Autocross School Announced For 2016

Autocross has been going strong for four years now.  As we enter our fifth season, we are excited to offer our first autocross school!

The autocross school will be for all levels of driving, and the instructors will be prepared to teach everyone from first-time students to seasoned, veteran drivers.  The school has been developed as much for the novice as for those who want to improve their existing skills.  During the one-day school, drivers will learn about and experience vehicle dynamics through a series of exercises: braking, turning, accelerating, understanding the course, and driver development.

The school is a perfect opportunity for drivers to explore what happens at the performance limit of their cars.  It is a great option for those who want to learn how to autocross, improve their autocross times, or even begin to prepare to drive in a future DE.  Every student will receive in-car instruction from one of our experienced autocross instructors.  The school emphasizes safety, fun, and speed.

The 2015 Autocross School will be held at the Vehicle Dynamics Area (VDA) at Pitt Race in Wampum, PA, on Saturday, May 28, 2016, and will follow the normal autocross schedule.

8:00 am Gates open

8:00 – 9:15 Registration

8:15 – 9:30 Open course walk

8:30 – 9:30 Tech inspection

9:30 Guided course walk

9:45 Drivers’ meeting

10:00 First car off

During the guided course walk at 9:30 am, students will walk the course with their instructors and discuss the driving exercises planned for the day, what vehicle dynamics their cars will experience, how the car may feel through the course, and how to make the best time through the course.  After the course walk, students will begin driving on the course and participating in exercises while receiving in-car instruction.  After a brief lunch break, instruction will continue with half the students running the autocross course with their instructors, while half of the students learn to be course workers, an important job that all autocross participants are asked to perform.

As in autocross competitions, students will be required to wear a Snell SA-certified helmet while driving during the school.  Organizers will have a limited number of helmets to loan to students who do not own helmets.

Registration is limited and will open March 19th to the general public and be posted on several websites. ARPCA members will have priority registration via a private hot link, which will be sent to membership through the region’s e-mail service around March 5, 2016. REGISTER EARLY – EVENT WILL SELL OUT.



  • Any street legal car can participate (please no SUVs).  Helmets are required, but good news, the club has good supply of loaner helmets.  Reserve a helmet when you register on
  • Participants ages 16 and 17 are able to attend this event provided they are children, step-children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews of PCA members.  In order to participate you MUST be a licensed driver and have a signed parental consent form.  If your custodian will NOT accompany you to PittRace Saturday morning to sign the Parental Release Form, you must come with it already signed and notarized, and notify the registrar in advance. ( The form can be downloaded from the waiver section of the PCA website here.