SEMPCA – Drivers Education Rules

Southeast Michigan Porsche Club of America

Driver’s Education – Minimum Standards – 2016

The following is a list of the minimum rules for participating in a Driver’s Education event. While we have made every effort to cover all subjects, oversights may have been made. Please contact the DE-Chair or Chief Instructor with any questions or further clarifications.

Entrant Age

The minimum age for any driving entrant is 18 years.

Driver’s License

All entrants must have a valid driver’s license (state, country or province as appropriate).

Clothing

Long-sleeve cotton shirt and long cotton pants are required. All car occupants must wear a Snell approved helmet, which has the current available Snell rating or the one previous Snell rating. Other helmets are acceptable if they are approved for PCA Club Racing. Footwear must be enclosed, non-slip, with a relatively smooth sole (examples such as aggressively lugged hiking shoes or boots are highly discouraged).

Helmets

We require Snell SA (2010 or 2015) rated helmets for anyone who is on the track.

Car Occupancy

If two people are in a car, one must be an approved event instructor and the other must be a registered entrant in the event. There are no exceptions to this rule. A registered entrant is defined as a person who will be participating in substantially all appropriate aspects of the event (on track, classroom and exercises).

Car Safety Inspection

The car owner must certify that the car is safe to run on the track and that the car has been inspected by a regionally approved person or shop within 30 days prior to each event. If the vehicle has participated in another track event within those 30 days it must be re-inspected prior to the next event. SEM PCA provides an Inspection form that can be found on the Club website and attached to conformation email.

All cars entered in the event must have fenders attached to the vehicle body at all four corners.

Equal Restraints

Both student and instructor shall have equal restraint systems (The system may be similar. For example,the driver’s seat manufacturer could be Recaro and the passenger seat Sparco). All vehicles must be equipped with a properly installed lap and shoulder restraint system. Good condition, OEM installed 3-point systems meets this requirement.

Harness Systems

If the participant chooses to install a five- or six-point driving harness, several changes to the automobile must be made to create a safe occupant restraint system. Harnesses must:

  • Include an antisubmarine strap.
  • Must be SFI and/or FIA certified – five and/or six-point system (non-expired).
  • Have all harness attachment points secured/mounted in an approved manner consistent with the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Be used in conjunction with a seat that has been manufactured with supplied routing holes for the shoulder and antisubmarine belts.
  • Have the shoulder straps mounted at 90 degrees to the axis of your spine or at most 40 degrees down from horizontal.

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 and an approved Head and Neck Restraint System (HANS) device are strongly encouraged and highly recommended. The use of such a harness system without roll protection and HANS may result in an unsafe environment and is not a COMPLETE SYSTEM. If installed, roll bars or cages and their installation must meet PCA Club Racing standards. Due to UV degradation and wear, the harness webbing must be replaced every five years. In addition to the standard SFI and/or FIA-approved five- and/or six-point system, a four-point system is allowed in non-Porsches that meet the following requirements:

  • Meets the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 209.
  • Attaches to the factory seat belt mounting points.
  • Each belt is designed to work in a specific vehicle and that vehicle tag must be attached to the belt system.

An example of a system that meets the above criteria is the Schroth Quick Fit system.

Cabriolet/Convertible Cars

Any make of car delivered with factory installed roll over protection meets the minimum standards for PCA DE events. In these cars we recommend the soft-top be in the up position or the hard top installed. If the top is in the down position, SFI and/or FIA approved arm restraints are mandatory.

*Velocity Management, Inc. may be a source for the SFI approved arm restraint system for use with the OEM three point belts. Contact info is www.gofastbesafe.com and the part number is QE3ptArm

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 addition roll over protection. All sunroofs must be in the closed position. The windshield alone is not considered to be factory roll over protection.

No Alcohol or Controlled Substances

NO ALCOHOL OR CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES CAN BE CONSUMED BY ANY PARTICIPANT DURING THE HOURS OF EVENT OPERATION, OR BY ANY PERSON AT THE SITE OF THE EVENT DURING THE HOURS OF EVENT OPERATION. This is not intended to prevent participants from taking medication as long as it does NOT have an effect upon the person’s ability to control a vehicle at speed.

Disclaimer

Porsche Club of America is a private, non-profit organization. It reserves the right to deny the acceptance of any Driver’s Education application, or to revoke any application previously accepted, for any reason or no reason, except that it will not deny or revoke a Driver’s Education application solely on the basis of race, creed, color, sex or national origin.

 



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