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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.

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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.