Sat, Sep 17 - Sun, Sep 18, 2022

Rocky Mountain Thunder Advanced Solo HPDE

High Plains Raceway

About this event



Welcome to RMR's combined Club Race / HPDE. Club race is one of PCA's premier driving events. There are only 29 Club Races held each year. Club Race started in 1992 and it is a point of pride that Rocky Mountain Region of PCA held the first ever Club Race in that year. RMR hosted that first event at Second Creek and did so for years after till Second Creek closed and we moved to High Plains Raceway. RMR would be on record with the Potomac Region for having the longest running event had not Second Creek closed and RMR changing the event to HPR. 

NOTE: The DE event is in conjunction with the National Club Race being held the same weekend.  Only experienced DE drivers are allowed to participate. To qualify for the 2022 Rocky Mountain Thunder DE you need to have:

  • If local to RMR
    • You have driven in at least two RMR/AMR HPDE events in the last two seasons and approved by a CDI to drive solo
    • You have driven in at least one event at High Plains Raceway
  • If an out-of-town DE participant
    • You are an HPDE instructor or an intermediate-advanced driver having driven solo for at least 4 days on at least 2 different tracks
    • You can provide a track driving history and/or reference contacts with your local club's chief driving instructor

We cannot have shared driver cars unless one driver has previously run in the Expanded Passing run groups (Orange or Black).

We will have two DE run groups. The "Black" run group, for instructors and expert level drivers, will utilize PCA's "expanded passing" protocol where passing is allowed most anywhere on track with a point-by.  The "blue" run group, for advanced and intermediate level drivers, will utilize conventional passing only on the longer straights with a point-by.

DE drivers are also invited to participate in the HPR open-lapping day on Friday. Please register directly with High Plains Raceway, info at click open lapping days


This Event will be using Deferred Billing, if you are paying with a credit card it will not be charged until Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022. No refunds will be issued due to a cancellation that is less than 24 hour before the registered event.

Date:   Saturday, September 17th & Sunday, September 18th 2022.

                    Gates open at 4:00 PM on Thursday, September, Sept. 15, 2022  and will remain open until after the event ends on Sunday

                    Registration:3:00PM to 5:00PM Friday, 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM Saturday and Sunday Please register BEFORE  the 8:00 AM drivers' meeting. Registration CLOSES at 8:00 AM!

                    Mandatory all drivers’ meeting at 8:00 AM,(each day).

Location:   High Plains Raceway, 19 miles east of Byers on US-36 (Deer Trail)

Event Registration fees:  


                     Either day:        Each Driver: $220

                     Both days:        Each Driver:  $350 

Please support our event charity, the University of Colorado Burn Center, with your generous donations.

The University of Colorado Hospital Burn Center is the only accredited adult burn center in the Rocky Mountain Region verified by the American Burn Association.  The Burn Center provides high quality patient care from time of injury through rehabilitation. The Burn Center is never on divert for burn injuries, but is always ready to accept patients with burns or soft tissue injuries of all sizes.
Patients have access to a team of burn specialists, including physical and occupational therapy, nutrition, psychology and rehabilitation, along with exposure to the SOAR (Survivors Offering Assistance in Recovery) peer support program and assistance through our Burn Foundation and burn survivor community.

During lunch hour on Saturday and Sunday, there will be charity drives around High Plains Raceway.  Any car may drive laps around the track at highway speeds, as long as there is a seat-belt for every passenger, in exchange for a $20 or more donation per car. Thankfully, COVID-19 restrictions have been relaxed, however, we recommend that all occupants of vehicles participating in lunchtime charity rides be either 1) same household members, or 2) “fully vaccinated” (e.g., 2 weeks after vaccination regimen completed).  Always feel free to use “social distancing” and masks as you see fit and comfortable.  Hand sanitizer, masks and wipes are freely available.  Of course, COVID-19 restrictions could change so stay informed. 
Our donations will be made in memory of Jerry Schouten, a long-time RMR member and avid club racer.

