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TOPIC: **928 Track Day Event March 15-17,2013**

**928 Track Day Event March 15-17,2013** 12 Oct 2012 14:22 #11809


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After meeting with and talking with many about trying to organize a 928 get together at a race track, we are going to try and tag along with the Chesapeake region PCA at Virginia International Raceway on
March 15 thru 17, 2013! Mike aka Courtshark has approached the chairman of that region about us wanting to put together an event and he is on board!
He has also agreed to hold a generous amount of spots for 928 owners to be able to register and to get in. Official registration is in January and I will post definite dates and times when I have them. Linked is a thread that Mike started on Rennlist on the topic.
I strongly recommend anyone who owns one of these fabulous cars to try a Drivers Education event such as this at least once in your lifetime.This particular track will really show you the beauty of a 928!!

http://forums.rennlist.com/rennforums/928-forum/721409-help-sharks-take-over-hi-po-drivers-ed-w-pca-vir-march-15-17-2013-a.html
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**928 Track Day Event March 15-17,2013** 12 Oct 2012 21:48 #11814


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I think that is an EXCELLENT IDEA! Gary made a suggestion to me about having a regional 928OC Track Contact people who would keep up with track events in their part of the US and drum up 928 interest here and over on RL to see if we can have some better visibility at those events!

I love the idea if for no other reason than we would have folks informed of all the various track events around the country!!! I have been away from the track for far to long, but hope that business and time will both be better in 2013 (at least the latter half) to allow me for some more track events...heck, maybe even in the race car! What a concept!
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**928 Track Day Event March 15-17,2013** 11 Nov 2012 09:41 #12498


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Hey Ed,

Just watched a great VIR video on YouTube
It was on the GT3 forum on RL from NJ group down
at VIR on Nov 3rd....real impressive...maybe the best
VIR video I have seen in awhile...

Camera is mounted on the roll bar pretty far back
in the car and high up....you can see all the
hand positions and shifts......

Guy ran a consistent 2:15 per lap...good apex and braking...
A really instructive angle...rear view a little in the way
and the camera is really picking up alot of vibration noise

Check it out before you come on down...
Wish I was ready .....

2013 is my year.....
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**928 Track Day Event March 15-17,2013** 13 Nov 2012 13:32 #12536


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I am very interested in this one. I have been to VIR a few times and it is indeed awesome! It would be great to take a spin around it, even in a controlled line behind a pace car etc. I will definitely keep an eye on this to see if I can clear that weekend. Luckily it is early, before everything else in spring takes off, so the odds are good. VIR is about 4 hours away for me. Not a bad drive at all.

Great work, thanks for your effort!
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**928 Track Day Event March 15-17,2013** 15 Nov 2012 19:03 #12573


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I would love to learn all I can about this particular event and most likely participate.My local PCA group seems a bit passive about this type of activity even though we have The Nashville Super speedway just up the road. My S4 will have been completely tweeked by then and I will want see if the cash was well spent? No better way I can think of then a day at the track.
If one of you more learned 928er's would be willing to let me know what things need to be done to prepare my car for such an event I will certainly sigh up for March. Any additional info would be helpful!!

Thanks
Robert

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**928 Track Day Event March 15-17,2013** 18 Nov 2012 06:41 #12587


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Robert,

I was just like you until my first (1/2) DE just a few weeks ago. Ed and a few others really helped alleviate my fears and got me out there.

Things I needed to do:
1. get a helmet. Needs to meet Snell 2005 or 20010 testing.
2. prep your car: brake fluid flush and change within 30 days of the event, pads need to be 50% or better, rotors good. Throttle has to be free and not stick at all. You'll need to remove the floor mats and anything else that could become a projectile (day of). You should have a good battery hold-down and your spare tire needs to be secured or removed. No noticeable fluid leaks or stuff hanging off your car that could end up on the track and ruin the day for anyone else.

It's not as big a deal as you might think and getting on the track the first time is a HUGE rush. I'm thinking about heading down for this one too, but I need to completely go over my brakes before then. Mine started to fade on day 1 of my track day and I felt it was better to pass on day 2 since I had to drive home too.

Looks like there will be a huge 928 contingent there so it should be an awesome time.

