About this event
Porsche Club of America – San Diego Region welcomes you!
Join us at what has become PCA San Diego's home track for the first of three great weekends in 2020: Chuckwalla Valley Raceway, Saturday & Sunday, January 25 & 26, running clockwise and our first Double Points event of the year. Winter in the low desert is the high season and usually provides nearly perfect driving weather. Be sure to carefully read everything on both this page and the next before signing-up so that you aren't shut out!
By the way, if you participated in our 2019 events, be sure to register now for the Driver Awards Party.
IMPORTANT REGISTRATION NOTE REGARDING TIME STAMPS - Time stamps are created when you press start, not when you finish. Please make sure that you take your time and register correctly. Incorrect registrations will be given a new time stamp when they are finally corrected.
This Chuckwalla event features both a Driver's Ed (DE) and a Time Trial (TT), with separate run groups for each format and differing entrant requirements (DE events have no driving prerequisites; see Prior Experience section on the following page). Time Trials, which have driving prerequisites, work like a Driver's Ed event during practice, but feature Transponder timing during all sessions with times posted online and optionally sent to your mobile phone immediately thereafter, as well as available in the Club's permanent record database at the conclusion of the event (no timing for DE run groups and in-car timers are prohibited for novices). Run groups are allocated based upon supply and demand. All spots are allocated first come, first served (subject to Season Pass priority). If you sign-up and a spot does not become available for you, you will not be charged. Thus, if you are interested in participating, especially as a novice DE or experienced TT Student, indicate
your interest by signing-up ASAP.
Important information for signing-up (read and heed this carefully before registration opens if you really want to attend):
- Due to very high expected demand, completing the online registration process DOES NOT mean you are Confirmed to attend the event
- Sign-up correctly when registration first opens to maximize your chances of being Confirmed
- To sign-up correctly, thoroughly read this information page and the next, follow all instructions (many of which need to be completed before registration opens), then carefully fill out the registration form on the third page once it becomes available
- If you do not perform the steps that are required to be completed before you go on to register you will likely either not be able to complete registration before a sellout occurs or you will have an incomplete registration which will cause a loss of your registration priority based upon time of sign-up
- Your card will not be charged when you sign-up (though the number will be collected)
- You must monitor your e-mail regularly and be prepared to respond within 24 hours (8 hours the week of the event) to any inquiries you may receive or you will lose your priority
- Plan to check your Dashboard on MotorsportReg about 2 weeks after registration opens to view your status
- If you are Waitlisted, we do expect movement in the Waitlist as Confirmed participant cancellations occur
Only two day registration is available for this event, though you may attend only one of the two days if you wish (DE participants must attend the Saturday morning classroom session at the track and thus, if only choosing to drive one of the two days, must drive on Saturday). The base price for this event (assumes early registration, no need to rent anything, etc.) is $290 for the weekend. Track time per entrant is expected to be approximately 3 hours, and traffic is anticipated to be low so everyone should be able to get tons of flying laps. Our $/hour ratio is among the lowest of any group, making it a great deal, especially when you factor in the quality aspect. See the Payment section below for more info.
To register we require that you join the PCA - San Diego group here on MotorsportReg.com (note: this just means adding PCA - San Diego to your list of Clubs on MotorsportReg; it does not make you a member of PCA). Regardless of which region of PCA you belong to or if you don't belong to PCA at all, you must join the SDR group on this web site (again, doing so will not make you a member of PCA). This will be done as a step in the registration process. Non-Porsches that meet our rules are welcome!!!
Season Pass: For those TT drivers who plan to run with us all season long – see our complete schedule here – we again offer the Season Pass at no up-front cost! Track rental rates have been rising each year and yet we have not had a significant price increase in several years. Even with continuing increases from most of the tracks SDR is only increasing costs by $20 for the weekend, but with a Season Pass you can get an even better deal and an awesome free gift!
Sign-up for the Season Pass with this event, then simply pay for and attend all days of all of our TT events this year (TT'ers may skip up to 4 event-days, and registration in the Club Race portion of a joint SDR TT/CR event qualifies as attendance) while receiving $25 off the then-current online price of each multi-day event ($10 per single-day event, if offered; note that it is your responsibility after signing-up to claim the Season Pass discount at each event – it isn't automatic). And Pass holders with a Zone 8 Solo Permit are guaranteed a spot regardless of when they sign up (so no need to wake up early on the Saturday morning that a registration opens!). Student Pass holders automatically receive priority when registering for events (processed first for new events, and moved to the top of the Waitlist for any event they sign-up for that is full at the time). All Pass holders also receive an exclusive free gift just for signing-up. Combined with early registration prices for events, with a Season Pass you'll be paying what we charged way back in 2003 for SDR events! You will not be charged anything up-front and will be entitled to the above discount at each SDR-managed TT track event in 2020 including the California Festival of Speed. If you miss more event-days than permitted, you will be back-billed for the cumulative discounts you received plus $100 to cover the cost of the gift you received. Complete details will be sent to you after you sign-up and you may opt out at that time with no cost or obligation. It's simple, costs you nothing, gets you an exclusive free gift, and potentially saves you $175 over the course of the season! You must sign-up for the Season Pass by January 1 in order to guarantee your gift availability.
