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EBRPCA & MORPCA Joint Drivers Education Event at Mid Ohio

EBRPCA is partnering with the Mid Ohio Region PCA to hold a driver’s education event at the Mid Ohio Sport Car Course.  The event will be held Fri – Sun April 25th-27th.

It would be extremely difficult for EBR to take on an event at Mid Ohio on our own so we are very excited to team up with MORPCA to help introduce our members to such an historic and incredible track as Mid Ohio.  Over the years many of us have had opportunities to attend and meet many of the MORPCA members at their track events.  They organize a very well-run and safe event with some creative ideas to maximize track time.

Partnering at an event like this is a big step for our club, and we are really counting on a good turn out to help make this a successful event.  There will be many familiar EBR faces at this event, and it promises to be a great time.  Below are some further event details we hope to see you there.

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There’s still a nip in the air and the pavement is cold, but we’re warming ourselves up by dreaming of the track in spring!  Nothing beats reuniting with old friends and making new ones in the paddock as the spring sun shines.  So please join us for a 3-DAY EVENT at THE MID-OHIO SPORTS CAR COURSE on April 25, 26, and 27th.

To shake the brake dust off your wheels, we’re starting off with a FRIDAY LAPPING DAY followed with a SATURDAY-SUNDAY INSTRUCTED DRIVER’S EDUCATION (DE) open to ALL experience levels.

FRIDAY LAPPING DAY:  Is open to Solo Intermediate Students, Advanced Students, and Instructors.  There is simply no other way to get this kind of track time for the money!  It’s the best deal out there… don’t miss out.  We expect the Lapping Day to sell out so sign up now. Friday Lapping will offer Expanded Passing (pass with a point anywhere on the track including in the turns).  Therefore, previous experience with this protocol is preferred.  For most, this will mean you’ve run in the Instructor or Advanced (A) Group or other event with this type of passing. Those who are experienced in the Intermediate (B) Group and who are capable of solo driving in an expanded passing environment are also eligible.  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact the registrar for clarification.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY INSTRUCTED DRIVER’S EDUCATION (DE): Is for all experience levels including first-time drivers.  Whether this will be your first time on track or your 100th time, we’ve got something for you… including innovative instruction programs, post-session-download driver meetings, and a special course on the “rain line” if we have any wet pavement (don’t count on that… we’re planning on sunny weather!)

This is DE for all run groups, beginner to advanced. We are committed to advancing our already advanced drivers as well as providing a lot of solo time for those who are ready.

FIRST TIME DRIVERS: You are strongly encouraged to register for this event.  MORPCA is known for being a well organized and friendly group… if you’re new to high-performance driving, or if you’re new to PCA events in general, we will be very happy to walk you through the process.

All makes of cars participate in our events, driving a Porsche in the event is not required.  It just needs to be a roadworthy, well maintained, in good condition coupe or sedan that can pass tech inspection.

Sign up now!

We’re offering a $50 discount to students if you sign up for all 3 days, and $25 for instructors for all 3 days.

For the 3-Day April DE at Mid Ohio, fees are as follows:


Friday Lapping Day (Student) $175

Sat-Sun DE only (Student) $350

Fri-Sat-Sun (Student) $475


Friday Lapping Day (Instructor, not instructing for DE) $175

Sat-Sun DE only (Instructor) $75

Fri-Sat-Sun (Instructor) $225

Zone 4 DE Instructor of the Year 2013

Zone 4 DE Instructor Award

Congratulations to Alex Soduk from Eastern Buckeye Region, winner of the Toyo Tires® Drivers Education Zone Instructor Award for 2013. As part of the inaugural year of sponsorship of the PCA DE Program, Toyo Tires® is awarding a set of tires to one of our instructors in each of twelve Zones as recognition of their efforts to further this valuable segment of PCA. Each region in Zone 4 nominated an instructor to be entered into a drawing at PCA National Headquarters, and Alex’ name was drawn as this year’s winner.

Alex, having been around PCA events and the track throughout his childhood, could not wait to participate in his first driver’s education event in 1999 at the ripe age of 18. That April ARPCA event was the start to a very exciting hobby that he has been actively involved with since. As a student, he always used his dad’s black 944 and loved the thrill of catching and passing cars that should have been much faster. After becoming an instructor in 2002, he moved up to a red 944 turbo and began traveling to more tracks throughout the zone with both PCA and NASA. In 2006 he built his current track car, the white #6 Spec Miata, and began racing in addition to instructing and Autocrossing with EBR and the IRAC series. He completed the PCA National Instructor training in 2005 and mainly runs with EBR, NOR, and MOR PCA regions and NASA Great Lakes. He has held the positions of president, membership chairman, chief driving instructor, webmaster and autocross timing chairman with the Eastern Buckeye Region. His wife, Meredith, and Alex enjoy social events, rallies and driving tours together and have made many great friends through the Club. They both love getting new members involved in the club and try to get them all to try a driver’s education event.

Congratulations again to Alex and many thanks to all of our hard-working DE instructors throughout Zone 4- we have an excellent program because of your dedication.

Ron Carr- Zone 4 Representative (2010-2013)

Make a point to give Alex a pat on the back when you see him at an event or better yet sign up for a DE for the experience firsthand.

