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2013 DE Supporting Materials

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This area includes links to information and materials that will help you prepare for DE. We create a new page for each year. The sections below provide general information as well as specific details for each of the driving events. The sections will be updated with more details before each of the events. The page is structured as follows:

  • General DE Forms and Links: This section provides links to key topics that are applicable to all DE’s. These range from the safety form you must have completed to on-track insurance options.
  • Information for specific DE’s: These sections will include information specific to a given drivers education event. This includes:
    • Participant Guide: This provides all of the “need to know” items about the specific track and how ARPCA manages the event at this track. Mandatory reading!
    • Lapping day Addendum: For specific events where we include a lapping day this document will outline the “need to know” items for those who are participating.
    • Track Map: Turn-by-Turn instructions for the track. Review this material to prepare yourself for the event.
    • Event Schedule: The specific schedule for each event
    • Run Group Assignments: Who is grouped into which run group
    • Garage Assignments: When garages are rented by ARPCA the the track this document identifies who is in each garage bay
  • Other “Interesting Materials” Supporting your on-track habit These materials are additional information about on-track driving.
Running in the Fog at Mid-Ohio

Running in the Fog at Mid-Ohio

 

General DE Forms and Links

  • Safety & Tech Inspection Form: 2013 Safety & Tech Form – Used for all DE events. Print this out and have it completed by an authorized technical facility before attending the event.
  • ARPCA DE Novice Primer: ARPCA DE Primer – Designed for those new to drivers education, this is an introduction to DE’s explaining what to expect and how to prepare for an event.
  • Article – Why not DE?: Why NOT do a Drivers Education [DE]? This is an article by one of our Chief Instructors, Ralph Gaudio, providing great insight into DE’s. Very worthwhile reading…
  • Driver Training Manual: Drivers Training Manual – Developed by Porsche Owners Club (POC), this is a VERY GOOD document. If this is your first DE (or you are looking to improve your driveing capabilities) take time to review!
  • Racing Equipment (including Helmets): Apex Performance – Apex Performance has been a strong sponsor to ARPCA. They have created a promocode ARPCA Members can use online to order or call and mention ARPCA on phone orders. You will save 10% on most items over $75 (and 10% on ALL helmets). If you order your helmet from Apex Performance you will also receive a free fleece lined helmet bag and cotton headsock and free ground shipping. This is a good deal all around!
  • HPDE Insurance: High Performance Drivers Eduction (HPDE) Insurance – offered by Lockton Affinity. Note, most standard insurance policies do not cover on-track incidents. Not all tracks are covered. Check with Lockton Affinity for specific availability.

2013 Watkins Glen Materials

2013 Pitt Race Materials

  • Participant Guide: Pitt Race Participant Guide Review this before attending the event. This includes key information including directions, hotel information, access times to the track, etc.
  • Track Map: Pitt Race Track Map Turn-by-Turn instructions for Pitt Race.
  • Event Schedule: Not yet developed
  • Run Group Assignments: Not yet developed
  • Garage Assignments: Not yet developed

2013 Mid-Ohio Materials

  • Participant Guide: Mid-Ohio Participant Guide Review this before attending the event. This includes key information including directions, hotel information, access times to the track, etc.
  • Track Map: Mid-Ohio Track Map Turn-by-Turn instructions for Mid-Ohio.
  • Event Schedule: Not yet developed
  • Run Group Assignments: Not yet developed
  • Garage Assignments: Not yet developed

Other Interesting Materials Supporting your on-track habit

  • Tire Database: Tire & Pressure DB – This is a great reference for information about tires – not specific to DE’s but expect that our DE participants will be most interested.
  • Wheel – Tire Size Calc: Wheel / Tire Calculator – This tool helps determine wheel / tire fitment. It is a bit technical but can be very helpful.
  • Ultimate Speed Secrets: High Performance Driving Book Book from Ross Bentley on performance driving.
  • Track Videos: Hooked on Driving Videos This “for profit” drivers education organization has published a very good set of videos. There are a number that you can review in preparation for your first DE – or – just to get the “driving juices” flowing.
  • Teen Driving School: Video – Example Car Control Clinic Experience – THis video provides a good perspective on what happens at a Car Control Clinic event. Take a quick view!
  • Misc Video: Video – Killed myself when I was Young A reminder that the laws of physics have not changed in the last 100 years (great footage and a good recording.)

Watch what it’s like to do a DE here:

Pitt Race DE

ARPCA Drivers Education Series

Come run with us to BeaveRun!

Get ready for the ARPCA Pitt Race DE Event on August 25 & 26

The ARPCA Region would like to invite you join us at Pitt Race (formerly known as BeaveRun) for another great weekend of Track Activities. This facility just 20 minutes north of Pittsburgh International Airport is a welcome addition to the Western Pennsylvanian region.

