What is Driver Education - 2018?
There are two ways to answer the question.
From a technical perspective, 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. 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 150 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. Many attend only a few a days a year, and enjoy building their competency and letting the car do what it was built to do.
To register for NER events, please visit Club Registration. Registration for NER DE events will open on March 1st (most likely, based on prior years).
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, I highly recommend attending our DE Ground School which will be on Saturday, March 3rd this year. The 2018 DE Ground School presentation package is available here.
NER's first event of the season is a two-day, Wednesday-Thursday combination at Lime Rock Park. Our second event is a Friday/Saturday/Sunday at Thompson Speedway which will include our annual Novice Day activites plus a full DE for signed off drivers. This event will run May 25-27th.
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.
2018 NER Driver Education Schedule – Overview (click on date for event details)
|NER 2018 DE Schedule||Registration||Pricing*|
|Mar 3||Sunday||Ground School at HMS Motorsports Danvers MA||NER||1/12/18||$10||$10||$10|
|Apr 4-5||We/Th||Lime Rock Park||NNJR & NER||2/7/18||See||NNJR||Site|
|May 25-27||Fr/Sa/Su||Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (Novice Day: May 25)||NER||3/1/18||$615||$540||Free|
|June 8-10||Fr/Sa/Su||Palmer Motorsports Park - Clockwise - June 8th is Advanced run groups only - White/Black/Red||NER||3/1/18||See||event||page|
|July 6-8||Fr/Sa/Su||Mt Tremblant||NER & NNJR||3/15/18||$615||$570||$345|
|Aug 10-12||Fr/Sa/Su||Watkins Glen International||NER & NNJR||4/1/18||$630||$555||$300|
|Aug 14-16||Tu/We/Th||Calabogie||NER & NNJR||4/1/18||$615||$540||$450|
|Sep 21-23||Fr/Sa/Su||Season Finale at Palmer Motorsports Park||NER||3/1/18||$615||$540||Free|
Northeast Region Vintage Days
|May 28||Monday||Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park||Registration Is Open||
Participant Fee $200
|Jun 16||Saturday||Palmer Motorsports Park||Registration Opens April 7||Participant Fee $200
|Aug 24||Friday||Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park||Registration Opens April 7||Participant Fee $200
|Sep 14||Friday (and possibly Saturday - stay tuned!)||Palmer Motorsports Park||Registration Opens April 7||Participant Fee $200/day
North Country and Northern New Jersey 2018 Events
|April 20-22||NHMS||NCR||Normal DE & Novice Day|
|April 28 & 29||NJMP Lightning||NNJR||Normal DE & Novice Day|
|May 18, 19, 20||Mid Ohio||NNJR||Advanced|
|June 1 & 2||NJMP Thunderbolt||NNJR||Normal DE|
|June 22, 23 24||Pocono||NNJR||Normal DE|
|June 25-26||LRP||NCR||Normal DE|
|July 23 & 24th||Watkins Glen||NNJR||Normal DE|
|Sep 7-9||Tamworth||NCR||Normal DE|
|September 12 & 13th||Watkins Glen||NNJR||Advanced|
|Oct 6-7||NHMS||NCR||Normal DE|
|October 13 & 14||NJMP Lightning||NNJR||Normal DE|
|October 26, 27 & 28||VIR||NNJR||Normal DE|