Drivers Education (DE) is a program developed by PCA to give drivers the opportunity to learn how to drive their cars on real racetracks in a safe, controlled and fun environment. Typically a DE event is run over 2 or 3 days. Each day usually has four or five driving groups (divided by experience and skill level) on track four times for 20 to 30 minutes each session. To ensure maximum safety and fun you’re placed in a run group with other drivers with similar experience and skill levels. In the novice groups, drivers are accompanied by PCA trained and certified instructors who will teach you high performance driving techniques and fundamentals. DE driving is not racing or even preparation for racing. The events are not timed and there are no prizes. Prescribed passing zones and rules and codes of conduct add to the safe environment.
From an enthusiasts perspective, DE can easily become a lifestyle throughout the summer and in fact year ’round. Waking moments are spent at the track, or thinking about the next time there. We live for the rush of adrenaline that comes from moments like touching 140 mph just before jumping on the brakes at the “bus stop” at Watkins Glen. Or, allowing the car to drift out to the turn-in, at the end of the front straight before powering over a blind cresting apex at Mont-Tremblant. Just as importantly, highpoints of our summer at DE events include laughing with new and old friends over the events of the day.
To register for NER events, please visit Club Registration. Registration for NER DE events will open on March 1st (except for Mont-Tremblant & Calabogie, our Canada events) which will open later (To Be Announced).
Are you are new to DE’ing? Are you a new member of the Porsche Club? Or, perhaps, a long term member getting back into Porsche-related activities? Are you interested in expanding your Porsche experience into more exotic realms? Would you like to drive your Porsche ‘spiritedly’ without the risk of running afoul of the polizei? If so, we highly recommend attending our 2022 DE Ground School which will be sponsored by HMS Motorsports of Danvers, MA. The DE ground school will be held on April 24th at Palmer Motorsports Park. As a teaser, the 2021 DE Ground School presentation package is available here.
DE is a different experience for everyone. You’ve got to try it. The only critical components are desire and a car!
Drill deeply into the DE section of our web site, you’ll find lots of information and helpful ideas. Hope to see you at the track.
Stan Corbett, NER Registrar.
2022 NER & NCR Driver Education Schedule is available here (scroll down to see the events and click on the event dates for details).