About this event
If you’re interested in learning more about High Performance Driving Education (HPDE) here’s your chance to experience the exhilaration and fun that comes from driving on a road course track! This one day event is open to all, not just PCA members, no previous track experience is required! Registration will open two months prior to the event date.
During this event on the 1.6 mile road course, you’ll have the opportunity to:
• Learn about high performance driving fundamentals through group class sessions
• Learn more about your car and yourself as you apply the techniques covered in class while on the track
• Meet and socialize with others who share your interest in cars and driving.
Drivers will be grouped for track sessions according to their prior track experience, either Beginner, Novice or Solo. Beginner and Novice students will be assigned one of our experienced, National PCA instructors who’ll use a two-way intercom to provide in-car guidance and encouragement. With a keen focus on safety, passing is allowed only under controlled circumstances, as this is NOT racing and is NOT a racing school.
This event is sure to fill quickly, so register early to avoid disappointment! Once the event is full, we will maintain a wait list should openings develop. Your registration is not considered complete until your registration fee is paid in full. Please note Instructed groups may be limited on size based on Instructor availability.
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS CAREFULLY BEFORE YOU COMPLETE REGISTRATION
- Participants must be 18 years of age and present a valid state issued driver's license at track registration.
- Students with limited (or no) prior experience will be assigned an in-car instructor. If you are not comfortable with having another person in your car, please do not register for this event.
- Canceled registrations up to two weeks prior to the event will result in a $35 administrative fee. No refunds for cancellations within 2 weeks of the event; if the spot can be filled from the waitlist, the cancellation will result in a $35 administrative fee only. Additionally, failure to comply with the requirements listed below may result in a registration cancellation without refund.
- PCA members must include membership number and expiration date. If you have a question regarding your membership, please ask before registering. Incorrect or expired membership information may result in a delayed or rejected registration, including a $35 administrative fee.
- Snell rated helmet required, SA2015, M2015 or newer, 2010 helmets are no longer allowed. (A sticker indicating the helmet year can be found inside the helmet, under the padding.) We have a limited number of free loaner helmets available, for first time participants only, for first time participants only, choose Loaner Helmet option at registration.
- Safety "Tech" Inspection: Every vehicle must be inspected by a qualified technician no more than 30 days prior to the event. Exact technical requirements are detailed on the Tech Inspection Form which will be attached to your Event Confirmation. Please note that the Tech Inspection Form has been changed this year (2022), you will need to download a copy of the new Tech Inspection Form for the technician to complete, do not rely on the shop to have the new forms. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the individual owner/driver to ensure the safe operation and maintenance of their vehicle over the weekend. Random inspections may be made at the track to insure vehicles conform to safety requirements. Vehicles failing inspection at the track may be disqualified from participation without refund.
- SUV Rules: Porsche Cayenne and Macan are allowed only in First Time (group 4) and Novice (group 3) run groups. No other SUVs or trucks are allowed.
- Shared vehicles: One vehicle may be shared between two drivers provided each driver is individually registered for the event and the two drivers are in separate run groups. The shared vehicle must be capable of safely handling the increased track usage.
- Convertible vehicles must meet the following PCA rules: "Any make of car delivered with factory installed roll over protection must meet the minimum standards for Porsche Club of America Driver Education events. In these cars the soft-top must be in the up position or the hard top installed. If the top is in the down position, an SFI and/or FIA approved arm restraint system* must be used. If a car does not have factory installed roll over protection, a roll bar or roll cage must be installed, which meets the "broomstick" rule (the driver's helmeted head is below a bar placed on top of the roll bar and windshield). Design, installation and materials of roll bars or cages and their installation must meet PCA Club Racing specifications, contained in Appendix A-Roll Cage Specifications of the PCA Club Racing Rules. All targa tops must be installed unless there is addition roll over protection. All sunroofs must be in the closed position. The windshield alone is not considered to be factory roll over protection." If you have any questions about whether or not your convertible has factory installed roll over protection that complies with the Rules, email us before you register.
- Vehicles without factory installed seatbelts must meet the following PCA rules: "If the participant chooses to install a 5 or 6 point driving harness (four point systems are subject to special rules set forth below) several changes to the automobile must be made to create a safe occupant restraint system. Harnesses must include an antisubmarine strap and be mounted in an approved manner consistent with the manufacturer’s instructions. The Harness system must be used in conjunction with a seat which has the supplied routing holes for the shoulder and anti-submarine belts. All pieces of the restraint system must be installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Every driver and any passenger using other than a factory installed 3 point safety belt MUST also use a "HANS" device. The restraint system must also be equal for each occupant."
This means that a seat is required to have the proper routing holes for the harness as supplied by the seat manufacturer for the shoulder, lap and anti-submarine straps. The shoulder straps should be mounted at 90 degrees to the axis of your spine or at most 40 degrees down from horizontal. Because the addition of the harness system means that the occupants are fastened upright in the vehicle, a properly padded roll bar or roll cage is strongly encouraged to complete the SYSTEM. The use of one without the other may result in an unsafe environment and is not a COMPLETE SYSTEM. Harness straps have an expiration date, expired straps will not be allowed.
In addition to the standard SFI and/ or FIA approved five and/or six point system, the standard will allow a four point system that meets the following requirements:
- Meet the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 209
- Attaches to the factory seat belt mounting points
- Each belt is designed to work in a specific vehicle and that vehicle tag must be attached to the belt system
An example of a system that meets the above criteria is the Schroth Quick Fit system.