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Driver's Education Team

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DE Chair
DE Registrar
Chief Instructor
Pat Maloney 
John Lussier
 BobTucker
Pam and Dennis Mascetta - Operations Manager
Lisa Roche and Joe Kraetsch - On Site Registrars
If calling please do so BEFORE 9:30pm
Send general DE questions/comments to DE Chair
Send all registration questions/comments to DE Registrar

2018 Events

Select Host Column entry to go to the registration sites.

Date               Location           Host            Event
March 3           HMS               NER       Ground School
April 20-22       NHMS              NCR       Season Opener
April 21          NHMS              NCR       Car Control Clinic
May 18-20         Watkins Glen      Zone 1    48 Hours at the Glen
May 25-27         Thompson          NER       
June 8-10         Palmer            NER       
June 25&26        Limerock          NCR       Limerock Fun Days; Paddock Party 
July 4-7          Mt Tremblant      NER/NNJR  
August 10-12      WGI               NER/NNJR   
August 14-16      Calabogie         NER/NNJR  
September 6-8     Club Motorsports  NCR
September 21-23   Palmer            NER    
October 6&7       NHMS              NCR       Spring is a Long Time Coming; Make-A-Wish

2018 Driver's Education Promotions

We’ve put together a few promotions for the 2018 season. Registration opens at Motorsportsreg.com on March 1st.

First Timers

Did you see Jeff Torrey’s “Spring is a Long Time Coming” article in the November-December Northlander? He was a first timer last fall and for those of you that are considering driving your Porsche on the track, Jeff’s words might have a ring of familiarity to them.

This spring the Driver’s Education Team at NCR is looking for a few more First Timers. If you have never attended one of our Driver’s Education events we are discounting your event fee by 50 percent when you register for your first event.

Come on out and see if you enjoy it as much as Jeff did.

Are you feeling lucky?

We are adding an incentive for those of you that use these cold, dark days of winter to plan where you will spend the bright, light days of spring, summer and fall. Anyone that registers for our Spring Opener on March 1st will be entered into a drawing to be held at the drivers meeting at NHMS on April 21st. One driver’s name will be drawn from a helmet. That individual will attend the event free.

Let’s repeat that. Register for our Spring Opener on March 1st, attend the drivers meeting, have your name drawn from the helmet, you attend the event for free!

All In

Every one that registers for and attends all the days of our events in 2018 will receive a 10 percent discount. As the schedule below shows, that’s a free day at the track in 2018.

Read more: 2018 Driver's Education Promotions

What's New at North Country Driver's Education

Greetings from frozen New Hampshire. This month we look forward to the 2018 events and list some of the changes that you will see in the North Country Driver’s Education Program.

This first welcome change is that all our events in New Hampshire will be on the weekend. That’s right no more trying to get those Tuesdays and Wednesdays cleared from the calendar. The Limerock Park event stays on the traditional Monday and Tuesday at the End of June. Here is a summary of each of our events. We will be sending out addition details and registration information over the next few weeks.

Read more: What's New at North Country Driver's Education

Not Just Another Woman Driver ...

I have always loved to drive, beginning with my little red pedal car when I was 5. My love affair with Porsche began in my late teens. A friend of mine had an adorable 911 he called “The Silver Bullet”. I loved the way it sounded, the way it smelled and the way it felt out on the road. One day we were zipping around when we came up behind a very slow Cadillac on a wide exit ramp. He said “Hang on!” and neatly proceeded to execute a pass. I was momentarily terrified but thrilled at the same time.

Read more: Not Just Another Woman Driver...

Passing the Torch

I bought my first Porsche in 1987, a black 944. I flogged it around the streets and canyons of southern California for a year, then traded it in on a mortgage, our first child, and a used Honda Accord.

Twenty years later, in 2007, I bought my second Porsche, a black 2000 Boxster S. A friend said “you should take it to the track.” I said, “The track? Really!?” In 2008, I joined NCR, and did a car control clinic and my first track day at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. I have been sliding down the slippery slope ever since. For the last 10 years, driving on the track has been my passion – at Driver’s Educarion (DE) events and PCA club races.

During that time, I have driven 15 tracks, met some great friends, shared many track events with our four kids, and now share nearly every event with my wife Mary, who also loves to drive and instruct. The Boxster has turned into a full race car, and our second Porsche, a 2002 996, will soon be a full race car.

