I’m not sure if you have followed any of the news this summer related to Portland International Raceway, but at city council meeting earlier this year the Mayor made the suggestion that PIR should be moved. Now, a Citizens Advisory Committee has been asked to find ways to reduce noise in north Portland. PIR is currently high on the Committee’s list of sources of noise. This committee will be coming out with its recommendations in the next year. So once again PIR is under attack.
Now more than ever PIR needs your support. A broad spectrum of PIR users has formed a non-profit corporation to champion the benefits of PIR, and is looking to get as many members as it can. BMW Automobile Club of America is actively involved and has appointed a member to FOPIR's Advisory Council. I urge you to go to the Friends of PIR website, www.friendsofpir.com, and join. There you will find information about the organization, its mission, and its objectives. It costs you nothing, it obligates you to nothing, but your membership will help build that organization’s numbers and with those, it’s strength to preserve and enhance the great community resource we enjoy. Please go to their website and join now. If you are already a member, please encourage others to join.
If we don’t act now, we may end up one day wondering what ever happened to PIR.
Chief Driving Instructor
Portland BMW Club
For those new to our PIR driving events or needing a quick refresher, this is your heads-up.
The standard price for our HPDE events is $200, with pre-registration pricing of $185 available up to two weeks prior to the event.
The event is designed to safely provide instruction and enjoyment.
Friends and family are welcome if they behave, but leave the family pet at home.
Everyone including guests and observers must sign waivers.
Bring your paperwork, license and insurance info as necessary.
No drivers or passengers under 18 are allowed on the track.
No alcohol or mind-altering drugs are permitted at PIR.
Everyone waits his turn, and everyone pitches in when needed.
Follow instructions given by your event staff and turn workers.
No race-prepared cars are allowed in sessions with street vehicles groups are separate.
Keep you pit staging area clean and well organized.
Your car must pass tech inspection to drive.
We take cash and good checks to cover event fees.
Two people max per car no exceptions.
During a session, all occupants must be securely seat belted.
Driver and passenger must wear a Snell 2000 or better helmet.
No open sunroofs allowed.
Windows are all the way up or all the way down.
Open cars require roll bars (or approved factory roll-over protection) and eye protection.
No wheel to wheel driving is allowed.
Passing is allowed only on the front and back straights.
Always signal faster cars to pass you on the right on the front straight.
A passing mistake can end your driving for the day.
Use hand signals to enhance on-track communication.
Watch your mirrors frequently for cars near and behind you.
Always wave to the turn workers on the cool down lap.
The Club is the final authority in the event of a dispute.
Event change and cancellation policy for Portland BMW Club HPDE Days: We will accept event changes and cancellation up to 48 hours before the event and you will receive a credit towards a Portland BMW Club HPDE event in the same calendar year; if we can fill your spot for that event. If we are not able to fill your spot for this event then there will be no credit offered. Event credits are non-transferable. A $40 cancellation fee will be assessed if we are able to move your registration to another day in the same calendar year.
Yellow flags may be displayed at any turn station if a hazard exists.
Vehicle debris near track, proceed with caution, no passing allowed.
On track hazard, slow down, observe, no passing allowed.
Safely move right, allow faster cars to pass on your left.
You have a mechanical problem OR you have done something wrong. Exit the track at the next opportunity and consult with Starter or Driving Chair.
You have a mechanical problem. Exit the track at the next opportunity and immediately consult with Starter or Driving Chair.
Track is temporarily closed due to an extreme hazard. Safely slow down and pull over to the right side of the main straight or exit the track. Wait for clearance from the Starter or Driving Chair to proceed.
When the Chicane is open, the hazard is in the Chicane itself. Detour to the main straight and do not enter the Chicane. This part of the track is temporarily closed.
Often called an "oil flag", this indicates there is a problem with, or change in, the surface ahead. This commonly means there is oil on the track. It also can mean water or another substance causing a change in the racing surface.
The track is open -- GO.
The session is over, exit track after your cool down lap. Wave to your turn workers.
Main Straight Passing Rules
Back Straight Passing Rules
NOTE: There is NO passing in the Chicane.
For 2014 our club will be involved in putting on four events at Portland International Raceway
Here are the event dates for 2014:
Mortorsportreg is all setup to handle registrations go to: http://portlandbmwclub.motorsportreg.com/