Driver Education (DE) offers a great way to enjoy your Porsche at speed in a safe and fun environment.
All Porsche cars have performance levels (speed, handling, and braking) that can’t be experienced safely on public highways and Driver Education 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! At our Driver Education events you’ll learn more about what you and your car can do!
The Porsche Club prides itself in having one of the most extensive driver education programs in the US. We have the best instructor corps of any club in the country and we strive to inspire everyone to become a better driver. Our goal is simple: have a blast in a safe environment.
First-timers attend a classroom 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 how the days works. Then at the track, you’ll have 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 be driving with others at the same experience level as you. You’ll have a instructor until you are ready to go on the track solo.
Our Driver Education events have 3 run groups for the different experience level of drivers. Each run group goes in turn and then the cycle repeats several times during the day. The sessions are 20-25 minutes. 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.
One of the greatest values with the Pacific Northwest Region Porsche club is that you can have an instructor anytime to help you develop your driving skills at no extra charge.
Registration & Payment
Registration & payment for DE events is available online at pcapnwr.motorsportreg.com.
If you have questions about registration, contact Olly Downs & Kevin Nouwens, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: (206)-486-5798.
|Participant at Pacific Raceways or Ridge Motorsports Park||$300|
|One day Participant at Oregon Raceway Park weekend||$310|
|Two day Participant at Oregon Raceway Park weekend||$520|
|Ground School – Required for your first time at a PNWR DE event||No Cost|
The following are the eligibility requirements for PCA PNWR DE Events:
- Participants should be members of the PCA, Alfa, Audi Club NW, BMW CCA Puget Sound Region, Corvette, Ferrari, Mini or Viper club.
- You must possess a non-restricted driver’s license of any jurisdiction, and be 18 years or older.
- All occupants of a car during DE events have to wear a helmet. A Snell 2010 or later helmet is required; SA or M rating is accepted. SA is recommended as these are designed for automotive sports. A limited supply of loaner helmets are available for a fee. The exact language for helmets is below:
- Helmets must be certified in accordance with one of the following standards: Snell SA2010, SAH2010, M2010, K2010, Snell SA2015, SAH2015, M2015, K2015, FIA8860-2004 or 2010, 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. The helmet shell must have no structural damage and the padding must be intact. The chin strap must not be frayed; the strap attachments must be operable and securely attached. Face shields, when required and/or used, must be made of poly-carbonate plastic or the equivalent and must be in good condition.
- You may bring any car passing the Event Technical Inspection (see below), including non-Porsche’s. Remember, the owner and/or operator is responsible for the safe condition and operation of the vehicle.
- Convertibles and Cabriolets. Any make of car delivered with factory installed roll over protection meets the minimum standards for PCA DE events.
- If you have modified your car or if your convertible does not have factory installed roll over protection, the PCA requirements for technical and safety standards are here: https://www.pca.org/driver-education-minimum-standards.
- Everyone must pre-register for our events, there are no walk-ins allowed.
Event Technical Inspection
Every event requires a Event Technical Inspection Form be filled out within 30 days prior to each event and presented at the tech line the day of the event.
Participants may self-tech, however we recommend that you have your car inspected every track season by a third-party workshop or dealership that is familiar with your vehicle.
The inspection form is here: Event Tech Inspection Form.
If you have any tech related questions, please contact DETI@pnwr.org.
You may cancel up to two weeks prior to our events for a full refund. If you cancel inside of two weeks prior to an event, there is no refund.
First-time drivers or first-time with PNWR DE
If you’re a beginner or driver who has not driven with the Pacific Northwest Region at a DE event, we ask that you attend a Ground School before your first event.
The presentation can be found here: Ground School Presentation.
The purpose of the 2 hour class is to give an overview of what to expect during the day. The Ground School is included in the event fee. If you’re unable to attend the ground school in person, the ground school is also be available on GoToMeeting.