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Slipstream - October 2017

The monthly newsletter of the Maverick Region of the Porsche Club of America

Your First Drivers’

Your First Drivers’ Education Event: Preparation By Lori Mauthe, former Region DE Chair, and Joel Nannis, National Club Race Scrutineer o you’ve made the decision to have a date S with your Porsche, and learn about how to REALLY drive your dream car. Now what is next? This article, including Part 2 next month, will provide the step-by-step guidelines for what to do and what to expect. Event registration To register for a Maverick Region PCA Drivers’ Education (DE) event, you first log on to the www.clubregistration.net website. You will have to create an account and credentials, and then you can search for the event. You can find our events by clicking on the “Search for Events” menu, then “Find Events.” Complete the form with the “By Category” option. Select the event, then complete the questionnaire form. You will have the ability to preregister for lunch, which is catered at the track, and some events also have an optional dinner. You will be asked to provide a car number, or one will be assigned for you. If you are sharing a Porsche (or other car) for the event with another driver, please also provide this information so we can place you on the same team. After you register, you will receive a confirmation email stating that you have been accepted. The acceptance will indicate you are in the green group and you are assigned a unique car number. You can make the numbers for your car using painter’s tape of a contrasting color to that of your car. For example, blue on black is not acceptable. The numbers need to be at least 8 inches tall and must be placed on both doors and the front hood. Readiness activities – Two weeks prior to the event There are several important email attachments that require action prior to the event. Technical inspection form. The tech inspection form is certification that your vehicle has passed the safety inspection criteria required for track activity. An authorized dealer or Club-approved mechanic must fill out the form and sign it, indicating that your car is ready for the event. You also must initial and sign the form. The tech form must be turned in during registration on the day of the event. When on track, you are required to wear a safety helmet with a Snell 2010 or 2015 approval sticker. Not all helmets meet this requirement, so be sure to check the sticker inside or on the back of the helmet. Note that a Snell 2010 helmet will only be legal for PCA events until 2020, so if you are going to purchase a helmet, a Snell 2015 would be a better choice. A limited number of approved helmets are available to rent from the track facility for a fee, so if you plan to do so, be sure to reserve this option early with the track directly. Emergency contact form. This form is required if you have not already entered this information during pre-registration on the clubregistration.net website. DE handbook. A detailed document containing the rules and regulations for a drivers’ education event, for review before the event, and for reference if there is a question during an event. You do not need to bring a printed copy with you. The night before the event Prepare your car for the track by ensuring that the gas tank is full and that you have your helmet and forms. A clean car is a safe car, so be sure especially to clean the windows. Hydrate yourself with water and/or sports drink the few days prior to the event. The night before the event, please have a good nutritious dinner and get a good night sleep. Watch this column next month for Part 2 – At the Track. Editor’s note: This article was first published in the February 2013 issue of Slipstream. It contains a lot of useful information for DE first-timers, so we thought it was time to run it again! 10 October

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