Tire Rack Street Survival 2014

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Sunday, September 28th, 9:00AM-4:30PM

The Allegheny Region PCA and Allegheny Chapter BMWCCA join forces and proudly present the 2014 Tire Rack Street Survival Program to Pittsburgh!

The primary emphasis of the Tire Rack Street Survival® is a “hands-on” driving experience in real-world situations! We use your own car to teach you about its handling limits and how you can control them. The students will become more observant of the traffic situation they find themselves in. They will learn to look far enough ahead to anticipate unwise actions of other drivers. As the students master the application of physics to drive their cars, they will make fewer unwise driving actions themselves. They will understand why they should always wear their own seatbelts, and why they should insist that their passengers wear seatbelts, too.

It’s about more than driving – it’s about LIVING!

Cost Per Student – $75.

See our FAQ page at: www.streetsurvival.org/frequently-asked-questions.php

Any questions after reviewing the FAQ page call Bill Wade, National Program Manager, @ 864-438-2060 (8 am – 8 pm EST)

Register by Sept 26th thru MSR Here

ONLY 5 SPOTS LEFT – REGISTER TODAY!

***  SOLD OUT!!!  ***

You can still register as wait-list in case of a cancellation but also to be notified of next school.

BE SURE TO NOTE YOUR PCA AFFILIATION TOO!

ARPCA / EBR August 9 & 10 Weekend Track Event

The ARPCA / EBR DE at Pitt Race on August 9 & 10 is almost here! 

Join The Allegheny Region PCA and Eastern Buckeye PCA at PittRace for a great weekend of track activities. With only a month left before this event, time is running out register today!

Three(3) events are planned for this weekend, 

For those that may be new to this annual event, here’s some background on the facility at PittRace:

  • The facility just 20 minutes north of PittsburghInternationalAirport
  • The North Track is a 1.6 mile course with over 8 turns, sweeps and elevation changes.
  • The track has a high-quality surface and is well maintained.

  • The Vehicle Dynamics Area (VDA), 5+ acres of pavement that we’ll be using for a car control activities 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  come and participate. All that is required is that you have a technical 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.

Come see a new facility being built

PittRace is investing millions in upgrading the facility and creating a new 2.88-mile track. The new track is scheduled to open in 2014!  The improvements are already underway! The track has paved the driveway to the track and the driver’s paddock area. Pitt Race has added additional “Air-Conditioned” rest rooms with showers in the paddock area.  Camping is available, for a nominal weekend fee (slightly more with hook-ups), which is purchased directly with PittRace as you enter the gate. 

New to Track Events?

First time? No worries. Our clubs 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, 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 need a SNELL 2005 or newer rated helmet.   Helmets can be rented at the track pro shop for new drivers.

If You Prefer Auto-X

An Auto Cross is also going to be held at the track on Sunday on the VDA. Autocross (AX) will give you the opportunity to test yourself and develop your own skill set, as well as learn the limits of your vehicle in a safe and controlled environment. All events are based around a course made of traffic cones and each lap timed for each driver. AX seldom exceeds speeds of 60 mph and has no “wheel to wheel” competition.

How Do I register or get more information?

If you have questions or would like to discuss any aspect of our Events contact: Track@ARPCA.com

Can’t Attend?

If you can’t attend consider our other track event on September 5 – 7, 2014

Mid-Ohio road course is one of the great auto racing facilities and is nestled in the rolling hills of Lexington, OH.  This 2.3 mile technical road course is enjoyed by both new as well as experienced drivers. This is a perennial favorite. ARPCA-MidOhio

      

ARPCA / EBR August 9 & 10 Weekend Track Event

The ARPCA / EBR DE at Pitt Race on August 9 & 10 is almost here! 

Join The Allegheny Region PCA and Eastern Buckeye PCA at PittRace for a great weekend of track activities. With only a month left before this event, time is running out register today!

Three(3) events are planned for this weekend, 

For those that may be new to this annual event, here’s some background on the facility at PittRace:

  • The facility just 20 minutes north of PittsburghInternationalAirport
  • The North Track is a 1.6 mile course with over 8 turns, sweeps and elevation changes.
  • The track has a high-quality surface and is well maintained.

  • The Vehicle Dynamics Area (VDA), 5+ acres of pavement that we’ll be using for a car control activities 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  come and participate. All that is required is that you have a technical 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.

