Driver Education

The mission and purpose of the Mid-Ohio Region and the National Porsche Club of America’s High Performance Driver Education (HPDE) Program is to provide a safe, structured, and controlled teaching and learning environment. The MORPCA PCA DE Program (part of the National program) is designed so that participants can improve their driving abilities and acquire a better understanding of vehicle dynamics and driving safety. Participants will experience first-hand the capabilities of high performance automobiles in a controlled, closed-course environment and will acquire skills that enhance safer vehicle operation in all driving situations.

One giant word of caution: this adventure can become very addictive. Our instructors will teach you to drive your Porsche (or other road worthy vehicle) the way Stuttgart (or other manufactures) designed it to be driven.  Like any new sport, an instructor will guide you into this exciting world of high performance driving. These weekends will raise your Adrenaline levels and are great sources of stories for the Monday morning coffee break. You will have dreams about various turns and wake up with memories of your instructor guiding you to BRAKE or DON’T LIFT. These events are an excellent, safe way to learn the engineering dynamics that went into the development of this famous racing marque (or other brands). However, it is noted that HPDE events are not racing, nor preparation for racing. No times or placings are recorded, and no awards or prizes are received by the participants of HPDE events; just a lot of fun and camaraderie. Any conduct considered by the Mid-Ohio Region or Porsche Club of America to be either unsafe or inconsistent with the spirit or purpose of the HPDE Program will not be permitted. This approach keeps the events safe for all participants!

MORPCA HPDE Guide HDI-HPDE (DE Lite) HPDE Files of Interest

Helpful links of Interest:

Bedding In Brakes – Technical background and a method for bedding in brakes for track or street duty.

Brake Pad Owners Guide – An overview of the engineering of brake pads and their wear characteristics (Essex Parts).

Driver Safety Gear – A presentation on the benefits of Drive Safety Gear form IndyCar.

Track Car Handling Adjustment Guide

Performance Driving Illustrated – Ross Bentley owner of Speed Secrets

The Physics of Racing – A guide to the how’s, why’s and wherefore’s of punting a car around a track… the entire Physics of Racing Series (PhoRS) by Brian Beckman, PhD, reproduced at the link website with permission. The articles are available in both Adobe® Acrobat® (PDF) form, suitable for printing and HTML suitable for reading online.

Track Insurance Round-Up – The following list of Insurance providers will cover your car and any gaps in insurance you may have when driving your car at a drivers education event or even during races. Please speak with the companies to ensure that your car is protected.

  • Lockton Motorsports Track Insurance
  • OnTrack HPDE Insurance Program
  • Hagerty HPDE Track Day Insurance
  • RLI’s Track Day Insurance