Drivers Education Team
A COVID-19 update from NCR Drivers Education
- Last Updated: 31 March 2020 31 March 2020
You all have received emails this week about business and government mandated closings. Unfortunately this has affected our season opening event at Lime Rock Park. We have cancelled this event in light of current and projected conditions for the safety of our participants and volunteers.
The rest of our scheduled events will be dealt with as things continue to unfold. If you have paid for any of our Driver Education events and they get cancelled you will receive a full refund.
- Last Updated: 22 March 2020 22 March 2020
Select Host Column entry to go to the registration sites.
March 7(Sat) HMS Motorsports NER
May 4&5(Mon & Tue) Lime Rock Park Cancelled
May 22,23,24(Fri,Sat,Sun) Thompson NER
June 12,13,14(Fri,Sat,Sun) Palmer NER
July 3,4,5(Fri,Sat,Sun) Mont-Tremblant NER/NNJR
July 17,18,19(Fri,Sat,Sun) Club Motorsports NCR
August 7,8,9(Fri,Sat,Sun) Watkins Glen NER
August 11,12,13(Tue,Wed,Thur) Calabogie NER
August 22&23 (Sat,Sun) NHMS NCR
September 11,12,13(Fri,Sat,Sun) Club Motorsports NCR
September 25,26,27(Fri,Sat,Sun) Palmer NER
NCR Drivers Education Mandatory HANS Device Statement
- Last Updated: 02 February 2020 02 February 2020
The PCA National Drivers Education Committee has updated the Driver Education Minimum Standards.
All DE participants must review this update as it may affect your car and equipment preparation for the upcoming DE season.
The section of the Driver Education Minimum Standards document to take particular attention to is the use of a Head and Neck restraint system commonly known as a HANS device, is now mandatory for both student and instructor when a five, six or seven-point harness are being used. Exceptions and detail for some Four-point systems are also listed in the document.
"The participant should BE AWARE that the addition of such a seat and harness system results in the occupant being fastened upright in the vehicle. Therefore, in order to have a COMPLETE SYSTEM, a properly padded roll bar or roll cage is recommended, and an approved head and neck restraint device is required. A head and neck restraint device certified as meeting the standards of either SFI 38.1 or FIA 8858 or its successor is required. The use of such a harness system without roll protection and a head and neck restraint device may result in an unsafe environment and is not a COMPLETE SYSTEM. Roll bars or cages and their installation must meet PCA Club Racing Standards.
When using a head and neck restraint device, it is recommended that one follow the SFI Recertification process for the head and neck restraint device. The instructions for this can be found on the device. Additionally, it is recommended that the straps be replaced every five years."
NCR Chief Instructor and DE Committee comments:
- A Head and Neck restraint system commonly known as a HANS device, is now mandatory for both student and instructor when a five, six or seven-point harness is in use.
- A suitable roll bar or roll cage is Strongly Recommended when race seats and harnesses are in use but is not mandatory.
A suitable roll bar or roll cage along with a Race Seats and Harnesses provides the driver and instructor with a complete safety system.
- It is recommended that sedans and coupes with racing seats and harnesses without a roll bar or roll cage have *functioning factory provided three-point seat belts in the car.
- Sedans and coupes with racing seats, harnesses and *functioning three-point factory belts that do not have a roll bar or roll cage, are allowed to use factory *functioning belts with an instructor but both occupants must use the same restraint method.
- Students and drivers that utilize racing seats and harnesses without suitable roll protection and do not have *functioning factory provided three-point seat belts in the car, will not be provided an instructor; this includes check-out rides.
* Functioning three-Point belt requires the same fitment as provided by the stock seat.
Drivers Education Prerequisites
- Last Updated: 31 January 2020 31 January 2020
|1||A head and neck restraint system commonly known as a HANS device, is now mandatory for both students and instructors when a five, six or seven-point harness or certain approved 4 point harnesses are in use. All neck restraints must meet SFI 38.1 or FIA 8885 or its successor certifications. A suitable roll bar or roll cage is recommended when race seats, harnesses and neck restraints are in use. A suitable roll bar or roll cage along with race seats, harnesses and neck restraints provides students and instructors with a complete safety system.|
|2||Vehicles equipped with "AUTOMATIC EMERGENCY BRAKING or LANE KEEPING ASSISTANCE Systems" are not allowed into this event.|
|3||Participants must be at least 18 years of age, must have a valid driver’s license, and be a PCA member or affiliate. A current driver’s license and PCA membership card must be shown at registration.|
|4||Non-participants are not permitted in either student or instructor cars. Non-participants under the age of 18 are allowed only in spectator areas. Instructors riding in student cars and students riding in instructor cars for instructional purposes are permitted. No student may ride with another student.|
|5||Participants must wear rubber soled, natural uppers shoes, long pants, and a long sleeved shirt (natural, not synthetic fibers), or wear an approved fire resistant driving suit.|
|6||Drivers must have completed registration and be through the tech line prior to the driver’s and instructor’s meetings (approximately 8:15 am).|
|7||A Snell rated 2010 or newer helmet is required. An SA rated helmet is preferred. M and K rated helmets are acceptable. Limited loaners may be available.|
|8||All participants must fill out the NCR tech form (at this link). It must completed and signed by one of the approved NCR tech inspectors (at this link) within two weeks of the event The tech inspection is a free service to PCA members unless otherwise noted.|
|9||R-rated track tires are not allowed in green & yellow run groups unless OEM fit or the car is also driven in an advanced run group. Chief Instructor approval required.|
|10||All open top cars (including targas) must run with tops installed or up, unless arm restraints are used by each occupant. All sunroofs must be closed or entirely removed while on track (arm restraints required if sunroof is removed).|
|11||All open cars must have a roll bar installed, with the following exceptions: Targas, 914s, Boxsters and 996/997 cabriolets (except at Lime Rock) are acceptable as delivered from the factory & must run with the top up or have a hardtop installed.|
|12||Lime Rock Park will enforce rules which require all open cars to have a roll bar that is fixed and visible at all times (not pop up) plus allows the driver to pass the “broomstick rule” (top of helmet under a line drawn from the top of the windshield to the top of the bar).|
|13||Tracks will be enforcing sound limits at their tracks. You will be expelled from the event after your second offense during any given day.|
|14||Driver’s side windows must be fully down (rain or shine), passenger side optional (fully up or down). Window nets are not allowed.|
|15||Students should expect that their instructor will drive their car for several laps at each event.|
|16||All participants must obey all passing rules set forth in the driver’s meeting.|
|17||There is a mandatory Black Flag pit stop for all spins or 2 (or more) wheels-off. Two Black Flags for these or other driving infractions in a day are grounds for expulsion from the event.|
|18||No illegal drugs are allowed and no alcoholic beverages may be consumed by anyone (participant or guest) during the event.|
|19||Events in the rain and cold weather. No refunds for an event canceled after cars have been on the track, or for participants who do not come to the track when an event is not started. Partial refunds may be available to those who come to the track when an event is not started/canceled.|
Updated January 31, 2019