Come see a new facility being built

PittRace is investing millions in upgrading the facility and creating a new 2.88-mile track. The new track is scheduled to open in 2014!  The improvements are already underway! The track has paved the driveway to the track and the driver’s paddock area. Pitt Race has added additional “Air-Conditioned” rest rooms with showers in the paddock area.  Camping is available, for a nominal weekend fee (slightly more with hook-ups), which is purchased directly with PittRace as you enter the gate. 

New to Track Events?

First time? No worries. Our clubs 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, 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 need a SNELL 2005 or newer rated helmet.   Helmets can be rented at the track pro shop for new drivers.

If You Prefer Auto-X

An Auto Cross is also going to be held at the track on Sunday on the VDA. Autocross (AX) will give you the opportunity to test yourself and develop your own skill set, as well as learn the limits of your vehicle in a safe and controlled environment. All events are based around a course made of traffic cones and each lap timed for each driver. AX seldom exceeds speeds of 60 mph and has no “wheel to wheel” competition.

How Do I register or get more information?

If you have questions or would like to discuss any aspect of our Events contact: Track@ARPCA.com

Can’t Attend?

If you can’t attend consider our other track event on September 5 – 7, 2014

Mid-Ohio road course is one of the great auto racing facilities and is nestled in the rolling hills of Lexington, OH.  This 2.3 mile technical road course is enjoyed by both new as well as experienced drivers. This is a perennial favorite. ARPCA-MidOhio

      

Car Control Clinic 2014

Join us Sat May 24th at PittRace (just 20 minutes from Cranberry) for the annual ARPCA Car Control Clinic.  This is the PERFECT opportunity to learn more about you and your car in a very safe environment. We will use the SIX-ACRE Vehicle Dynamic Area (VDA) to provide a complete educational experience! The Car Control Clinic is hands-on, in-car training that consists of a classroom discussion of vehicle 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 opportunity to practice these maneuvers in a safe environment.
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2014 Autocross Season Schedule

The ARPCA is excited to announce another year of Autocross for 2014! The 2012 and 2013 seasons saw great participation, a lot of fun, and gave drivers the ability to learn about themselves and their cars in a safe environment. Season three will again offer the ability to learn more about yourself and your car but, will expand on those abilities with the addition of new programs:

  • PVGP Autocross School hosted by the Steel Cities SCCA (Saturday July 12 OR Sunday July 13)
  • Autocross and Taste Of The Track Event coinciding with our August DE at PittRace. (August 10 at PittRace)

The Autocross School and Taste Of The Track events are aimed to help drivers (from novice to pro) improve their autocross skill and to have a better understanding of vehicle dynamics; braking, acceleration, cornering, throttle management, and understanding the best line through a course. In addition to the Autocross skill set taught at the AX school, the Taste Of The Track Event will allow autocrossers to test their ability and apply those skills on the track (with an ARPCA DE Instructor) and experience what a Driver’s Education (DE) is about.

This season we will also participate in and along with several other cars clubs (North Hill Sports Car Club, BMW Club, Mini Club and Steel Cities SCCA) in the Wounded Warrior Project October 11-12, 2014 to raise money through an autocross for injured soldiers hurt in the line of duty. The Wounded Warrior Benefit Autocross is a two day event and entrants can participate either Saturday, October 11 or Sunday, October 12 or both days if so desired. The Wounded Warrior Project is a charity dedicated to providing tangible, practical support for our wounded military – Helping them to heal both physically and mentally. We are truly excited to be part of this event for 2014.

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Remaining 2014 AX Season includes:
(CLICK EVENT TO REGISTER)

Schedule:

  • Gates open 8am
  • Open Course walk 8:15-9:30
  • Registration begins 8-9:15
  • Tech 8:30-9:30
  • Guided course walk 9:30
  • Drivers meeting 9:45
  • First Car off 10:00
  • Number of runs will be determined by number of participants – There will at least be 4 runs per driver in the AM and 4 in the PM session

Cost:

  • PCA Member: $30 per driver.
  • Non-member: $40 per driver.
  • On-site registration is $40.

Autocross School Tuition:

  • Autocross School is $100. Students will participate in a one day (either Saturday July 12 or Sunday July 13) educational session on Autocross with an Instructor at PittRace. More details and registration info will be available and posted soon!  

About Autocross:

AX is a great entry-level competitive driving event that requires little car prep, time or money. Beginners are welcome and there are no pre-requisites other than a vehicle in safe working condition.  Before each event begins there is a guided Course Walk that takes you step by step through the driving line and explains how to navigate through the cones. This is especially helpful for first-timers and those that want a second perspective.

