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Our Season Has Been Extended!

Our Season Has Been Extended!

You read that right. We weren’t quite ready for the season to end just yet! We’ve sure been through a lot together as a club and wanted to say thank you to you, our loyal members, for your support by extending our season into November. 

Our plan (weather permitting) is to run Tuesday, November 3rd through Sunday, November 8th. All club services will be available. 

We’ll be crossing our fingers and toes to keep the cold and snow away and we look forward to ending the 2020 season strong!

Year End Awards Party Cancelled

Year End Awards Party Cancelled

We are very disappointed to announce that with the new mandates by the State of Illinois limiting gatherings to 25 people or less and the prohibition of indoor dining we have been forced to cancel the awards presentations for both our car and kart racing series.

We have considered delaying these parties until the mandates have loosened but with no timetable established we didn’t want to make our deserving champions wait to collect their prizes.

Stay tuned for more information on how we will honor our great racers and distribute their awards.

While the challenges of this year continue our members and racers have been so understanding and supportive. We continue to be grateful of our Autobahn family and feel so blessed that we were able to have an amazing season despite the obstacles put in our way!

REMINDER: Member must be present to have guests at club.

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Porsche Comes Back with the Taycan!

Porsche Comes Back with the Taycan!

Porsche will be back November 6th through the 8th with their incredible electric Taycan! If you’re planning to take advantage of our extended season that weekend, you may be lucky enough to join in on the event!

Due to COVID, Porsche is limiting the number of guests that can attend their event. Porsche has invited our members to fill in any cancellations as they come up. We will not know how many seats are available to members until just prior to the event and there are no guarantees that spots will become available. You’re welcome to check out the Porsche display and view the action from the paddock as you enjoy the last remaining track days of the 2020 season.

November 1st –Club Closed in Appreciation of Employees

November 1st –Club Closed in Appreciation of Employees

While COVID cancelled our usual employee appreciation day, we still wanted to do something special for our staff members who have worked incredibly hard this season! To show our appreciation, the club will be closed on Sunday, November 1st.  Don’t forget to say thank you to your favorite pace car driver, server, or corner worker before the season ends!

KARTING KORNER

KARTING KORNER

Margay Karts Available

We have several lightly used and new Margay Ignite Karts K3 available for immediate delivery. Please contact Alan at the Kart Track for more info and pricing. 

Halloween Grand Prix?

We are  discussing the idea of hosting a Halloween Grand Prix on Saturday, October 31st. The event would consist of a morning warm up, 3 lap Qualifier and a 31 lap Feature Race using your own Margay Ignite Kart. 3 classes will compete separately. Margay Ignite Rookie, Margay Ignite Junior and Margay Ignite Senior. 

Please contact Alan at the Kart Track if you are interested. Start time has not been determined yet and is open for discussion.

 Kart Track Closure Notice

Attention: The Kart Track will be closed Thursday October 22nd between 9:30 am – 11:00 am and Friday October 23rd  between 10:30 am – 12:00 pm, 1:30 – 2:30 and 3:30 – 5:00 pm for private events.

Please contact Alan Bertagnoli at alanbertagnoli@kartcircuitautobahm.com or 630-740-3249 with any questions.

OTHER STORIES

New COVID Mandates Effective Friday, October 23rd

New COVID Mandates Effective Friday, October 23rd

In compliance with the State of Illinois mandates, indoor dining will be prohibited until further notice starting Friday, October 23rd. Outdoor seating at the cafe & clubhouse will remain open for members, as well as additional covered seating behind the member’s clubhouse. Orders can still be placed at the bar and cafe for to-go pick up.

Please remember to maintain social distancing throughout the club and follow the face covering requirements that remain in place. 

Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

Let’s Hear it for #51! - (Podcast 51, not the former Bear)

Let’s Hear it for #51! – (Podcast 51, not the former Bear)

We’re 51 episodes into the Autobahn podcast, finishing the season with Ron Dabisch and Producer Mark McFarlane. Join us as we recap the 2020 year and look on into the 2021 season. The podcast will not rest over the next few months as we prepare for our 4th season bringing the listeners the best possible content. CLICK HERE to hear Ron and Mark on the Autobahn Country Club Podcast.

New Fleet Car - Ford Explorer ST

New Fleet Car – Ford Explorer ST

With the season nearly over, our thoughts shift to off-season needs. Our friends at Ron Tirapelli Ford have answered the call by delivering a brand new Ford Explorer ST. Not only will this vehicle be available for Lunchtime Touring through the end of our track season, but it will remain for us to use over the off season, touring existing and prospective members around the facility in rain, snow, or whatever else 2020 delivers us! Sign up for the ST by visiting https://autobahnmembers.com/lunch-time-touring-car-reservation/. When you try out the ST, make sure to turn on Sport Mode!

Autobahn License Plate Frames Almost Sold Out!

Autobahn License Plate Frames Almost Sold Out!

These beautiful carbon fiber license plate frames with UV protection are available for purchase for $80 at both the Registration Building and the Members Clubhouse. Show your Autobahn pride and purchase one today while supplies last!

Autobahn Country Club Podcast

Hosted by John Graybeal  –  Subscribe link & Archive

Released on Wednesdays and will highlight an interview with a member of the Autobahn staff, club member, or personality that make up the club. We’ll wrap up the show with a club staff member detailing the upcoming events.

051: 2020 Season with Producer Mark McFarlane and Ron Dabisch

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050: Ben Hasbrouck, New Member Relations/Driving Instructor

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049: Kyle Nadeau, Track Operations /Assistant Manager

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048: Indy Car Legend Bobby Rahal Part 2

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047: Indy Car Legend Bobby Rahal Part 1

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046 : Formula Regional Americas Driver Jordan Missig

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045 : Autobahn Member Highlight: Chris Kemp

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044 : Margay Racing Karts with Sean Kennedy

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043 : Brad Beall, Autobahn Country Club Driving Instructor

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042: Autobahn Country Club Competition License School: Student's Look

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041: Autobahn Member Highlight: Mike Anzaldi

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040: ABCC Racing with Mike Gritter

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039: Autobahn Gets the Green Flag

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038: Getting A New Race Car with Tony Kester

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037: Sim Racing Part 2 with Sean Varwig, Mario Santellano, Jensen Benette

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036: Brandon Collins, 2020 Spec Miata Champion

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035: Sim Racing with Kyle Nadeau and Jordan Missig

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034: Mark Basso, Here we come 2020

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Autobahn Country Club COVID-19 Procedures –

Autobahn welcomes Phase 4! Much has changed since we first opened this year. With expanded track and dining privileges we have updated our guidelines.


Member Guest Policy
1.All guests must strictly follow the guidelines and procedures applicable to members.
2.Until further notice, all guest drivers are required to have previous experience on Autobahn’s circuits OR have outside experience if approved by our instructors. Please contact Tony Kester for approval. (Tony’s contact info is in the Driving Instruction Section)

Members Building Usage
1. Please obey the social distancing markers and wear a facial covering when inside the building.
2. Our outdoor patio is open for dining. Please follow the signs posted in the doors to enter and exit the building.

Track Usage
1. When presenting on pit lane for your run group, please turn off your engine when possible so Race Control may take your name while maintaining a 6ft distance. Clearly display your wristband as they approach your vehicle.
2. If you have an incident or issue on track, please stay in your car (unless it is on fire as always) and keep your helmet on. Speak loudly when communicating with rescue teams so they may keep their distance. Follow instructions carefully and be mindful of keeping proper distances.
5. Race days will come with specific instructions for those participating. Please look for communications from Mike Gritter for further instructions. Social distancing and facial coverings also apply to podium celebrations.

Food & Beverage
1. Masks are required until seated at your table and eating or drinking
2. Dining is permitted in the Member’s building with tables properly distanced
3. Please limit your group size to 10 or less when dining indoors
4. Outdoor seating will remain available on the Member’s patio and near the Café
5. Orders placed at the Café can be picked up at the dedicated window
6. Orders placed at the Member’s building will be brought to your table
7. Until further notice, we will be utilizing a cashless system. You may use your member charge, credit, or debit card for purchases. Cash will not be accepted
8. Packaged condiments and utensils will be included with meals
9. CLICK HERE to view our newly updated menu

Restrooms
1. Restrooms will be available in the Members Building and in South Timing.
2. Up to two persons will be allowed in both the men’s and women’s restrooms at any one time in the Members Building.
3. Up to three persons will be allowed in both the men’s and women’s restrooms at any one time in the South Timing Building.
4. The North Timing restrooms are single use.
5. Please wash your hands rigorously. Hand sanitizers will be available for use nearby.

This season, members will sign an annual waiver  –  Click Here to Download.  If signed offsite, it will need to be notrarized. Otherwise, the waiver will be executed (or re-executed) at the window in front of our Registration personnel.


Please review the following carefully and we thank you in advance for complying with these guidelines to ensure that our facility remains open.

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General Guidelines

To ensure the safety of all our Club members the following overall guidelines apply:

1. If you are feeling ill, please stay home.

2. Before you arrive at the Club, we ask that you perform a self-check to confirm that you are healthy. You should ask the following questions:

• Am I experiencing any respiratory symptoms such as cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, or fever?
• Am I experiencing any other symptoms such as body aches, loss of smell, or loss of taste?
• Do I have a rash?
• Have I been around anyone ill?
• Do I have a history of COVID-19 exposure?
• Do I have a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, please stay home.

