Fri, Jun 3 - Sun, Jun 5, 2022

Sommer Schnell - HPDE 2022

Brainerd International Raceway

About this event

Join North Star BMW Club the weekend of June 3 - June 5 2022 for Sommer Schnell, our annual performance driving school, on the competition course at Brainerd International Raceway (BIR)!

This two-day program, hosted by our Chapter since the 1980s, provides a unique opportunity for you to drive your car at speed and to experience the thrill of becoming one with your car. Your high-performance vehicle is an amazingly capable car. At our Sommer Schnell HPDE, you will be able to realize your car’s capabilities, learn the limits of those capabilities under controlled conditions, and practice the skills needed to control your car safely within those limits.

Sommer Schnell is open to drivers, 18 years or over, of all experience levels with all makes and models of hardtop cars. 

Friday, June 3, is an open lapping day for instructors and pre-approved, advanced/A-Plus level drivers with a verifiable driving history. Friday is also a great opportunity for newer drivers or those not familiar with BIR, to come out and watch from various vantage points along the course. Or, catch a ride with an instructor (helmet required)!

Please contact if you have questions on qualifications or have not driven with us during our advanced/instructor days. 

Participant Price

  • Saturday and Sunday: Cost is $425 ($375 - early registration through March 31)
  • Add Friday (advanced/A-Plus drivers only): Cost is $150 
  • Friday Only: $250 (advanced/A-Plus drivers only)

Hotel Reservations

A baseball tournament this year is consuming many Baxter hotel rooms so make reservations as soon as possible. 

We blocked rooms at these Hotels but they too may go fast. Call to reserve and mention "BMW club" to get the discounted rate. 

Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Baxter
14466 Dellwood Drive North, Baxter, MN  56425
(218) 829-3080 

Super 8 by Wyndham Baxter
14341 Edgewood Dr, Baxter, MN 56425
(218) 828-4288 

Quality Inn Suites by Choice Hotels
2115 South 6th Street, Brainerd, MN, 56401
(218) 270-7333, (218) 454-1526

Saturday Lunch in the Paddock

We are offering a BBQ picnic lunch right beside the paddock! Vegetarian/Vegan options are available upon request. The cost is $16 (prepaid at time of registration) or $20 if purchased at the track (availability permitting).

Saturday Night Dinner 

We are continuing the long-standing tradition of hosting dinner at Prairie Bay Grill Saturday evening, June 4, at 7:00 PM. The cost is $38, meal choices are listed on the registration page.

Track Site Registration 

Advanced track registration will be held at Prairie Bay Grill Friday, June 3 from 6:45 PM - 8:30 PM.  Details will be emailed to all registered attendees in advance.  Plan on showing up early, enjoying some appetizers, and hanging out for a while with fellow drivers and instructors.  Ensure that the following items are in hand for registration!

  1. Driver's License
  2. Helmet (Snell EA, SA or M rated years 2015 or 2020)
  3. Completed and signed tech inspection form

Cancellation Policy

If your plans should change, you may designate a substitute to attend in your place. In the event you need to cancel your registration, you may do so through May 25, 2022. Reimbursement will be made to the original form of payment. NO reimbursement will be made after May 25, 2022. 

Have Questions? Please email us


Event requirements

Please read all the following details before registering.

BMW Car Club of America (BMW CCA) Membership

BMW CCA membership is required to attend this event. Join or renew by visiting  A 1-year membership is $58.

Vehicle Types Allowed

All makes and models of hardtop cars are welcome.

SUVs, vans, convertibles, Targa, and t-tops are NOT allowed at Performance Driving School events. However, there are a few exceptions:

  • Some SAV (Sports Activity Vehicles) are allowed, such as BMW X3, X5, and X6, as well as the Porsche Cayenne and Audi Q7. 
  • Convertibles with retractable top, whether soft or folding hardtop, are allowed when: 
  1. There is an approved roll bar or roll cage where both driver and instructor sitting upright with helmets are below the top of the roll bar, and,
  2. A 5- or more point harnesses are installed for both driver and instructor, with belts properly routed, and,
  3. Arm restraints
  • Convertibles with a removable roof section are allowed if: 
  1. Both driver and instructor sitting upright with helmets are below the top of the roll bar or roofline, and,
  2. The panels are securely in place
  • Cars equipped only with factory pop-up posts or similarly activated rollover protection are not allowed.

Contact us at before registering to discuss your SUV or Convertible vehicle or equipment configuration. 


A Snell EA (Elite Application), SA (Special Application), or M (Motorcycle) rated helmet years 2015, or 2020 is required.  If you do not have a helmet, rentals are available in the twin cities.  Please contact the event coordinator for details.

Tech Inspection

A vehicle tech inspection needs to be performed and a “Driving School Technical Inspection” form completed, signed, and turned in during track site registration in June. The form can be downloaded from here.

Motorwerks BMW is offering a complimentary tech inspection by appointment between May 2 and May 21 during regular service hours (Monday – Friday, 7:30 – 3:00, and Saturday, 8:00 - 1:00). Call 888-866-0520 and tell the service representative you’d like to schedule a “BIR performance driving school tech inspection”. Bring a copy of the “Pre-Event Technical Inspection” form to your appointment.

Drivers can also choose to have a different shop complete the inspection and sign the Driving School Technical Inspection form (at their own expense). 

A completed and signed form is required for the event check-in at Brainerd in June so don’t forget to bring it along with you!

Summer Driving School at Dakota County Technical College (DCTC)

Although not required, attending our Spring Driving School on April 30 at DCTC before Sommer Schnell is highly recommended for novice or first-time track drivers. 

Entries (150)

Tom Redmond
Russell Grau
Jason Hedeen
Mike Xiong
Kevin Mullen
Patrick Knoll
Casimir Sienkiewicz
Ross Luken

Brainerd International Raceway

Brainerd, MN
Download track map
Download track map


HPDE organized by

BMW CCA - North Star Chapter

More events from this organizer
North Star Taste of the Track Driving Experience
North Star Taste of the Track Driving Experience
Dakota County Technical College
North Star BMW Spring Driving School
North Star BMW Spring Driving School
Dakota County Technical College
Sommer Schnell - HPDE 2023
Sommer Schnell - HPDE 2023
Brainerd International Raceway

Event over!