Physical Damage Insurance: Insurance for your car is available for this event via Lockton Affinity, LLC, PCA's exclusively endorsed insurance provider. Note that liability coverage is not included and Time Trial Timed Runs now appear to be insurable for an additional charge. This insurance is strictly optional. Be sure to read all the fine print. For more info click https://locktonmotorsports.com/events and search for Chuckwalla January 25-26.
Lap Times and Event Info on your Mobile Phone: You may sign-up for our mobile phone timing and notification system as part of your registration for this event. For a Standard subscription (lap times for your car, notifications of postings for your run group, and important announcements), simply check the box that says you do not want a Custom subscription. Even if you do not wish to take advantage of this service, you MUST have your mobile phone number on file with MotorsportReg in the Mobile/Cell field of your profile or your registration will not be processed. Having your mobile number in any other field while leaving the Mobile/Cell field blank amounts to not having your mobile number in the system. Again, your registration is not valid until this has been completed and others registering after you will be prioritized ahead of you. To check or input this, sign in, then click the “My Account” tab, then click “My Profiles”, click on your name, then click “Edit My Information”. Enter your mobile phone number into the field titled “Mobile/Cell” – even if you already have it in other fields – then click “Save My Information”.
Event Hotel: Best Western Date Tree Hotel, 81909 Indio Boulevard, Indio, CA 92201, (760) 347-3421. The rate is normally around $80/night, but due to other events in the area it may be significantly higher or even sold out. Ask for the Chuckwalla Race Track rate or the best available, in case they have a better offer at the time you call. If the Best Western is not available, check out Rodeway Inn & Suites, 82275 Indio Boulevard, Indio, CA 92201, (760) 775-2229. Alternatively, check out Blythe, about the same distance from the track as Indio, but in the opposite direction (east of the track). Or see the next section regarding renting a cabin at the track. It is suggested that you call any hotel soon and directly, rather than using any travelnow.com or other links that may appear to the right, in order to get the best rate.
Camping at the Track: You may camp at the track Friday and Saturday nights. Please phone Chuckwalla Valley Raceway to make arrangements. There may be fees payable to the track in order to camp. The track has cabins available for on-site lodging. Click here for more info.
RV rentals: If interested in an RV rental, try Class A Motorhome Rentals, El Monte RV, or Go RVing.
Late Registration: You must register with credit card on file by 11:59 pm January 10th to receive the discounted online rate; after that a $50 late fee applies through January 17th. Online registration closes at 11:59 pm January 17th, after which even higher on-site registration fees apply (though space is unlikely to be available at that time).
Payment: You MUST use a credit card to pay if registering online, VISA, MasterCard, Discover preferred, though we do accept AMEX. For complete event pricing details proceed with registration steps. You will have a chance to confirm (or abort) after you make your selections. Card billed AFTER the event.
Cancellation Fee: There are potential fees associated with cancelling after various dates. Please see the full cancellation policy at the bottom of the next page.
If you have a question about this event that is not answered on this page or the one that follows, please contact the Registrar at: preregAway@pcasdr.org.
NOTE: If you have a Porsche, before continuing on to register you MUST first enter your car on the Zone 8 car classification website to determine your 2020 car class. Even if you have previously classified your car in 2019, the rules have changed for 2020, and thus you must go to the above website, edit your car, re-examine all questions and answers, and click all the way through until you see and click on Finished to determine your proper 2020 class. Special note for those running in SS classes: You must now attest to your SS classification on the Zone 8 car classification website. You will need this info in order to register on the next page. More information on how to do this is below.
Prior Experience: DE participants need no prior experience (minimum age of 18 years, valid state driver's license, and good mental and physical health required)! Time Trial participants without a Zone 8 Solo Permit (or approved equivalent) must have completed at least 8 Autocross and/or DE and/or Driving School days or equivalent over the past 24 months. DE participants will have separate run groups from Time Trial participants. Based upon past sign-ups we are likely to have only 1 DE group made up exclusively of novices. If you are not a novice and you meet the event-day requirement above but would otherwise be seeking to participate in an intermediate/advanced DE-type of event, sign-up for the Time Trial instead. Competitive Timed Runs are optional within the Time Trial, though all Time Trialers must have an AMB/MYLAPS Transponder on their car during practice regardless.
All DE novice drivers and TT drivers without a recognized credential are considered to be Students and will be required to have an Instructor. Novice DE drivers will have a required educational component as part of their schedule that commences on Saturday morning. If you are a novice DE driver with no prior performance driving experience you must be at the TRACK by 7:00 am Saturday morning January 25 so that you are fully registered and teched prior to the drivers' meeting and mandatory classroom session. Since it is unlikely that there will be more than 1 DE group at this event, car sharing among 2 DE participants is not feasible (though if one participant qualifies to Time Trial, sharing is not an issue so long as there is enough demand for a DE group). Also please note that there are clothing requirements and an approved Snell 2010 or later M or SA helmet is required. Please contact the Registrar at least 2 weeks prior to the event for information on helmet rental if needed (be sure to specify the size you require). Experienced drivers new to SDR track events may also be required to have an Instructor until their competency has been demonstrated.
