North Star BMW Driving School @ BIR June 5th - 7th

posted May 13, 2015, 8:09 PM by NS Webmaster: Kenny   [ updated May 13, 2015, 8:11 PM ]

Hello North Star BMW CCA Friends!
Registration for the North Star BMW Summer Performance Driving School at Brainerd International Raceway is open!
We will be at BIR Friday, June 5th through Sunday, June 7th.  We have reserved the Competition Track (i.e. short course) all weekend.  Saturday & Sunday is our standard school for students (Saturday-only option offered as well).  Friday is an instructor/advanced student driving day.

Please take a moment to read through our Welcome Packet.

And our What to Expect letter

Friday instructor/advanced student driving day

On Friday we will have track time for instructors and advanced students.  Instructor session passing rules allow passing anywhere on the track as long as the vehicle in front of you gives you the point by.  The fee structure for instructors for this event:
  • Instructor Friday only: $175
  • Instructor weekend only 2-students: $75
  • Instructor weekend only 1-student: $175
  • Instructor combo 3-days 2-students: $150
  • Instructor combo 3-days 1-student: $250
If you are an advanced student and would like to drive on Friday, please contact Chief Instructor Tyler Arvig or Driving Events Coordinator Eric Christenson at for approval if you have not been approved to drive solo on Fridays previously.

Saturday/Sunday driving school

The weekend driving school is open to all experience levels, BMW & non-BMW makes.  Our club has years of expertise in offering safe, educational, fun experiences at the track.  We teach the basics and the finer points of performance driving, and you will be on the track with an experienced, knowledgeable instructor that will customize the school for your background and preferences.  Convertibles, t-tops, targas, trucks, vans, and SUVs are not allowed.  Specific SAVs such as BMW X3, X5, X6, Porsche Cayenne, Audi Q7, etc. are allowed with permission.  The basic 2-day school costs $320 early bird/$350 after.  Other package options, including a 3-day combo drive for approved drivers, are available at time of registration.

Registration is on

To begin, visit and create your account if you have not already.  Add 'BMW CCA - North Star Chapter' to your Club Memberships, and our events will show up in the Calendar.  Please note: club membership is required to attend driving schools.  A 1-year membership is $48 and can be obtained by calling BMW CCA at 1-866-250-0022 or visiting
Students: register by May 17th and receive the early-bird discount for the Saturday/Sunday school!

Tech Inspection

Please join us on Thursday evening, May 14th from 5:00pm – 7:00pm at Imola Motorsports for our complimentary BIR pre-event tech inspection.  Imola Motorsports will inspect all makes and models planning to attend the June BIR event for no charge on Thursday, May 14th. PLEASE NOTE: tech inspection spots are limited; if you intend to have your car inspected for BIR, please select the box at registration.  Do not select the box if you are uncertain that you will attend the tech inspection that evening.  Only cars that you are planning to register and use at the BIR June event should be at the tech inspection.
First time attending a driving school?  We will have friendly persons there to talk with and answer any questions you might have.  All drivers must have their car tech inspected in advance of the event and bring a completed tech form with them.  Imola Motorsports will also be providing track-side support at the event; THANK YOU! 

Other details

We will be staying at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites on 371 in Baxter.  Our group rate is $99 per night for single occupancy on Thursday night; $139 on Friday and Saturday nights.  Water park passes are available with the hotel upon booking.  When making your reservation, mention that you are with the 'BMW Club'.  The block of rooms for the club is reserved; book now before the summer vacation rush.  The Holiday Inn can be reached at 888-824-3232.
For our Saturday night dinner, we will be enjoying the gourmet fare from Prairie Bay Restaurant once again.  Choose your entrée at the time of registration!  The cost is $30 per person.  If you are bringing children, please let Eric know and he will make a note of it.
The BIR event organizers are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help.  Duties would include helping out at the registration table on Friday night/Saturday morning, assisting with school support activities in the morning, etc.  Volunteers may receive instructor rides on the track, be a key part of the event, and earn our sincere thanks!  Please contact with interest in helping out.  This club is based on volunteers, and we could not pull off quality events without them!