Any person 18 years of age or older who holds a valid state or provincial driver's license may apply to the ICSCC for a competition license. Also required are a physical examination and current membership in an ICSCC Member Club or Affiliate Club.
The first step to earning your racing license is to take a Race Driver Training course. These are offered several times each year by Conference clubs: see the schedule for information on this year's dates and venues. Other racing schools may be recognized as well; if you are considering one and aren't sure whether it will earn you credit toward an ICSCC license, ask the License Director.
You can use your own car for Driver Training, provided it passes a basic technical inspection, or you can rent or buy a racecar. Students are advised to do their school in a car they are familiar with, and their first few races in a variety of cars so that they have an idea what class appeals to them most before buying their own racecar.
Once you have successfully completed your race training you may apply for your Novice Racing License. As a Novice driver you will compete with other Novices in either the Novice Open Wheel or Novice Closed Wheel class, depending on what type of car you own, rent, or borrow.
Novice races are intended to be primarily learning experiences, with emphasis on safety and technique over speed. They are observed by senior drivers who give feedback on such things as line, cornering, shifting, use of mirrors, observation of flags, and safety in traffic. You will also observe several senior sessions from various corner stations, learning about the duties and concerns of the Safety and Communications workers. You will also have spent a half-day in Technical Inspection. This will help you learn what is involved in putting on a race event and is an opportunity to learn things you might otherwise spend years stumbling upon for yourself. It's also a great way to get to know some fine people!
If, after three races, the License Director is satisfied that you have the skills, knowledge, and attitude to handle competition in a field of senior drivers, he or she will upgrade your license to the Area Road Racing (ARR or "Area"). An Area license allows you to enter races in the senior groups while still affording you the opportunity to race with the Novice groups.
Once you have successfully completed three races in the senior groups with your Area license, you have the option to move up to an International Road Racing (IRR or "Senior") license and, hopefully, begin mentoring and finally teaching new drivers yourself.
10 Steps to Becoming a Novice Racer in the ICSCC
- Download the Novice Handbook which tells you pretty much all you need to know about becoming a novice racer. You should also get acquainted with the Competition Rules. In particular, you must read and know Section 3 on licensing requirements. Also see Section 11 on required technical inspections and safety gear.
- Download the competition license application. There is a checklist there for the forms, photo, club membership card and $75 license fee you will need to send to the License Registrar who may be contacted at: email@example.com
- Additional forms referenced on the license application include the Medical History form which you have to complete every year and the Physical Examination form which is required to be completed by your doctor for your first year and then every other year after that.
- You will also need to send a head shot photo of yourself- jpeg is best; but you could send one (1) 1 in. x 1 in. hard copy instead. Make sure your full name is in the email with the jpeg photo so the registrar knows whose face goes with whose name.
- You have to belong to a Conference member or affiliate club in order to get an ICSCC competition license. Send a copy of your club membership card or your paid receipt with your competition license application.
- You also need a copy of your driver's school certificate from one of Conference's Driver's Training programs or a comparable school. Note that you must be signed off by your instructor on your certificate as being ok to race. You can register for Driver's Training events on Motorsportreg.com. If you don't have an account with Motorsportreg.com, you will need to set one up.
- Another thing you will need is a car number. In Conference, numbers go with drivers, not cars. That is, whatever car you're driving in a race must have your number on it. Novice numbers are in the range 301-499. You can list 3 number choices on the application form. If you want to check the availability of a specific number beforehand, contact the license registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org. She has up-to-the-minute knowledge of who has what number.
- If you have prior school and/or road racing experience with sanctioning bodies other than ICSCC, please contact the License Director email@example.com to talk about your background. Also read Section 3 in the Competition Rules for the license requirements.
- Once you get your license you can register for novice races at Motorsportreg.com. As noted above, if you don't have an account with Motorsportreg.com, you will need to set one up.
- Have fun and be safe. Repeat.
Download this guide: How to Be a Novice in ICSCC
Next ICSCC race
6 Hours on The Ridge
April 6, 2014
2.47-mile, 16-turn road course