What's a Club Race?
This is the real deal. Actual door handle to door handle racing. The concept behind the PCA Club Racing series is that EVERY Porsche (except the Cayenne) is a good racecar and can be correctly classed to be competitive against other Porsches. Cars are classed depending on engine size, power to weight ratio, and modifications. The stock classes are stock enough that a car should be able to be legally driven to and from the event. There are numerous classes racing at once, usually divided up into three or four run groups. The cornerstone of this whole concept is the 13/13 rule, which was designed to discourage contact and rough driving. If you are involved in an incident that results in any damage (even only to your own car) and it is judged to be your fault you are on probation for 13 months. Another incident in that 13 month period and you are suspended for 13 months. Races are held throughout the U.S., with Daytona, Roebling Road, Sebring, Road Atlanta, Kershaw, SC and Barber (Alabama) being in our general neck of the woods.
Lots! Roll cages, race seats, window nets, fire systems etc., are all required. That stuff is just to meet the safety requirements. If you hope to be even remotely competitive, there are numerous things you should do to your car, even in the stock classes. Down load a copy of the rules off of the PCA National web site (www.pca.org) for more info on car mods. Your car will be issued a logbook and will be thoroughly inspected at its first event for both safety and rules compliance. You will be required to do an annual compliance check every year after that.
Personal Equipment Needed
The Snell helmet specifications have been changed to require SA2005 or SA2010. Also allowed: FIA 8860-2004, SFI 31.1, or BS6658-85 type A/FR. Helmets certified to specifications other than Snell must be within 10 years of the date of manufacture. Updating the Snell specification are effective June 1, 2011. This conforms to the past practice of giving the manufactures enough time to make all sizes available through retail channels. Please note that motorcycle rated helmets do not meet this standard and are not allowed. Also an approved drivers suit, shoes, gloves, Nomex socks and some type of head and neck restraint are mandantory.
Race entry fees vary from about $350-$700. However, that is just the start. Figure a minimum of two nights in a hotel plus travel, gas, food, etc. In reality, you should budget $1000 for the weekend, with no car damage and if you can make a set of tires last at least two races.
Where do I register for a Club Racing weekend ?
To register, go to www.clubregistration.net.
Likelihood Of Car Damage
Count on it (eventually!). While the 13/13 rule discourages blatant banging, it still happens. I do not ever remember a race without at least one or two incidents. I also conducted a quick poll of guys I race with and while not all had received a 13/13 in their career, all had had some contact and at least minor damage at one time or another. Because of the time it would take to travel around to many of the PCA races, many of us race with other groups like HSR, NASA, or SCCA. Although the SCCA does not have a 13/13 rule (except in vintage) and has a reputation for the most general rough housing, my experience has shown most of the contact to be minimal, falling in the "exchange of graphics" category. While PCA and HSR run under the 13/13 rule, they have had some of the bigger more damaging incidents I have witnessed. Bottom line- Although unlikely, do not race unless you can reconcile yourself to the fact that one day you may totally destroy your car and be left with a smoldering pile of parts.
Is Damage Covered By Insurance?
Even if you race a street licensed car competing in the stock class your regular insurance will not cover you. You can purchase specialty insurance that will cover your car for racing. Naturally it is expensive and has high deductibles. You have to figure out what your car is really worth and do the math to see if it makes sense for you.
Do I Need A Special License?
Yes. In PCA you need a minimum of 12 DE days (solo) and a letter from your Regions Chief Instructor(CDI). This will enable you to apply for a novice permit and will get you into the club race program. Once you complete your rookie orientation class and make it through your first race you will be issued a license. Other organizations all have something similar. You also need a current physical.
2014 Oktoberfast Schedule (tentative 2014)
Last Updated: September-05-14
Daytona Facilities Map (updated: 9/8/2012)
October 24-26 - Oktoberfast Club Race at Daytona
October 24-26 - Oktoberfast Club Race at Daytona
Race with the Porsche Club of America at Daytona International Speedway. Our title sponsor BRUMOS PORSCHE, will host OktoberFast at Daytona International Speedway 24-26 October. We'll run the same 3.56 mile road course that is used for the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, utilizing the infield road course and the 31 degree high banks of Daytona!
