About this event
The Las Vegas Region of the Porsche Club of America presents:
Driver Education and Open Track Driving at
Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch, Pahrump, NV
May 1 & 2, 2021
Join the Las Vegas Region of the Porsche Club of America for two great days of Driver Education and Open Track Driving at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch on May 1 and 2, 2021
As of 8am Tuesday April 13, the Student/Yellow group has sold out. We will place you on a waitlist if you register for the school. There are four drivers currently on the wait list.
Please, read this first: The Covid-19 situation is extremely fluid, and state and locally mandated protocols are changing quickly. Since this registration page is being posted a month before the event, we have no idea right now what those protocols will be when the event is actually held. We are advising attendees at this point to expect anything - from the protocols we have been using since September 2020 (masks always worn in the paddock, social distancing, outdoor driver's meetings, etc.) to none, or anything in between. For now, the information presented here will be what is current, which is a state-wide mask mandate. We will keep registered drivers and instructors informed through email blasts as things change. If you register for this event, please be sure to monitor your email for these important information updates.
Please read the information below carefully, as some of our registration and at-track requirements have changed.
Our events focus on Safety, Education and Fun, and feature 30-minute driving sessions with four sessions each day.
Very Important: Please fill out your MotorsportReg.com profile with past experience and emergency contact information. If your profile does not have an emergency contact listed, it will delay the confirmation of your registration.
All car makes are welcome!
All run groups will run with passing only by point-by, and only in designated passing
For now, private instructors/coaches are not allowed at this event.
We run rain or shine.
Registration Fees for this event are:
- Both Days: $450
- Saturday Only: $300
- Sunday Only: $300
REMINDER: Registration closes at midnight on April 26, 2021. There will be no registration or fee payment at the track.
These events have become very popular the last few seasons and many have sold out. We also limit the number of cars in each run group for a better driver experience. Your spot in a run group will be determined by your registration date and time.
We are running the 3.4 mile Mansell Course, Option "C"
We are offering our HPDE Ground/Track School at no additional charge! The Ground School is open to ALL first time track drivers.
You MUST register as a STUDENT if you have never had formal racetrack oriented driving instruction, such as a two or three day paid performance driving school at Ron Fellows, Skip Barber, Bob Bondurant, Porsche Track Experience, or equivalent academy, or a formal two day HPDE ground/track school with the Porsche Club of America, Audi Club, BMW Club, or equivalent. If you are not sure you have met this criteria, our safe, informative, and exciting performance ground/track school is waiting for you at no additional charge! Please proceed through the registration process as a "Student."
Important Note: Students must register for either Saturday and Sunday, or Saturday only. No Sunday only registrations are accepted for the Student School. Two Students cannot share a single car for the ground school. A Student cannot share a car with a driver registered in a regular run group.
We highly recommend if you can, to attend the Ground/Track school for both days. Most of the formal school - classroom, car control exercises etc. - are scheduled for Saturday morning. Saturday afternoon is your introduction to on-track driving for two, 30-minute sessions with your instructor. Sunday, you put all that learning together, by running on the track all day with your instructor for four, 30 minute sessions.
If you are interested in attending the Ground/Track School, please read this very carefully:
Yellow group Students will be instructed with in-car instructors in the right seat only. YOUR SAFETY and the safety of others, is of the HIGHEST importance to us. What we are offering is a very personal choice, so you must be absolutely comfortable with this arrangement and willing to abide by our strict safety mandate before you register for this group. Our volunteer instructors for this class have also been asked if they are comfortable with this arrangement before they registered for the event to instruct, but this does not guarantee your health or theirs.
In-car instruction safety measures for both driver and instructors: Masks will be mandatory when you are outside of the car and anytime inside the car without a full face helmet. The only exception to the mask rule will be when your Full Face helmet is on with the visor down. If you have an Open Face helmet, you will be required to wear a mask at all times... even with your helmet on. Social distancing will be enforced even if you are standing at the track map. Hand washing will be encouraged multiple times throughout the day. We do not want this event to perpetuate more transmission of the virus.
Registering as a student is easy:
Please read the following carefully: When registering as a student, you will automatically be placed on a wait list, Your status in your MotorsportReg dashboard will be labeled as “on hold.” As qualified instructors register for the event, we will change your status to “confirmed” and send you an email saying you have been confirmed for the event’s Ground/Track school. Please make sure to monitor your email and MotorsportReg dashboard in the last three weeks before the event, to keep tabs on your status. We will charge your credit card when you register, but you will receive a prompt refund in the event you are not confirmed.