With its North Track, a 1.6 mile course and the Vehicle Dynamics Area (VDA), 5+ acres of pavement for auto-crossing and car control BeaveRun caters to new drivers as well as seasoned professionals.

Our event will utilize both facilities. For newer students you will not only be running on the North Track as part of your standard run group activities you will also have classes on the VDA to refine car handling skills. These include Slalom and Stop, Avoidance and Skidpad exercises.

All types of vehicles are welcome!

In addition to Porsches, we have Audis, BMWs, Corvettes, Lotuses, Mazdas, Minis, Subarus (just to name a few) come and participate. All that is required is that you have valid state inspection and a safety inspection completed by your local mechanic.

Come for a party

In addition on on-track activities the club will also be having a social gathering at the track Saturday Evening. Have your family come up to enjoy good food and drink with friends.

First time on Track?

First time? No worries. Our club excels in making sure your experience is safe and enjoyable. You will be paired with an instructor who will be knowledgeable in driving your type of car at speed. Your day will begin with a drivers meeting, move to classroom instruction and then out onto the track. We run rain or shine – many drivers find that running in the rain is just as enjoyable – the major difference is everything just happens at lower speeds. You will also need a SNELL 2005-rated helmet. All of this will be covered in the detailed student information packet that we’ll provide before the event.

If you have questions or would like to discuss any aspect of our Events contact:






2012 Car Control Clinic

Getting Ready for the Slalom Exercise

Scheduled for May 26th at Pittsburgh International Race Complex (PIRC, formerly known as BeaveRun, and only 27 minutes from Cranberry) the annual ARPCA Car Control Clinic is the PERFECT opportunity to learn more about you and your car in a very safe environment. We will be using the SIX-ACRE Vehicle Dynamic Area (VDA) at PIRC to provide a complete educational experience! The Car Control Clinic is hands-on, in-car training that consists of a classroom discussion of vehicle dynamics and human dynamics followed by four hours of in-car instruction in accident avoidance and defensive driving maneuvers.

The Clinic can teach students what typical driving schools can’t: what to do when something goes wrong in the car – and provide the opportunity to practice these maneuvers in a safe environment.

Drivers will use the VDA to learn and practice three key skills:

  1. Smooth steering on a Slalom course – Understand how to navigate your car smoothly through a set of cones. Recognize where you want your car to go. You will learn how to drive where the cones aren’t!
  2. Threshold Braking – Learn how to control your car in an emergency breaking situation. You will understand more about your car’s capabilities and how to manage them. Learn how to successfully maneuver around obstacles (just as if you have a deer in the headlights) while slowing your car.
  3. Skid-Pad Activities – Drive on a skid pad where you will have the opportunity to experience your car breaking traction and then learn how to regain traction in a safe environment. Feel the balance and learn how to steer your car with the throttle.

 

Running on the Skidpad

All types of vehicles are welcome! Bring your special vehicle or your daily driver. In addition to Porsches, we have Audis, BMWs, Mazdas, Minis, Subarus as well as mini-vans participate. All that is required is that you have valid state inspection.

A bit Nervous? No worries. Our club excels in making sure your experience is safe and enjoyable. You will be paired with an experienced instructor who will be knowledgeable in driving your type of car.

This is a great opportunity for new drivers!

CCC Registration: Here

Make it a weekend – Come Run the Autocross on Sunday!

On Sunday, May 27th, ARPCA will be holding our autocross at PittRace’s VDA – Sign up to put your new skills to work.

Autocross Registration: Here

2012 DE Supporting Materials

This area includes links to information and materials that will help you prepare for DE. We create a new page for each year. The sections below provide general information as well as specific details for each of the driving events. The table will be populated before each of the events.

