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Default Want to Experience High Performance Driving on a Race Track in Your Own Car?

Have You Ever Wanted to Learn Performance Driving, on Track, In Your Car? PDX is for You!

Cars on the front straight at Reno-Fernley Racetrack

Imagine driving down your favorite two lane mountain road; now imagine that there is no on-coming traffic to worry about, and that there are no police cars to watch out for - in fact, there's no speed limit. And in this imaginary perfect day of driving, there's a qualified driving instructor sitting next to you giving you pointers on how to master the driving line on your favorite road, and to get the most out of yourself and your car. Well, that's no imaginary scenario - it's SCCA PDX.

Performance Driving eXperience (PDX) is a part of the Reno Region SCCA's Time Trials program. PDX is instruction on driving at speed on a race track, with both classroom and in-your-car-at-speed instruction. You drive your own car, and progress at your own pace. You're taught the fundamentals of performance driving: from how to grip the steering wheel and operate the pedals, to vision techniques and learning the "line" through the corners. All of this on a real racetrack with real race car drivers sitting beside you as your instructors. In between track sessions you get classroom time to ask questions and download what you've learned.

PDX is a way to learn how your car - and you - performs at speed. Your car will have to pass a technical inspection to make sure it is safe, with no lose objects or parts (your battery needs to be tightly secured, no dash mats or floor mats, anything lose inside the cabin or trunk will need to be removed) and in proper running condition.

If you drive a convertible you will need to have a removable hardtop, or approved factory installed rollover protection, or a roll bar. "Style bars" are not approved as the sole roll over protection. You will need to check your brakes to make sure they are at least above 60% life-left, and make sure your brake fluid is fresh. Of course, your tires will also need to be up to a day at the track, with plenty of tread life showing. You will also need a current driver's license, a helmet (Snell M2000-M2010 or Snell SA 2000-2010, most motorcycle helmets will be fine), a pair of light soled shoes that completely cover the foot up to the ankle - no sandals or flip flops - and while you're driving on track you also need to wear a long sleeved shirt and pants that come to the ankle, 100% cotton is recommended. T-shirts and shorts are fine for the classroom sessions, but not while you're in the car. Also, be sure to top up your gas tank as you'll need a full tank and there's no gas available at the track. Also bring a bag you can fill with anything you have to remove from your car.

You'll get at least 3, and usually 4, 20 minute sessions on track for an hour or more of track time. Between on-track sessions you'll have classroom meetings with the chief driving instructor to get some pointers on technique and to answer your questions. You'll also get some downtime to rest and check your car before heading back out onto the track. There's a lunch break mid-day.

PDX is divided into two groups based on driving experience: Beginner/Intermediate and Advanced, so you'll be on track with drivers with similar experience levels as you.

Check our season schedule for upcoming PDX dates, then when registration opens for the event you want go to www.MotorSportsReg.com and sign up.
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