About this event
Porsche Club of America – San Diego Region welcomes you!
Join us as we wrap up the exciting 2018 season at, what is for many, Southern California's favorite track: Buttonwillow Raceway Park, Saturday & Sunday, November 10 & 11. This event will consist of three Time Trial run groups and one PCA Club Race group (PCA Club Race registration is available separately at http://register.pca.org). 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. In addition, on Sunday afternoon, optional Timed Runs are available, giving you clean laps in which to record an official time for the event. Club Racers may optionally participate in Time Trial Timed Runs as well by signing up at the above site when registering for the race.
We plan to run configuration #1 clockwise the entire weekend (subject to change depending on conditions).
Students requiring instruction may be Waitlisted until an additional Instructor becomes available. However, if you are a Student that would like to attend, you should register ASAP to secure your place on the Waitlist as spots are allocated first come, first served.
The base price for this event (assumes early registration, no need to rent anything, proper credentials, etc.) is $270 for the weekend and includes a free commemorative shirt. Expected track time per entrant exceeds 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, especially when you factor in the quality aspect. You may sign up for one or both days, though two day registrations take priority over one day registrations. 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!!!
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 here and search for Buttonwillow November 10-11.
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. 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. 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 in the Dashboard, then click “Edit profile”, 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: The TT event hotel for our Buttonwillow weekend is the fabulous Motel 6 Buttonwillow Central at 20645 Tracy Ave, Buttonwillow, CA 93206 (note for those who haven't been to Buttonwillow in a while: this is our usual hotel, briefly known as the Red Roof Inn previously, the Willow Inn & Suites before that, and possibly the Four Seasons Buttonwillow before that). $49.09 max, and you must mention the Porsche Club room block when you phone. Rate and room block expire October 26 or when sold out, whichever comes first. Reservations may be made by calling (661) 764-5121. If the hotel is full there are several other lodging establishments at the Buttonwillow exit. Check Google Maps for locations. There is a second Motel 6 in town, at 20638 Tracy Ave, (661) 764-5153 (but the hotel may be a bit less fabulous). Or, if you prefer potentially more luxurious accommodations you may wish to consider the Club Race event hotel, which is the Best Western Plus Wasco Inn & Suites, 1704 Highway 46, Wasco, CA 93280, (661) 758-1111. $107.99 max, and you must mention the PCA San Diego room block when you phone). Alternatively, there is the Best Western Heritage Inn, 253 Trask St, Bakersfield, CA 93314, (661) 764-6268. The Inn is 5 miles south of the TT event hotel and we do not have a room block, but we have it on good authority that it is a star or two better in quality than the TT event hotel.
Camping at the Track: Camping at the track is available. The track has electrical and water hook-ups only. There are two potential costs, $30 per person payable to PCASDR to cover 24 hour security/in-out regardless of where you camp at the track Friday and/or Saturday nights, and potentially a second charge payable to the track if an RV pad is rented. You MUST call the track on your own to reserve an RV pad. The track will then charge you separately in addition to the amount PCA charges.
Garages at the Track: The track has a limited number of garages for rent. Please phone the track to make arrangements.
Friday arrival at the Track: You will not have access to the paddock until after 6:00 pm on Friday due to a large non-PCA group using the facility. Please plan accordingly.
Late Registration: You must register with credit card on file by 11:59 pm October 26 to receive the discounted online rate; after that a $50 late fee applies through November 2. Online registration closes at 11:59 pm November 2, after which even higher on-site registration fees apply, if available.
Payment: You MUST use a credit card to pay if registering online, VISA, MasterCard, Discover and now 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.
Transponder Damage/Loss Fee: If you have rented a transponder and damage it or do not return it to the registrar by 2 days after the event you will be charged $750.
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 2018 car class. Even if you have previously classified your car in 2017, the rules changed for 2018, 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 Finished to determine your proper 2018 class. You will need this info in order to register on the next page.
Prior Experience: 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 (minimum age of 18 years, valid state driver's license, and good mental and physical health also required). 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 uncredentialed drivers are considered to be Students and will be required to have an Instructor. 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 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!!! 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 2018 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 2017 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 2018 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 central California, 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 December 23, 2017. 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 2018 which can be found here: http://www.zone8.org/assets/docs/2018/Rules/2018Z8Rules.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 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. If you rent a transponder and it is damaged or not returned within 2 days of the close of the event to the Registrar you will be charged $750.
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.