Windy City BMW Rules

We don't want to over complicate what should be a relaxed and fun atmosphere, but we do need some safety guidelines for each event.  Here are the basic rules we adhere to for our track days.  Any questionable issues will be left to the prudent judgment of Windy City BMW and/or the track stewards.

HELMET:  Must be Snell or SFI 2010 or newer .  HELMETS need to be checked.  If you already have the green or yellow ribbon sticker you are ready.  If not, bring your helmet to the track registration to get the helmet teched.   It is recommended that you have a full face helmet with a helmet support.  Some open faced loaner helmets will be available. 

You can find the helmet rating by looking under the inside padding of your helmet. Please don't show up with an older SA helmet or M helmet expecting to drive.  You will not be allowed on track without meeting the helmet requirements.   If you need an SA2015 / M2015 helmet, one local source is, Northstar Motorsports in Barrington at   Chapter loaner helmets are available for those folks new to the sport – no cost.  (SFI 31.1 and FIA 8860 helmets may also be acceptable. Contact us if your helmet has one of these ratings.)

Driver's Meeting
All drivers must attend the driver's meeting before each track day. .  This important meeting sets the tone for the day. 

Clothing Requirements While Driving.

A long sleeve cotton shirt and long cotton pants are recommended while driving on the track.  Running/tennis shoes are recommended.  Don’t wear a shoe with a heavy clogged sole or a significant heel.  No sandals.  Helmets are required, except during the lunchtime track touring.    


Drivers must be at least 18 years old and have a full operator’s license that is not suspended or revoked.

Passing Rules.

There is no passing in the turns.  You can only pass another moving car on the track with a point-by from the leading car. 



Convertibles must have a hard roof in place, fixed SCCA-style roll cage/roll bar and 5 or 6-point harnesses for both driver and instructor.  Open-wheel or single seat cars are not allowed.