HPDE organized by
PCA - Allegheny
Fri, May 4 - Sun, May 6, 2018

2018-ARPCA Watkins Glen - Driving School

Watkins Glen Int'l

About this event

ARPCA 2018 track driving season opens at Watkins Glen International 

Watkins Glen International (WGI) is located in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York.   Since the opening of the circuit in 1956, WGI has hosted innumerable sports-car racing series races including being the home of the United States Formula 1 Grand Prix from 1961 through 1980.   WGI is truly an iconic road racing track that enjoys a well-deserved reputation as being one of the finest road circuits in the world.   We utilize the full 3.4 mile "Grand Prix" circuit.   Make plans to drive your car on the same track as so many of the great road racers throughout history!




As all ARPCA (Allegheny Region of the Porsche Club of America) Driver's Education (DE) events are, this is a great opportunity to drive your car on a world-class track and greatly enhance your driving skills. Our club has a long history in making sure that first-timers feel especially welcome!

ARPCA is a very active group both on and off the track.  Our Spousal Auxiliary will be coordinating off-track activities for those interested in traveling to antique shops, wineries and other attractions unique to the Finger Lakes region over the course of the weekend.

There will be an "Open Lapping" day for ARPCA approved experienced solo drivers and instructors on Friday, May 4th.  If you haven't participated with ARPCA on a lapping day and would like to, please contact the chief instructor at chief.instructor@arpca.com.

There will be a Track Walk in the evening of Friday May 4th.

If you are not currently an approved instructor for ARPCA and would like to instruct for us at WGI, apply please contact the chief instructor at chief.instructor@arpca.com.

Event requirements


Safety information for 2018! 

Basic Safety / Tech Information

Please review the following as there have been changes made since last year!

  • HELMET – 2010 or 2015 SNELL rating REQUIRED with SNELL sticker attached.   SNELL SA standard strongly recommended but SNELL M helmets are acceptable.   DOT-rated helmets are not acceptable.   Please do not arrive with a SNELL 2005 helmet as you will not be allowed to participate!
  • SEATBELTS – As a minimum the vehicle shall have the OEM restraints.  If you have chosen to install 5 or 6-point harnesses, be mindful that the proper installation of these will require several changes to the automobile to create a safe occupant system.   Harnesses must include an anti-submarine strap and be mounted in an approved manner consistent with the harness manufacturer instructions.  A seat designed for use with harnesses will have pass-throughs for the correct routing of the harness; both through the back and seat.   Equal restraint systems are required for both driver and passenger.   Harnesses will be checked for expiration date compliance.   Any expired harness will be granted a “one-time pass” to participate in that event but vehicle will not be allowed to be used at subsequent ARPCA events without replacement.  If harnesses are used, a "head and neck" is strongly encouraged and will be required in 2019. 
  • SEATING REQUIREMENTS – ALL participant vehicles must have TWO seats with equal restraints for the driver and passenger.  This applies to all run groups (including instructors).   
  • ROLL BAR – All “non-fixed-metal” roofed cars must have OEM rollover protection (e.g. 996 and later Cabriolets, Boxsters etc.) or a proper roll bar that passes the “broomstick test”.   Convertibles will run with the top up or occupants will wear arm restraints.
  • AGE – Drivers must be at least 18 years old and possess a valid driver’s license.
  • CO-DRIVER – If two drivers will be sharing a car, only one of them may be a novice participating in the "D" run group.
  • CAR SAFETY – The driver of the vehicle is responsible for the proper preparation and operation of the vehicle.   All registered drivers will receive a link to ARPCA’s Vehicle Safety Inspection form, which is to be completed by a third-party automotive repair/inspection facility, signed by them, and brought to the event.  All non-instructor-driven vehicles will be required to pass tech inspection at the track.   No refunds will be given for failure to pass tech inspection.   You will be allowed to remedy any failed items and resubmit your vehicle for approval.
  • THE OPINIONS OF THE INSTRUCTOR WITH REGARDS TO SAFETY TAKES PRECEDENCE OVER STUDENT OPINIONS – The instructor assigned to the student will have the final say with regard to the operation of the car while on the track.   This encompasses both the actual driving by the student as well as operation of the car and its’ equipment (e.g. data acquisition and/or cameras and recording devices).   Be advised that the Chief Instructor(s) are much more likely to take the side of the instructor than that of the student in matters that involve a difference of opinion regarding the operation of the car while on the track.
  • CARS THAT ARE NOT PERMITTED – All open-wheeled cars are prohibited.   Cars with fenders attached to the suspension (e.g. Lotus 7/Caterham) and not attached to the body of the car in at least two locations are prohibited.  

Should there be any question about the suitability of a vehicle please contact the ARPCA Safety/Tech chairman at Safety@ARPCA.com.

Be alert for new safety and/or tech procedures in 2018!  Details will be emailed to drivers closer to the event.

Tell us about your abilities:

In order to place you correctly, please make sure your driving resume is up to date in Motorsport Reg.  A suggested format is below: 


Please make sure that your logbook of experience in your member profile is current.  We will use this information to evaluate your experience and track driving abilities so as to correctly place you into your proper run group. 

Lapping Day

There will be an open lapping day on Friday, the 4th of May before the formal DE. Drivers who qualify for the lapping day are not provided an instructor and therefore a demonstration of a high level of track driving experience and skill is required to qualify. If you are interested in our lapping day you are required to register in the weekend DE event as well.

All current ARPCA Instructors are automatically accepted.  If you have attended an ARPCA lapping day event at this track previously you will also be accepted.

For all others, indicate your interest in attending the lapping day when completing the registration form. Please make sure that your logbook of experience in your member profile is current.  We will use this to evaluate your ability to qualify. We may also ask for a recommendation from the Chief Instructor of your Region and will contact you by e-mail if we need your CI’s contact information. Lapping days are operated as open track days and we are very careful to only have qualified participants at these events. This precaution is done to insure the enjoyment but primarily the safety of all of those who will be sharing the track on Friday.

Costs and Options:

  • Driver Registration Cost:        $440.00
  • Instructor Registration Cost:   $100.00
  • Lapping Day Cost:                  $225.00
  • Garage Rental:                       $125.00 


Your credit card will be charged when you register.  If you have any difficulties, please write the Track Chair at track@arpca.com.  You can cancel your registration through MSR and the Track team will process any credits in a few days.  Our Refund policy:

Any registration cancellation will incur a $25.00 bank fee.

Cancellation 37-days before the event will incur a $100.00 charge (includes bank fees).

No refunds are provided twenty (20) days in advance of the event.

In summary:

  • Your credit card is charged                                              Immediately
  • Cancellation fee                                                               $25.00
  • One hundred dollar ($100.00) cancel fee in effect          March 28, through April 14, 2018
  • No refunds provided after                                                April 14, 2018
  • No refunds provided for mechanical failure.      

Our refund policy:  We charge your card immediately upon registration.  


Watkins Glen Int'l

Watkins Glen, NY
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PCA - Allegheny

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