Driver Education

Sponsored by Tom Wood Porsche


Ever want to take your car out to the track and experience the performance of your car in a safe, controlled and instructed environment?  Central Indiana Region of the Porsche Club of America (CIRPCA) hosts 2 annual High Performance Driver Education (HPDE) events at Putnam Park Road Course ( in Mt. Meridian, IN. Our Spring Brake HPDE event is held each April and each fall our Pumpkin Run HPDE event is held in October. The events are open to all licensed drivers, 18 and older, driving any make vehicle.  And it is not necessary to be a PCA member to participate.

Putnam Park is a favorite among racers and beginners alike, and now even better with the freshly repaved track surface. All the drivers at our Spring Brake event had great praise for the enhanced grip and reduced tire wear of the new pavement!!! The 1.8 mile, 10 turn circuit is a great layout for beginning drivers, yet challenging enough for experts to hone their skills. 

Our events will provide extensive track time, as well as classroom instruction. Beginning drivers and those with limited experience will have an experienced instructor in the seat next to you, ensuring that you learn the proper line around the track and safe driving techniques.  All of our great instructors are dedicated to making your experience FUN & SAFE! At the conclusion of the weekend, you will go home a better driver and you will have a BIG GRIN on your face.

 If you’d like more track time, during the lunch breaks you’ll have the opportunity to participate in touring laps, at normal highway speeds.  The best part is that you can take family and friends with you for the touring laps, with no helmets required. And any car can participate, whether registered for the event or not. This is a great way to refine your driving line, locate landmarks on the track, and increase your comfort level.

Participant Sign-Up:  registration for all of our events is done via  Create a free account and then Search by event host “Central Indiana Region PCA”.  

Instructor Sign-Up: must be a current CIRPCA approved instructor to register via  Any questions should be directed to CIRPCA Chief Driving Instructor, Doug DeArmond, at

Rental Helmets: a limited number are available for rent for the weekend.  Please order as an option during registration on

Garage Rentals:  a limited number of garages are available as an option during registration via  All garages are 1st come, 1st served.  

Hotel: HA host hotel is selected near the track and a discounted rate is provided. Check each event details on for the specific discount code.

Directions to Putnam Park (From I-70 west of Indianapolis): From I-465 on the west side of Indy, take I-70 westbound for approx. 30 miles.  Take exit #41 (Cloverdale/Greencastle/ Rte 231) and proceed northbound on #231 for approx. 4 miles.  At traffic light, turn right (east) onto US40.  Proceed eastbound on US40 for approx. 4 miles (watch carefully for small green sign indicating Mt. Meridian).  Just past the Mt. Meridian sign, turn right (south) onto County Rd. 550 E. Proceed south on CR 550 E for approx. 1.4 miles.  Track entrance is on left.

For further information or questions, please contact us:

CIRPCA Track Chair:  Pete Walker   email:

CIRPCA Chief Driving Instructor:  Doug DeArmond    email: