There are other organization than BMW CCA I know it's heresy to say so, but it's true. Several that I run with allow passengers after the organizers have gotten to know that you're not a wreckless idiot. It really depends on who's running the day. A good rule of thumb is that if your in control and getting really frustrated that others are holding you up, then it's time to bump up a group. Often times, if you want, one of the coaches can ride with you and let the orginzers know you're ready for the next level. If the field isn't too crowded, they'll kick you into the next group that very day! But these are all very loose rules, and vary a lot depending on who is organizing and running the events. Matt ps, I've never, ever ever heard of an organization that won't move you down right away if you feel uncomfortable in the more advanced run groups.