3. If you begin to feel ill while at the Club, please leave the premises immediately.

4. You must always wear face coverings at the Club when you are unable to maintain a 6-foot social distance, whether indoor or outdoor. 

5. You must comply with the social distancing guidelines – maintaining at least a 6-foot distance from any other person.

6. Please wash your hands frequently and use the available hand sanitizers located in high traffic areas at the Club.

7. Please do not congregate in groups of more than 10 persons.

8. Please pay attention to the signage providing reminders on healthy practices posted throughout the Club.

9. Please do not shake hands with anyone.

10. Please bring the following items:

• Member ID Card (if you do not have a Member ID card, please email a photo of yourself to member@autobahncc.com and we will create one for you).
Your personal helmet
A facial covering
Credit card

We appreciate your patience and understanding in following these general guidelines. We may be subject to inspections by State personnel to confirm that we are in compliance, so please take these measures seriously.

Registration

1. When you arrive at the Club, please pull into the parking lot in front of the Registration Building.

2. Approach the registration window marked “Members/Guests”, obey the social distance markers while wearing a facial covering and submit/sign an annual waiver. 

3. Proper wristbands will be passed to you under the window and must be applied in the presence of staff before entering the gate.

4. For subsequent visits, please approach the Members/Guests registration window and display your ID card. A wristband will then be passed which must be applied in the presence of staff before entering the gate.

Member Guest Policy
1. Initially, we would like to keep non-driving member guests to a minimum as we settle into our operational procedures.

2. All guests must strictly follow the guidelines and procedures applicable to members.

3. Effective June 2nd, we will be opening up our guest driver policy to include returning guest drivers who have previous experience on Autobahn’s circuits OR upon approval of our instructors, drivers who have outside experience may contact Tony Kester for approval. (Tony’s contact info is in the Driving Instruction Section)

Paddock Usage

1. Upon entering the Club, please maintain social distancing and follow all procedures.

2. When parking in the paddock, please leave one parking space between cars.

3. Trailer parking also requires one space between trailers.

4. Tables have been placed in the paddock area for your convenience. You may use these tables for eating carry-out food orders. Please remember to clean up your area by removing trash after using the tables.

5. Tables are not to be moved from their designated spots.

6. Members may gather in groups of 10 or less. 

Members Building Usage

1. At this time, use of the Members Building is limited to lap timing check and restroom use. Congregating and indoor dining is not permitted at this time.

2. Please obey the social distancing markers and wear a facial covering when inside the building.

3. Our outdoor patio is open for dining. Please follow the signs posted in the doors to enter and exit the building.

Track Usage

1. At this time, guest drivers are not permitted. We will announce a revised guest driver policy shortly.

2. There will be a strict limit of no more than 10 vehicles on the track per session until further notice. Please refer to the predetermined run group schedule posted daily. This schedule is subject to change.

3. When presenting on pit lane for your run group, please turn off your engine when possible so Race Control may take your name while maintaining a 6ft distance. Clearly display your wristband as they approach your vehicle.

4. If you have an incident or issue on track, please stay in your car (unless it is on fire as always) and keep your helmet on. Speak loudly when communicating with rescue teams so they may keep their distance. Follow instructions carefully and be mindful of keeping proper distances.

5. Race days will come with specific instructions for those participating. Please look for communications from Mike Gritter for further instructions. Spectators may use the south viewing deck but must adhere to social distancing and wear a facial covering. Social distancing and facial coverings also apply to podium celebrations.

Food & Beverage

1. Outdoor dining is now available in front of the Cafe and on the member patio.

2. Orders may be placed by phone, walk up to the Cafe window, or by entering the member building off the patio following the posted signs. If ordering by phone, please call 815-823-8581.

3. CLICK HERE to view our newly updated menu.

4. When picking up your Cafe order please visit the dedicated window for pick-up.

5. When dining at the Member’s building, food will be brought to your table.

6. Charging food & beverage orders to your member account is recommended. If you do not have a credit card on file, CLICK HERE to download a form.

7. Cash will not be accepted until further notice.

8. Packaged condiments and utensils will be included with meals.

9. Dining is not permitted in the Member Building, North Timing, or South Timing buildings.

 

Fuel

Please use the furnished hand sanitizing unit before accessing the card reader or pump handles. 

Karting

1. Facial coverings must be worn at all times, unless you are wearing a helmet.

2. Members are encouraged to use their own helmets.

3. If you do not have your own helmet, Autobahn will provide one to you in addition to full-face head socks and disposable gloves. After the session ends, place the helmet on the designated rack for disinfecting and dispose of your head sock and gloves in the trash.

