Fri, Apr 21 - Sat, Apr 22, 2023

Midwestern Council April Driver School

Blackhawk Farms Raceway

About this event

Midwestern Council of Sports Car Clubs is calling all members, racers, and volunteers!

We will be hosting the April 2023 Midwestern Council Driver's School at Blackhawk Farms Raceway. This school will include sessions for Wheel-to-Wheel Closed-wheel cars and Open-Wheel Cars. You will spend the entire day either on the track or receiving constant feedback from experienced instructors. Wheel to Wheel students will receive an MC (MCSCC) 2023 Novice Competition License upon successful completion and can sign up for the race on Sunday.

Novice License holders are encouraged to take additional schools for the education, experience, and fun.  Register and pay the entry fee at – select the option for “Novice – Additional School.” Remember – you do not need to pay for a Driver School Permit if you hold a Midwestern Council license of any type. You may attend the Online Classroom Session if you wish but your attendance is not required. (Please indicate your intent to attend the Online Classroom Session using the “Note to Registrar” field on the online registration form.) (Novice License Signoffs are not given for a second school).

There is also an HPDE School with a special familiarization component of our High-Speed Autocross (HSAX) program at this event. 

The Wheel-to-Wheel Drivers School has two parts.

  1. Classroom
    • A mandatory Online Class and a Test are scheduled for Wednesday, April 12th on Zoom.
      • We will start the approximately 2-hour online presentation at 5:30 pm.
      • The test will be issued to you after the class via email.
    • This classroom session provides drivers with all the information that they will need to pass the school.
    • This will cover flags, passing, basic cornering techniques, and much more.
  2. On-Track.
    • We require all students to be at the track for Registration Friday the 21st of April 2023 between 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm (central time).
      • Depending upon track availability, the gates to the track may be delayed in opening.
    • Please be at the track before 7:45 AM on Saturday prepared for a long but rewarding day.

The school fee is $395. A limited number of Track Time Only slots are available at $200.


Instructions for Medicals: 

  1. A current medical form is required before hitting the track as a Wheel-to-Wheel Student.
  2. Medicals are mandatory for Wheel to Wheel. 
    • Medicals are not required for HPDE or HSAX participation.
  3. In addition to the MCSCC Medical Form, MCSCC recognizes and approves Medical Forms from the following Race Sanctioning/Governing Bodies:
    • SCCA, FIA, CASC, Skip Barber, VSCDA, SVRA, HSR, BMW CCA, FAA Approved Flight Medical, N.A.S.A, DMV CDL.
  4. Please fill out the entire form. 
    • Please ensure you have completed the Name, Address, and DOB.
    • This is important, as it helps us identify students that might need additional paperwork.
  5. A health professional must sign the medical form.
    • The physician examination portion of the Medical Form shall be completed by a currently licensed M.D., D.O., PA-C, or NP.
  6. Please cut the form once signed at the red line that state: "Remove below this line and submit to the Licensing Director
    • You will upload the lower section of the completed medical to as part of your application.
    • We do not require you to send us the top of the form above the instructions to remove the lower portion of the medical form. 

Participation by young drivers (Minors):

MCSCC does not guarantee that a student will receive a wheel-to-wheel competition license. MCSCC has licensing reciprocity with other racing organizations, because of this, MCSCC considers the licensing standards and requirements of other organizations in addition to its own standards and requirements.

Applicable Standards:

  1. The student has demonstrated a positive general attitude and sportsmanship. This includes traits such as being receptive to instruction, participating respectfully in group meetings, and execution of the provided instruction.
  2. The student has gained a satisfactory score on the Wheel-to-Wheel exam.
  3. The student can demonstrate detailed knowledge of flags, race-start procedure, and all other aspects of a race weekend that are covered by the Exam.
  4. The student has demonstrated composure, a good attitude, and Track Presence.
    • Track Presence is defined here as confidence, awareness, and the overall ability to cope with competition and high-speed driving.
  5. The student has demonstrated competence with Shifting, Braking, and Cornering Techniques.
  6. The student has demonstrated high-speed driving competence.
  7. The student has demonstrated the Use of Hand Signals.
  8. The student has demonstrated alertness (use of mirrors, monitoring gauges, and paying attention to corner stations).
  9. The student has demonstrated competence and safety in Passing (situational awareness and execution).

Event requirements

All events at this school require 2023 Midwestern Council membership.

  • Members, Member Drivers, and Licensed Drivers of other organizations are most welcome to participate in the school but must join Midwestern Council to participate.
  • New membership is available in the online entry form, or you may contact the MCSCC member-club of your choice. Payment is due at the time of registration.
  • Participants are required to be 14 to 17 years of age with prior racing experience or 18 years of age or older.
    • Minor participants will have a review process to determine if they are eligible. Details can be found in the entry form! 

Reminder changes to safety regulations that were introduced before the start of the 2022 season: Midwestern Council no longer accepts Snell 2010 or older helmets and requires an approved Head and Neck Restraint device (i.e. HANS, NecksGen, etc.). Snell 2015 or newer helmets are required. 

This event is sanctioned by the Midwestern Council of Sports Car Clubs and is governed by the MC GCR, available at this link: MCSCC - General Competition Rules

Entries (87)

Patrick Hilliker
Andrew Spinello
Bill Wessel
Phillip Gordon
Joe Marriner
Jason Conley
Robert Lojkovic
Nick Schreyer

Blackhawk Farms Raceway

South Beloit, IL
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