July 2012: In the Zone

July is the time for PCA’s biggest annual event, the Porsche Parade. This year it is in Salt Lake City, UT from July
7th through the 14th. Watch for a complete event review in a future issue of Panorama. Plan to come next year to
the closest Parade to you in 30 years- Traverse City, MI on June 22-29th, 2013. Check your local region’s website
and newsletter for the latest details on the many events close to you that are being planned for your enjoyment, and
check the Zone 4 Website at for other regions events, such as:

Check out the local Cars & Coffee event!!! They occur on a regular basis throughout the country on
weekend mornings. No reservations or commitment required- just clean up the car and drive it over. The
following regions are planning to participate:
o Allegheny Region- June 30th, 9 AM, Robinson Starbucks,
o Eastern Buckeye Region- (see website for time and location).
o Maumee Valley Region- July 8th at 9:30 AM, Tim Horton’s on Central Avenue.
o Northern Ohio Region- July 7th and 21st at 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at the Starbucks-City View.
A great introduction to driving your Porsche in a fun and competitive manner can be found in Autocrossing
(AX). Many regions sponsor Autocross events, and they are a great event for novices and experienced
drivers alike. Check out the following events:
o Maumee Valley Region hosts IRAC IV Sunday, July 1st at Owens Community College in Toledo,
OH. See the website for details.
o Motorstadt Region IROC 1 on Saturday, July 14th at 8:00 AM at Spartan Speedway in Mason, MI.
See their website or newsletter for details.
o Michiana Region holds an Autocross at Tire Rack in South Bend, IN on July 29th starting at 9:00
AM. See their website for details and registration information.
The Mid-Ohio Region will again participate in the 30th annual Arthritis Foundation Classic Car Show and
Cruise In at the Dublin Metro Center in Dublin OH on July 6th and 7th. Registration information can be found
Central Indiana and Mid-Ohio Regions will partner for a Drivers’ Education event at Putnam Park Road
Course in Mt. Meridian, IN on July 7th and 8th. This is a great track to begin in DE – open and user-friendly,
but challenging. Join the fun and register at Club
Southeast Michigan Region will be hosting a one-day Drivers Education at Waterford Hills Road Racing
in Clarkston, MI on July 12th. Registration information is at www.clubregistr, go to SEMPCA.ORG
for more information.
Another one-day Driver’s Education opportunity is being held by the Eastern Buckeye Region at the
Nelsons Ledges Road Course in Garrettsville, OH on July 13th. Register at and see the
EBRPCA.ORG website for details.
The Ohio Valley Region is hosting their annual Top Gun Challenge Club Race and Drivers Education
event at Putnam Park Road Course in Mt. Meridian, IN July 13th through the 15th. See the
website for more information.
Join the Allegheny Region for the 30th running of the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix in beautiful Schenley
Park, PA on July 21st and 22nd. Concourse Car Show, catered lunch, and racing all day. Admission is free
to the event, but there is a charge for lunch and parking with the Region (charity fundraiser)- go to http:// for details. Pre-registration ends July 18th.
Rally Sport Region will be hosting a one-day Drivers Education at Waterford Hills Road Racing in
Clarkston, MI on July 24th. Additional information is at
The Central Indiana Region is hosting a PCA Car Corral and Hospitality Suite at the “Super Weekend at
the Brickyard” (Indianapolis Motor Speedway) on July 27th (Grand Am race day). Come and join race fans
from across the country for a weekend full of every type of track action you can imagine! Event tickets are
available at the IMS website (enter promotional code B400CC and be
sure to fill in your car information to be admitted to the Porsche Car Corral). Additional event details
and lunch tickets are available at the CIR website CIRPCA.ORG.
Returning this year in a new location, the P2O™ “Casual Porsche Party” will be held in Granville, OH
on the weekend of July 27th through the 29th, sponsored by the Mid-Ohio Region. Additional details and
registration information can be found at

If you have any questions or comments, please contact me at . Hope to see you at an
event soon!

EBR Drivers Education July 13th Nelson Ledges

Registration for the EBR Driver’s Education event scheduled for July 13th at Nelson Ledges is now officially open.  The registration process is being streamlined by using  Simply follow this link to sign up:    

 If you are new to DE’s and wondering what they are about, here is a short preview.  A DE event  is an opportunity to learn the true performance capabilities of your car, and develop your skills as a driver in a safe controlled environment.  

It will only take a few laps to realize your car possesses super powers that you may not have known previously existed.  In the beginning the driver is truly the limiting factor.  Learning how to develop your driving ability to use more of your car’s capability is a blast.  DE events are the best way to accomplish this goal in a safe and controlled environment, not on public streets. 

For those of you that have never tried a DE but are familiar with Autocross, you have no idea what fun awaits out on the track.  As the club is searching for a new Autocross venue, this is the perfect opportunity to try a DE event.  I’ll be willing to bet if you like Autocross you will LOVE a DE.  You may find you have such a great time that you will be looking forward to future track events.  Don’t worry we have another DE in the works scheduled in August, more details to follow. 

If you have any questions please let me know,