INWR 2021 Driver's Education (DE) Program Events
The INWR Driver’s Education Program for 2021 is in limbo thanks to the COVID Regulations placed by PCA National Drivers Education requirements and the State of Washington
Please check the calendar for any scheduled DE events.
Please remember that all Events require registration and for Track Events vehicle inspections – more information about each will be found on this page.
Participants are required to register (free) for all the DE Program events through motorsportsREG.com.
All 2021 Dates are ON HOLD due to the CORONAVIRUS
Driver's Education Program Description
The purpose of Driver’s Education is to make each PCA member a more skilled and safer driver and to provide them with the opportunity to learn about their Porsche(s) and to experience “driving in its purest form” – ultimately on the track.
This is accomplished by holding “Skills” events, suitable for all drivers and vehicle models, held in a space that is NOT a race track or public road; an Autocross event which is a natural progression from the “Skills” event held in a large, paved area without obstacles and multiple “Track” events on a race track.
Driver Skills is a one-day course in the fundamentals of driving your Porsche, regardless of model at safe limits which exceed those encountered on the street. You’ll get lots of seat time on a closed course, perfecting your technique with exercises designed to focus on essential high performance driving skills: looking ahead, weight balance, smooth inputs, threshold braking, and more. One-on-One coaching with trained instructors ensures that Driver Skills has something to offer drivers at any experience level, from total novice to experienced track drivers.
Autocross consists of a one car at a time making runs against the clock on a closed course marked by cones. Each run takes about one minute. Speeds are low to medium, generally driven in second gear. Time penalties are added for disturbing cones or skipping gates.
The INWR DE Program follows the guidelines and training made available to each region by the PCA National DE program. All drivers attend mandatory track-side meetings where they will learn key objectives of driving on a track with other vehicles. While at the track, novices will have an instructor until ready to go on the track solo. There are different run groups for the day for different experience levels and each participant will be driving with others at the same experience level.
******* COVID Dictated Changes **********
The COVID regulations prevent the Novice classes from running due to the PCA National DE requirement of one driver and one instructor per car. The COVID regulations allow only one occupant per car.
In order to circumvent the regulation, PCA National DE program has proposed allowing a lead – follow arrangement with 2 cars, one containing a novice student and one an instructor, working within a strict set of rules. This arrangement cannot be used to graduate a novice student to a solo class. The lead-follow cars will run in a separate class from all the others. There are more regulations associated with lead-follow which can downloaded and by following the links below.
********* NON COVID Methodology (supercedes previous 2 paragraphs) *************
Our DE events have run groups for the different experience level of drivers. Each run group goes in turn and then the cycle repeats four times during the day and car capabilities. The sessions are 20-25 minutes with a break for lunch. As you progress in your skills 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.
All events enable participants to develop their driving skills in a safe and controlled environment with qualified instructors to teach and develop advanced driving skills.
All events are non-competitive, this means there is no timing and scoring; are closely regulated and impose strict non-racing rules on the participants to ensure the safety of the cars and drivers.
Lastly, all the events will allow you to socialize and have fun with other individuals of diverse backgrounds who share a common interest and passion – automobiles.
Requirements for DE Track Events
All cars must be certified by the owner that it is safe to run on the track and the car has been inspected by a regionally approved person or shop within 30 days prior to participating at a Track DE. The Skills event doesn’t require an inspection. The inspection form can be read, downloaded and printed by using the link. Note that self inspections are allowed if driver is competent to do so.
Porsche of Spokane offers a free check of your Porsche by their certified Porsche mechanics; however the participant must schedule the inspection through their service department during their normal hours. It is highly recommended that the first inspection of the Driving Season be done by a Certified Mechanic.
Critical – Brakes
The brake pads must be 50% or more of original thickness. The brake fluid in the car must have been flushed within 12 months of the inspection – proof will be required to pass this requirement.
Critical – Tires
The tires on the car must be the correct speed rating specified by the manufacturer. An inspection of your tires will be made prior to each event. If you fail this inspection your fees WILL NOT BE REFUNDED
A final safety inspection will be conducted at the events.
Snell rated SASA2010/M2010, or newer are required.
Wear a cotton T-Shirt, Long Cotton pants, closed shoes, Driving gloves and shoes are suggested
Minimum age 18 with a valid, non-restricted driver’s license.
1) Attend a Drivers Skill course to learn your car’s dynamics (optional but recommended)
2) Review track turn-by-turn description and the videos online.
2021 PCA Restraint Requirements
Both the driver and passenger must have the same restraint system, and both the driver and the passenger must use the same restraint system.
If the participant chooses to install a five, six, or seven point driving harness, several changes to the automobile must be made to create a safe occupant restraint system.
- Include an antisubmarine strap.
- Five, six or seven point SFI or FIA approved competition harnesses are required and must be properly mounted in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications. Belts must be replaced no later than five years after the date of manufacture. It is left to the owners discretion as to whether the belts should be replaced more frequently than required.
- Have all harness attachment points secured/mounted in an approved manner consistent with the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Be used in conjunction with a seat that has the supplied routing holes for the shoulder and antisubmarine belts.
- Have the shoulder straps mounted in an approved manner consistent with the manufacturer’s instructions.
- The participant should BE AWARE that the addition of such a seat and harness system results in the occupant being fastened upright in the vehicle. Therefore, in order to have a COMPLETE SYSTEM, a properly padded roll bar or roll cage is recommended, and an approved head and neck restraint device is required. A head and neck restraint device certified as meeting the standards of either SFI 38.1 or FIA 8858 or its successor is required. The use of such a harness system without roll protection and a head and neck restraint device may result in an unsafe environment and is not a COMPLETE SYSTEM. Roll bars or cages and their installation must meet PCA Club Racing Standards.
When using a head and neck restraint device, it is recommended that one follow the SFI Recertification process for the head and neck restraint device. The instructions for this can be found on the device. Additionally, it is recommended that the straps be replaced every five years.
The SFI standard requires seat belt to be replaced every two years based on date of manufacture. The FIA standard requires the seat belt to be replaced every five years based on date of manufacture. It is left to the driver’s discretion as to whether the belts should be replaced more frequently than required.
Four-point systems are not allowed, EXCEPT as noted below, 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, a four-point system is allowed in non-Porsches that meet the following requirements:
- Meets the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 209.
- Attaches to the factory seat belt mounting points.
- Each belt is designed to work in a specific vehicle and that vehicle tag must be attached to the belt system.
Four Point Belt Exception: Schroth has developed a four point harness for specific newer Porsche models only. These models are the 918 Spyder, 2015 GT3, 2016 Cayman GT4, 2016 Boxster Spyder, and 2015 GT3RS, and these models must also be fitted with the Full Bucket Seat Option P11 as provided by Porsche. The belts are Federal Motor Vehicle Standard 209, and as such they are deemed street legal and approved by federal seat belt safety regulations. These belts also have labeling confirming the intended use for these specified Porsche models.
Skills Event Car finish Protection
The venue for this event is a large, 10 acre parking lot, located in the south part of the Spokane County Fairgrounds on the north side of the railroad tracks. The asphalt surface of the lot is old and has areas of cracks with grass stalks sticking through. The segments used in the Skills event are laid out to avoid as much of the cracking as possible but complete avoidance is impossible. Pieces of loose asphalt and small rocks get loosely trapped in the cracks and the motion of vehicles across them sometimes breaks the stones loose which in turn may impact the lower surfaces over your vehicle. Clear bra or blue painters tape as shown in the adjacent figure is effective as a deterrent to the “pings” left by the rocks. The latter can be easily removed promptly after the event.