Good luck!
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**928 Track Day Event March 15-17,2013** 19 Nov 2012 17:25 #12596


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Robert, if you have not done a track day before the work on your car you really won't know what good all the work did...even if you have done one or even two track days you are still learning so much that the seat time is actually MUCH more valuable and useful than the actual car mods. It is an entirely different world being on the track!

That said, you should get your shark out there and REALLY enjoy it.

BTW, the reason you don't see "superspeeways" being rented for DE's is three fold:

A. Normally they are VERY EXPENSIVE to rent.
B. The road courses they have withing them SUCK and are BORING as hell!
C. Porsche's are not set up to run ovals and neither are most drivers frankly!

I have about 10,000 track miles on my S4 and over 20,000 miles instructing students on track and man is it a blast!!! Find a good safe (as in lots of run off room) road course and go have some fun!
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**928 Track Day Event March 15-17,2013** 20 Nov 2012 12:18 #12601


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Robert - Also note, if you do do not want to try and do extended track time over the weekend, they will also have an option to run one session, on the track with an instructor along with class instruction, for 50.00.

UPDATE***** the above statement is not true for this event. I checked with the rep through my local chapter. I believe the next one is an HPDE at Summit Point around April.

It is a little too close to Christmas bill paying this time, so I think I will do some more motor work and get the new shocks on instead. Then next time.....!
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**928 Track Day Event March 15-17,2013** 22 Nov 2012 05:54 #12616


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Yes, I am truly excited for this opportunity. I would love the chance to possibly meet up with some of you guy's at the track and gets some tips. The opportunity to have a professional instructor on board for a few spins around would be worth a fortune to me. I have never tracked any of my p-cars but I am convinced my S4 even with the Auto gear box would be an absolute blast!!!

As details arise for signing up. Would someone please keep me posted through the OC sight as I have become a daily addict.

Thanks all
Robert

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**928 Track Day Event March 15-17,2013** 23 Nov 2012 12:23 #12626


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Robert, "professional" instructor...doubtful...experienced instructor, without a doubt! I have over 10,000 track miles on my '88 auto and it was/is a BLAST on track. I have instructed many, many students and have over 20,000 right seat (instructor) miles under my belt and I must say there is little more satisfying than seeing things "click" for your student and watching them go faster and faster with each session! I just love it and understand why some teachers get hooked (despite mostly dismal pay)!

Be sure to change your trans fluid VERY REGULARLY if you are going to track the car. At least after every 5-6 events I would say! I ultimately burned up my trans fluid and then the tranny itself. DOH! Got a good replacement from 928 Intl ultimately, but still it was a PITA and fairly expensive to deal with and could have been avoided had my mechanic at the time told me we needed to change it out each year. (I was doing about 4-6 events a year then.)

You will love it!
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**928 Track Day Event March 15-17,2013** 30 Dec 2012 10:00 #13023


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Gentlemen....

Well, it is coming up soon.....

Registration for the March 15,16,17 2013 Driver's Education event

at Virginia International Raceway will start on:

Monday, January 14th, 2013 at 8:00 pm EST

PCA members can sign up immediately at 8 pm

Non PCA members have to wait til Jan 21st....

If there ever was a reason to join PCA or renew...this is it....

I cannot say that registration will fill up fast.......

My experience with this PCA Zone 2 event is that it does....

$46 for a PCA membership is low, compared to being put on a wait list

The basics are as follows: Sign up thru MotorsportReg.com

Might be a good idea to preview the registration web site early....

Sign up and register with them in advance......

I think the cost for the 3 day event is $375-395...

Dinner/ banquet included Sat nite...plus other social stuff...

The event insurance thru Lockton Affinity is about $125-150 for

the 3 day event while on premises...see the Zone 2 PCA website for more info

This will cover your car against loss and damage on an agreed upon value...

The policy is No Fault and if you really screw up...you and the other guy(s)

are covered by the respective policies...you agree upon a value of your car...

Like $12,000 for a 928 plus modifications = $14,000,less deductible,

that is what they pay if a total loss occurs.

It also covers the cleanup that the track mgmt has to do after an incident...

Tech inspections must be done no earlier than 4 weeks before the event....

A PCA certified shop in your area can do this ....about $55...give yourself plenty of time to

make repairs and reinspect...The Tech form is on the PCA Zone 2 website

From the DC areas it takes about 4.5 hours to get down to Danville, VA

I usually stay at the Best Western on S. Boston in town...Race rates may apply....Book early...

