This is Driver's Education - not a Racing School
Rule 1: No Racing
Rule 2: No Racing
Rule 3: No Racing
Rule 4: See Rule #1
The safety of all our participants is our foremost concern. Therefore, we insist that all rules be followed to ensure a safe, pleasant, uninterrupted learning experience. If you do not conform to the written and verbal rules of this event, you will be not be permitted to drive on the racetrack and asked to leave the event. Additionally, you will forfeit your registration fee - no exceptions. Peachstate Region Porsche Club of America wants all participants to have a safe, rewarding, and enjoyable weekend. Erratic, unsafe, or at-fault driving incidents on the track will not be tolerated, and will serve as grounds for immediate dismissal from the event, plus registration fee forfeiture, at the sole discretion of the Event Chairman.
We ask that you pay particular attention to the rules set forth under the Flagging Regulations. All of the material in the DE Manual should be reviewed before coming to the track, as there will no time to do so once the event begins.
In case of rain, slow down to a speed below which you know you can drive safely in the wet. Check the condition of your tires and brakes after every session. Check you oil level before every session. Keep an eye on your schedule and always be on time!
Concentrate on being smooth and taking the correct line. Do not focus on improving your speed - instead focus on improving your consistency and accuracy in driving the racing line, and a commensurate increase in speed will naturally follow.
Recommendations in Case of Trouble While on the Racetrack:
If you are about to run off the track surface, it is always best to drive off in a straight line. Do not make a futile attempt to hold the car on the track, as this usually creates a more dangerous situation. If you err in judgment and lose control (i.e. spin), the best rule is: "both feet in" (brake totally depressed, clutch totally depressed) until the car comes to a complete stop.
If you suspect that your car is experiencing mechanical problems while on the racetrack:
- If serious, pull off the track slowly and await assistance from the Corner Workers.
- If you can continue, do so slowly, and return to the pit area. Drive off of the racing line, and use hand signals and flashers to indicate that you have a problem while returning to the pits.
Any make of car delivered with factory installed roll-over protection meets the minimum standards for PCA DE events. In these cars, the soft-top must be placed in the up position, or have the hard top installed. If, however, the restraints have been changed to 5 or 6 point systems, an approved seat and a rollbar meeting the “broomstick’ rule will be required.
If a car does not have factory installed roll-over protection, a roll bar must be installed, which meets the "broomstick" rule (the driver's helmeted head is below a bar placed atop and across the rollbar and windshield). All targa tops must be installed unless there is additional roll-over protection in place. All sunroofs must be placed in the closed position. The windshield alone is not considered to be factory roll-over protection.
Both student and instructor shall have the same restraint system. All vehicles must be equipped with a properly installed lap and shoulder restraint system.
If the participant chooses to install a 5 or 6 point driving harness, several changes to the automobile must be made to create a safe occupant restraint system. Harnesses must include a antisubmarine strap, and be mounted in an approved manner consistent the manufacturer’s instructions. The harness system must be used in conjunction with a seat which has the supplied routing holes for the shoulder and antisubmarine belts. All pieces of the restraint system must be installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
This means that a seat must have proper routing holes for the harness, as supplied by the seat manufacturer, for the shoulder and anti-submarine straps. The shoulder straps should be mounted at 90 degrees to the axis of your spine, or at most 40 degrees down from horizontal. Because the addition of the harness system means that the occupants are fastened upright in the vehicle, a properly padded roll-bar or roll cage is strongly encouraged to complete the system. The use of one without the other may result in an unsafe environment and is not a complete system. Due to ultraviolet light degradation and wear, the harness webbing must be replaced every five years.
Four point systems are not allowed in Porsches because of the integrated headrest supplied by the factory. 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 meets the following requirements:
1. Meets the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 209
2. Attaches to the factory seat belt mounting points
3. 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.
Pre-Event Technical Inspection
A technical inspection must be completed in writing, usually by a qualified Porsche dealer or service center prior to the event. This inspection is your responsibility and it is for your safety! Please have your car totally prepared for the event on Saturday prior to the driver's meeting, which usually occurs under the chalet in front of the front straight at around 7:30-8AM. For this preparation, remove all loose objects from the trunk and passenger compartment, including the driver's floor mat, have a sufficient amount of gas for the day, properly inflated tires, lug nuts properly tightened, and your car number affixed.
Onsite Technical Inspection
Onsite technical inspections ("Tech") will be performed Friday evening in the Road Atlanta Tech Shed (located in a white building/garage in the center of the paddock along the front straight of the track) at the time published in the Event Schedule. Tech will also be performed Saturday morning at the track from 6:15 AM until 7:45 AM. only. If you miss both of these two tech sessions, your car will not be certified as inspected until after the run groups go out on the track and an inspector is available between their own runs. It is imperative that you bring to tech both your Pre-Event Technical Inspection form filled out and signed, along with the Technical Inspection Certification and Indemnity Form. Also, please have your assigned car numbers affixed to your car when presenting it for onsite technical inspection for processing your car as quickly as possible.
All drivers are required to have a SNELL SA2005 approved, or newer, helmet for this event. You will not pass onsite technical inspection unless you have a helmet which meets this safety standard - no exception. Motorcycle or “M” rated helmets are absolutely not permitted.
All drivers are required to have proper clothing for track driving. This means:
- Long Sleeved Shirt (No exceptions. Shirt must be made of a non-synthetic fiber)
- Long Pants (No exceptions. Pants will be made of a non-synthetic fiber)
- Leather or natural fabric shoes with rubber/leather soles.
