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Driver Education

The Pacific Northwest Region of the Porsche Club of America offers a great way to enjoy your Porsche at speed in a safe and fun environment. Modern Porsches offer performance levels (speed, handling, and braking) that cannot possibly be explored safely on public highways. Track days provide a fun and safe alternative!

Bring your car to the track and have an experience that you will never forget and will keep you coming back for more fun! While a Porsche comes out of the factory naturally capable of going fast, we drivers have to learn how to take advantage of all of its capabilities. The Porsche Club prides itself in having one of the most extensive driver education programs and the best instructor teams of any club in the country. We want to help and inspire everyone to become a better driver. Our goal is simple: have a blast in a safe environment!

For first-timers at the track you attend a Classroom style “Ground School” Wednesday evening the week prior to the scheduled track day at Porsche Bellevue. You will learn key objectives of driving at a race track and the rules. You will learn how to identify the entry, apex and exit of each turn, to use the whole track, to pass and to get passed. At the track, you will be assigned an instructor who will be with you all day in the car. There are different run groups for the day for different experience levels and you will have an instructor until the instructor feels that you are competent and ready to go on the track solo.

Driver Education events have 3 run groups for the difference experience level of the drivers. Each run group goes in turn and then the cycle repeats several times. The sessions typically last typically 20-25 minutes. As you progress in your skill set and you choose to be advanced to the next run group, there will be an instructor assigned to certify that you are ready for the next level. One of the greatest values with the Pacific Northwest Porsche club, is that you can have an instructor anytime to help you develop your driving skills at no extra charge.



Prepare Your Car

Prior to your first track day, you will need to prepare your car:

  • Get your car inspected by a qualified shop 30 days before your track day. We strongly recommend having your car fully inspected once per year by a professional shop.
  • Check your tires and brake pads for wear before coming.
  • Complete the 30 day tech form and bring it with you.

Prepare Yourself

  • Go to a PNWR Drivers Skill course to learn your car’s dynamics (optional but recommended)
  • Get a good helmet that fits well. Must be certified Snell 2005 or better (you can also rent ours for a nominal fee)
  • Wear a cotton T-Shirt, Long Cotton pants, closed shoes
  • Driving gloves are optional but recommended
  • Learn and Review the Flags
  • Review track turn-by-turn description
  • Internalize: Safe and fun first, then fast
  • Relax and prepare for the time of your life!!

2017 Event Dates

Event Date Registration
Open
Ground School Location
Mar 19
Sunday
Instructor Training - BMW/PNWR/AUDI Ridge Motorsports Park, Shelton
Apr 8
Saturday
Register Now  Mar 29 Pacific Raceways, Kent
May 13
Saturday
Feb. 22 to
May 6
May 3 Ridge Motorsports Park, Shelton
Jun  9
Friday
Mar 21  May 31 Women's Day
Pacific Raceways, Kent
Jun 24 & 25
Sat/Sun
Apr 2 to
Jun 18
Jun 14 Zone 6
Oregon Raceway Park
Jul 16
Sunday
tbd N/A After Parade (INWR)
Spokane
Jul 28
Friday
tbd Jul 19 Ridge Motorsports Park, Shelton
Sep 22
Friday
tbd  Sep 13  Pacific Raceways, Kent

Rates for 2017 Season

PNWR Driver Ed Participant $290
Ground School - First time to a PNWR DE event, regardless of past experience or club affiliation No Cost
Loaner Helmet; limited supply $30
*Rates subject to change.

Registration & payment for DE events is available online at MotorsportReg.com. Be sure to include your previous experience dated from 2006 so your file will be current.

Ground School

All first-time drivers at a PNWR DE event (or if over two years time away) regardless of experience at other tracks or clubs, are to attend the Ground School training class prior to the event. This required 2-hour classroom training session is free. The intent is to prepare entrants for track driving and what to expect. Members of other clubs who have not participated in a PNWR DE event must attend the PNWR Ground School to become familiar with our practices.

Ground School is held from 6 to 8 p.m. at Porsche Bellevue on Wednesday of the week prior to the DE event. Porsche Bellevue is located at 11910 NE 8th Street, Bellevue, WA 98005. We will host a concurrent GoToMeeting webinar online for registrants who find it impossible to attend the meeting in person. Invitations and instructions on how to log in to GoToMeeting will be sent to attendees prior to the Ground School class.