Category

Material

General DE Forms and Links
  • Safety & Tech Inspection Form: 2012 Safety & Tech Form – Used for all DE events. Print this out and have it completed by an authorized technical facility before attending the event.
  • ARPCA DE Novice Primer: ARPCA DE Primer – This is an introduction to DE’s explaining what to expect, how to prepare designed for the new DE student.
  • Driver Training Manual: Drivers Training Manual – Developed by Porsche Owners Club (POC), this is a VERY GOOD document. If this is your first DE (or you are looking to improve your driveing capabilities) take time to review!
  • Racing Equipment (including Helmets): Apex Performance – Apex Performance has been a strong sponsor to ARPCA. They have created a promocode ARPCA Members can use online to order or call and mention ARPCA on phone orders. You will save 10% on most items over $75 (and 10% on ALL helmets). If you order your helmet from Apex Performance you will also receive a free fleece lined helmet bag and cotton headsock and free ground shipping. This is a good deal all around!
  • HPDE Insurance: High Performance Drivers Eduction (HPDE) Insurance – offered by Lockton Affinity. Note, most standard insurance policies do not cover on-track incidents. Not all tracks are covered. Check with Lockton Affinity for specific availability.
2012 Mid-Ohio Information
  • Pre-Event Drivers Packet: Pre Event Packet Mandatory! Review this before attending the event. This includes key information including directions, hotel information, access times to the track, etc.
  • Lapping Day Addendum: Lapping Day Addendum This document is an addendum to the other event materials providing specific information for Friday, Lapping Day.
  • Track Map: Student Classroom Material – Turn by Turn This provides a turn-by-turn overview of Mid-Ohio. All students who are new to the track are encouraged to review before the event.
  • Garage Map: Garage Map Here is the current map for those who have rented garages. We will continue to update up to the event.
  • Event Schedule: Event Schedule
  • Instructor/Student Paring: Instructor Student Paring
  • Run Groups: Run Groups
  • Instructor Run Group: Instructors
2012 Pitt Race (BeaveRun) Information
  • Pre-Event Drivers Packet: Pre Event Packet Mandatory! Review this before attending the event. This includes key information including directions, hotel information, access times to the track, etc.
  • Track Map: Advanced Student Classroom Material – Turn by Turn This provides a turn-by-turn overview of Pitt Race. All students who are new to the track are encouraged to review before the event.
  • Event Schedule: Run Group Schedule This is the schedule for Saturday & Sunday.
  • Instructor / Student Parings: Instructor / Student Parings This is the assignments of instructors to students.
  • Event Run Group: Run Group Assignments Listing of Run Group Assignments.
2012 Watkins Glen
  • Pre-Event Drivers Packet: Pre Event Packet Mandatory! Review this before attending the event. This includes key information including directions, hotel information, access times to the track, etc.
  • Track Map: WGI Track Map Turn-by-Turn instructions for WGI. Review this material to prepare yourself for the event.
  • Lapping Day Addendum: LD Addendum Lapping Day Specific information for those who are attending (this is an addendum to the Pre Event Packet.)
  • Event Schedule: Run Group Schedule This is the schedule for Saturday & Sunday.
  • Event Run Group: Run Group Assignments Listing of Run Group Assignments.
  • Garage Assignments: Garage Assignments – Listing who is in which garage.
Other Interesting Materials
  • Tire Database: Tire & Pressure DB – This is a great reference for information about tires – not specific to DE’s but expect that our DE participants will be most interested.
  • Wheel – Tire Size Calc: Wheel / Tire Calculator – This tool helps determine wheel / tire fitment. It is a bit technical but can be very helpful.
  • Ultimate Speed Secrets: High Performance Driving Book Book from Ross Bentley on performance driving.
  • Track Videos: Hooked on Driving Videos This “for profit” drivers education organization has published a very good set of videos. There are a number that you can review in preparation for your first DE – or – just to get the “driving juices” flowing.
  • Teen Driving School: Video – Example Car Control Clinic Experience – THis video provides a good perspective on what happens at a Car Control Clinic event. Take a quick view!
  • Misc Video: Video – Killed myself when I was Young A reminder that the laws of physics have not changed in the last 100 years (great footage and a good recording.)

2012 Driver Education Events

Running at Watkins Glen

Run with us at some of America’s greatest tracks!

The 2012 season is here. Come and begin to experience what performance driving is all about. We’ll be managing 4 drivers education events on some North America’s most beautiful tracks. Events are Saturday & Sunday with a invitation only “lapping day” on Friday for instructors and highly experienced students.

 

We are returning to 3 favorites: Watkins Glen, Pittsburgh International Race Complex (previously known as BeaveRun), and Mid-Ohio.

[Cancelled – We’re disappointed to announce that we’ve needed to cancel our new new venue for 2012 – Summit Point Circuit (SPC.)]

 

We will also joining forces with NORPCA to run at Nelson Ledges. As a result, in 2012 we will have a DE every summer month (May – September.) This along with a few Autocrosses and a Car Control Clinic thrown in will keep us very busy!

 
Supporting Material for Track events is here.

A summary is below:

LocationDateStudent CostContactRegister

Watkins Glen (NY) May 11 – 13 $405 Bob Nadin ARPCA-WGI-2012
Nelson Ledges June 15 – 17 $380 Skip Wolfe http://norpca.org
Summit Point Circuit Cancelled July 5 & 6 $380 Dale Rabeneck ARPCA-SPC-2012
PittRace (PA) August 25 & 26 $380 Scott Mores ARPCA-PIRC-2012
Mid-Ohio (OH) Sept 14 – 16 $395 Dale Rabeneck ARPCA-MidO-2012

Read about the tracks:

Watkins Glen (May 11-13)

As you probably know, Watkins Glen International (nicknamed “The Glen”) is an auto race track located near Watkins Glen, New York, at the southern tip of Seneca Lake. Long known around the world as the home of the United States Grand Prix, which it hosted for 20 consecutive years (1961–1980), The Glen has been home to road racing of nearly every class for over 50 years, including Formula One, the World Sportscar Championship, Can-Am, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and the IndyCar Series.

