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      01-06-2013, 07:49 PM   #1
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COTA 1/12-13

Anyone attending the DE at Circuit of the America's in Austin next weekend? I'll be there Saturday.
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???

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Crud! I thought I would be able to set the COTA lap record for a 1M and now you're coming! I'll have to work on the lap record for a VO 1M then.

I'll be there on Saturday too. Glad you made it in. In case there is more than one VO 1M, I'm #170.

Dan, COTA reinstated the events for those groups (4) that held signed contracts and had already paid for the events. This will be the first DE at the track. We're all hopeful that over time the track will relax it's policies so we can go back. Maybe after they see what the Grand Am, V8 Supercars and ALMS races do to their pretty track they'll realize that they can't keep it pristine all year long.
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Crud! I thought I would be able to set the COTA lap record for a 1M and now you're coming! I'll have to work on the lap record for a VO 1M then.

I'll be there on Saturday too. Glad you made it in. In case there is more than one VO 1M, I'm #170.

Dan, COTA reinstated the events for those groups (4) that held signed contracts and had already paid for the events. This will be the first DE at the track. We're all hopeful that over time the track will relax it's policies so we can go back. Maybe after they see what the Grand Am, V8 Supercars and ALMS races do to their pretty track they'll realize that they can't keep it pristine all year long.
I'm pretty excited. I went to the F1 race and was blown away. Santa didn't bring me the go pro I asked for. May have to spring for it myself. See you Saturday.
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      01-07-2013, 11:06 AM   #5
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This is the first I've heard of a DE at COTA. Is it all booked up or are there any slots open?
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Awesome, have fun guys. Please get some video!
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Yeah!!! Tell me more. I'd drive the 1M over from New Orleans. I can make the 13th or is it the 12th? Please give us more details.
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BMW CCA is puting on a Tri-TX Chapter event there on the weekend of June 8th. Not sure when registration opens. Williams will be on here sometime to share the details I'm sure.
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next monday but you have to have received the special invite for the first round of registration.
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So now it's the 14th and you have to be invited? Sounds pretty unorganized, guess I'm glad my cash isn't good enough for them, forget it, I'll race at NOLA.
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      01-07-2013, 02:50 PM   #11
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No the BMW CCA is by invite and it is in June. Basically you had to have done at least one DE with one of the 3 TX chapters in 2012 to get in on the first round of registration.

The TDE event next week is sold out. TDE was open to everyone approved for solo but you had to be quick to get a spot.
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This weekendís DE @ COTA is being put on by The Drivers Edge. Since this appears to be a onetime only event and in order to accommodate as many drivers as possible TDE restricted the drivers to one day only. Also, all drivers had to be solo qualified (w TDE).

It filled within a matter of hours.

Everyone that's going is pretty excited and those who can't are understandably disappointed. It's going to be a real challange to get up to speed within four sessions; I walked around the track several times during the F1 race and TV just does not show the amount of elevation and camber change through the corners. I'm just hoping to learn it well enough to have some fun!
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The DE this weekend (1/12 & 13) is sold out. It sold out in a matter of hours. The Drivers Edge is the organization and they are a Dallas, TX based company and run tracks in Texas.

The BMW CCA Lonestar Chapter event is June 7-8. Registration starts on 1/14 and there are some rules around who is allowed first rights to register. Mark Williams can give more details. Let's just say if you aren't a Lonestar Chapter member and haven't driven a BMW CCA DE sponsored or co-sponsored by the Lonestar chapter in the last couple of years, your odds of getting in are very low.
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Mnime, I didn't see you on Saturday's COTA list, you going Sunday?
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The DE this weekend (1/12 & 13) is sold out. It sold out in a matter of hours. The Drivers Edge is the organization and they are a Dallas, TX based company and run tracks in Texas.

The BMW CCA Lonestar Chapter event is June 7-8. Registration starts on 1/14 and there are some rules around who is allowed first rights to register. Mark Williams can give more details. Let's just say if you aren't a Lonestar Chapter member and haven't driven a BMW CCA DE sponsored or co-sponsored by the Lonestar chapter in the last couple of years, your odds of getting in are very low.


Currently BMW CCA has TWO events at COTA for calendar year 2013... :

June 7-9 is our HPDE/CR/Autocross/Concours event (aka the Texas Trifecta)
Octber 3-5 is a Club Race and potential DE weekend.

For the first event... registration opens 01/14 with the following tiers

1- recent participants of an LSC/ Tejas or Houston Chapter HPDE (last 2 years)

2- all other members of the three Texas chapters

3- all other BMW CCA chapter members nationwide

4- really don't anticipate this - any others including non members that will need to become chapter members due to CCA rules requiring membership.


Our registration is tiered in much the same way as TDE. Drivers that are KNOWN to the CCA chapters involved will receive priority over those from other organizations. I hope that all that want to attend understand that this is a tenuous situation. All it will take is a major incident to give the track a REALLY VALID reason to not rent the track to Amateur drivers at all.

TDE has allowed only solo and advanced drivers. We are nearing a similar decision and that may be mandated by the track.
If so, I am ok with that as it is clearly a very challenging course. My personal opinion is that anyone attending this particular track shouldn't be learning concepts like " understeer, oversteer, what an apex is, etc" while also trying to learn 20 corners at the same time.

The Trifecta event in June is aimed at CCA members. The three chapters involved are combining to make that event as close to a BMW CCA ofest in Texas as we can. Membership indeed has it's priviliges... I would much rather accept long standing CCA members from out of the area as opposed to Johnny come latelys that aren't invested in the BMW community or our events.
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TXmtrhed...No I'm waiting until June. And I had already signed up for MSRH at the end of the month with TDE anyway.
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So now it's the 14th and you have to be invited? Sounds pretty unorganized, guess I'm glad my cash isn't good enough for them, forget it, I'll race at NOLA.
impatient much ? our event is in June! LOL.

The CCA chapters planned to open registration on 01/07. That was before the SPEED BUMP from COTA. We have chapter members meeting for a second time (first time was BEFORE the F1 event) on thursday 01/10 at the request of COTA to finalize details. I don't think it would be responsible for us to open registration any sooner... do you?

please do read ALL the details... and thanks for your patience.... we are as excited as you are, but if you are going to be this impatient and prefer to take your dollars elsewhere... I'm ok with that as well.... the last thing I want is a hothead on track...

Also Derek... make sure your BMW CCA membership is active...
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