All novice drivers, at some point during the year, must attend a PCA Skills Day, BMW Car Control Clinic, ProFormance Driving, Bondurant School, etc. event before he/she will be signed-off to drive solo on the track.

Participation Requirements

Minimum age 18 with a valid, non-restricted driver's license.
You must be a current PCA, Alfa, Audi, BMWCCA, Corvette, Mini, Viper, or PDC club member.
Maximum of 2 drivers per car, who must run in separate run groups.
Helmet
- Snell rated SA2010/M2010, or newer is required (after Jan 1 2017). A limited supply of loaner helmets are available for a fee.
Tech - Every event will require a Pre-Event Tech Inspection Form filled out within a 30 day window PRIOR to each event and presented at the tech line the day of the event. The car owner must certify that the car is safe to run on the track and that the car has been inspected by a regionally approved person or shop within thirty days prior to the event. A professional technical inspection is strongly recommended prior to the first attended Driver Education event of the season for all instructors and entrants, regardless of club affiliation. Inspections should be performed by a 3rd-party workshop familiar with your make of car. This will be your best chance to avoid problem situations on track for all drivers in PCA DE events.
Additional roll-over protection is required for vehicles without stock protection from the manufacturer. This is an issue mostly with cabriolets not having pop-up roll hoops, e.g. 993 cabriolets require additional protection but 996 cabs and Boxsters do not.
Equal seatbelts are required for driver and passenger. "Equal" means that both occupants have the same maximal level of equipment. Seatbelt/Harness Systems - refer to the seatbelts/harnesses info under PNWR/PCA Driver Ed Technical Requirements.
Tires - Front Tires must both be of equal size. Rear tires must both be of equal size. all tires must be of the same make and model. All tires must have a speed rating which exceeds the vehicle's top speed.
No illegal or drowsiness-inducing drugs or alcohol consumption prior to, or during the event. No alcohol on PRI property.
Participants must follow any rules or instructions announced at the event's Driver Meeting. Violation may result in a warning, or expulsion from the event for serious violations. PNWR reserves the right to refuse any entrant's event registration, and to expel any entrant during.

Instructor Clinic

The PNWR Instructor Clinic is held annually. It is a collaboration between PCA, BMW, and Audi clubs. Attendance is by invitation only which is extended to all current instructors and selected instructor candidates. The goal for the instructor clinic is to set standards and build continuity between instructors so our track events run smoothly and our quality continually improves. This is an event for instructors only. Our agenda is focused specifically on teaching and instructing. The clinic is held jointly by the PCA, BMW, and Audi clubs. Instructors and candidates who pass the evaluation are accepted as instructors in these clubs.

 

Drivers and new-to-us instructors who want to instruct with us are required to attend this clinic or make special arrangements with the Chief Driving Instructor (DriverEd_CDI@pnwr.org). It is mandatory that our current instructors attend the clinic a minimum of every 2 years to enable them to be kept abreast of changes in the program and to help us continually improve the quality of our program.

 

The day includes a variety of instructor skill building activities, including a track walk, skill exercises, role playing and evaluations to review all our current instructors and ensure our program is ready to go for the season. In addition, classroom sessions are provided to review materials, attend lectures and discuss teaching techniques with fellow instructors.

 

Priority is given to our existing instructors who have been dedicating their time to our track programs. Participation is limited, and attending the clinic does not guarantee a candidate will become an instructor. All drivers will be evaluated to determine if they are ready to instruct with our club. This day offers candidate instructors a great way to gather in-depth information on instructing and to learn if the instructor role is suitable for them.

 

Our instructors are all volunteers and come out with enthusiasm to help others to become better drivers and in turn often learn something new themselves from our talented students! It is a great way to give something back to the club and all the hard work is so appreciated - just look at the students and you will see! We have an excellent base of instructors who help make our events the best in the region!

 
Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events

Driver Education > Registration

Eligibility

These criteria establish who may register for a PNWR/PCA Driver Education event. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee admission.

