Student/Instructor Helmet Requirements:

You should have your own driving helmet.  You can use M-rated (motorcycle) or SA-rated (auto racing) helmets, but they must be certified SNELL 2005 or SNELL 2010 or the newest SNELL 2015 helmets only! SNELL 2000 certified helmets are no longer valid.  If it is rated properly there will be a SNELL 2005, 2010 or 2015 sticker on the outside of the helmet, or on the inside (may be beneath or behind the padding).  Be advised that many helmets have a DOT ONLY rating which will not be accepted unless it also has the SNELL 2005 (or newer) rating sticker on it.  Students and instructors are required to wear approved, SNELL 2005 or newer certified helmets while on the track.  Don’t count on a loaner helmet being available – bring an approved helmet even if you have to borrow one.  Both SA-rated and M-rated SNELL helmets are permitted.

Helmets for ALL drivers and instructors will be inspected at the event registration desk at COTA when you check in.  Please bring them with you to the registration desk when you check in.

Driving School Seat and Safety Equipment Requirements:

ALL STUDENT VEHICLES MUST HAVE A SEAT FOR BOTH THE DRIVER AND THE PASSENGER.  We would strongly prefer that Instructor vehicles also have two equivalent seats so that you are able to take your students on-track for instructional ride(s).  Equivalent safety gear must be provided for both seats.  If a student/instructor car has a racing seat with a multi-point harness for the driver, the same should be present in the passenger seat.

Driving School Vehicle Technical Inspections:

A technical inspection is required of all cars, and must be completed prior to the school. This is to check the condition of your vehicle, especially the parts that will be critical for an event like this. Tech inspection forms must be downloaded from the forms page found at:  Most safety equipment will be checked: tires, brakes, brake fluid, battery hold-downs, seat belts and more. If there is any doubt about the condition of your equipment, have it replaced. New tires are not required or necessarily recommended. The inspection can be completed by your mechanic (expect a charge) and should be done about 20-30 days before the event in case any issues are found that must be resolved.  DO NOT PUT THIS OFF!  History has shown that many drivers who wait until the last few days to have their car inspected usually find a major issue that can’t be resolved before the event – resulting in cancellations and forfeited registration fees.  It is also strongly recommended that your vehicle have a new set of brake pads and rotors that are in good condition as this track is high speed and very demanding on brakes and brake systems.  If you wait until the last few days before the event and find that your car will not pass the technical inspection and you can’t get it corrected in time, you will lose your full registration fee.

Student vehicles must be inspected by a certified mechanic.  Instructor vehicles can be inspected by the instructors themselves although a mechanic’s inspection is recommended.  Technical inspection forms can be downloaded at:  DO NOT EMAIL THIS TO US.