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Spring HPDE at COTA

Driver's Ed

Registration does not open until 12:00:00 PM on 04/17/20
Current time is 07:37:49 AM 04/04/20

Event Information

Hosted by Austin Schnell Fest
Location COTA
Event Dates 05/29/20 - 05/31/20
Registration Dates 04/17/20 12:00 PM (opens)
(central time zone)

05/15/20 12:00 PM (closes)
(central time zone)
Description This Porsche Club of America Driver Education event is a joint presentation of the Hill Country, Lone Star and Maverick Regions - PCA, with the support of our good friends at the Houston Chapter BMW-CCA.  We’re calling these events at COTA the “Austin Schnell Fests” to emphasize the fact that these events are not just for Porsche or BMW Drivers – drivers of every make are invited to participate, and membership in PCA or BMW-CCA is not necessary.
> Registration opens on April 17th at Noon Central time on
> Registration is solely through
> All run groups will run Saturday and Sunday in four 30-minute sessions.  In two days you'll get the same track time as our 3 day event.
> New lower registration fee for the Saturday and Sunday HPDE is only $850.
> New Optional Friday afternoon Lap Sessions for Solo ONLY drivers at only $350.
> New Lower Garage Pricing: individual quarter garage spots (four per garage) will be available for $300 for the weekend.  No individual day garage or garage spot rentals.
> A limited number of Formula 1 Garages will be available for rental.  An entire garage rents for $1,200 for the weekend.  As many as six cars can fit into one garage.
> Beginner and novice drivers will be instructed.  This means that an experienced PCA, BMW-CCA or other marque driving instructor will be with these students in the right seat of their car while on track.  Our instructors use helmet communicators to communicate with their students. 
> Advanced run group drivers can also request instruction.
> More information is available on the event website:
> Questions: contact or 512-497-1111.

Please plan on joining us September 18-20, 2020 for the next Schnell Fest HPDE at COTA!
Refund Policy Cancellations received by Noon Central Time on May 15th will receive a full refund.  Persons who cancel later than that deadline will receive a refund only if we are able to fill your spot with another driver by Noon Central Time on May 22nd.  If we are unable to fill your spot with another driver prior to Noon Central Time on May 22nd, then you will not receive a refund - no exceptions.  Registrations received after May 22 are subject to the above policy! If you do not show up for the event you will not receive a refund. 

To make things clear:
(1) The time that you make payment counts! Your spot in the queue of registrations is based not on the time that you submit your registration but based on the time of your payment.  If, at the time of registration, you do not pay, another applicant who registers later but pays before you will be accepted before you.  Remember time of payment counts!
(2) PCA and BMW-CCA members will receive a 7-day registration preference before non-PCA members.  After 7-days, all applications will be treated equally.  Register early!
(3) It is your responsibility to enter your verified PCA or BMW-CCA membership number at the time you register.  If no club membership number is entered at registration, it will be assumed that you are not a PCA or BMW-CCA member.  As such, you will be treated as a non-PCA or non-BMW-CCA member.  It is YOUR responsibility to give us your club membership number! If you have not entered your PCA or BMW-CCA number, it is your fault and you will lose any preference!

We will email you when your application has been accepted, which is contingent on your payment having been received.  You can always check www.  ClubRegistation.  net for your status. 

Club members and non-club members can register beginning at Noon Central Time April 24th.  But verified PCA and BMW-CCA Members will be given acceptance preference over non-members for the first 7 days that the application process is open.  After the first 7 days, applications are accepted on an as-received-and-paid basis for PCA/BMW-CCA members and non-members alike.  This means that a non-member who submits an application and makes payment during the first seven days will have preference over a member who makes payment after the first seven days, even if applied on-line within the first seven days. 
For a PCA or BMW-CCA Member to be verified, he/she must include his/her PCA or BMW-CCA membership number, which will be verified by our system as the correct and current membership number associated with that member. 
WALK UPS – WALK UPS (persons who “walk up” to the registration desk the day of the event) are discouraged because they dramatically complicate our registration process and our ability to assign students to group and get them assigned to an instructor.  We also go through a “vetting” process with each driver as a part of the registration process.  It’s nearly impossible for us to “vet” someone we don’t know who shows up on Friday morning! The Event Chairman David Gross will accept or not accept walk ups at his discretion.  DO NOT BE A WALK UP! REGISTER EARLY!

Since it is possible to apply to participate in a DE without making payment, your application is time-stamped as to when you make payment, not as to when you made the on-line application.  Applicants are encouraged to pay at the same time as they make their application.  Our system will record your time of payment as your application time.  Irrespective of when you apply on-line, your application will not be accepted until your payment (via PayPal or credit card) has been received.  This means that if someone applies after you but pays before you, the other person will be accepted before you.  For example, if there is only one spot available and you apply but do not pay, then someone who pays before you, even if they applied after you, will get that spot!

Formula 1 garages will be available for rental by participants.  A garage can hold up to six cars. 

Garage spot rental is identical to that of registration priority; it's not when you register for a garage spot(s), it's when you pay that determines your priority.  If you are assigned a garage spot or spots, roughly one week before the event we will advise you of your garage assignment. 

The Schnell Fest event website contains a link to COTA’s Rules: http://austinschnellfest. clubregistration. net/cotaRules. pdf.  COTA’s Rules specifically state that each driver will be responsible for all costs arising from repair of the COTA Facility property arising from damage due to his/her actions.  The COTA Rules linked above contain a specific schedule of damage fees for damage to asphalt, guard rails, tire barriers, fencing, etc.  By registering for this event you acknowledge that you have read the COTA Rules, you are familiar with the COTA charges for damages to the COTA Facility, and agree that if your actions cause damage to COTA Facilities you will pay COTA damages according to their schedule, or for unscheduled damages you will pay COTA the damage amounts they require.  Further, you agree to indemnify Hill Country Region-PCA, Lone Star Region-PCA, Maverick Region-PCA and Houston Chapter BMW-CCA for any claims brought against them for damages to COTA Facilities caused by your actions. 

Load-in will begin on June 7th and continue until 7:00pm.  Participants arriving after 7:00pm but before 10:00 pm can enter the Tunnel 2 Gate and park overnight in the Upper Paddock.  Load-in will resume at 6:00am on Saturday, June 8th. 

We will try to limit our parking to the Lower Paddock at COTA.  If you have special parking needs (such as a large-footprint vehicle, or want to be paddocked together with particular people) please contact our event Parking Guru, Dave Foreman, at dave@tlbmotorsports. com to make special arrangements.  We have to “stage” parking at COTA in order to use the space most efficiently.  This means that big rigs that need to be close to a particular Formula 1 Garage may be parked first so that they can access their assigned parking spot before the paddock fills up with smaller vehicles.  Don’t be upset if a vehicle that arrives after you is allowed to park before you do – it’s a function of efficiently filling up the available paddock space!

Event Fees

Entry Type Fee Description
Student - Friday through Sunday $1,100.00 Must be solo qualified to drive on Friday
Student - Saturday and Sunday $850.00 All Student Run Groups.
Student - Friday Only $350.00 Must be solo qualified.
Instructor - Friday through Sunday $350.00 Approved working instructors only.
Instructor - Saturday and Sunday $250.00 Approved working instructors only.
Instructor - not driving $0.00 Approved working instructors - not driving
Event Staff $0.00 Only for event staff designated by DE Chair.

Event Options

Event Options Fee
1/4 garage option

Event Files

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