TT'ers with qualifying credentials: no charge for Solo Permits!!! DE and TT Students without Zone 8 Student Log Books: please check the appropriate box to order one when you register.
You must classify your car using the 2020 Zone 8 Rules before you go on to register for this event. If you plan to drive a Porsche in the event that was originally produced for the street, you must classify using the following website (even if you wish to run that Porsche in non-competitive X class): http://zone8.pca.org/CarClass/Default.aspx. If you had previously determined and entered your class in 2019 or earlier and have made no changes to your car you must still revisit the above website and click through the edit process in order for the site to recalculate properly for 2020. Note the resulting point totals and class and enter them when you register. Non-Porsches (which must run in X class), or Porsches not originally produced for street use, must use the following spreadsheet to determine Performance Equipment Points: http://www.zone8.org/assets/docs/DE_TTSafetyEquipCalculator.xlsx. Some exotic and special cars that were initially intended for street use may still be on the X-Car class list. Cars not listed in the zone-8 classification model list are automatically considered X-Cars; a 2004 Carrera GT is one example. Note the Performance Equipment point total and enter it when you register. You must use the appropriate version of the above for your car BEFORE you click Continue below and begin to register as you are required to input the resulting information as part of the registration process. If you register without doing the above your registration will not be considered complete and you will be placed On Hold. If you do not complete the above until after a price increase has occurred you will be required to pay the higher price. Additionally, we reserve the right to accept others whose registrations are complete while you are On Hold, which could land you on the Waitlist once your hold is resolved. Bottom line: follow the above instructions in the proper order to maximize your chances of participating!
Pre-tech is Strongly Encouraged! Please try to take your car in for service and have it thoroughly inspected prior to this event. With two full days of our high track time event in the low desert, you will want to be safe and have your car make it through the weekend. Plus you'll want to be certain that, before you leave for the track, you and your car have any required safety equipment (Stock and Street Stock coupes generally need no additional safety equipment, but see the Rules link below to be sure that you qualify). All entrants pre-teching must present a current Tech Inspection Form with name, address, phone, car, class, etc. to a qualified tech inspection shop. The form for X-Cars can be found at: https://www.zone8.org/assets/docs/SampleTechFormZ8.pdf . The tech form must have a date in the lower right corner of at least Dec 19, 2019. Do not use any older form as only the most recent form will be accepted and if you bring the wrong form you will need to re-tech at the track. Better yet, use our automated tech form printer, available after you classify your car on the Zone 8 classification site http://zone8.pca.org/CarClass/Default.aspx. Cars inspected by shops not personally known to the Registrar are subject to random on-site re-inspection. If you do not properly pre-tech you will be required to pass an on-site tech inspection at the track.
This is a Zone 8 event and it will run under PCA Zone 8 Driving Rules for 2020 which can be found here: Zone 8 rules
If there are any changes to your registration data after the online registration deadline, you need to notify the Registrar by the day of the event BEFORE the first run session. If you know you will have a change after you sign-up, it is greatly appreciated if the information can be provided to the Registrar by the Saturday prior to the event. Doing this will save you time at the track.
All entrants and guests shall be required to sign the PCA waiver upon registering at the track. This is in addition to any waiver that the track itself may require you to sign. You are responsible for your guests and may be asked to leave the event if your guests are found to have not signed the PCA waiver.
The track may charge its own separate nominal entrance fee. This fee does not go to PCA and is beyond our control.
Transponders: If you have an AMB/MYLAPS Transponder, be sure you've entered the number under "My Account." (Hint: you do this where you edit your vehicle information.) If you don't have a Transponder, they are available for rent and you must have a qualifying Transponder to drive in the Time Trial. Alternatively you may borrow one from someone who is NOT participating in the event, or purchase your own. If you utilize one of these alternatives you must provide the serial number by one week prior to the event. Usage of only a single Transponder is preferred for those sharing a car. Transponder not required for DE registrants.
Cancellation Policy: In the event of a driver’s cancellation within 2 weeks of an event, the Club reserves the right to retain a percentage of the driver’s base registration fee if the Club, in its sole discretion, determines that weather forecasts from any source may have had an adverse impact on registered driver cancellations (regardless of the stated reason for any cancellation). In such cases, the Club will retain only that percentage of the driver’s base registration fee necessary so that the Club at most breaks even for that event. Translation: If there’s no rain or extreme heat in the forecast at any time during the 2 weeks prior to an event, you may cancel in writing at any time for any reason up to 1 week prior to the event. If you cancel within one week of the start of the event there will be a $25 cancellation fee. If you fail to cancel prior to the event in writing (through MotorsportReg or via email to the event chair or registrar) and do not show up, there will be a $50 fee.. If there is rain or extreme heat in the forecast and you cancel during this time, the Club may keep some of your base registration fee, but only enough so that the Club does not lose money on the event.