Driver’s Education

Driver’s Education (DE), also known as High Performance Driver’s Education (HPDE) is non-competitive higher speed driving on a race track. Passing is cooperative – the passing vehicle and the vehicle being overtaken must communicate using clearly established hand signals prior to passing. Laps are untimed as these events are intended to be instructional only… no competition. This is not racing!  The Las Vegas Region is fortunate to have a stable of nationally trained instructors to assist students and experienced drivers alike to improve their driving skills.

Registration

Las Vegas Region uses Motorsportreg.com to register for our events. This site is where you will also find event specific information. Signing up early will ensure that there are sufficient instructors available for you. You may register at the track by paying cash or check if space and instructors are available. Be aware that the event may be sold out so we highly recommend you register early online.

Vehicle Safety

Driving on a racetrack at speed is an activity that involves risk to both you as the driver and your car. For this reason, it is CRITICAL that all vehicles be inspected to reduce the risk of mechanical failure. Track conditions are far more demanding than city or highway driving so if a vehicle has any mechanical defects, there is a higher probability of failure on the track. It is your responsibility as driver to insure that your vehicle is thoroughly inspected for any possible safety problems prior to the event.

Technical Inspection

Las Vegas Region requires both a personal inspection by you the driver (self tech) of the car and an inspection by a qualified Porsche technician. We provide a Technical Inspection Form to aid the driver with the inspection process. The Technical Inspection Form must be completed and signed prior to registration at the track. Bring the forms with you to your appointment at a qualified Porsche repair facility. Upon completion of the inspection, both you and your mechanic must sign it. You and the inspection facility should keep a copy of the signed Technical Inspection Form. We recommend that you consider the service facilities listed in Our Friends. Some of these service facilities may inspect your car for the track free of charge if you make arrangements with them in advance.

Introductory Driving School

Drivers new to DE must attend our Introductory Driving School. The school is held the first morning (usually Saturday) of a two-day driver’s education week-end. The introductory course includes several hours of familiarization with proper track etiquette, driving the proper line around the race course, learning the track’s signal flags or lights, hand signals, passing zones, regulations, a discussion of safety issues, tire pressures, driving position, pit and paddock rules, track maps, and more.

After completing the classroom session, hands-on driving instruction begins with driving exercises on our skid pad. Exercises include braking, high-speed lane changes, weight transfer exercises and acceleration. These car control exercises help you to develop the skills that will be needed on the racetrack and in daily driving.

 

Personal Safety

All driver’s education participants must wear an approved motorsports helmet. Helmets must be Snell rated with current or last date certificate, no cracks; with chin strap in good condition. Motorcycle helmets are not permitted as they are not fireproof. Comfortable long sleeved clothing, long pants and socks should be worn, all made of natural fibers (cotton, wool, etc.) as synthetic fibers burn and melt in a fire. Open toe shoes are not permitted. Wear lightweight, lace-up shoes. Eyewear and SFI or FIA rated racing gloves are recommended.

Rules

Las Vegas Region operates these events under PCA Zone 8 Rules. Please review the rules prior to attending the event.

At the Track

Arrival

Arrive at the track early. Check the schedule for times when the event opens. There is always a lot to do to get ready for your first run session (tech inspection station, check tire pressures; clean windshield; check fuel; remove items from the vehicle; final safety check of the car; etc.) so it is wise to arrive early.

Waiver

There are risks involved at track events. Therefore a waiver form must be signed to protect the club and track against liability claims at each event. At times there may be both a track waiver and club waiver. These must be signed in order to be on site at the facility.

Tech Inspection

Take your completed, signed Technical Inspection Form, your vehicle, your safety equipment and yourself to the Tech Inspection Station for sign off. Check the schedule for times when tech opens. Your vehicle and safety equipment must be signed off before entering the track.

Driver’s Meeting

Before track sessions begin, a mandatory drivers meeting is held for all participants. Please be on time. Track procedures for the event, passing rules, flags, news and important event information is disseminated during these meetings. The Driver’s Education Introductory Driving School will start immediately after.

Non-Porsche Participants

Unless otherwise noted in event publications, non-Porsche participants are welcome. All participants, regardless of the model car you enter must adhere to the same safety requirements for the car and the driver. Convertibles with their top down must have roll bars or other rollover protection.

Experienced Drivers

If you feel you have equivalent experience with another recognized car club or have a certificate of completion from a high performance driving school and wish to waive the requirement for completing the High Performance Driving School, please contact the Driver’s Ed Chairman to discuss your situation. Once you have been approved by the DE Chair and gone on a check ride with an instructor, you will be able to progress to that weekend’s Driver’s Ed track event. Please sign up for the Driver’s Ed event in advance to ensure that we will have enough instructors for everyone.

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