  • All participants should be members of PCA, Alfa, Audi, BMWCCA, Corvette, Mini, PDC, and Viper Club.
  • You must possess a full, non-restricted driver's license of any jurisdiction, and be 18 years or older.
  • Approved Instructors may register for any event prior to closing date.
  • Snell Memorial Foundation 2010 or later helmet is required; M or SA rating is acceptable. SA is recommended for increased fire protection. A limited supply of loaner helmets are available for a fee.
  • You may bring any safe car passing the technical inspection requirements, including non-Porsches (convertibles may need additional roll-over protection). Remember, the owner and/or operator is responsible for the safe condition and operation of the vehicle. There are a few rules & regulations you need to heed too.
  • Students not yet signed-off to drive without an instructor (includes beginners) must pre-register so we can assign you an available instructor - this means no walk-ins.
  • Participants must follow any rules or instructions announced at the event's Driver Meeting. Violation may result in a warning, or expulsion from the event for serious violations.

PCA Member Prioritization

All entries are prioritized based on registration date recorded on MotorsportsReg.com (register as early as possible to assure yourself a spot). Once registration opens, it's first-come, first-serve until each run class fills. We reserve the right to set capacity limits and limit entries.

Newcomers to a PNWR DE Event

All first-time drivers (or if over two years) at a PNWR DE event, regardless of experience at other tracks or clubs, are to attend the Ground School training class prior to the event. This required 2-hour classroom training session is included in your registration for the DE event. Its intent is to prepare entrants for track driving and what to except. Members of other clubs who have not participated in a PNWR DE event for two years must attend the PNWR Ground School to become familiar with our practices. For drivers who are unable to attend the ground school personally, the Ground School class will be offered online concurrently via GoToMeeting.

All beginners will drive with an instructor until certified to drive solo. You must pre-register, as we need to assign you an instructor prior to the event. If you meet the eligibility rules above, register on MotorsportReg.com, get a pre-event tech inspection before the event, and come to the Ground School training course. Your registration status will be available online through MotorsportReg.com.

Registration Fees

Our events have opening and closing dates indicated on the MotorsportReg.com registration site.

  1. Participants must register online between those two dates or be subject to late registration fees.
  2. Approved instructors may register for any event prior to the closing date. Instructors may contact the Registrar after the closing date for registration without penalty.

Your registration funds are due at the time of online registration, payable by credit card to guarantee your registration. While your registration is under review, your credit card charge will be deferred - until your confirmation. If your registration is not paid online, your spot will be forfeited.

Rates for 2017 Season

PNWR Driver Ed Participant
$290
Ground School - First time to a PNWR DE event, regardless of past experience or club affiliation No Cost
Late fee (after closing date) $50
Loaner Helmet (limited supply) $30

 

2017 Forms

Please complete an Online Registration: pcapnwr.motorsportreg.com for the event in which you wish participate. Maximum of 2 drivers per car, who must run in separate run class. Online Payment must accompany your entry in order to be added to the roster or waiting list, or to receive a confirmation. Forms are accepted during the open registration time period for each event. After the close of registration, MotorsportReg will lock out registration attempts. Call or email the registrar (below) for the late registration password.

 

Step-by-step Instructions for updating your MotorSportReg Account: PDF

 

Every DE event will require a Pre-Event Tech Inspection Form filled out within a 30 day window PRIOR to each event and presented at the tech line the day of the event. The car owner must certify that the car is safe to run on the track and that the car has been inspected by a regionally approved person or shop within thirty days prior to the event. Due to the online registration, please be sure to include your previous experience so your files will be current.

Pre-Event Tech Inspection Form: PDF
(To save to your device, right-click the link & select "Save target As...")

Registrar

PNWR DE Registrar
Colin VanderSmith
Phone: 206-349-9725
E-mail: DriverEd_Reg@pnwr.org

or

PNWR DE Registrar
Olly Downs
Phone: 425-836-8989
E-mail: DriverEd_Reg@pnwr.org

Run Class Designation

We place drivers in one of 3 Run Classes according to experience and ability. When you first drive with us, we'll place you in the group that's best matched to the high performance driving experience you indicate on your registration form and give you a check-out ride with an instructor. Beginning students always have a full day of instruction their first day and usually for a few events beyond.

We use letter-coded run class. Here's the line-up:

Experience

Run Class

Novice NOV
Intermediate INT
Advanced ADV

 

Cancellation & Refund Policy

Any refunds due under this policy will be issued as soon as practical after an event. It is the entrant's responsibility for preparing and bringing a vehicle meeting our safety/technical requirements; if your car fails morning tech at the track and cannot be fixed, you cannot run and you won't get a refund.

