HPDE organized by
PCA - Allegheny
Fri, Jul 29 - Sun, Jul 31, 2016

ARPCA Driving School #2 - at Pitt Race

Pittsburgh International Race Compl

About this event


ARPCA  to host a second of two events at The Pittsburgh International Race Complex!


Allegheny Region is hosting a second driver education weekend event at Pittsburgh International Race Complex on Saturday and Sunday July 30 – 31, 2016. Allegheny Region driver education events always fill up fast, so register early. We would hate to see you on the wait list!

Pittsburgh International Race Complex (known at PittRace) is just a short 20 minute drive north of the Pittsburgh International Airport with easy access to the Pennsylvania Turnpike (Exit 12). The circuit was expanded in 2015 with nineteen corners, over ninety feet in elevation change and 2.75 miles in length. The track is now very challenging for even the most experienced driver. Forget about attacking just the old North Course, you will be on the full circuit and you will not be disappointed!

As with many of our driver education events, there will be a Friday lapping day for instructors and select experienced drivers. To see if you qualify to participate in the Friday lapping day, send an inquiry to Chief Instructor Drake Core (chiefinstructor@arpca.com)

Would you like to instruct? - If you are not currently an Approved Instructor for the Allegheny Region and would like to instruct please contact Drake Core, our chief instructor: chief.instructor@arpca.com to discuss your instructing with us.

Event requirements

This information has changed for 2016  

Basic Safety / Tech Information

  • Please review all 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.   DOT-rated helmets are not acceptable.  2005 helmets will be accepted at this event, due to manufacturing issues.
  • 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.  
  • 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).   Please do not register if you don’t have a car that will meet this standard.   There will be no exceptions or special dispensation given for this rule.
  • 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.
  • 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 Tech Inspection form, which is to be completed, signed 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 procedures in 2016!  Details will be emailed to drivers closer to the events.

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 structure is below: 


Please make sure that your logbook of experience in your member profile is up to date.  We will use this information to evaluate your ability and to correctly place you into your run group. 

Lapping Day

There will be a Lapping Day on Friday  before the formal DE. Students who qualify for the lapping day are not given an Instructor and therefore a demonstration of a high level of experience is required to qualify. If you are interested in our Lapping Day you are required to participate in the weekend event as well.

Current ARPCA Instructors who want to attend will be accepted.  If you have attended an ARPCA Lapping Day event before at this track you will also be accepted.

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 up to date.  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 SAFETY of all who attend.

Costs and Options:

  • Driver Registration Cost:        $ 425.00
  • Lapping Day Cost:                  $ 225.00
  • Instructor Registration Cost:   $ 100.00 (for ARPCA - approved instructors)
  • Garages are available for rental directly from the track. 
  • RV / Trailer hookup rented directly from track


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 on or around June 14, 2015.  Registration after this date will be charged immediately.  

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.

Our refund policy has changed.

Our Cancellation policy:  We do not charge your card until 45-days in advance of the event.  After that date, the cancellation fee is $100.00, until 2 weeks before the event.

No refunds are provided fourteen (14) days in advance of the event.

In summary

  • Changes can be made for free until                                           June 14, 2016
  • Your credit card is charged                                                         June 14, 2016
  • One Hundred dollar ($100.00) cancel fee in effect                     June 14, through July 15, 2016
  • No refunds provided after                                                           July 15, 2016.

Note: Event occurs rain or shine.

Pittsburgh International Race Compl

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PCA - Allegheny

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