4. If your kart is stored at Autobahn, please call 815-317-3124 in advance of your visit. Autobahn staff will remove your kart from storage and have it ready for you.

5. Karts not stored with Autobahn will access the track through the entrance next to the kart storage building. If assistance is needed, Autobahn staff will be available upon request. Entering the track through the maintenance & storage building is no longer permitted.

6. Member karts requiring maintenance will be brought in the shop by Autobahn staff wearing approved PPE. Only Autobahn staff are allowed in the maintenance area.

7. For non-timed kart rental sessions, please enter the track through the gate next to the kart storage building and proceed to the deck for assistance.

8. For timed sessions, enter the red kart building. A maximum of 4 members/guests are permitted in the building at any one time. Follow red social distancing markers. After the timed session, the results sheet will be distributed to participants outside the red kart building.

9. Autobahn rental karts will be disinfected after each use using approved cleaning procedures.

Lunchtime Touring

1. Lunchtime touring is available for both member cars and performance fleet vehicles

2. To reserve a performance fleet car please visit: https://autobahnmembers.com/lunch-time-touring-car-reservation/

Driving Instruction

1. The instructor office located in the South Tower Lounge will be closed to visitors.

2. Should you need to contact Tony please do so by phone, email, or text.

3. Tony Kester –  tonykester@autobahncc.com or 219-670-0528

4. At this time, ride-alongs will not be permitted. We will announce when ride-alongs become available.

5. Data and video download availability and procedures will depend on each individual situation.

6. Memory cards or thumb drives for review should be placed in a marked envelope and left outside the instructor office door.

7. All car setup assistance, data, and video analysis will be done remotely.

Restrooms

1. Restrooms will be available in the Members Building and in South Timing.

2. Up to two persons will be allowed in both the men’s and women’s restrooms at any one time in the Members Building.

3. Up to three persons will be allowed in both the men’s and women’s restrooms at any one time in the South Timing Building.

4. The North Timing restrooms remain closed.

5. Please wash your hands rigorously. Hand sanitizers will be available for use nearby.

Autobahn Employees

1. Written policies and procedures regarding COVID-19 have been shared with all Autobahn staff members.

2. All Autobahn staff will be wearing appropriate face coverings and where appropriate, other protective equipment, and adhering to safety guidelines as issued by the relevant governmental authorities.

3. Autobahn staff have been instructed to wash hands and use hand sanitizer frequently, maintain social distancing, avoid congregating, and avoid shaking hands.

4. Autobahn staff will be following the government guidelines on cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched areas.

5. Autobahn staff will be monitoring member activity and compliance with guidelines and procedures applicable to members. Please be understanding if an Autobahn staff member approaches to remind you of the guidelines put in place to ensure a safe environment for all.

We’re thrilled to be open and will be continuously monitoring any changes to guidelines and executive orders issued by the relevant governmental authorities. As we continue to have discussions with State personnel, we will keep you informed of any changes to these existing guidelines and relaxation of our operating procedures.

Thank you again for your patience and understanding.

Road Closures

No closures.

Guest Driver Policy

Guest Driver Policy – 48 hour’s notice is recommended when a member plans to bring a guest driver.

Upon arrival all guests must complete the necessary forms, including a medical history form and a tech sheet (if driving own car) before entering the Club. At completion of these forms the guest driver will be issued a yellow wristband signifying completion of forms and payment arrangements. The guest driver must then see a track instructor. The track instructor will interview the driver to assess experience/capability and provide an orientation session.

ALL guest drivers must go through orientation regardless of experience. Orientation sessions will be conducted at 8:00 am and 12:00 pm on weekdays and 8:00 am and 12:00 pm on weekends. The instructor may then do one of the following: Issue the guest driver a green band indicating the driver has been approved to drive without any further instruction. Issue a green band to the host member indicating that the member has been approved to give further instruction to the guest and ride as a passenger with the guest until such time as the host member feels no further instruction is needed. At this point the host member must apply the green band to the guest’s wrist. Provide further instruction to the guest driver. This instruction may include a review of the track flags and basic track driving rules as well as a lead follow session on track.ALL guest drivers must get approval from a track instructor before using the course.

Guest Driver Pricing –  Weekday $150 Weekend $200 Full Track Days $300

Member Guest’s must complete the following forms plus read and be familiar with the Guest Driver Policy.

Minor Access Procedures

Many of our Club members have children ages 16 or 17 who are licensed drivers and who wish to come out to the Club without their parents. We encourage everyone to come to the Club and enjoy the facilities whenever they can.

With our insurance carrier’s help, we have developed an annual Parental Consent Waiver which allows minor children of Club Members to have access to the Club without their parents being present so long as the Minor procedures are strictly followed.

Minor Procedures & Waiver

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