Fri, Apr 21 - Sun, Apr 23, 2023

Porsche St. Louis - Spring 2023 STL PCA HPDE

World Wide Technology Raceway

About this event

Come out and join us at World Wide Technology Raceway for a great weekend high performance driving school!

Don't miss the excitement, the fun and the opportunity to improve your driving skills during an on-track high performance driver education (HPDE) weekend with the St. Louis Region of the Porsche Club of America (PCA) on the new 2.0 mile road course at World Wide Technology Raceway just minutes from downtown St. Louis.

NOTE:  Beginner and Novice Run Groups are currently full, accepting registrations for waitlist.  Intermediate, Advance and Instructor Run Groups all have space available, your registration will initially be waitlisted, but cleared in a couple of days as long as space is available.

Everyone is welcome, you do not need to be a PCA member to register!  Most makes and models of sports cars and sedans are eligible to participate.

Drivers will be grouped for track sessions according to their prior track experience. Students with limited or no prior HPDE experience will be assigned one of our trained, in-car instructors for one-on-one real time instruction during all track sessions. In addition, beginner students will receive valuable classroom instruction throughout the weekend.

Friday is limited to Advanced Drivers and Instructors only.   
Qualified drivers must either be an Instructor or have run solo for at least one FULL weekend (both all day Sat & all day Sun) in the St. Louis Region PCA's HPDE Intermediate or Advanced Group AND must  email for approval BEFORE registering. Friday will be run under PCA's "Expanded Passing" (EP) rules which permit passing with a "point by" almost anywhere on the track. If you are not comfortable with EP, please do not register for Friday.

Our DE events have been filling up 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.

Event requirements

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS CAREFULLY BEFORE YOU COMPLETE REGISTRATION.  To access event files, including the new 2022 Tech Form, please go to View Event Details or See Who Else is Attending, click on "Entries", then click on "Message From Organizer"

  1. Participants must be 18 years of age and present a valid state issued driver's license at track registration.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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, choose Loaner Helmet option at registration. 
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

World Wide Technology Raceway

Madison, IL

Organizer

Driver School organized by

PCA - St. Louis

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