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Austin Schnell Fest - May 19-21


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This just came out tonight.  http://austinschnell...gistration.net/

 

Who's going?

 

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 for PCA and BMW-CCA members March 30th at Noon Central Time on ClubRegistration.net.
  • Registration for non-PCA/BMW-CCA members will open April 6th at Noon Central Time on ClubRegistration.net.
  • Registration is solely through ClubRegistration.net. The easiest way to register is through the following links:

    Registration links:
    May Event
    November Event

  • After registering be sure to include your Club Affiliation and Membership number in the Memberships section of your profile. Preference will be given to club members first.
  • 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.
  • Thursday afternoon May 18th Dave Scott of RaceCoach.net will host a track walk followed by a chalk talk. Stay tuned for further details.
  • 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.
  • All official information will be through this website.
  • Questions? Contact David Gross at SchnellFest@clubregistration.net.

 

Please plan on joining us in Austin this year for the first-ever instructed Driver Education Events at Circuit of the Americas!



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I'll probably be in if they open up one or two day registration.

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I'll probably be in if they open up one or two day registration.

 

Email said they haven't and probably won't.  I'm sure their tune will change when they don't have enough people signed up.  With so many groups having access to COTA I don't have a big desire to run with BMWCCA/PCA.


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The 50% increase in garages is a little crazy. I'll pass on the May event and see how the dual organization thing works out.

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Signed up today.



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I plan to be there instructing.



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Green and blue are nearly full (they could be full if we don't move some people around).  If you want to get in either of those 2 groups, I wouldn't delay.  The 2 advanced groups are half full to a bit more.  Where else can you get on COTA for $315/day?



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1/4 garage spots now available.

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When is info about the November SchnellFest going to be released?  I understand not all regions are participating in this next one.  My schedule works for a November event.


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It's on Clubreg now. Opens 9/15. I felt there were some glitches in May that hopefully they work out. I still plan to go.



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Official information to be released soon.... but the basics are as follows:

 

Date: Nov 17-19  - Yes it is a three day event, there are no one or two day options

 

Registration will be on ClubRegistration.net and is scheduled to open Sept 15th.

 

Price: $945 - still the best HPDE value at $315/day at COTA

 

Open to all run groups

 

Run groups limited to the 50 cars max.  Registration will be based on when payment is received.

 

Garage prices have been revised:

 

$1000 for a full garage for the weekend

$300 for a single slot in a 4 car garage

 

There will be a drivers lounge on the grid up end of the paddock, this is a great place to congregate and relax shoot the $*&# or download with your instructor. 



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Tim, how many sessions per day?



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I expect it will be the standard four sessions per day format.



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I expect it will be the standard four sessions per day format.

It wasn't last year though and they were spaced very oddly. Like run, 1 hour off run, 5 hours off, run. 



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It wasn't last year though and they were spaced very oddly. Like run, 1 hour off run, 5 hours off, run. 

You may be thinking of the Trifecta (joint DE with BMWCCA club race) which indeed had an unusual schedule. The May Schnell fest (PCA + BMWCCA) schedule had 4 sessions per day. On Friday they were 30min each and Sat/Sun they were 23min each. Friday did not have a Green instructed group so longer sessions for other groups. The Sat schedule was impacted by a track shutdown due to lightning.   



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IGY, 

 

You are correct, additionally the Austin Schell Fest is HPDE only.