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Driver Education

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.

If you haven't gone to a DE yet, why not?

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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* 
Event Date Days Track Host/
Opening Date Student Solo Instr
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

Dates Days Track Registration Pricing
May 28 Monday Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Registration Is Open

Participant Fee $200
Instructors $100

Jun 16 Saturday Palmer Motorsports Park  Registration Opens April 7 Participant Fee $200
Instructors $100
Aug 24 Friday Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Registration Opens April 7 Participant Fee $200
Instructors $100
Sep 14 Friday Palmer Motorsports Park  Registration Opens April 7 Participant Fee $200/day
Instructors $100


North Country and Northern New Jersey 2018 Events

Dates Track Region Event type
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














Edited: 2/10/18