Try to book a double room and split with someone...really helps with costs

Usually come down on Thursday...unload the car and trailer at VIR that afternoon...unless there is an event previous and then you gotta wait...

Danville is 20 min from VIR so easy to get over there at 7am Friday...

3-4 sessions per day for all three days....lots of classroom time for the

Green and Blue groups...PCA's name for beginners......

Good Luck and if you have any questions, Kevin Lacy This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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**928 Track Day Event March 15-17,2013** 30 Dec 2012 12:00 #13024


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OK folks.......

I gave you the particulars about the upcoming event at VIR

in the previous posting.....

NOW....for the BAD NEWS...:eek:

The rule is : in order to run a PCA event,a DE, a driver must have

participated in 3 Auto cross events

OR attended the High Performance Driving Clinic...HPDC..as a PCA member

Those of you with no DE or track experience..aka No Log Book

cannot sign up for the VIR event in March

I will be checking with Manny Alban, PCA National President
and Chesapeake Region Registrar.....

I will let you know....
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**928 Track Day Event March 15-17,2013** 31 Dec 2012 17:36 #13026


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Hey Folks,

Sorry to give you that scare in my last post......

I checked with the PCA President and registrar....

This is a Zone 2 PCA event and the only experience requirements are
to have a Porsche, Tech Inspection and long sleeve shirt, soft soled shoes and a Snell rated Helmet......

Other Regions and chapters have some of their own requirements...
Like mine......

So....NO GLITCH......sorry for the trouble,,,have a good time.....
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**928 Track Day Event March 15-17,2013** 31 Dec 2012 19:08 #13029


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I was going to say that is HIGHLY unusual for a PCA event to NOT allow total newbies to participate. Now, if it is a limited weekend event or one that is connected to a Club Race or some other "special" event where there is not a cadre of instructors then yes, they have to limit participation to those who are solo approved, but for a big event with a full slate of instructors generally they LOVE the new folks to come out and play! Glad this is one of those.

Be sure if you are new to pay close attention to your instructor...VIR is a GREAT race track, but it can bite your A$$ quickly (if doing the long course) if you are not on your game, or think you are actually a "good" driver! LOL! I used to race motorcycles and thought I was pretty good till I got to my first DE...YOWZA! That is a whole different world. I had a good base of experience and caught on and advanced quickly to the instructor ranks!

A DE is a GREAT learning experience and EVERYONE should take their 928 out to the track at least a few times to really see what it is like! You will love it! Trust me!
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**928 Track Day Event March 15-17,2013** 16 Jan 2013 12:07 #13222


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only three 928's signed up so far...
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**928 Track Day Event March 15-17,2013** 16 Jan 2013 16:51 #13223


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I signed up the other day but still haven't received my confirmation yet. I guess they want to make sure the credit card is good.;)
Looking very much forward to this as I miss on my last event in November thhanks to the flu!
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**928 Track Day Event March 15-17,2013** 17 Jan 2013 17:53 #13230


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You guys enjoy! SOOOO ready to get back on track. One of the groups I used to instruct for regularly just drove COTA this past weekend! Lucky dogs!
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**928 Track Day Event March 15-17,2013** 18 Jan 2013 14:03 #13238


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I see your name on the list Ed !
I will be sure to drop by and say hello.

I was really hoping there would be a stronger 928 turn out here than just 3 of us.
I must say i am a bit intimidated by all the cars i see on the list ....and me with just a stock S4 auto that doubles as a DD.
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Yikes !

Better start practicing my point-by's so my left arm doesn't wear out over 3 days... LOL.... (maybe i should request a demotion to green run group)

...whatever the case, i am still very much looking forward to this event. VIR is a beautiful place.
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**928 Track Day Event March 15-17,2013** 18 Jan 2013 14:48 #13239


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^^^^^^
It's about learning and the driver, NOT so much the car. Sure a high HP car can drag race from corner to corner, but REAL MEN go fast AROUND the corners! Let me just say I have been humbled by a Miata and a 914 more than once! I have also whipped a Viper and many a 911 over the years (even a few Turbo's) in my '88 S4 auto stock 928!
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**928 Track Day Event March 15-17,2013** 18 Jan 2013 16:04 #13245


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Thanks for the good advise/reminder James !

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