Sat, Sep 17, 2016

11th Annual ARPCA Car Control Clinic

Pittsburgh International Race Compl

About this event

Come learn more about you and your car!

Allegheny Region Porsche Club of America will host our 11th Annual Car Control Clinic at Pittsburgh International Race Complex (PittRace) Saturday September 17, 2016. 

 911 on the skid pad

This is a PERFECT opportunity to learn more about you and your car in a controlled environment.  We will be using the Vehicle Dynamic Area (VDA- six plus acres of pavement) to provide an exhilarating educational experience!  The Car Control Clinic is hands-on, in-car training combined with classroom discussion of vehicle and human dynamics. Four hours of in-car instruction is scheduled for students to practice the driving exercises introduced in the classroom. The goal is to introduce students to the skills and sensations associated with controlling a motor vehicle during accident avoidance and defensive driving maneuvers.

The Clinic can teach students what typical driving schools can't: The proper response when something unexpected happens while driving a car - and provide the opportunity to practice these exercises in a safe environment.

Drivers will use the VDA to learn and practice three key skills:

  1. Smooth steering on a Slalom course - Understand how to navigate your car smoothly through a set of cones.  Recognize where you want your car to go.  You will learn how to drive where the cones aren't by using your eyes and throttle correctly!
  2. Threshold Braking - Learn how to control your car in an emergency braking situation.  You will understand more about your car's capabilities and how to manage them.  Learn how to successfully maneuver around obstacles (just as if you have a deer in the headlights) while slowing your car safely.
  3. Skid-Pad Activities - Drive on a skid pad to experience your car breaking traction and learn how to regain traction in a safe environment.  Feel the balance and learn how to steer your car with the throttle.

Come enjoy the day learning about how challenging and rewarding driving can be. The Clinic is an excellent introduction to our other driving events, autocross and High Performance Drivers Education.  Apply what you've learned!

To learn more about these other Driving/Learning opportunities, go to our website, and click on the DE tab.


*** Under 18 Years of Age ***:

Participants under age 18 are encouraged to attend this event. In order to participate you MUST be a licensed driver, have a relationship to a PCA member, and have a signed parental consent form.  << Tim Add Link here>>

Schedule for Saturday Sept 17thPittRace - 201 Penndale Rd. Wampum, PA 16157 (click for directions)

Event Schedule


7:45-8:30 AM

Register at VDA (Vehicle Dynamics Area - On Left thru Gates)

8:30-8:45 AM

Welcome / Opening Remarks


Classroom - All Drivers - Events Center 2nd flr - Park Upper Lot


First Exercise


Second Exercise

11:50- 12:30PM

Third Exercise


Get Lunch (On sight concession or bring your own)


Classroom Session #2 + Q/A Over Lunch.


Fourth Exercise


Fifth Exercise


Sixth Exercise


Clinic ends. Closing remarks. Thanks for coming!



Event requirements

You can use any car that has a valid state inspection.  Though it is not required we recommend you have your car inspected by your local mechanic to assure that all running gear is in working order.  All drivers must have a valid drivers license - please bring this with you to the event.    


Driver Registration Cost: $85

Instructors: $0


You will be asked for a credit card when you register.  We will charge your credit card after your registration has been reviewed and approved by the event chairs. 

You may adjust your registration on-line.  Any additional charges will be reviewed and charged as appropriate to your credit card.  If refunds are appropriate we will send you a check.  Any refunds will be subject to the standard cancellation policy outlined in the cancellation section for this event.

*** Under 18 Years of Age ***

Participants under age 18 are encouraged to attend this event if they have a valid drivers license.  Unfortunately permitted drivers are not eligible.  In order to participate a minor MUST have both parents and legal guardians sign the parental consent form and one (1) attend the event.  The junior driver must have a relationship with a PCA member, who does not have to be their guardian.

Pittsburgh International Race Compl

Wampum, PA
Download track map
Download track map


Car Control Clinic organized by

PCA - Allegheny

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Event over!