in a straight line and while the car is in a turn.

SLALOM  : Medium speed serpentine course through safety pylons laid out to highlight car control methods, eye - hand movements, “ocular driving skills” and car control

SKID PAD : A wet, slippery circular course used to educate entrants on loss of traction and demonstrate front and rear skid recovery techniques. Skid pad sessions will allow you to begin to master the skill of controlling your car at the limits of adhesion. You will learn how to control understeer (when your front tires lose adhesion) and oversteer (when your rear tires lose adhesion.)

AFTERNOON LAPS AROUND THE JEFFERSON TRACK: The afternoon sessions will be spent with you driving your car around the Jefferson Circuit, again with your instructor in the car. You are given an introduction to racing lines and racing techniques at a controlled pace. Speeds are limited to 70 MPH.  Instructor assisted passing is allowed.  Cars are staged so they are separated by a large distance. 

Notes about our Admissions Policy:
Due to strong demand, we are sometimes unable to accommodate all the students who apply.  For HSSs where applications exceed our school capacity, we will admit students as registrations are completed (first come, first served).

Sharing of Cars:
Prior approval is required for students intending to share cars and for changes in car type after registration!!  You can share cars but we need to make sure you are registered in two different groups.  

Priority Assignment:
Student registrations that exceed our HSS capacity or instructor load will be waitlisted.

Important Notes:

  • New for 2018; Summit Point Motorsports Park has a maximum allowable decibel of 103 for HPDE and non-race programs (which includes this HSS).
  • All cars must be quiet enough to allow for in-car communication, must have passenger seats and equal restraint systems for both passenger and driver.  
  • Functional, securely attached lap and shoulder belts are required for both front seats.  The front seats must have equal restraint systems in place and operational (e.g., if the driver has a five-point harness, the passenger must have a five-point harness as well.)  
  • Performance-enhancing modifications inhibit learning and are strongly discouraged.
  • R-compound (racing) tires are NOT allowed for any student vehicle.
  • If roll bars or cages are installed, they must be fully padded above the level of the front door window sills (anyplace the driver’s/passenger’s head could come in contact with the roll cage).
  • Cars must be inspected by a qualified service facility before the event.  A properly completed tech inspection form (supplied) must be presented at the track.  It is your responsibility to ensure that your car is safe and roadworthy. Race cars must present a current annual race car inspection.
  • Helmets ---Note these requirements for 2018 --- Must be certified to Snell M- or SA-standards, 2010 or later.  Full-face helmets with SA-2010 or later certifications are strongly recommended.  The Snell Memorial Foundation’s certification will be found on a sticker inside the helmet.  The National Capital Chapter does not supply helmets.
  • Helmets can be rented (or purchased) from OG Racing ( if you do not already own one.  You should make arrangements before arriving at the track.   You only need helmets for the afternoon sessions.


Summit Point Raceway - Jefferson

Summit Point, WV
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Car Control Clinic organized by

BMW CCA - National Capital Chapter - Driving Schools

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