  • Cancellation received before the registration closing date entitles the driver to a 100% refund, (less 10% payment system fee), or 100% credit to a future PNWR DE event within 12 months of cancelled event. If the credit is not used within the time allowed, or is again cancelled, no more than 50% (less 10% payment system fee) will be refunded
  • Cancellation received after the closing date, and up to four full days prior to the event, entitles the driver to a 50% refund (less 10% payment system fee) or 50% credit at a future event within 12 months of cancelled event. If the credit not used with the time allowed or is again cancelled, the fee will be forfeited.
  • No refunds or credits will be given if cancelled within three FULL days prior to the event, or a no-show.

Damage Policy

In the unlikely event that you are involved in a mishap, you may be billed for damage to track facilities and/or fire extinguisher recharging fees

Driver Education > General Info

Vehicles Allowed

All high-performance vehicle manufacturers & models are allowed, after passing a Pre-Event Tech Inspection. Vehicle must have high-performance brakes capable of withstanding repeated use at high speeds without significant performance fade, and a low center of gravity. Vehicle driver or owner is responsible for vehicle's safe condition and operation. PNWR maintains the right to refuse entry to any vehicle or driver considered to be unsafe, and to expel a vehicle or driver for unsafe condition or operation during an event.

General Program

  • Drivers drive six to seven 20-25 minute driving sessions, based on whether the day stops at 4 or 5 p.m., depending on adjacent event scheduling at the track.
  • Drivers are grouped according to their driving experience/ability with their car. See our run group categorization.
  • A mandatory driver's meeting the morning of the event familiarizes entrants and workers with rules, procedures, and any special conditions.
  • Drivers should be a member of PCA, Alfa, Audi, BMWCCA, Corvette, Mini, PDC, and Viper Club members, including non-Porsches.
  • You must register online at pcapnwr.motorsportreg.com. All registrations are on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Maximum of 2 drivers per car, who must run in separate run groups.
  • Your vehicle needs to have a Pre-event Tech Inspection Form available at check-in. Inspection assistance can be had at the shops, dealers, and individuals in the Tech Inspection & Safety section.
  • Gates open at 7 a.m. Morning tech and check-in must be completed prior to the mandatory Driver's Meeting at 8:15; first car runs at 9:00 a.m.
  • These events are open to all students, beginners included.
  • Pre-registration and Pre-Event Tech Inspection  are required.

Any questions, contact the DE Chair at DriverEd@pnwr.org.

Driver Education > Welcome Note from Shay, DE Chair

ShayHi!

I am so excited about the 2017 track season.
This is the third year that I’ve been the Driver Education Chair and I am so proud of the great program and world class instructors we have at our club. If you have always thought about bringing your car to the track, I urge you to make this the year you join us.

This year in addition to track days at Pacific Raceways and The Ridge Motorsports Park, we have two unique events. The first is a “women’s only” day at Pacific Raceways and the second is a two-day weekend event in central Oregon at Oregon Raceway Park.Oregon Raceway Park is a very special track and everyone who drives here raves about the experience.  

I hope to see you at the track!

Cheers,

Shay Hoelscher
February 2017




Driver Education > Track

Pacific Raceways Inc.    |    The Ridge Motorsports Park

Pacific Raceways Inc. (PRI) - formerly Seattle International Raceway

Location

31001 144th Ave. SE
Kent, Washington, 98402

  map  |   www.PacificRaceways.com

 

Watch your speed on SR-18!

 

Directions to PRI

  • from I-5 / Points West & South
    Take exit 142 / SR-18 from U.S. Interstate 5.
    Go east through Auburn and over the Green River Bridge.
    Stay on SR-18 up the hill; PRI is on the right (watch for the sign).
     
  • from Eastside
    From downtown Issaquah, take Issaquah-Hobart Road until it reaches SR-18.
    Get on SR-18 and go west until signs for PRI / Green Airport Park on the right.

