About this event
Porsche Club of America – San Diego Region welcomes you!
Join us as we head to Southern California's newest track for the first of two great weekends in 2016: Chuckwalla Valley Raceway, Saturday & Sunday, January 23 & 24, running counterclockwise (we'll be back in October, likely running clockwise). January is high season in the low desert, and Chuckwalla is our most popular track, so 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 2015 events, be sure to register now for the Driver Awards Party!
This event at Chuckwalla features both a Driver's Ed (DE) and a Time Trial (TT), with separate run groups for each event 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 much 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 though in-car timers are currently permitted except for novices). For more information on SDR's unique TT format, please see the description on the Club website at http://www.pcasdr.org/competition/get-started-time-trial. Due to very high expected demand, you should sign up when registration first opens to avoid the uncertainty of being Waitlisted. If you are interested in participating, thoroughly read this information page and the next, follow all instructions, then carefully fill out the registration form on the third page. Your card will not be charged now (though the number will be collected) and your status (Confirmed, Waitlisted, On Hold, etc.) will be determined within two weeks of your sign up date. Check the entry list periodically to determine your status. 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. Note: All drivers registering now will be Waitlisted initially, pending review of their entry details. Please see below regarding the requirement to have a Transponder at all times in order to participate in the TT.
Only two day registration is available for this event, though you may choose to drive on only one of the two days if you wish (DE participants must attend the Friday evening classroom session in Indio and 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 $270 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, and when you factor in the quality aspect, you won't likely find a better deal elsewhere. 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. In fact, in 2013 we LOWERED PRICES for early registration (defined as at least 2 weeks prior to the event), providing drivers that register in a timely fashion with the same prices they paid back in 2007. Even with continuing increases from some of the tracks SDR is holding tight on prices for 2016, and yet 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 3 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 you automatically receive priority when registering for events (processed first for new events, and moved to the top of the Waitlist for any event you sign up for that is full). You'll also receive an exclusive free gift just for signing up. The PCASDR X-Fit Pack has room for all your driving gear, including a shoe compartment, armored pocket for glasses, beverage pocket, padded tablet sleeve, cinch straps for towels, and bears the SDR logo. For more details on how you can use this great pack, watch this video. 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 2016 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 $125 over the course of the season! Note: the design above is for illustrative purposes only and may be different than the actual production item. You must sign up for the Season Pass by January 3 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 are specifically excluded from coverage. This insurance is strictly optional. For more info click here.
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. Look for the appropriate check box on the registration page and click it to expand that section of the form in order to fill in your preferences. Be sure to read the instructions when filling out the form in order to create a valid entry. For more info on our online system, click the thumbnail to the immediate right.
Event Hotel: Best Western Date Tree Hotel, 81909 Indio Boulevard, Indio, CA 92201, (760) 347-3421. The rate should be around $80/night. 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. It is suggested that you call any hotel soon and directly, rather than using any travelnow.com links to the right in order to get the best rate.
Camping at the Track: You may camp at the track. Please phone Chuckwalla Valley Raceway to make arrangements. There may be fees payable to the track in order to camp.
Late Registration: You must register with credit card on file by 11:59 pm January 8 to receive the discounted online rate; after that a $50 late fee applies through January 17. Online registration closes at 11:59 pm January 17, 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, or Discover only. 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, 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 2016 car class. Even if you have previously classified your car in 2015, the rules have changed for 2016, and thus you should 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 the Finished button in order to determine your proper 2016 class. You will need this info in order to register on the next page.
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 and Instructor availability 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 Transponder on their car during practice, regardless.
All novice drivers will be required to have an Instructor. Novice DE drivers will have a required educational component as part of their schedule that commences on Friday evening. If you are a novice DE driver with no prior performance driving experience you must be at the event hotel in Indio by 6:00 pm Friday January 22. Based upon past sign-ups, It is unlikely that there will be more than 1 DE group at this event so the ability to car share among 2 DE participants is highly unlikely (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 helmet is required. Please contact the Registrar at least 2 weeks prior to the event for information on helmet rental if needed. Experienced drivers new to SDR 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 2016 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 2015 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 2016. 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. 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 files 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 can be found at: http://www.pcasdr.org/misc/ax/AXRegForm.pdf. The tech form must have a date in the lower right corner of at least May '15. 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 (see above paragraph). 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 2016 which can be found here: http://www.zone8.org/assets/docs/2016/2016Z8Rules.pdf.
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 Sunday 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 Transponder, be sure you've entered the number in the vehicle profile for the car you will be using for this event (click the My Account tab, then click edit next to the vehicle with which you will use the Transponder, enter the Transponder Number in the appropriate box, then click Save Vehicle at the bottom of the page) If you don't have a Transponder, they are available for rent and you must have a Transponder at all times 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. 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 the time the green flag drops. 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. If other non-cancelled drivers put the Club in the black for that event, you will not be charged for cancelling.