Drivers will receive a Speedewaivers to sign. If you have family or friends attending they must print and sign the appropiate waiver below and bring the form to registration, a CDI or event chair;

Adults (18 and over): General Release and Waiver of Liability Assumption of Risk and Indemnity Agreement - Adult (2).pdf

Minors: Minors as Observers Only Waiver of Release of Liability and Indemnity Agreement (1).pdf




Event Chair: Vicki Earnshaw and Dave Nelson

Chief Driving Instructors:  Dave Stribling ( and Hap Henderson

They can answer any questions about registration confirmation, cars, run group assignments, instructor assignments, etc.     

Registrar: Harry Jones


Event requirements

National PCA membership number and membership status will be verified as part of the registration process.  If you do not include a valid PCA membership number (or forward a pending membership confirmation from PCA to the registrar), a $10 non-member fee will be assessed.

You must be 18 or older with a valid driver's license to participate in this event.  Your driver's license will be checked at registration!

You need to have a Snell-certified SA2015 or M2015 or newer helmet.  You will need to wear either shorts or long pants (made of natural fibers) and an all-cotton short-sleeve or long-sleeve shirt and closed toe shoes while driving. Helmets without 2015 or 2020 AMR/RMR stickers will need to be checked at Pre-Tech or Tech at the Track.  Your helmet will need an RMR/AMR PCA sticker. A limited number of loaner helmets are available.

No convertibles or open cars without functional roll bars, trucks, or non-Porsche SUVs.

NEW PCA RULE:  If you have added a racing-type seat in order to use 5-point, 6-point or 7-point harnesses (which must be replaced every two yearsSFI) or every five years(FIA) depending on whether they are SFI certified or FIA certified belts, respectively), you must also have and use an approved Head and Neck Restraint device.  Further,if there is to be a passenger (e.g. instructor), same must be provided and used by the right-seater.

We cannot accommodate two (2) driver cars if both drivers are novice drivers and attending their first DE event.  Also, three (3) driver cars are not allowed.Attendance at RMR DEs at HPR will be limited.  To implement this, everyone registering for the DE will be listed as ON HOLD, subject to CONFIRMATION BY THE CDIs.

Your priority in being confirmed for an event will depend on the date and time you register.  When an event fills up, further priority will be given to PCA members.

We are really wanting to eliminate the number of people doing tech at track this year. In order to do that, we do have other options available for you if you can’t make it to one of the pre-tech sites on Wednesday September 7th. You may have your regular service tech fill out your tech form when you are getting your car serviced. If you know one of the qualified pre-tech inspectors, you may have them inspect your car if they are fine with doing that. Last year we approved Club Racers to inspect each other’s cars if they were up on the rules and regulations and felt comfortable doing so. New this year, we are allowing our Racers to inspect their own cars if they feel confident in so doing. Of course, racers can also have their mechanic tech their car for them.  ThePre-Tec SpeedWaivers do not need to be signed if you are NOT going to one of the pre-tech sites. You will be notified of any changes.

Pre-techs will be held on Wednesday, September 7th, 2022 at the following times and locations:

Poudre Sports Car
5806 S College Ave
Fort Collins 80525
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

John's Auto Care
1900 55th St
Boulder, CO 80301
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Prestige Imports
9201 West Colfax Ave.
Lakewood 80215
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Big Mission Motorsports
579 County Line Rd
Palmer Lake, CO 80133
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM by appointment 719-375-1527

Blue Chip
3935 S Kalamath Street
Englewood, CO 80110
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Paul's House 
6464 E Ida Ave.
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

SimplyEuro Auto Repair
7520 Village Square Dr.
Castle Rock, CO 80108
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    If you do not have your car pre-teched there will be a $50 fee for Tech at the Track.



          Comfort Inn & Suites, 1097 Cedar Street, Bennett, CO 80102 Direct phone 720-844-3193

         Country Manor Motel, 32681 E. Colfax Ave, Watkins, CO 80137 Contact # 303-261-9650









Entries (97)

David Filloy
Sean McKisic
Wilson Clayton
David Stribling
Fernando Gil Franco
Jody Podpora
Scott Rogers
Bryan Ruddle

High Plains Raceway

Deer Trail, CO
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