CIRPCA Driver Education and Instructor Training for 2017 Season
Sponsored by Tom Wood Porsche
The Central Indiana Region of the Porsche Club of America is pleased to announce an exciting 3 day track event at the newly repaved Putnam Park Road Course, in Mt. Meridian, IN, on Friday – Sunday, April 28 – 30, 2017. Saturday and Sunday will be a traditional Driver Ed program, open to drivers of all levels, driving any make of vehicle, from 1st time track drivers thru advanced drivers. We are especially pleased to announce that Friday will feature open lapping for advanced drivers (those who do not require Instructors) as well as a PCA National Instructor Training program.
CIRPCA will also be hosting a traditional 2 day Driver Ed event at Putnam Park on Saturday and Sunday, October 14 – 15, 2017. So mark your calendars now and plan to join us for both of these exciting events.
Putnam Park has always been a great track for both novices and advanced drivers, but 2017 should be especially exciting because Putnam Park has just undergone a COMPLETE REPAVING OF THE ENTIRE TRACK! This should mean higher grip and less tire wear for everyone.
The Instructor Training session, on Friday, April 28, is open to advanced drivers who have an interest in becoming Driving Instructors in our Driver Education program. It features substantial classroom, as well as on track sessions, and will be conducted by a member of PCA National’s Instructor Training group. While this is a PCA program, this event is open to advanced drivers in all makes of cars. It is also not necessary that participants be members of PCA. We anticipate high demand for this program, so plan to sign up early! For those of you who are current Instructors, we will need a large corps of Instructors to serve as “mentors” for the Instructor candidates, so please consider signing up. This program will also serve as a great “refresher” for our experienced Instructor group.
Friday is also open for any advanced drivers, who have previously driven in either the Instructor, A or B groups with CIRPCA, or other advanced driving groups in other organizations, who do not require an Instructor. We anticipate between 3 – 4 hours of open track time for these advanced drivers. What a great way to enhance your skills, with lots of time on a less crowded track!
As always, our Saturday and Sunday DE event, features lots of track time, along with classroom training, to ensure everyone goes home a better driver. It is open to all licensed drivers, 18 and over, driving any make vehicle. Membership in PCA is not a requirement!
Instructors will be provided for all drivers at the beginning or novice levels.
We will also offer our popular "touring laps" opportunity during the lunch breaks on Saturday and Sunday. Touring laps are conducted on track, without helmets, at normal highway speeds, and you are invited to bring along family and friends. Any vehicle may participate, even if not participating in the Driver's Ed program. This is a great way to familiarize drivers with the track layout, and to refine your driving line, and locate flag stations around the course.
As always, participating vehicles require the completion of a Technical Inspection (Instructors, as usual, may self tech) before presenting them for the event. There will also be an on-site tech inspection, which will be available for the April event, on Friday morning, at the track, and again on Saturday morning, at the track. Tech forms are available on the registration website and also on the CIRPCA website by clicking on the Driver Ed icon. More details will be posted at a later time.
Student Registration: registration is via www.clubregistration.net. Search for Putnam Park events, and the dates of April 28-30. If you are new to Club Registration, you will first need to establish an account (no cost), and create a personal profile, which includes your relevant driving experiences. Cost for the 3 day event is $600. Cost for the Saturday – Sunday event is $425. One day may be purchased for $250.
Instructor Registration: registration is via www.clubregistration.net. Those instructors who attend all 3 days, and “mentor” an instructor candidate will be charged a total of $125. Instructors who register as mentors for Friday only are FREE! Instructor “candidates” are FREE for Friday, and will be charged for the remaining 2 days, based on whether they instruct on Saturday and Sunday or not (see the registration site for details).
Helmets: only Snell certified helmets, carrying a 2010 or 2015 sticker, will be allowed. We will no longer accept 2005-stickered helmets. A limited number of rental helmets are available, via the clubregistration website at $65 for the entire weekend.
Garage Rental: a limited number of single bay spaces are available for $150 for the 3 day weekend. All garages are 1st come, 1st served, and may be reserved via Clubreg.
due to a major convention in Indianapolis, we will not have a large "headquarters" hotel for this event. There are a number of smaller hotels, located within a reasonable drive of Putnam Park, which may have rooms available. Here's a list of options: Super 8, Cloverdale....765-795-7373 (rooms available as of 1/24/17. Best Western Hotel, Brazil (about 25 mins from Putnam Park)...812-420-2299 (good availability of rooms as of 1/24). Inn at DePauw, Greencastle...765-658-1000 (limited number of rooms available as of 1/24). Greencastle Inn, Greencastle....765-653-8424 (number of rooms available). Motel 6, Cloverdale....765-795-3000. Days' Inn, Cloverdale....765-795-6400. Econo Lodge, Cloverdale....765-795-6900.
Social and Meal Activities: all drivers are invited to attend a light dinner on Saturday, served in the garage, beginning at 5:30pm. Beer will be served as well, once the track is shut-down for the day. There is no additional charge to attend.
For further information or questions, please contact us:
Putnam Park Track Chair: Bruce Fleischmann email: email@example.com
CIRCPA Registrar: Mark Westlake email: firstname.lastname@example.org
CIRPCA Chief Driving Instructor: Doug DeArmond email: email@example.com