Local Hotels

Kent

  • Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites, 22318 84th Ave S., Kent, WA 98032 (253) 395-4300
  • Howard Johnson, 1233 N. Central Ave., Kent, WA (253) 852-7224
  • Val-U-Inn, 22420 84th Ave. S., Kent, WA (253) 872-5525
  • Days Inn, 1711 West Meeker, Kent, WA (253) 854-1950
  • Hawthorne Suites, 6329 S. 212th St., Kent, WA (253) 935-3800

Auburn

  • Nendels, 102 15th St. NE, Auburn, WA (253) 833-8007
  • Howard Johnson, 1521 D St. NE, Auburn, WA (253) 939-5950
  • Val-U-Inn, 9 14th St. NW, Auburn, WA (253) 735-9600

Federal Way

  • Best Western Executel, 31611 20th Ave. S., Federal Way, WA (253) 941-6000

The Ridge Motorsports Park

The Ridge Motorsports Park - www.ridgemotorsportspark.com - is located near the city of Shelton, between the picturesque Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges, in Mason County, the birthplace of racing in Washington State. Set in a relaxed rural natural forest environment with stunning views of Mt. Rainier and Mt St. Helens, only minutes from The Olympic National Forest and scenic Hood Canal, The Ridge Motorsports Park is centrally positioned to serve the major population centers of Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon, as well as British Columbia Canada.

 

Location

1060 West Eells Road
Shelton, WA 98594

Directions

Lodging

There are many places to stay near the Ridge, some are really nice with bit more amenities others are just a good place to sleep. Here are the places recommended by the Ridge:

Alderbrook Resort and Spa
(360) 898-2145
Ask for The Ridge Motorsports Park rate
www.alderbrookresort.com

 

Little Creek Casino and Resort
1-800-667-7711
Ask for the “RIDGE” discount rate
www.little-creek.com

 

Super 8 Motel
360-426-1654
www.super8shelton.com

 

Shelton Inn
(360) 426-4468
www.sheltoninn.com

Driver Education > Tech Inspection & Safety

Pre-Event Technical Inspections

Every event requires a Pre-Event Tech Inspection Form be filled out within 30 days PRIOR to each event and presented at the tech line the day of the event.
The car owner must certify that the car is safe to run on the track and that the car has been inspected by a regionally approved person or shop within thirty days prior to the event.
If a vehicle is damaged and/or repaired, or if any changes or upgrades are made, a new inspection may be required for that vehicle. If you have questions regarding tech inspections, please contact the DE Technical Inspection Coordinator at deti@pnwr.org.
 

 

It is strongly recommended that you get your vehicle inspected every track season by a third-party workshop or dealership that is familiar with your vehicle - you aren't limited to our list of suggested inspectors. Out of region drivers are advised to select a workshop in your area most familiar with your marque which can inspect your car for adherence to the requirements set forth on our Pre-Event Tech Inspection form. Separate Technical Inspection forms are required for each vehicle you bring to an event.

  1. Print out the Pre-Event Tech Inspection Form
  2. Carefully complete the entrant's name, contact information and VIN
  3. Make sure you sign and date the form
  4. Take this form to a certified workshop or dealer most familiar with your vehicle's marque, or by a participant if he or she feels competent to do so

If you have any tech related questions, please contact DETI@pnwr.org.

DE Safety Requirements

Personal and Vehicle

 
General

All registered event entrants must be 18 years or older and possess a valid PCA, Alfa, Audi, BMWCCA/ACA, Corvette, Ferrari, Mini, PDC, or Viper Club membership and a valid, non-restricted, driver's license of any jurisdiction.

 

Helmets - updated 1/26/2017
Helmet standards for DE: All car occupants must wear a Snell approved helmet, which has the current available Snell rating or the one previous Snell rating. Other helmets are acceptable if they are approved for PCA Club Racing.

Helmet standards for PCA Club Racing: Helmets must be certified in accordance with one of the following standards: Snell SA2010 or SAH2010, Snell SA2015 or SAH2015, FIA8860-2004, 2010, or its successor, SFI 31.1, or BS6658-85 type A/FR. Helmets certified to specifications other than Snell must be within 10 years of the date of manufacture, or if FIA, expire at the end of the 10th year after the year of manufacture. Helmets must have the driver’s name on the rear and have the approved PCA Club Racing Inspection sticker displayed on the left side. It is recommended that helmets be replaced or relined after 5 years of actual use.

 

Roofs
Sunroofs, cabriolet tops, targa tops, etc. must be closed during your run session on the track.

 

Clothing
All vehicle occupants are required to wear natural fiber (cotton) material, and closed lace or Velcro fastener footwear. No sandals, bare feet, or slip-on shoes. Long-sleeve shirts are recommended.