- Alternatively, approved driver's suit and shoes/gloves.
All drivers are required to display their pre-assigned car number on both sides of their car, in a color which contrasts with the car color so that they can be easily readable from the Road Atlanta Control Tower. (No checkerboard numbers, please.) The numbers must be at least 8 inches high, and 1 inch wide. The numbers must be affixed to the car at the onsite technical inspection. Without numbers, you will not be allowed on the track! If your numbers blow off, you must replace them before going out on the track again. Numbers on the windshield are deemed not acceptable. Approved numbers can be pre-ordered from Discovery Parts, 1591 Hwy 85 North, Fayetteville, GA 30214, 1-888-748-RACE (7223) or (770) 716-5986, here.
Staging will be in the Pit Lane (the grid area directly in front of the chalet overlooking the front straight) for the next Run Group to be organized and safety-checked before going out on the track. All other cars will be located either on the track, or in the Paddock (large parking area). Drivers only will be allowed into the Hot Pits with the approved clothing (See Clothing above).
Instructors shall be stationed in Pit Lane near the Hot Pits. For safety purposes, driver changes, instructor pickups and discharges, are to be made only in the Pit Lane, or as noted in the event supplemental regulations.
For safety purposes in the event of an accident in which driver or passenger access is required by a Corner Worker, all cars are to be driven with the driver and passenger side windows down. Drive with sunroof closed. Always drive with you and your passenger's hands and arms inside the car, except to signal from the track your intention to enter pit lane after Turn 10b.
Entering the Track
Pull your car up to the end of Pit Lane. Follow the instructions of the Pit Marshall and stay to the left of the track as you accelerate up to a safe speed. Use your mirrors to see if you are being overtaken before you attempt to leave this lane.
Passing will be allowed based upon the individual event supplemental regulations. All passing shall be done with the car being overtaken remaining on the racing line. Be sure that you have plenty of time, space and horsepower to complete your passing maneuver. Never pass another car until they give the appropriate clear hand signal allowing a pass.
A) Overtaking Car
Be sure that you have plenty of time, space and horsepower to complete your maneuver. Never pass another car until they signal you by! Do not tailgate. Do not group together. If you find yourself too tightly grouped, slow down for a lap and let the pack get away from you. Alternately, come into the pits to give the pack a few moments to get far ahead and then reenter the track with lighter traffic.
B) Overtaken Car
Watch your mirrors for cars that want to pass. You must signal another car by you by pointing over the top of the car, or out the window, signally the side they should pass you on. Do not move off the racing line. Do not try to out-horsepower an overtaking car by accelerating- let them by safely! Do not block faster cars. Do not group together. If you find yourself too tightly grouped, slow down for a lap and let the pack get away from you. Alternately, come into the pits to give the pack a few moments to get far ahead and then reenter the track with lighter traffic.
Failure to comply with the passing rules will result in you being Black Flagged and directed off the track, missing your Run Group track time.
Two Spin Rule
If any driver spins their car, or leaves the track surface with all 4 wheels, on the second incident of spinning, they will be required to leave the track for the remainder of the day. If they spin 3 times over the two-day event, they will be finished for the event.
The procedure will be as follows:
- On the first incident, the entrant will be black-flagged (see Flags) and directed to immediately come into the pits. In the pits, the driver will be counseled and advised that if this happens again, the entrant will be brought off the track and not allowed to drive for the balance of the day. The vehicle will also be inspected for any pebbles or debris that could be deposited on the track and become a safety hazard to other drivers.
- A spin that continues into four wheels off will be considered one incident.
- Any combination of spin or four wheels off in a single day will be considered to be two incidents.
- Any two-wheel off, or half spin, will require a visit to the pits for consultation and vehicle inspection.
To safely signal your desire to exit the track into the pit lane to other drivers, extend your left arm upward, out of the window, in a fist, prior to your exit from the track. At the Road Atlanta Course, the pit road exit begins at turn 11 (The Bridge Turn). The lane is on the left, but is not visible until you have passed under the bridge. Extreme caution should be used in locating the Pit Lane entrance. Once you have completed the 90-degree turn at the bottom of the Pit Lane entrance, you must reduce your speed to 10 M.P.H. while in Pit Lane.
Road Atlanta Rules
- No Firearms or Weapons
- No Pets
- No Fireworks
- Do Not Use The Fences As Stakes For Tents
- No Scaffolding Over 6 Feet High
- NO Camp Fires Permitted
- All Unlicensed Vehicles Must Be Registered
- For Your Safety, No Glass Containers Allowed
- Speed Limit For All Vehicles Is 10 MPH
- Grills or Cook Stoves in Camping Area Only
- Place All Trash In Trash Cans or Bags
- Quiet Hours - Midnight to 7:00am (County Ordinance)
- Never Cut Down Trees or Cut Limbs
- Always Leave Room For Spectators (Between Campsite and Fences)
- No Off-Road Riding
- State of Georgia and Hall County law PROHIBITS alcohol from being brought onto the Road Atlanta facility
- State law requires a helmet must be worn in the State of Georgia - including Road Atlanta
- For First Aid and Security Assistance, Go To Main Gate
Road Atlanta can be hot and humid in the summer. In order to prepare for this, read this information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about Extreme Heat: A Prevention Guide to Promote Your Personal Health and Safety here.
Driver's Eductation Tips
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One Lap Around Road Atlanta
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