Read more: Passing the Torch

Spring is a long time coming

This past October I decided it was time for me to spend a day driving at an NCR DE event. I had done the Car Control Clinic, and the Charity Laps for Make-a-Wish. Those experiences were nothing but positive, so I decided to give it a try.

From a distance the DE program looked to me like a place for “race car drivers”. Folks that wanted to take their car out and thrash it around the track. So I was a bit intimidated. Not trusting myself with my car at high speeds, not trusting my reflexes with such an expensive car. A car that I enjoy driving in its “present condition”. I had signed up for the Monday driving and watched the weather. As luck would have it Monday proved to be a rain day. In my mind I flip flopped back and forth. Should I cancel, or should I go anyway. If I cancel there are no refunds. But if I lose traction in the rain and smash my car, that would prove to be a huge loss. Crashing my car was the last thing I would want to happen. Knowing many of the people who produce the DE program for NCR, I decided to go for the day in spite of the rain. I had to trust that these guys would help me avoid a crash, trust that their instruction would prevent me from having a problem on the track.

Read more: Spring is a long time coming

An Introduction to Driver's Education

Driver Education track events are intended to provide a basic foundation of knowledge which become building blocks to advancing skills as you continue with track driving.

Students are taught to drive safely around the track in a non-competitive environment under the supervision of a track instructor riding in the car.

Students can expect (and are expected) to learn the following:

  1. How to drive the basic line of the track.
  2. How to use turn-in cones, apex cones and track-out cones as track markers.
  3. Braking, shifting and turning techniques and sequence for turns.
  4. Names of turns and straights of the track and other track vocabulary
  5. Safety
  6. Being comfortable and having fun!!!

Read more: An Introduction to Driver's Education

NCR DE Mission Statement

Mission Statement

The mission and purpose of North Country Region – Porsche Club of America’s Driver’s Education Program is to provide a safe, structured and controlled teaching and learning environment.  The NCR DE Program is designed so that participants can improve their driving abilities and acquire a better understanding of vehicle dynamics and driving safety.    Participants will experience first-hand the capabilities of high performance automobiles in a controlled, closed-course environment and acquire skills that will enhance safer vehicle operation in all driving situations.  NCR DE events are not racing, preparation for racing, nor a competition of any kind.  No times or placings are recorded, and no awards or prizes are received by the participants of NCR Driver’s Education events.  Any conduct considered by North Country Region to be either unsafe or inconsistent with the spirit or purpose of the NCR Driver’s Education Program will not be permitted.

Car Control Clinic Information Package

PORSCHE CLUB OF AMERICA
North Country Region
CAR CONTROL CLINIC
at
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
INFORMATION PACKAGE
Important Notice
When parking for sign in at NHMS, Make sure you leave the fire lane open.
Do not park right in front of the building. Use one of the lanes to the right.
They will not let you sign in if you are blocking the fire lane.

CHECK IN

Please stop at the main gate to sign the release form required by the track. When parking please leave the fire lane open and use one of the lanes to the right. Once you have gotten your wrist band you enter through the gate. As you pass through the entrance the lot is located down to the right hand side. The Car Control Clinic (CCC) is being held in Parking Lot S1 which is on your right. Please check in with the CCC Chair when you arrive at the lot.

Read more: Car Control Clinic Information Package

Anatomy of a Corner

Anatomy of a Corner

Corner

The diagram above shows the ideal line for the curve. The basic parts of the turn are lift, brake, off-brake, turn-in, neutral throttle, apex, acceleration and track out. Picking the pieces apart; the red line shows the braking zone, find your spot to start braking and brake decisively (downshifting if necessary), in the purple zone get off the brake and gently back on the throttle and turn in at the appropriate point. A slightly late turn-in is safer than early.

The light blue line indicates a late turn in which requires a much slower entry speed to negotiate the corner, note the sharp angle of turn in. The green zone is the balance zone or neutral zone. You should get back on the throttle at this point and squeeze on the power slowly as you pass the apex. Where you pass the apex is crucial, the best practice is to be very accurate and consistent. Again, a late apex is safer than an early apex. Note the yellow path, this indicates an early apex and shows where your car could end up, out of pavement on the exit, not the most desirable place on the track.

Continue through the corner, applying more power and tracking out to use the entire track surface. Now you can setup for the next corner and start the process again. Your instructor will show you the proper line for each corner. Remember that the car will go where your eyes are looking, it is important to “look through the corner” and think ahead. Driving the track is not just a series of corners to be negotiated one at a time, but a smooth and rhythmical “line” throughout.

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