 

Drugs & Alcohol
No consumption of illegal or drowsiness-inducing drugs before or during the event. No possession or consumption of alcohol on PRI grounds.

Exterior

 
Brakes

The brake system must be safe and fully functional without hydraulic leaks. Pads must be of sufficient depth to complete the event with a generous thickness of material left. Rotors must not be cracked or warped. The braking system must be able to sustain repeated heavy application from a high speed without significant fading or reduced performance.

 

Brake Fluid
Clean brake fluid, recently bled. Should be less than 1 year old. A high dry boiling point is important to avoid brake fade or failure. Do not mix silicone brake fluid with other types. Silicone (DOT 5) is not recommended for street or track use.

 

Suspension & Undercarriage
All 356 series cars must have negative camber at the rear wheels or a "Camber Compensator" installed. All suspension parts must be in good working order with no loose components or leaking shock absorbers. 944’s with aluminum front control arms should be checked for excessive wheel play.

 

Half-shafts securely & properly attached. CV joints secure. CV boots intact and not leaking.

 

Exhaust System
Must be securely fastened to the vehicle at all pipe mounting locations. Must not touch bodywork when shaken moderately by hand. System must not leak. Mufflers are required at some events; noise limit is 105dBA on those days.

 

Wheels
Any safe wheel, except aftermarket cast imitation Fuchs alloys, are acceptable. Carefully check older wheels for cracking at the lug seat. Insure valve stem brace is installed, if applicable. Check that valves & valve stems are secure. We recommend Porsche original hardware. Under no condition should a repaired alloy wheel be used!

 

All nuts or bolts must be of the same material on a given wheel, and must have a thread engagement length at least equal to the diameter of the stud or bolt.

 

Wheel Lug Nuts; Torque
Adjust to factory specified settings for your wheels. Usually, this is 108 ft-lbs for steel lug nuts on steel wheels, or 94 ft-lbs for alloy lug nuts on alloy wheels. Fastening hardware must engage at least as much thread depth as the fastener's shaft width.

 

Tires
Tires must be in good condition with no cord or belts visible, and no cracks in the tread or sidewalls. No leaks or temporary flat repairs. Front tires must both be of equal size. Rear tires must both be of equal size. All tires must be of the same make and model. All tires must have a speed rating which exceeds the vehicle’s top speed. No snow tires or studs. No slicks may be used during wet sessions. Treaded tires must have visible tread showing prior to running.

 

Batteries
Batteries must be securely fastened down and in good condition with no leaks or corrosion visible. All cell caps must be intact. Special attention should be given to 914 battery trays and fuel lines located below them.

 

Gas Cap
The gas cap must fit securely on the filler pipe and be leak free.

 

Rust, Damage
No structural rust or physical damage to chassis or suspension parts is allowed. Body panels should be in generally good condition.

 

Engine Compartment
Belts should be tight and without visible fraying or cracking. Water hoses, fuel lines, and oil lines should be in good condition with no leakage.

 

Lights
All manufacturer-supplied brake lights must operate. Must have at least one functioning brake light installed on the vehicle. Operating headlights and signals are not required.

 

Windshield/Windows
Glass must not be cracked or "starred". Driver's window must be openable. Non-glass windows must have restraining straps or brackets.

 

Mirrors
Rear view mirrors must be securely mounted. Must have at least one useable rear view mirror, either center or driver's side.

 

Doors
Doors must be operable from the inside & outside of vehicle via normal handles. Cars with doors permanently sealed are not required to meet this rule.

Interior


Pedals

Pedals must have free operation and return. Brake pedal must be firm with no leak down.

 

Seat Belts / Harnesses
Seat belts or harnesses must be securely installed with original equipment hardware or better, and at original mounting points or other suitably reinforced points (roll cage attachment in locations approved by the manufacturer is OK).

 

No four point systems are allowed in Porsches because of the integrated headrest supplied by the factory. In addition to the standard SFI and/or FIA approved five and/or six point system, the standard will allow a four point system in non-Porsches that meets the following requirements: 1. Meet the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 209, 2. Attaches to the factory seat belt mounting points, 3. 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.

