By Kathleen Wong, UCR President
I have met a number of Porsche owners who have come to club events as guests of our members. A popular question is how can they sign up for our Driver’s Edu- cation (“DE”) program and also get into PCA Club Racing.
Dave Osborne (DE Track Chair), Del Bruce (Worker As- signment) and Stephen Goodbody (Chief Instructor) have built a first-class DE program, and I have witnessed how the DE program has evolved over the past 19 years. Here are the details for anyone interested in participating in DE and PCA Club Racing.
1. Join Porsche Club of America (PCA) as a member. The annual membership fee is USD $46.00 and you can at- tend all events across North America. Registration is online at https://www.pca.org/membership and anyone registering with an Ontario address will automatically be assigned to Upper Canada Region (UCR) or send Angie & Mark Her- ring (UCR Membership Chairs) an email at [email protected] pcaucr.org
2. After you have joined UCR, create an account at https://reg.pcaucr.org/ to set up your driver’s profile and register for our track events. This is a must-do for PCA Insurance purposes.
3. The registration for our 2018 DE program goes live on January 1st, 2018 at 12.00am. Many UCR participants (I am one of them) register for DE events as soon as registration opens on January 1st for all DE sessions to ensure their spots. You can cancel your registration two weeks prior to the DE event and your credit card will not be charged. The dates of our 2018 DE program are posted on this link. https://pcaucr.org/drivi
4. New UCR members, who are interested in DE, must complete the Introductory Driving School (IDS), a prereq- uisite to our DE program. UCR conducts two IDS in April 2018 and space is limited. If a new DE participant has prior training with other clubs equivalent to the UCR IDS and comes with track experience, they can seek approval from our Chief Instructor (Andy Wright at [email protected]ucr.org ) to qualify to register for our DE program.
5. Our DE program is a two-day track weekend, every month from May to October. We have five colour-coded (green, yellow, white, black and red) run groups and every DE participant will be assigned a run group depending on your track experience. All new DE participants will be as- signed DE instructors, who will ride with them and teach them advanced performance driving skills. As your skills progress over time, you will be promoted to higher run groups. Note that our DE events are non-timed events.
6. The highest run group is the red run group, which is the instructors group. The second highest run group
is black run group. All DE participants in the black and red run groups can apply for a PCA Club Race Rookie License and then participate at PCA Club Race events across North America. For the new members who already have previous race experience, they can start in a higher run group after our Chief Instructor has verified your experience and you have been qualified in a Check Out Run. This will greatly reduce the amount of time required before a PCA Rookie License can be obtained.
7. For those who want to move on beyond PCA Club Racing, they can consider joining the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada series. We have a number
of UCR members who started with the DE program and moved onto PCA Club Racing, and eventually compete in the GT3 Cup Challenge Canada series: Tim Sanderson (our DE Co-Chief Instructor and UCR member since 1998), Marco Cirone, Orey Fidani and Shaun McKaigue.
2018 TRACK SCHEDULE
The 2018 schedule for the classroom and on-track sessions of the UCR Introductory Driver’s School (IDS) and Driver’s Education (DE) events at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park has been finalized for the upcoming year. Be sure to note these dates on your calendar and please remember to register early!
2018 INTRODUCTORY DRIVER’S SCHOOL
2018 DRIVER’S EDUCATION EVENTS on the CTMP GRAND PRIX track
(Provinz: Dec 2017)