About this event
The Las Vegas Region of PCA presents: Driver Education at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch, Pahrump, NV
November 18, 19 & 20th, 2022
VERY FEW SPOTS LEFT!!! ONLY SPOTS REMAINING: WHITE GROUP SATURDAY, RED AND GREEN GROUP SUNDAY
NEW West Track!!!!
Join the Las Vegas Region of the Porsche Club of America for THREE great days of Driver Education at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch.
Please read the information below carefully, as some of our registration and at-track requirements have changed.
For our November DE we are moving to the new track at Spring Mountain (Charleston Peak) and for the first time ever hosting a three-day event. Many of us got a preview of this track with some parade laps at our September event and we’re all excited for this new FIA Level-3 track with fast sweeping corners, quick esses, off-camber turns, lots of elevation change and high-speed straights.
With the new track and paddock layout there will be some changes when it comes to parking, tech lane location and the grid-out procedures – more on that as the event gets closer.
Our events focus is Safety, Education and Fun. Friday will be an open-track day. Friday is open to all Red (advanced) and Green (intermediate) group drivers. For White Group (novice), only drivers who have been signed-off to solo will be allowed. We will not allow any students on Friday BUT will be conducting our regular ground/track school on Saturday and Sunday.
THIS EVENT WILL INCLUDE OUR GROUND/TRACK SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS ON SATURDAY!!!
Saturday and Sunday will feature the normal 30-minute driving sessions with four sessions each day with run-groups (red, green and white) and students (yellow run group).
Pay close attention and make sure you select the right options below for registration. Note that prices have gone up. LV PCA hasn’t raised prices in years but with the added costs of the new track we had to make a modest price increase of $25 per day.
One major change is with meals – please pay attention or you might go hungry. The track will no longer provide catered hot lunches. We are going to order boxed lunches from Capriotti’s. If you want a boxed lunch (cost $20) you MUST select one option for Saturday and one option for Sunday. There will be no lunch provided on Friday.
The Las Vegas PCA is going to throw a FREE pizza party on Saturday night. While this is free – please select that option when you register so we know how much pizza to order. Join your fellow drivers when the track goes cold to share a slice and swap track-tall-tales! BYOB.
Look for more details as the event gets closer but we look forward to seeing you in November.
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
We run rain or shine.
Registration Fees for this event are:
- Fri/Sat/Sun $700 (no students, experienced drivers only)
- Sat/Sun $500
- Friday Only $325
- Saturday Only: $325
- Sunday Only: $325
REMINDER: Registration closes at midnight on November 14, 2022. There will be no registration or fee payment taken 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.
See the Las Vegas Region Porsche Club of America Web Site for more details of the event and requirements at https://lvs.pca.org/driver-education/
You will be considered on a case-by-case basis for this event, based on review by our DE team. To be considered, you will need to have a large amount of recent, trouble-free, and verifiable experience of HPDE on-track driving, with well-known event organizers.
We will have instructors available for learning the track and checkout rides but will be prioritizing drivers who have EXTENSIVE experience at Spring Mountain. This new track is technical - expect a very complicated layout. Several of the turns look the same, many have very late apexes, and there’s few landmarks. Even recognizing that people learn new tracks at different rates, it is a hard track to learn.
If you feel you have the experience to run in a solo DE on this track, please see and EXACTLY follow the directions in the "Guest Driver/Student Waiver Policy" below.
Guest Driver/Student Waiver Policy:
If you have not previously attended one of our track events, you are considered a Student unless you have previously completed our Yellow group Ground/Track School, and 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 environment (as opposed to racing) 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, so we can take a look at your MotorsportReg registration history, and your profile with your previous experience. Then, within 12 hours of your registration, YOU MUST send an email to Brian Schmidt 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 are a PCA member, include your PCA member number and primary region of record. If you are also a PCA nationally trained instructor please tell us, and include your PCA Instructor number.
If you don't send us this REQUIRED email, you will not be considered to attend the event.
If there's nothing about previous track experience in your MotorsportReg profile, your request will be not 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.
1. 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.
2. Gates open at 7:00 am. The 7:45am Mandatory Drivers Meeting will be held outdoors in the classroom.
3. 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.
4. All car occupants must wear a Snell approved SA2015, or SA2020 certification auto racing helmet. Motorcycle helmets are not allowed. Helmet rentals will not be available at the track.
5. We no longer rent transponders. This is an untimed event
6. 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.
7. 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 mentioned at the beginning of this paragraph.
8. 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.
9. Arm restraints are required for all open top cars.
10. 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 in the paddock.
11. 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 Inspection. LV PCA Tech Form 2022.pdf
12. If there are two people in a car, one of them must be a certified PCA instructor who is registered to instruct at the event. No other passengers are allowed at any time.
13. PCA National now requires all persons, both drivers and guests, to sign a PCA event waiver during registration on the day of the event, as we used to do before the Covid-19 restrictions. You will no longer need to download and fill out a waiver and bring it with you. As of this writing, PCA no longer requires a "communicable disease waiver" to be signed.
We look forward to seeing you there!