 

If the participant chooses to install a 5/6 point driving harness, 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. A one piece seat is recommended but not required for it may interfere with the operation of the OEM three piece belt required for street application. All pieces of the restraint system must be installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

 

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. Due to UV degradation and wear the harness webbing must be replaced every five years.

 

Belts must not be frayed or showing friction burns and the buckle and release mechanism must be in good working condition. Old cars with belts mounted to the seats (1969-73 911 & 912) will require special attention to seat rails, stops, and adjusters on both seats.

 

Equal Restraints
Both student and instructor shall have substantially the same restraint system. All vehicles must be equipped with a properly installed lap and shoulder restraint system.

 

Seats
Seats must be securely mounted and in excellent structural condition. We recommend identical seats for both front positions. Head restraints must be present and secure. Passenger seatbacks must be secure and their locking mechanisms intact and functional.

Seat-back bracing is recommended, particularly for race-prepared vehicles.

 

Doors
Doors must be operable from the inside & outside of vehicle via normal handles. Cars with doors permanently sealed are not required to meet this rule.

 

Glove Box / Storage Compartments
Glove box and storage compartment latches, if any, must hold the door or cover shut properly. Loose doors or covers should have contents removed at final tech, and taped shut if the door or cover might open during the event.

 

Roll-over Protection
Boxsters, 996 & 997 Cabriolets, and all other vehicles with factory-supplied fixed or pop-up protective hoops are OK.

 

Vehicles must have adequate roll-over protection in front and behind the occupants' seating location. "Adequate" can mean U.S. DOT- approved roll hoops and windshield frame, roll cage, etc. All cabriolets or convertible-top cars without manufacturer supplied front and rear roll-over protection must have roll bars whose dimensions, material, and installation is as specified in either SCCA General Competition Rules or 2015 PCA Club Racing Rule Book.

 

Aftermarket roll bars or cages must be covered with thick, absorptive material in the vicinity of occupant heads.

 

Fire Extinguishers
Recommended. If present, a 2.5 pound charge (minimum) class BC or ABC extinguisher of any material (Halon, dry chemical). Secured by a metal bracket (no plastic brackets or straps!) and at least 2 bolts and nuts (not sheet metal or self-tapping screws) to a metal mounting point (chassis, seat rail, bracket, etc.) The extinguisher must be reachable from the driver's seat.

Tech Inspections

 

The inspection items listed on the Pre-Event Tech Inspection Form are the minimum requirements for vehicle condition at PNWR Driver Education events. While these rules are intended to establish safe operating conditions, they do not insure that a vehicle is necessarily safe for operation, and PNWR does not imply that these guidelines are meant to establish any safety standard. The vehicle owner(s) and/or registered driver(s) assumes all risk and responsibilities related to maintaining proper physical condition of the vehicle. Passing a PNWR safety inspection does not guarantee that a vehicle is safe or that it will not have a failure.

 

Make sure your vehicle has passed all parts of the Technical Inspection requirements before arriving at the track, or you'll be turned away and won't get a refund!

Inspectors do not certify the safety or suitability of cars. They provide an inspection service only. The responsibility for a vehicle’s suitability and condition is with the entrant and/or driver(s) or owner(s). Porsche Club of America Driver Education Events are purely educational and are not racing, race preparation, or competitive.

Shops & Dealers (fee may apply)

Seattle

Akers Porsche Specialists
1414 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 329-5253

 

Fordahl Motorsports
2620 W Commodore Way, Bldg B, Seattle, WA 97199
(206)283-0166
Email: Greg@FordahlMotorsports.com
Web: http://www.fordahlmotorsports.com/

 

Gerber Motorsport Inc.
4021 22nd Ave. West, Seattle, WA 98199
(206) 352-6911
Web: http://gerbermotorsport.com/

 

John Walker's Porsche Workshop
7613 Greenwood Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 789-6800

Bellevue

Autohaus Vick Inc.
14121 NE 24th Avenue, Bellevue, WA 98007
(425) 644-7100
Web: http://www.autohausvick.com/

 

Cantrell Motorsports
13818 NE 16th St.
Bellevue, WA 98005
(425) 746-8960
Email: info@cantrellmotorsport.com
Web: http://www.cantrellmotorsport.com

 

Chris's German Auto Service
9107 151st Ave NE, Redmond, WA 98052
(425) 462-9296
Email: chris@chrisgerman.com
Web: www.chrisgerman.com

