HPDE West Friday, East Saturday - Sponsored by Porsche Lehi

IRPCA invites you to a High Performance Driver Education Event at Utah Motorsports Campus!
Join us for two fun days, September 29th and 30th . We'll be using the West Track on Friday, and the East Track configuration on Saturday. This makes it easier to learn and add to the variety of the two days!
Open to all licensed drivers. PCA trained and recognized driving instructors are available as part of your entry fee as a new participant. Helmets will also be available if you don't have your own.
If you’ve never done a High Performance Driver Education Day (HPDE) with us, have a look at this article published recently in PCA’s Panorama Magazine-
https://www.pca.org/.../RevisedJune23PanoCoverwithTryItYo... . While the article and its photos are written from the perspective of another region in the club, just about everything in the description of the experience is identical to our track days. That’s simply because the events are run under some very strict safety and preparation guidelines that all PCA regions must adhere to, and all of the participants are the same kind of helpful PCA members that you find at pretty much any PCA track day, anywhere.
Have a look at the article. When you want to learn more about our IRPCA event specific preparation, you can visit the registration site. If you go to the registration site, you are not required to sign up right away. There’s lots of information in there for you to become comfortable and digest first, including forms for you to have you car teched in advance. You can come back to register later.
Here is the information / registration site --> msreg


Event requirements

High Performance Drivers Education (HPDE) is designed to improve your driving skills and learn techniques at speed. UMC is a terrific facility with lots of amenities like paved parking, gas pumps and real bathrooms.

You do not have to be a PCA member to participate, nor do you need to bring your Porsche! We expect a number of BMWs, Audis and other makes on the track.  There are also safety requirements for you and your car. These include Snell M 2015, SA 2015 or later rated helmets, and closed toe shoes.

Please indicate your level of experience on the registration form.

Schedule is TBD - check out this sample schedule to get an idea of how our event will flow.

  • Registration typically runs from 7am-8am
  • AM Drivers meeting will likely be around 7:30am
  • Every run group generally gets 4-6 run sessions per day, with about 2 hours of track time per day
  • Each day will wrap up at around 5:30pm

Your car must have had a Full Tech inspection within the last 30 days prior to this event.

Find a full list of recommended inspection shops here: http://irpca.org/track-events/resources-rules/hpde-tech-approved-shops

Use the Safety Inspection Form found here: http://irpca.org/wp-content/uploads/DE/DE_Forms/TECH_FORM_IRPCA.pdf

A Top Tech will be performed at the track before you go to registration. Look for the guys with clipboards out in front of registration. You will be sent back to the paddock from registration if you have not done this and don't have your form.

Driver's Education Information
We look forward to having an extremely fun and safe event. We intend to follow PCA and Intermountain Region PCA guidelines during this event.
The Driver's Education program is based on a non-competitive format. We will not keep track of lap times.

Required equipment:

  1. A car that can pass a tech inspection, which must be current within 30 days of the event. Fill out the Tech Guidelines provided in the links above and turn it in at the registration table. You are responsible to make sure that your car is safe for high-speed use. If you have any concerns, contact the DE Chair: de@irpca.org
  2. Shorts and short sleeved shirts will be acceptable for this event. Cotton is OK. Fire resistant materials are recommended.
  3. Closed toe shoes made of cotton or leather. Socks are required.
  4. Helmets rated Snell M 2015, SA 2015 or newerDOT and motocross helmets are not permitted.
    1. If you need to rent a helmet, please contact Utah Motorsports Campus for details
  5. Stock 3 point seatbelts are fine. If the participant chooses to install a five, six, or seven point driving harness, several changes to the automobile must be made to create a safe occupant restraint system. Harnesses must:
    1. Include an antisubmarine strap.
    2. Five, six or seven point SFI or FIA approved competition harnesses are required to be properly mounted in accordance with the manufacturer’s specificationsBelts must be replaced no later than five years after the date of manufacture. It is left to the owners discretion as to whether the belts should be replaced more frequently than required.
    3. Have all harness attachment points secured/mounted in an approved manner consistent with the manufacturer’s instructions.
    4. Be used in conjunction with a seat that has the supplied routing holes for the shoulder and antisubmarine belts.
    5. Have the shoulder straps mounted in an approved manner consistent with the manufacturer’s instructions.
    6. The participant should BE AWARE that the addition of such a seat and harness system results in the occupant being fastened upright in the vehicle. Therefore, in order to have a COMPLETE SYSTEM, a properly padded roll bar or roll cage is recommended, and an approved head and neck restraint device is required. A head and neck restraint device certified as meeting the standards of either SFI 38.1 or FIA 8858 or its successor is required.  The use of such a harness system without roll protection and a head and neck restraint device may result in an unsafe environment and is not a COMPLETE SYSTEM. Roll bars or cages and their installation must meet PCA Club Racing Standards.
    7. Equal Safety Rule - if used, the passenger seat must have as much or more protection than the driver. This is to insure that instructors and students are both safe in every car.
  6. Brake lights must work, steering must not be loose, brakes should feel firm, suspension and wheel bearings should be checked for tightness.
  7. The car's contents must be cleared out prior to entering onto the track. Batteries must be secured.
  8. Numbers on both sides of the car must be a contrasting color to car body and be at least eight inches tall. Taller numbers are recommended at this track.
  9. No Convertibles without roll-over protection. Porsche Boxsters and 996, 997, & 991 Cabriolets have Factory roll-over protection.  Earlier cars must add a Roll Bar or Roll Cage.
    1. Open-wheel cars are not permitted
    2. Race Cars are OK, provided that they can either pass the Standard Safety Inspection without exception to any rule, or have a current logbook and anual tech from a recognized racing association.
  10.  If at any time you feel you need instruction, ask for an instructor. This track can be tricky and has several high-speed turns.

Need a track map or video walkthrough? Go here: http://irpca.org/track-events/resources-rules/track-maps

No passengers are allowed except for approved instructors (with identification) and their students.

Be safe on the track and in the pits. The Number One objective of novice drivers on a track should be to become aware of other traffic. Number two objective is to be aware of how your car responds to input.

There will be a “three spins and you're out” rule enforced for this event. If you have more than two spins during the event you will be asked to leave. Following each spin anywhere on or off the track, you will receive a black flag telling you to come into the pits safely to have a chat with the IRPCA member running that group. He will ask you to analyze what happened. If you don't know, you'll be asked to exit the track at that point. If you realize what happened, explain what you could do differently and you’ll be allowed back on the track.  Your car will also be given a quick look over for damage.

You are responsible to know the meaning of the flags listed here: http://irpca.org/track-events/resources-rules/track-flags
Learn what the flags mean. Pay attention to the flag explanation in the drivers meeting. Also make sure you understand where passing is allowed. Passing at the wrong place or without a signal will result in expulsion.

Pass only on the straights and never in corners. Do not pass without being signaled by the driver that you are going to pass. Slower drivers should indicate your knowledge of cars about to pass you by pointing them past. You will not make friends by holding people up who are faster than you are.

Have fun and learn to drive well!


Sep 29 - 30 2023


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2 thoughts on “HPDE West Friday, East Saturday - Sponsored by Porsche Lehi

  1. Edward Asdel says:

    I would like to attend the event.

    1. Logan Whatcott says:

      You should have received a email by now with registration instructions. I am also updating this page and instructions are live on our Facebook group. Let me know if you have any other questions and hope to see you out there!

      -Logan Whatcott

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