By Kathleen Wong, President Porsche Club of America Upper Canada Region
Photos courtesy of Christopher Siou
A number of UCR members have asked me how I got into PCA Club Racing and how to apply for a PCA Club Racing license. I hope my experience will entice you into PCA Club Racing too.
I joined Porsche Club of America (“PCA”) Upper Canada Region (“UCR”) with my Dad, George Wong, in 1998. Since 1998 both my Dad and I have participated in almost every single Driver Education (“DE”) event offered by UCR. Being a race car driver was one of my childhood dreams. The DE program was a great step- ping stone for me to get into PCA Club Racing.
After 10 years of high performance DE events with UCR, I bought a 1990 944 Turbo S in 2007 and turned it into a race car by installing PCA Club Racing required safety equipment which included a full roll cage, racing seat, five-point harness seat belt, window net, etc. My race car is also equipped with a MYLAPS Car Tran- sponder for timing and scoring purposes. The driver requirement included a helmet (Snell must be within
10 years of the date of manufacture), a head and neck restraint certified as either SFI 38.1 or FIA 8858, a one piece approved fire retardant driving suit which meets or exceeds SFI 3.2A/5 or FIA 8856?2000, driving gloves and shoes that meet SFI 3.3/5 or FIA 8856?2000. My Dad has been supporting me as “my crew” at every UCR Can/ Am Challenge Club Race, at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (“CTMP” or Mosport) for the past 10 years.
PCA Club Racing features more than 2,000 licensed racers in over 32 sanctioned races per year, more than any other single-make racing organization in the world.
Here are some Racer statistics at PCA and UCR:
• PCA currently has ~80,000 primary members and a total of 124,000 including affiliated members. This means only 1.6% of PCA members are licensed PCA Club Racers.
• UCR currently has ~2,850 primary members and
a total of 4,165 including affiliated members. Based
on my tracking of UCR racers participation at Can/
Am Challenge Club Race during the past 10 years, I estimate UCR has only 35 active PCA Club Racers which represent only 0.8% of UCR members. I define active PCA Club Racers as those who have participated in 4 to 10 Can/Am Challenge Club Races at Mosport during the past decade.
How to apply for a PCA Club Racing License http://pcaclubracing.org/licensing/
The PCA Club Racing License Application provides two routes for obtaining a PCA Club Racing License:
1. Via an existing current full competition license with current experience from a recognized road racing sanctioning organization, including NASA, SCCA, POC, IMSA, USCR, BMWCCA or equivalent sanction- ing body (no time trial), or any vintage group which is a member of the Vintage Motorsport Council.
2. Through attendance and successful completion of the PCA Club Racing School. The applicant must com- plete 12 or more days of race track driving training at Driver Education (“DE”) events, time trials, race schools or equivalent events within the past 24 months. Six of the required 12 or more days must be with a PCA (or equivalent) DE event. A complete listing of track days shall be provided with the application. The applicant must also provide a signed certification from a PCA (or equivalent) Chief Instructor.
Here are some tips on what a PCA Club Racing applicant should do:
1. Read 2018 PCA Club Racing Rule Book at http://pcaclubracing.org/forms/ To find out which class your race car will be competing in, you should read page 42-48 (“Class Weight Tables”) of the rule book, which lists the cars in STOCK CLASSES A-L, SPEC CLASSES, MODIFIED CLASSES: GTA, GTB, GTC; and the mini- mum allowable weight (car and driver) in each class.
2. Fill out the PCA Club Race 2018 License Applica- tion Form (or 2018 License Renewal Form if you already have a license from previous year) and submit to Susan Shire (PCA Club Race License & Program Coordinator) at [email protected]
2018 License Application Form
2018 License Renewal Form
3. Fill out 2018 PCA Club Racing Medical Form. Book an appointment with a family
doctor and an optometrist, so
they can sign and date the medi-
2018 Medical Form
4. Complete PCA Club Racing 2018 Technical and Safety Annual Inspection, and 2018 PCA Club Racing Vehicle Compliance Form. Take both forms to your first PCA Club Race of the year.
2018 Technical and Safety An- nual Inspection & 2018 PCA Club Racing Vehicle Compliance
If you are a first-time racer, bring two pictures of your race car to the club race. When you check in at the event,
a PCA Scrutineer will give you a LOG BOOK, which includes your personal information and the two pictures of your race car. The PCA Scrutineer will then review the two forms (Technical and Safety Annual Inspection, and PCA Club Racing Vehicle Compliance Form) and check your race car to ensure it is in compliance. If your race car is in compliance, the PCA Scrutineer will sign your LOG BOOK and the two forms, and give you an approved sticker, which allows you to participate in the race. The LOG BOOK and the two forums should be kept inside the race car during the race weekend.
2018 PCA Club Racing Schedule
Check out this link to the 2018 PCA Club Racing schedule: http://turbo.pcaclubracing.org/schedule/
UCR 2018 Can/Am Challenge Club Race is at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park / Mosport on August 3-5, 2018. There will be a Test & Tune day on Thursday August 2 prior to the race weekend. Registra- tion opens on Monday June 18, 2018.
There is also Advanced Solo Lapping (“ASL”) during the club race weekend for BLACK and RED RUN GROUP drivers of our DE program. Registra-
tion went live on February 1, 2018. See details at http://pcaucr.org/driving/driver-education/ advanced-solo-lapping/
Read My Club Race Article:
“2016 CAN/AM CHALLENGE CLUB RACE: The Driver’s Perspective”
Here is a link to an article that I wrote about my PCA Club Racing experience, and I hope this will entice you into PCA Club Racing: http://pcaucr.org/2016-canam-challenge-club-race-the-drivers-perspective/
2016 Club Race Video:
Check out this three minute video about Roy Tam’s first PCA Club Race experience at the
UCR August 2016 Can/Am Challenge Club Race. The video was produced by FlightSquad Media (led by Roy Tam’s son, Ryan and Ryan’s friends from school). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctPW2AOrsys
If you have any questions on PCA Club Racing please email me at [email protected]
The Can/Am Challenge Club Race is one of the major events at UCR. I encourage UCR members to come to our event either as vol- unteers or as spectators, so you can get a taste of the excitement in PCA Club Racing. If you