These spots will be available on a first-come-first-served basis according to day and time we receive your registration, and dependent on the number of instructors available. Be sure to register early to be assured of getting a spot.
Non-solo White group drivers: We will - depending on instructor availability - be providing instructors for White Novice group drivers who have not been signed off to solo. There will be a priority on drivers who have previously attended Las Vegas Region's Student School. Please click the "Yes" button for the "do you need an instructor" question when you register.
We will be confirming students for the ground school only when we have a registered instructor for that student. Please, if you know you’re coming to the event and will instruct, sign up early so we can inform students early they are accepted into the Ground School.
If you are a PCA Nationally Trained Instructor but have not instructed with us before, you MUST contact Xxxxx Xxxxxxxx before registering.
Lunch will be available for purchase both days for $10, a buffet as usually provided by Spring Mountain in the past, with hamburgers, hot dogs etc. It will be served to you by someone from the track's catering. It will be located in the paddock, or up just outside the classroom if there's inclement weather. Payment for lunch each day is $10 in cash, no credit cards are accepted for lunch. Lunch is not part of your entry fee, we ask you if you're going to buy lunch during registration only to give the track's kitchen an approximate count for each day.
Note: The large hospitality tents, carpet, and chairs will not be set up this weekend due to COVID-19 social distancing.
See the Las Vegas Region Porsche Club of America Web Site for more details of the event at https://lvs.pca.org/driver-education/
Guest Driver/Student Waiver Policy:
If you have not previously attended one of our track events, you are considered a Student unless you have completed our Yellow group Ground/Track School, have run two clean events with us, or had formal racetrack oriented driving instruction, such as a two or three day paid performance driving school at Ron Fellows, Skip Barber, Bob Bondurant, Porsche Track Experience, or equivalent academy, or a formal two day HPDE ground/track school with the Porsche Club of America, Audi Club, BMW Club, or equivalent.
For experienced intermediate and advanced drivers, this requirement may be waived. In order to obtain the Student Waiver, experienced drivers must have significant, appropriate experience, and be endorsed by other track organizations or PCA regions.
- By "significant" we mean more than just a few events,
- By "appropriate" we mean that such experienced drivers must be able to function in a Driver's Education (as opposed to racing) environment where drivers are given lots of room, passing is via "point-bys," courteous driving is expected and risky behavior is not tolerated.
- By "endorsed" we mean that an official from the other driving organization(s) must be able to provide their opinion of your safe behavior on the track and ability to follow event protocol.
If you feel you are a good candidate for a Student Waiver, please follow these directions exactly:
A. Update your driving experience resume in your Motorsportsreg profile. Be as detailed as possible to give us a good initial review of your track driving experience.
B. Register for the event, then within 12 hours of your registration, YOU MUST send an email to Xxxxxxx Xxxxx at: email@example.com to alert us of your request. In your email, please introduce yourself, tell us about your previous track driving experience and approximate dates, the tracks you've run on, and clubs you've run with.
If you don't send us this REQUIRED email, you may not be considered to attend the event.
If there's nothing about previous track experience in your MotorsportReg profile, it's doubtful your request will be considered.
C. If requested, have an official from the other driving organization (as similar to PCA as possible) provide information about your driving experience and their endorsement of your safe behavior on the track and ability to follow event protocol.
Your request and supporting information will be reviewed by us and we will inform you whether your Student requirement has been waived.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: This information is current as of March 27, 2021 but could change
1. Due to COVID-19, we now have to follow additional guidelines set by PCA National and State of Nevada. These include the following guidelines:
- Follow the state, municipal guidelines, and the track's rules.
- All participants and staff will wear masks at all times (except in the car under your helmet). This is for your safety and the safety of everyone on-site. In the case of in-car instruction for the Yellow group, masks will be mandatory when you are outside of the car and anytime inside the car without a full face helmet. The only exception to the mask rule will be when your helmet is on (Full Face) with the visor down. If you have an Open Face helmet, you will be required to wear a mask at all times...even with your helmet on.
- Hand sanitizer, disposable gloves, trash baskets, disposal face masks, cleaners and disinfectants will be provided if you do not have any. However, you should bring your own to ensure there is enough for all.