 

We run the 3.4 miles Grand Prix configuration which is enjoyed by both new as well as experienced drivers. On Friday we will host a lapping day for instructors and very advanced students. The DE will run Saturday and Sunday.

 

Our spousal auxiliary will be arranging activities for those who are not interested in being at the track.

 

Watkins Glen Track Map

Nelson Ledges Road Course (June 15-17)

In June we are combining forces with the NORPCA region to run at Nelson Ledges in Garrettsville, OH. This will be a two day DE. On Friday there will be a “944fest” for which people who are into running their 944’s on track can participate.

 

Nelson Ledges is a two-mile, seven turn road course, with a rich history of sports car and motorcycle road racing. It is a user-friendly facility that is well suited to a variety of racing and motor sports related activities. In years past, the Longest Day of Nelson, a 24-hour race was run with “Showroom Stock” through racing prototypes. Come run with us and capture some of this spirit.

 

Cancelled – Summit Point Circuit (July 5&6) – Cancelled

Come join us at Summit Point and create a mini-holiday July 4th for you and your family in this historic region. Our spousal auxiliary will be arranging activities for those who are not interested in being at the track.

We will be running on the Summit Point Circuit (SPC). SPC a 10-turn, 2.0-mile (3.2 km) road course that features a 2,900-foot (880 m) main straight. This original circuit opened in 1970. The Main Circuit was repaved in the Fall of 2007.

 

Summit Point Circuit Track Map

PittRace (Aug 25-26)

Pittsburgh International Race Complex (PittRace- formerly known as BeaveRun) is a relatively new facility just 20 minutes north of Pittsburgh International Airport and is a welcome addition to the Western Pennsylvanian region. With it’s North Track, a 1.4 mile course and the Vehicle Dynamics Area (VDA), 5+ acres of pavement for auto-crossing and car control PIRC caters to new drivers as well as seasoned professionals.

 

This event is perfect for first time participants! For all “newer” DE divers we structure the event to include a combination DE and Car Control Clinic. In addition to time on the main track we include specialized, in-car instruction with specific activities on the Skid Pad, Slalom Course and Threshold Braking Course on the VDA.

 

Pitt Race (PIRC) Track Map

Mid-Ohio (Sept 14-16)

The Mid-Ohio road course is one of the great auto racing facilities and is nestled in the rolling hills of Lexington, OH. This 2.4 mile technical road course is enjoyed by both new as well as experienced drivers.

 

Put this on your calendar now! Mid-Ohio is beautiful mid-September. On Friday we will host a lapping day for instructors and very advanced students. The DE will run Saturday and Sunday.

 

Our spousal auxiliary will be arranging activities for those who are not interested in being at the track.

 

Mid-Ohio Track Map

All types of vehicles are welcome!

In addition to Porsches, we have Audis, BMWs, Corvettes, Lotuses, Mazdas, Minis, Subarus (just to name a few) come and participate. All that is required is that you have valid state inspection and a safety inspection completed by your local mechanic.

First time on Track?

First time? No worries. Our club excels in making sure your experience is safe and enjoyable. You will be paired with an instructor who will be knowledgeable in driving your type of car at speed. Your day will begin with a drivers meeting, move to classroom instruction and then out onto the track. We run rain or shine – many drivers find that running in the rain is just as enjoyable – the major difference is everything just happens at lower speeds. You will also need a SNELL 2005-rated helmet. All of this will be covered in the detailed student information packet that we’ll provide before the event.

Registration Information

Driving event registration is conducted online through MotorsporReg at http://arpca.motorsportreg.com. We will also be using this system to communicate electronically with you going forward, so we ask that you log on to and verify/update your vital information. Once online, you may amend your username and password if you wish to do so and register for events. It is critical that we have a current valid email address for you. Please remember to update your information in the future should there be any changes.

 

Event registration is not complete unless you pay. Payment may be accomplished on line via the Pukka Software system by VISA, MASTERCARD or ACH CHECK.

 

WAIT LIST – Student applications are accepted on a first come, first serve basis, provided all eligibility requirements have been met. There are a limited number of Student spaces available for our events. This number may vary from one venue to another. The event registrar will inform you of your status (confirmed or waitlist) before the event.

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