Driver's Education Report
March 1, 2012
By Brian Powell


We opened our 2012 season with the Winter DE Seminar held on Saturday, February 4th at Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, SC. 23 interested drivers participated in the afternoon session. As in previous years, we walked through the overall PCA DE program and answered questions regarding our region events. Shane Tisdale, our Chief Instructor, provided insight into the types of instruction at a DE and what to expect in each run group. Lou Smith from Exclusive Motorwerks was on hand to answer any questions on vehicle preparation and tech inspection. To close out the event, we were able to tour the CMP facility and get on track for a few parade laps. Thanks to Shane, Lou, Don Morris & John Babinski for their support and thanks to CMP for opening their doors for us.

Whether you attended the seminar or not, registration for our April event at CMP is open. Carolina Motorsports Park is conveniently located just south of Kershaw SC. Event fees have increased slightly this year. PCA member rate is $250, nonmember rate is $290. Instructors are still $100. CMP is a great facility for beginners and experienced alike. From the Kink to the Carousel, April weather should be perfect to sample the 14 turn, 2 1/4 mile track.

Registration will be online using ClubRegistration. net. As a rule, registration for an event will open 2 months prior to the event. Be sure to visit the DE page on our region website as well. We have a lot of good information there such as our updated Drivers Ed Guide, 2012 tech form and the approved inspection sites. Our dates for this year are:

• April 28/29 at CMP in Kershaw, SC
• July 14/15 at AMP in Dawsonville, GA
• Sept 8/9 at CMP in Kershaw, SC
• Season Finale November 16-18 at VIR in Alston, VA
For potential PCA Instructors, Shane Tisdale and Marty Barrett will be holding the PCA National Instructors Clinic on Friday preceding our event. The clinic will be a combination of classroom and on track scenarios. The clinic is free although participants must register for the Turn One track day on Friday. If you have 30 track days or more and want to pass along that experience, its a great opportunity to sit in the right hand seat and get a feel for instructing.

For younger drivers, BRAKES summer schedule at zMAX in Concord, NC is filling fast. They also have a March 17th school in Morganton, NC for Burke County residents. BRAKES is a FREE, Defensive driving program for teens and is held every month or so. More information is on their web site at www.putonthebrakes. com. If you’re online, check out their instructor list. You may see some familiar faces.

For more on any of these events contact Brian Powell at driversed@carolinas-pca.com (704-260-0716).