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Carrera of the Americas Weekend!
Join us the weekend of February 28 through March 1, 2020, for our annual events at Circuit of the Americas.




The next Porsche Club of America (PCA) Driver Ed Event at Circuit of the Americas will be February 28 through March 1, 2020. Unlike our "Schnell Fest" D.E. events, this D.E. will be for Advanced Solo Drivers only - Experienced Blue Solo, Yellow, White and Red Group Drivers and their equivalents in other driving organizations. It will be held in conjunction with the PCA "Carrera of the Americas" Porsche Club Race that will take place at COTA that weekend. A unique aspect of this D.E. is your ability to watch the Porsche Club Racers in between your own on-track sessions!

Please plan on joining us in Austin February 28 through March 1, 2020 for this PCA Advanced Solo-Only Driver Education Event at Circuit of the Americas! If you have any questions, please contact dgross@grossandnelson.com or the Event Registrar deregistrar@hcrpca.org. Thanks!

Based on your feedback we're making some changes to this event:

  • NEW Limited run group size - Run groups will be limited to 55 cars each. If you are the 56th (or later) person to register and you're in a run group that is full you will be wait-listed and may not make it into the event. Note: you must both register for the D.E. AND PAY to maximize the likelihood that you will make it into the event. If you only register but do not pay, another driver who registers and pays after you will be ahead of you in the "que."
  • NEW We're serious about ending "trains." We'll require that all cars have numbers on their hood, doors and rear so that cars leading trains can be more easily identified. We'll also have post run group debrief sessions to discuss and resolve any issues we see on track. These may be purchased through ClubReg HERE.
Here are things you'll need to know about the February 28 through March 1, 2020 Advanced Solo-Only D.E. at COTA:
  • Registration Fee: Registration fee is $975 for the three day weekend. If you compare this to the registration fees charged by other groups it is a remarkable value! One day or two-day registrations are not available.
  • Instruction: This is not an instructed D.E. event. However, there will be a few instructors available upon request.
  • Helmets and Clothing: All car occupants must wear a Snell "K" "M" or "SA" approved helmet, which has the current available Snell rating (Snell 2015) or the one previous Snell rating (Snell 2010). Snell 2005 helmets have expired and may not be used. Other helmets are acceptable if they are approved for PCA Club Racing. Long pants are required. Natural fibers are required. Footwear must be enclosed, non-slip, with a relatively smooth sole. Hiking type deep lugged soles are not acceptable.
  • Car Tech Inspection: In order to participate your car must have a technical inspection not more than 30 days prior to the event. The car owner must certify that the car is safe to run on the track and that the car has been inspected by a dealer or other reputable automobile repair facility. Both a representative of the inspecting dealer/repair shop and the owner must complete THIS FORM .
  • Equal Restraints: All vehicles must be equipped with a properly installed lap and shoulder restraint system. Both the student and the instructor shall have the same restraint system. So, if only the driver's seat is equipped with a 5 or 6 point harness, then both the driver and the instructor will use the 3 point factory lap and shoulder restraint system.
  • Cabriolet/Convertible Cars with factory installed rollover protection: Any make of car delivered with factory installed roll over protection meets the minimum standards for PCA DE events. (For example, Boxsters have factory installed roll over protection that meets this requirement and can be drive in PCA D.E. events). In these cars we recommend the soft-top be in the up position or the hard top installed. If the soft top is in the down position, an arm restraint system* must be used. An SFI and/or FIA approved arm restraint system is required.
  • Cabriolet/Convertible Cars without factory installed rollover protection: If a car does not have factory installed roll over protection, a roll bar or roll cage must be installed, which meets the "broomstick" rule (the driver's helmeted head is below a bar placed on top of the roll bar and windshield). Design, installation and materials of roll bars or cages and their installation must meet PCA Club Racing specifications, contained in Appendix A-Roll Cage Specifications of the PCA Club Racing Rules. All targa tops must be installed unless there is additional roll over protection. All sunroofs must be in the closed position. The windshield alone is not considered to be factory roll over protection.
  • Classes: Throughout the weekend both D.E. run groups will have classes in the Media Center Press Room. Those of you who have attended our Schnell Fest instructed D.E.'s know how informative and fun the classes are!

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