- We will limit in-person contact as much as possible between you, other participants, and the volunteer staff. There will not be a hospitality tent at this event.
- You are encouraged to stay home if you are at a higher risk for severe illness. Your temperature will be checked at the gate. If it is higher than 100.4 degrees, you and all the occupants in your car will not be admitted to the event and asked to go home. A refund will be given.
- The Tech Review will be set up in the paddock - look for the cones that mark out the Tech area. Please be sure to social distance. Be prepared for this to take a little longer to complete.
2. Head and neck restraints are required for all occupants in harness-equipped vehicles. Tech review staff will be checking head and neck restraints expiration dates.
Head and neck restraints are required for all five or six point harnesses. The same type of restraint system is required for both driver and passenger. Harnesses are required to be SFI or FIA approved for competition and mounted in the manufacturer's approved configuration. Any harness approved for PCA Club Racing is acceptable when installed according to the manufacturer's instructions. Evidence of this approval must be provided by the driver, if necessary. We will be checking expiration dates on harness systems at Tech Review. We recognize five-year FIA expiration cycles... if your harnesses are more than five years old, they'll be expired.
If you are running stock/DOT approved 3-point restraint system (stock seat belts) additional head and neck restraints are not required. The Las Vegas Region PCA will not rent/provide head and neck restraint systems. Participants must provide their own systems if required.
3. Gates open at 6:45 am The 7:45 am Mandatory Drivers Meeting will not be held in the classroom this time. The Driver's Meeting will be located at the Tech Review area. You must arrive prior to 8:00 a.m. to ensure you pass the Temperature Check, Registration and attend the Driver's Meeting.
4. All entrants must be 18 years of age and possess a valid state, province or country Driver's License. Be sure to bring it with you to registration check-in. We will be checking them.
5. All car occupants must wear a Snell approved SA2010, SA2015, or SA2020 certification auto raving helmet.
Motorcycle helmets are not allowed, except for the Yellow Student group.
Note: SA2010 helmets will be allowed for the rest of 2021. For those of you with Snell SA2010 certified helmets, we encourage you to move to a 2015 or 2020 Snell certification. Snell 2020 helmets are becoming more available for sale from most retailers, and there's some great deals on SA2015 helmets at most retailers.
Helmet rentals will not be available at the track.
6. We no longer rent transponders.
7. Clothing: Full-length pants, long sleeve shirts. Shoes must be enclosed, non-slip, with a relatively smooth sole. Hiking type deep lugged soles are not acceptable. No short pants allowed. Clothing must be of natural fibers, no synthetics except approved fire resistant material. If the weather is very hot, we MAY declare a "hot day" and allow short sleeves to be worn in street cars, but don't count on it. Bring long sleeved shirts.
8. Occupants in cars that are race-prepped with a full cage, or have had the interior removed, must wear a SFI or FIA approved fire resistant driving suit that conforms to PCA Club Racing rules. See PCA Zone 8 Rule Book for suit specifications. If we declare the event as a "hot day," you must still wear the fire resistant driving suit mentiond at the beginning of this paragraph.
9. All convertibles and “open” cars must have roll bars unless equipped with factory "pop-up" rollover protection, such as Porsche Boxsters and newer Carrera Cabriolets. Convertibles must run with the top closed - this includes T-tops, Targa tops and sunroofs. Face shields or protective goggles are required in all open cars and cars without a windshield.
10. Arm restraints are required for all open top cars.
11. The Drivers Meeting is MANDATORY for all drivers. Critical topics will be discussed including Flags, Passing Rules and Track Entry/Exit. For this event the Driver's Meeting will be held socially distanced in the paddock near the Tech Review area.
12. A Tech Review Form will be required to be completed prior to the event and brought with you to the track to present to Tech Review. Technical Review Form 2019.pdf
13. The PCA Release and Waiver of Liability form RELEASE_AND_WAIVER_OF_LIABILITY-PCA2009 (1).pdf and the Communicable Disease Exposure and Infection Assumption of Risk, Hold Harmless, Release, Waiver of Liability and Indemnity Agreement form PCA Communicable Disease Waiver 20200625.pdf must also be completed prior to the event and brought with you to the track to present to the Registration desk.
Without these three forms (PCA Release and Waiver, PCA Communicable Disease Waiver, and Tech form) signed, you will not be able to participate in this weekend event.
We look forward to seeing you there!