Autocross courses are typically around a 1/2  to 1 mile in length and tend to place more emphasis on car handling and driver skill rather than on sheer horsepower. Autocross courses are set up using soft orange traffic pylons which will not damage your car. Events are run at speeds usually between 40-65 MPH, usually in 2nd gear. Autocross is a “performance driving event” and a safe way to learn how to drive your car at its limit. You not only learn how to handle your car at speeds that you drive daily, but you also:

  • Gain confidence in your driving ability
  • Learn the limits of your car’s brakes
  • Learn correct seating, hand, and feet positions
  • Learn the limits of your car’s tire adhesion

Finally, Autocross is a social gathering of new and old friends and LOTS OF FUN!

While the size of the field will determine the number of runs which occur last year we averaged 4 – 6 runs in both the morning and afternoon.

 

DE Supporting Materials

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This area includes links to information and materials to help you prepare for DE. The sections below provide general information as well as specific details for each of the driving events. Sections will be updated with specific details before each  event as needed.  

ARPCA DE Forms and Links

  • Safety & Tech Inspection Form: 2015 Safety & Tech Form – Used for all DE events, including a requirement to read the information in the “Safety Requirements”. This form is being updated for 2016!
  • Safety Requirements – Please Read the following safety requirements for 2016!  (The safety requirements will be posted by January 31, 2016.)

 

  • ARPCA DE Novice Primer:  ARPCA DE Primer – Designed for those new to drivers education.  Explains what to expect and how to prepare for a DE.
  • Article – Why not DE?: Why NOT do a Drivers Education [DE]? An article by one of our Chief Instructors, Ralph Gaudio, providing great insight. Very worthwhile reading…

MATERIALS FOR EVENT (SCHEDULE, GARAGE MAP, TbT, ETC.)  ARE LOCATED UNDER EACH EVENT ON MASTER SCHEDULECLICK HERE

Other Interesting Materials Supporting your on-track habit

  • Driver Training Manual: Drivers Training Manual – Developed by Porsche Owners Club (POC), is a VERY GOOD document. If this is your first DE (or you are looking to improve your driving capabilities) take time to review!
  • Racing Equipment (including Helmets): Apex Performance – Apex Performance has been a strong supporter of ARPCA. This year SA 2005 helmets are no longer allowed – Do not show up with a SA2005 or you will not be allowed to run.
  • HPDE Insurance: High Performance Drivers Eduction Insurance – offered by Lockton Affinity. Most standard insurance policies do not cover on-track incidents. Not all tracks covered. Check for specific availability.
  • Wheel – Tire Size Calc: Wheel / Tire Calculator – Tool helps determine wheel/tire fitment.
  • 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 set of videos. There are a number you can review in preparation for your first DE – or – just to get the “driving juices” flowing.

Watch what it’s like to do a DE here:

2015 PittRace Full Track Simulator:

 

2014 ARPCA DE Schedule

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

The 2014 season is here. Come and experience what performance driving is all about.  We’ll manage 3 drivers education events on some North America’s most beautiful tracks. Events are Saturday & Sunday with a invitation only “lapping day” Friday for instructors and highly experienced students.

Click here for more information on what an ARPCA DE is and what it entails.

Click here for great read by our own Ralph Gaudio explaining why you SHOULD do a DE!

We are returning to 3 favorites: Watkins Glen, PittRace, and Mid-Ohio.

These DEs along with 4 Auto-Cross (solo) events and a Car Control Clinic will keep us very busy!

Support Material for Track events (such as Participant Guide, Track map, run-group assignments, etc when published) can be found here:  2014 DE Supporting Materials

Our 2014 Dates by venue are:

Location Date Student Cost Contact Register
Mid-Ohio (OH) Sept 5 – 7 $385 Tom Mueller ARPCA-MidO-2014
Watkins Glen (NY) May 9 – 11 $405 Drake Core ARPCA-WGI-2014
PittRace (PA) August 9 -10 $370 Tim Hronek ARPCA-PittRace-2014
Nelson Ledges (OH)* CANCELLED $0 Skip Wolfe CANCELLED

About each track:

Watkins Glen (May 9-11 DONE!)

Watkins Glen International (nicknamed “The Glen”) is located near Watkins Glen, New York, at the southern tip of Seneca Lake. Long known around the world as 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, World Sportscar Championship, Can-Am, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and IndyCar Series.

