Fri, May 28, 2021

PCA-PNWR Novice DE at The Ridge - May 28, 2021

Ridge Motorsports Park, Road Course

About this event

This is the 1st PCA-PNWR Novice's Day!

This event is full.  Accepting registrations for instructors only. 

After a long hiatus, PNWR is pleased to resume offering instruction.  To celebrate, we are holding the first ever all-novice event on May 28 at The Ridge Motorsports Park in Shelton.  

This event is exclusively for drivers who are new to HPDE, or not yet signed off to drive solo. 

Instruction will be provided using PCA's Lead-Follow protocol, with 2-way car-to-car communication via handsfree Bluetooth radios.  Additional instruction and debriefs will be conducted in the paddock after each on-track session.

Registration Opens

  • March 29, 2021 at 8:00 am for Current PCA Members
  • April 19, 2021 at 8:00 am for all others

Registration Closes May 21, 2021 at Midnight

All drivers will be waitlisted upon registration so we can verify your eligibility to participate.

Drivers will be notified no later than 30 days prior to the event if they are confirmed or wait listed.  Payment will be processed 30 days prior to the event for all confirmed drivers.

PCA Members:  Verify that your PCA membership is current, your membership number has been correctly entered in your (MSR) profile, and the name on your MSR profile exactly matches the name on your PCA membership.  Failure to meet these requirements will prevent you from registering during the first 20 days as a PCA member. Note that renewals processed in the last few days may also not yet be in the system. Plan ahead. Renew your membership.

PCA Pacific Northwest Region's Driver Education Program is a fun and safe, teaching environment in which participants learn advanced car control and safe driving techniques. PNWR Driver Education events are NOT racing, preparation for racing, nor a competition of any kind.

Entry Fee: $310
Rental Helmet: $30 (Limited supply available)

See website for complete event details:

Event requirements

PCA/PNWR Novice-only DE

This event is full.  Accepting registrations for instructors only. 

  • You must NOT have been signed-off to drive solo.
  • Lead-Follow instruction will be provided to all drivers.  No in-car instruction or passengers will be allowed.
  • Limited guests are allowed with prior approval only from the DE chair.  All guests must be registered for the event.

Each entrant must have their own account at

Verify your profile is current before registering:

  • PCA members - verify your PCA membership is current, you have entered your PCA membership number in your profile, the name on your profile exactly matches the name on your PCA membership
  • Enter all vehicle information (including VIN numbers) for all vehicles you will bring to track during the season. 

Minimum age is 18 with a valid, non-restricted driver's license. We will check driver's license at check-in on day of event 

Maximum of two drivers per car; must drive in separate run groups.


PCA Driver Education Minimum Standards require use of an approved Head And Neck Restraint System (HANS) when harnesses are used.  Please review current DE Minimum Standards at

Helmets - Snell rated SA2010/M2010 or newer are required.

Tech Inspection

  • Each event requires completion of a PreEventTechForm within a 30 day window PRIOR to each event. 
  • Your car must be inspected prior to each event, even if you submitted a tech form for a previous event within the 30 day window.  
  • New: This form MUST be completed, signed, and submitted electronically 10 days before the event.  The tech team will provide instructions 30 days prior to the event.
  • This form must be completed by a certified mechanic, or by the participant if he/she feels competent to do so.  It is highly recommended to have a shop inspect your car periodically.
  • Additional rollover protection is required for convertible top vehicles without stock protection from the manufacturer.


996/7 GT2, GT3, and Turbo Coolant Fitting Requirements

The cooling systems of the ‘Mezger’ dry sump engines include epoxied fittings that are especially prone to failure. This can occur with little to no warning, and cars that are primarily street-driven are just as susceptible as those that are driven mainly on the track.

PNWR now requires proof that all coolant pipe fittings on affected cars have been welded or pinned prior to using them at Driver Education events.

The affected cars are: all variants of 996 Turbo, GT2, and GT3; all variants of 997 Turbo, GT2, and GT3, except the 997.2 Turbo.  Cup cars are exempt but must run water/water wetter. 

If you are unsure that your car’s coolant fittings have been welded or pinned; or do not have records to reflect this, we can refer you to several local shops for inspection.


Payment and Confirmation

Payment - Online payment is mandatory.  Payments will be processed 30 days prior to the event for all confirmed registrations.

Registration Status (Visible in the Event Dashboard):

  • Your registration status will initially show New (Waitlist).  Your registration request is in the queue and you have not yet been accepted into the event.
  • Confirmed (Waitlist) means that the normal questions have been worked through, the registration is ready to be Confirmed, but no place yet exists to accept that registration into the event.
  • Moving your registration to On Hold means that we are working on some question, or have a question outstanding that needs to be answered; this status can reappear if something requires action by the registrar or event team.
  • Confirmed shows that your registration is valid and has been accepted by the event team.
  • You will receive an email notification when your status changes. Be sure to check your Junk Mailbox, just in case the message is routed there.

Event Logistics

  • Drivers will be notified no later than 30 days prior to the event if they are confirmed or wait listed.  Payment will be processed 30 days prior to the event for all confirmed drivers.
  • During the week leading up to the event, we will send an email with links to all relevant details, including track instructions, track map, and schedule.  This email does come from a third-party server (MotorsportReg).

Ridge Motorsports Park, Road Course

Shelton, WA
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PCA - Pacific Northwest Region

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