The Competition Driving School is for individuals wishing to compete in "Wheel-to-Wheel" competition
events sanctioned by Waterford Hills, the SCCA, and other sanctioning organizations*. Participation
in the school requires a "race prepped" vehicle—please see general Vehicle Requirements below.
If you do not have a race prepped vehicle, rentals are available from private individuals/teams.
If you are not ready for wheel-to-wheel racing, don't have a racecar or can't afford a rental, you
can participate in Open Track Days (OTD) to develop your high-speed driving skills. Please check
the Waterford Hills Calendar for OTD availability.
In order to participate in the WHRRI Competition Driving School the below requirements must be met.
Please note that this is a competition driving school. A fully prepped race vehicle is required
(this minimally includes: a full approved roll cage, on-board fire suppression system, race approved
5-point harness, etc). Fully prepped race vehicles are availbe for rental from 3rd party sources.
Rental rates span between $1,500 and $4,000 for the school weekend. If you are looking to run your
street vehicle on track, please see the Calendar tab for Open
Track Day options.
Age — The participating student must be 18 years or older at the time of the on-track session.
A waiver must be pursued through the WHRRI Board of Directors for students 16 and 17 years of
age at the time of the on-track Session. The waiver must be approved by the Board of Directors
before the on-track sessions.
Medical — The participating student must provide a completed medical examination form prior
to the on-track session. The form is available through the SCCA website. The physical exam must
be completed within 3 months preceding the on-track event.
Safety Gear — All drivers are required to present personal safety gear, suit, shoes,
gloves, and helmet, as required by the SCCA General Competition Rules "GCR" including a neck
restraint device, for inspection to participate in all on-track events.
Vehicle/Crew Preparation — Student must provide the vehicle to be used for the duration of
the school. Preparation and maintenance of the vehicle is the responsibility of the student.
Crew support at the time of the event is highly recommended and encouraged. The school will
be held rain or shine and it is highly recommended rain tires are available for use during
Vehicle Safety Equipment — All cars must meet all safety requirements as defined by the SCCA
General Competition Rules for the particular type of car being used and will be inspected.
Car numbers are required and must meet specifications as defined in the GCR. Rules relating
to performance characteristics will not be scrutinized.
Mufflers — All vehicles must have a muffler installed in the exhaust system. All vehicles
must meet noise restrictions as described in WHRRI supplemental regulations.
Novice Permits/Membership requirements
Novice Permit — In order to receive a Novice Permit (required for participation in
sanctioned race events) upon successful completion of the school, membership in WHRRI
or SCCA is required. The WHRRI driving school does not require membership with either
WHRRI or SCCA for participation, but NO novice permits will be provided at the end of
the school if membership was not completed prior to the start of the school. Novice
permits can be applied for at a later date. Additional costs may be incurred.
WHRRI — Membership in Oakland County Sportsman Club, "OCSC", is required for membership
in WHRRI. Details of WHRRI membership can be found on the WHRRI website. A WHRRI novice
permit is presented to the student upon successful completion of the school. The cost
of the WHRRI permit is included in the school registration fee.
SCCA — If applying for an SCCA Novice permit, membership in SCCA is required. Details
of SCCA membership can be found on the SCCA website. An SCCA novice permit is presented
to the student upon successful completion of the school. An additional cost is required
for the SCCA Novice permit.
Both — A student may apply for a novice permit from both SCCA and WHRRI if desired.
Membership requirements for both clubs are required. The additional SCCA novice permit
fee is required.
* Midwest Council, NASA and most vintage organizations. Please contact desired organization to
verify acceptance of WHRRI or SCCA license.