Drivers Education (DE)
High Performance Cars in a Controlled Environment
A Driver Education (a.k.a. Drivers Ed or DE) is an instructional speed event that is characterized by continuous lap driving with passing to be permitted as allowed by these rules. PCA DRIVERS EDUCATION IS NOT RACING. There shall be no official timing as the event is intended as instructional only, with no competition. There are no award points assigned and no trophies associated with DE events. While non-competitive, safety equipment is still required, and all cars entered in the event must have fenders attached to the vehicle body at all four corners. For convertibles or cabriolets, 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, an SFI and/or FIA approved arm restraint system must be used. 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, All Targa tops must be installed unless there is additional roll over protection. Both the driver and passenger must have the same restraint system. All sunroofs must be in the closed position. The windshield alone is not considered to be factory roll over protection.
The Pocono Region does not currently have a Drivers Education Chairperson or Committee. This does not mean that you cannot participate in a PCA friendly DE organized by a neighboring region.
For information or help in getting started, please contact the Region President or attend one of the monthly membership meetings and simply ask. Someone will be happy to point you in the right direction.
Safety equipment requirements are more stringent than for Autocross. Your car must meet the requirements set in the Zone rules and must pass a technical inspection. Having your car checked out prior to the event at an authorized inspection station is strongly recommended. This is critical as your safety and the safety of those around you are paramount to PCA.
More Information on Driver Education
Want more information on DE? Check the PCA website at www.pca.org/driver-education.