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Austin Schnell Fest
Spring HPDE at COTA (Driver's Ed)

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Event Information

Location COTA
Event Dates 05/19/17 - 05/21/17
Registration Dates 03/30/17 12:00 PM (members)
(central time zone)

04/06/17 (all)
05/12/17 12:00 PM (closes)
(central time zone)
Description The Hill Country, Lone Star and Maverick Regions of the Porsche Club of America have joined together each spring since 2013 to host a PCA Club Race at Circuit of the Americas.  Along with the Club Race we’ve also had an “Advanced Solo-Only” Driver Ed event which, as the name implies, was only open to advanced D.E. drivers.  This was because many D.E. Instructors are also club racers… so there weren’t enough instructors available to instruct the green and blue run groups during the same weekend as the club race.  Consequently, beginner and novice D.E. drivers have never had the opportunity to attend an “instructed” PCA D.E. event at COTA.  But that is all going to change in 2017!

Hill Country, Lone Star and Maverick Regions – PCA have joined with the Houston and Lone Star Chapters of the BMW-CCA to host two fully-instructed Driver Education events at Circuit of the Americas this year.  We’re calling these events the “Austin Schnell Fests” and they will take place the weekends of May 19-21 and November 17-19, 2017.  These events will be PCA High Speed Driver Education events in all respects, operating under the PCA Driver Ed Event guidelines and insurance policy. 

Both Schnell Fests will be three day events, Friday thru Sunday.  Here are things you’ll need to know:

•Registration for the May 19-21 Schnell Fest will open March 30th at Noon Central Time on 
•These events will run on the 3.4 mile United States Formula 1 Grand Prix Circuit at Circuit of the Americas.
•Beginner drivers (the Green Run Group) will run on Saturday and Sunday only.  The registration fee for beginner drivers will be $700.
•All other run groups (Blue/Yellow/White/Red) will run Friday-Sunday.  Because the Green Group will only run on Saturday and Sunday, Friday will feature lengthened run sessions for the more experienced run groups.  The registration fee for Blue/Yellow/White run group drivers will be $945.
•Registration Fee for Instructors will be $300.
•Formula 1 garages will be available for rental for $1,500 for the entire weekend.  As many as six cars can fit into one garage. 
•More details will be available soon on the Austin Schnell Fest website
•Questions? Contact

Please plan on joining us in Austin this year for the first-ever instructed Driver Education Events at Circuit of the Americas!
Addt'l Payment Info. NA
LSR incurs significant costs in having a High Speed Driving Event.  These costs include the track rental, corner workers, etc.  These are generally non-refundable costs to LSR. 

LSR has the following cancellation policy relating to DE participants (effective as of January 1, 2011)
1.  IF you cancel prior to 10 days before the DE (prior to noon on the Wednesday one week before the event), and we are able to substitute another participant in your place, we will refund your fees.  Otherwise, all funds will be forfeited by you. 
2.  IF you cancel within 10 days before the event (after noon on the Wednesday one week before the event) or do not show up for the DE, all funds will be forfeited by you. 

In the unusual situation where the DE is canceled by LSR, all participants will receive either your return of your payment or credit for a future DE event. 
To make things clear:
(1) Application is based on the time of payment.  If, at the time of registration, you do not pay, another applicant who pays before you will be accepted before you.  Remember time of payment counts!
(2) PCA members will receive a 7-day 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 membership number.  If no number is entered at registration, it will be assumed that you are not a PCA members.  As such, you will be treated as a non-PCA member.  It is YOUR responsibility.  If you have not entered your PCA 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. 

Verified PCA Members shall 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 basis for PCA members and non-members.  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 Member to be verified, he/she must include his/her PCA membership number, which will be verified by our system as the correct and current membership number associated with that member. 
THERE ARE NO WALK-ONS ON TH DAY OF THE EVENT, regardless of whether or not all places at the DE have been filled. 

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) 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!

There are garages available for rent by participants for each event.  At the time you make your on-line application, you can request a garage. 
Garage preferences are the same as the for the application; however, you do not pay for the garages at time of application.  If you are assigned a garage, we will advise you sometime during the week before the event.  At that time, it will be necessary for you to make your payment through the on-line registration system. 

Event Fees

Entry Type Fee Description
Beginner $700.00 Saturday and Sunday Only.
Beginner - Friday Only $315.00 Green drivers not confirmed for Sat-Sun
Intermediate/Advanced $945.00 All drivers above first run group.
Instructor $300.00 PCA/BMW approved instructors only.
Staff $0.00 Event staff only.

Event Options

Event Options Fee
1/4 garage option
Beginner Only - Friday
Open to Green drivers only.
Enough space for 6 vehicles. Includes power and bathrooms.

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