Sat, Sep 20 - Mon, Sep 22, 2014

Fall 2014 Drivers Ed At VIR

Virginia International Raceway

About this event



Please join us for our Fall 2014 Drivers Education (DE) at VIR in Alton, VA.  We will be running the South Course on Saturday and Sunday (20/21 Sept), and the Full Course on Monday (22 Sept), with the option to register for Monday only.  This event is open to any driver 18 and over with a valid US-issued driver's license and with any make/model of car.  Please bring your license with you to registration.

An instructor will be assigned to Green and Blue Group drivers and there will be daily classroom sessions for these groups.  If you are signing up as an Intermediate Solo (White) or Advanced driver (Black/Red), you will be asked for references if you have not run with FSR before. 


Registration Fees

Students/Solo Drivers: Sat/Sun/Mon - $425, Monday Only - $225
Instructors: Sat/Sun/Mon:  $175, Monday Only:  $125, Instructors with 2 Students:  Complimentary ($0.00)


Are you new to DE and on the tire wall about whether Driver’s Education is for you?  FSR offers a great opportunity for those wanting to get a taste of DE without signing up for the entire event.  For a $50 fee, we’ll get you out on the track in your car with an instructor for a single session after lunch on Saturday.  Standard DE safety requirements apply, so you’ll need a Snell SA rated helmet.  FSR now has a limited number of loaner helmets, so if you need a loaner, please email the registrar to ensure we have your size and reserve it for you before you register.

The event info pack and schedule are posted on the FSR website DE  documents page, which has specific details about the event, as well as all the forms you will need.  These are the same forms posted on the site, but included in one pdf document for your convenience.

The Sleep Inn Danville has offered us a group rate.  Should you decide to stay there, tell them you’re attending the PCA - First Settlers event to get the special rate.  There's a list of other Danville Hotels in the information pack, link on the next page.

Event requirements

  • This event is open all drivers 18 and over with a valid US-issued driver's license. There is no restriction on car make/model (no trucks, please).  Cars must pass technical inspections (see links below) to show they are safe for track use.  Drivers must wear an approved helmet and proper clothing (see links below).  All the following information, in more detail, is available via links in the DE section of the FSR Website and will also be in the information package that will be posted at the same link shortly before registration opens.  Wristbands will be issued at registration.
  • This event will run rain or shine.
  • This is NOT a racing event or racing school.  Our events focus on learning proper high performance driving techniques that will translate well into both street and track use.  Our goal is to provide a safe environment where all participants have fun and return home with their vehicle in the same condition as when they arrived, but having learned something new and made a few new friends.  We pride ourselves on our low-key, low stress events that will make you want to join us again.
  • All helmets must be Snell SA2005 or later specification.   We do not accept M rated helmets of any year.  We have a few loaner helmets available for DE Intro drivers only.
  • When registering, please select your experience based on the following as a guide.  We request that you keep your MotorsportReg experience profile up to date, particularly which run group you ran with in your most recent events, to assist us in making accurate run group assignments.
    • Green: Novice and Beginner (0-5 events)
    • Blue: Novice/Intermediate (5-10 events)
    • White: Upper intermediate and advanced (10-40 events with solo exp)
    • Black: Upper advanced/instructor overflow (40+ events)
    • Red: Instructors
  • Your preferred car number will be requested in the car info section of the registration form.  If there are repeat numbers within a run group, we'll give priority based on registration date and assign alternate numbers as appropriate.  Number assignments can be a particularly painful evolution, so please ensure your selection and alternate choices are correct.  Popular numbers are those that are easy to create using tape, so 1, 7, 0 and any combination of these are be popular and will guarantee conflicts, so pick something more unusual if you want to get it every time.  
  • All cars must have numbers at least 8 inches high on each side of the car in a bright, easy to read contrasting color.  Shoe polish on windows, although a less preferred method, is permitted, but the color must be bright and visible.  Blue painters tape is acceptable, but must be visible (light green painters tape is also available for darker cars).  Participants must provide their own numbers.
  • All participants (instructors included) must have a tech inspection completed prior to the event and bring their completed tech form with them to the track.  The inspection must be performed by a qualified mechanic (i.e. a professional) or club tech inspector and the form filled out, signed and stamped by the mechanic/inspector (if they have a stamp). The form will be turned in at track tech.  The tech form and specifics about how tech is conducted at the track for each run group is in the event info pack, available with all other docs and forms at the FSR website link below.
  • Convertibles must have a roll bar or hoop extenders and pass the "broomstick" test.  For late model Porsche 911s (i.e. 996/997), a factory hardtop obviates the need for a traditional roll bar. 
  • All participants, staff, and guests must sign the event insurance waiver at track registration.  Everyone will also be required to sign VIR’s waiver at the main entrance when they arrive. 
  • Camping can be arranged through VIR.  Please contact them directly for info.
  • Please bring your own copies of the required forms - which are listed in the event info pack.
  • Email updates will be provided to all registered participants when final run group and car numbers are assigned or new documents are posted online, i.e. the event schedule and instructor assignments.  If you have an issue with your group assignment, please contact the Registrar immediately after receiving your assignment.
  • The Event Information Pack, a pdf document which includes event specifics and all required forms, can be found in the Documents section of the FSR website, a track map and DE Student Tips.  Other event documents, such as the schedule and instructor/student assignments, will also be posted there as they are published.  Once you register for the event, you will receive "heads up" emails as these new documents are posted.  

Instructors:  If you've instructed with FSR since 2008, you should have the “Instructor Entry” option available to register on the online registration form.  If this option is not available and you have instructed with us in the past, please email the registrar BEFORE YOU REGISTER so that we can add you to our instructor list.  Once you hit the "pay" button, we can only offer you future credit (full amount) or you'll have to wait for a refund by credit card or check for the difference between the entry fees (minus 10% processing fee).  If you have never instructed with FSR, please provide your credentials/references via email to the Registrar or Chief Track Instructor BEFORE YOU REGISTER.  We will then add you to our list and the instructor option will become available to you online.  In either case, you must have FSR on your list of clubs in your profile for the registrar to add you as an instructor.  If you have any questions or are not sure how to proceed, please email the registrar and we'll steer you in the right direction.  Thanks for your cooperation.

Cancellation/Refund Policy:  Credit Cards are charzged 6 weeks prior to registration closing date.  Any cancellations up to that point will not incur a charge.


For cancellations after credit cards are charged,  please contact the DE Registrar (   No refunds will be issued after credit cards are charged.  A CREDIT will be issued, allowing you to use the credit to register for a future DE (up to one year).


Cancellation requests must be made in writing through the cancellation button, which is located on the EVENT DASHBOARD page, accessible via MY REGISTRATIONS in your account.  No-shows will not receive a credit/refund.  

Entries (168)

Jeffrey Curtis
Ellen Kuder
Dan DeHart
Ken Van de Water
Odie Cantley
Michael Clark
Alex Berghorst
Steven Abravanel

Virginia International Raceway

Alton, VA
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