About this event
Are you a new Porsche owner and want to understand what your new car is capable of doing? Have you owned your Porsche for a while and wondered what this thing called “Autocross” might be? Do you want to become a better driver by understanding how to control your vehicle in emergency situations? Are you already an experienced autocrosser, but want to improve your skills? The Chesapeake PCA Introduction to Autocross is the event for you!
The day will start on-site at Prince George's Stadium in Bowie, MD with driver check-in and tech inspection to make sure your car is ready to autocross. A one-hour Autocross Chalk Talk (classroom session) will be held outdoors at the autocross venue during which our Chief Autocross Instructor will cover many of the finer aspects of autocrossing: general car control, weight transfer, oversteer/understeer corrections, precision braking, and a host of other techniques.
Once complete, students will drive in skills exercises where they will be able to apply what they have learned and receive additional "live-fire" mentoring with a dedicated instructor as they practice slalom technique, car control on a skid pad, and driving the racing line on a mini-course. Lunch and drinks will be provided during a break after the morning skills exercises, after which the students will have a chance to put it all together and compete on a full autocross course.
Note that you don’t have to own a Porsche or be a PCA member to participate in the Autocross School. Everyone is welcome: this event is open to owners of all makes and models.
- Entry fee of $100 for the entire day, including lunch
- All car makes and models are welcome
- Registration is capped at 30 attendees
- There are no walk-ups available for this event
Schedule: Here is the tentative schedule of the day's events:
0800 - 0830 Check-in and tech inspection
0830 - 0930 Class/Chalk Talk
0930 - 1000 Prep for Driving Sessions
1000 - 1100 Driving Session #1
1100 - 1200 Driving Session #2
1200 - 1300 Driving Session #3
1300 - 1345 Lunch / Driver's Meeting
1345 - 1410 Course walkthrough
1410 - 1420 Group #1 drivers to their cars, Group #2 to their work stations
1420 - 1600 Autocross Heat 1 (Group #1)
1600 - 1615 Transition Group #2 drivers to their cars, Group #1 to their work stations
1615 - 1800 Autocross Heat 2 (Group #2)
For new PCA Members or first time autocrossers: Upon successful completion of the event, you will receive a discount code for use on motorsportreg.com that will allow for free registration at one 2023 Chesapeake Region Autocross Event.
Participants must be 18 years of age or older and have a valid driver’s license, but our JPP (Junior Participation Program) allows any 16-18 year old child/grandchild of an active (in good standing) PCA member to participate in autocross events providing they have a valid license (this means their license allows them to drive on the street by themselves). The parent or grandparent has to be present at the autocross and must complete a "Parental Consent, Release, and Waiver of Liability" form. The minor participant must complete a "Minor's Assumption of Risk Acknowledgement" form.
All participants must complete a “Waiver and Release of Liability" form (signed on site if spectating and not attending, Speedwaiver signatures are accepted for registrants). Copies of these forms can be found below:
- Parental Consent, Release and Waiver of Liability form
- Minor's Assumption of Risk Acknowledgement form
Each driver must wear an "M" or "SA" rated helmet carrying a 2010 or later Snell Memorial Foundation approval sticker. For those purchasing a new helmet, an "SA" rated helmet is strongly recommended, but an "M" rated helmet is acceptable.
Loaner helmets and head socks will be available for new drivers.