We run the 3.4 miles Grand Prix configuration which is enjoyed by both new and experienced drivers. Friday we host lapping day for instructors and very advanced students. DE runs Sat and Sun.

Our spousal aux will arrange activities for those who are not interested in being at the track.

Watkins Glen Track Map

Pitt Race (Aug 9-10 DONE!)

Pitt Race (formerly known as BeaveRun) is just 20 minutes north of Pittsburgh International Airport and is a welcome addition to the Western PA region. 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 venue and 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 main track we include specialized, in-car instruction with activities on the Skid Pad, Slalom Course and Threshold Braking on the VDA.

Pitt Race (PIRC) Track Map

Mid-Ohio (Sept 5-7 DONE!)

A road course which is one of the great auto racing facilities nestled in the rolling hills of Lexington, OH. This 2.4 mile technical road course is enjoyed by drivers of all skills.

Put this on your calendar now! Mid-Ohio is beautiful early-September. Friday we host a lapping day for instructors and very advanced students. DE runs Sat and Sun.

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

Mid-Ohio Track Map

Nelson Ledges (CANCELLED)*

CANCELLEDContact  Skip Wolfe  Mobile: (440) 527-3839Immediately if you have registered for this event!

All types of vehicles welcome!

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

Registration Process

Driving event registration is conducted online through MotorsporReg (MSR) at http://arpca.motorsportreg.com. We use MSR to manage the events and communicate with you about up-coming events as well as specific details about events for which you have registered.  If you have not used MSR before there is a 2 step process:

  • Create a username, password and a profile which includes information about your cars and driving experience,
  • Register for specific events

The earlier you sign up the better we are able to plan – there is limited downside.  When registering for an event you will be asked for a credit card.  We will not charge your credit card for the event until approximately 30 days prior to event.  Due to significant track deposits, each event has a specific cancellation policy which can be found in the MSR registration.

Keep your data current!  It is important that we have a current valid email address for you. Please remember to update your information in the future should there be any changes.

What happens if the event is sold out? You are put on a wait list. Both Instructor and Driver 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.

Mid-Ohio DE Sept 21-22 2013

Come run with us at Mid-Ohio!

The Allegheny Region of the Porsche Club of America will host a Driver’s Education Event at the Mid-Ohio Race Track on Saturday and Sunday, Sep 21 and 22.

Running along the front straightThere will be a lapping day for experienced drivers Friday, Sept 20th.
This is a great opportunity to learn more about your car and enhance your driving skills. Our club has a long history in making sure first timers feel especially welcome!

Garage rentals are available  so you can hide from the elements – be it sun or rain!

​If you are not currently an Approved Instructor for the Allegheny Region and would like to apply please contact John Schrenker, our chief instructor: jssdmd@aol.com to discuss your instructing CV.

Click Here to Register
on MSR Before 11:59PM Sept 15th

Mid-Ohio DE Sept 21-22 2013

Come run with us at Mid-Ohio!

The Allegheny Region of the Porsche Club of America will host a Driver’s Education Event at the Mid-Ohio Race Track on Saturday and Sunday, Sep 21 and 22.

Running along the front straightThere will be a lapping day for experienced drivers Friday, Sept 20th.
This is a great opportunity to learn more about your car and enhance your driving skills. Our club has a long history in making sure first timers feel especially welcome!

Garage rentals are available  so you can hide from the elements – be it sun or rain!

​If you are not currently an Approved Instructor for the Allegheny Region and would like to apply please contact John Schrenker, our chief instructor: jssdmd@aol.com to discuss your instructing CV.

Click Here to Register
on MSR Before 11:59PM Sept 15th

Mid-Ohio DE Sept 21-22 2013

Come run with us at Mid-Ohio!

The Allegheny Region of the Porsche Club of America will host a Driver’s Education Event at the Mid-Ohio Race Track on Saturday and Sunday, Sep 21 and 22.

Running along the front straightThere will be a lapping day for experienced drivers Friday, Sept 20th.
This is a great opportunity to learn more about your car and enhance your driving skills. Our club has a long history in making sure first timers feel especially welcome!

Garage rentals are available  so you can hide from the elements – be it sun or rain!

​If you are not currently an Approved Instructor for the Allegheny Region and would like to apply please contact John Schrenker, our chief instructor: jssdmd@aol.com to discuss your instructing CV.

Click Here to Register
on MSR Before 11:59PM Sept 15th