 

Porsche of Bellevue
12000 Bel-Red Road, Bellevue, WA 98005
(425) 643-3000
Web: http://www.PorscheBellevue.com

 

Squire's Autowerke
1515 134th Ave. NE, Bellevue, WA 98005
(425) 641-3212
Email: squire@squiresautowerke.com
Web: http://www.squiresautowerke.com/

Kirkland / Woodinville

Autowerks North-West
19607 200th Ave NE
Woodinville, WA 9807
(425) 788-3476
Email: ljohnson@autowerksnorthwest.com

Redmond

European Car Authority
9131 Willows Rd., Redmond, WA 98052
(425) 881-2185
Email: ecateam@europeancarauthority.com
Web: http://www.europeancarauthority.com/

 

Redmond European
18014 Redmond Way C-25, Redmond, WA 98052
(425) 376-2655
Email: redmondeuro@cs.com

Bremerton

Max RPM Motorsports
2130 6th Street, Bremerton, WA 98312
(360) 373-6758
Web: http://www.maxrpmmotorsports.com/
Map: map

Auburn / Kent

All European Autowerk
325-1/2 Railroad Ave. S., Kent, WA 98032
(253) 859-8553

Auburn Foreign Car
725 Auburn Way N., Auburn, WA 98002
(253) 833-8161

Tacoma

Boyle's Foreign Car Repair
7202 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Tacoma, WA 98499
(253) 588-8669

 

Bristow's Exclusive Auto Repair
4731 S Washington St
Tacoma, WA 98409
(253) 471-1663

 

European Motors
5911 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Tacoma, WA 98499
(253) 582-3606

 

Robert Larson Porsche
7034 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma, WA 98409
(800) 926-5995 or (253) 474-0651

Bellingham

Roger Jobs Motors
2200 Iowa St., Bellingham, WA 98226
(360) 734-5230
Web: http://www.rogerjobs.com/

Driver Education > FAQs

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Q. - Who can participate in PNWR Driver Education events?

All PNWR members, their families, and their guests are encouraged to participate! You do not need to be a club member to register, nor do you need to drive a Porsche on the day of the event. For events that fill and have a waitlist, preference will be given to wait-listed club members before non-club members.

Q. - What is the event schedule?

See the event calendar for dates and details. The schedule for a typical DE day is:
7:00a - Track gates open
7:30a - 8:00a - Participants arrive and check in & on-site tech inspection
8:00a - 9:00a - Driver's Meeting
9:00a - 12:00p - Morning run groups
12:00p - 12:45p - Lunch break
1:00p - 5:00p - Afternoon run groups

Q. - What's the difference between Driver Skills and Driver Education?

Driver Skills and Driver Education are two separate programs that PNWR volunteers organize. Driver Skills is a course in the fundamentals of high performance driving, whereas Driver Education is an advanced, high-speed education course at racetracks in the Northwest. We recommend completing at least one Driver Skills course before participating in Driver Education. For more information, check out the Driver Skills program section.

Q. - Does my car need a professional technical inspection beforehand??

It is strongly recommended that you get your vehicle inspected every track season by a third-party workshop or dealership that is familiar with your vehicle - you aren't limited to our list of suggested inspectors. Out of region drivers are advised to select a workshop in your area most familiar with your marque which can inspect your car for adherence to the requirements set forth on our Pre-Event Tech Inspection form. Separate Technical Inspection forms are required for each vehicle you bring to an event.

  1. Print out the Pre-Event Inspection Form.
  2. Carefully complete the entrant's name, contact information, VIN, and make sure you sign and date the form.
  3. Take this form to a certified workshop or dealer most familiar with your vehicle's marque, or by a participant if he or she feels competent to do so.

If you have any tech related questions, please contact DETI@pnwr.org.

Q. - Do I need a helmet?

Yes. Please read the DE Safety Requirements section above for the current helmet information.  If you do not have a helmet that meets this requirement, we have a limited number available for rental. There are no exceptions to this rule.

Q. - What else should I bring?

Bring a tarp to cover any items from your car you remove before the event. Bring snacks if you need them throughout the day - there is no food service besides lunch at the track. Bring sunscreen in the spring and summer months.

Q. - Whom do I contact if I have additional questions?

Contact the Driver Ed Committee Chair at DriverEd@pnwr.org

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