In addition, the NASCAR/Rolex 24 Hour GARAGES will be available for rental - race in style! There will be two race groups, with a maximum of eighty cars per group. We will also conduct an advanced solo DE in conjunction with the race. We are limited to 65 drivers so sign up now on Clubregistration.net.
This event will have both Sprint and Enduro races during the three days of racing. The Sunday Enduro will be 90 min. long. Rookie License Candidates and Provisional License Candidates must attend the Drivers Orientation Meeting at the track on Thursday evening 23 Oct. The OM will meet in the drivers meeting room at 6 PM. Race Participants must pre-register on ClubRegistration.net. Registration opens 8 September.
Overnight Camping: The facility at Daytona will be secured nightly and no one will allowed to stay the night in any area outside of the rental RV lot commonly called the Driver-Owner Lot. You will not be allowed to stay in any type of RV or Toterhome in any other area. Daytona mandates this for safety and security reasons and it is enforced by their security staff. The garages and facility closes at 7:00PM. Those that have rented RV lots in the Driver Owner lot will have access to the lot beyond those hours. If you need a spot, you will have the option to reserve a space during your CR.net registration.
Fuel: Fuel will be available for sale in the garage area throughout the weekend. 98 and 112 octane fuel is available on a cash or company check only basis. There are no credit card sales.
Chalk Talk: A "chalk talk" scheduled for 4:45 PM Thursday evening in the driver meeting room at the track. For those interested there will be a tram tour of the track immediately following the chalk talk.
Upon your arrival at Daytona, proceed to Gate 40 off of Williamson Blvd. From I-95 go east on Speedway Blvd. to Williamson Blvd and turn right (South) and the Gate 40 is approximately Â¼ mile on your left. Once past security you'll make a left turn and see the Registration Building off to your right inside a fence area just before the ticket canopy. Park in the large field and walk to the registration building. For reference, this is outside the track near NASCAR turn one and the Turn 1 tunnel. Once registered and you have your wrist band you'll be able to enter the facility through the tunnel.
Hilton Garden Inn-386-944-4000. Ask for the PCA race rate. If they are booked try the Holiday Inn Express-877-859-5095.
Daytona International Speedway Garage Area:
The DIS Garage Area is divided into three distinct sections
The Eastern (Yellow) section
The Center (Fan Zone)
The Western (Blue) section
During our PCA Club Race Event, we will be authorized to use the Eastern and Western Sections. DIS has identified these Sections by Color so it will be prudent for us to adopt the same terminology when referring to these areas. These colors match the building color as well as the signs that identify the specific garage number.
The Eastern (Sprint) section shall be known as the "YELLOW" area
The Western (Nationwide) section shall be known as the "BLUE" area
The Garage ID Signs (Numbers) display the consecutive garage number on both sides of the sign. Therefore, when viewed from one direction, only every other number is visible (i.e. 20-22-24-26) because the next number is on the opposite side of the sign. Note that the same numbers are used in both areas so a DIS identification, for instance, would be - Yellow #25.
In the double bay sections, the Number Signs are placed in the center of the bay. Therefore, the number applies to the side on which it is placed. For instance, if the sign is numbered 25/26, the left space is number 25 and the right space is number 26. In the single car garages, the sign is place on the dividing pillar section and the number applies to the space that it faces.
The GRID will be on the Truck Pad and entry to the grid will be at the south/west end of the fenced area. As at other PCA racing events the GRID will close 5 min. prior to your session/race. . Entrance to the Track will be via the road leaving the Grid and passing just east of the Yellow Garage area and onto pit road at the old Gate 7 location. There will be marshals guiding you to the hot pits.
If the grid is closed you'll need to enter the track trough the Blue garages by the scales and tech. Proceed on the west side of the Goodyear tower/500 club and you'll be directed onto pit road by SCCA marshals.
There will be two exits, through the PIT WALL from PIT ROAD. An entrant garaged in the Yellow Area should take the first exit and those in the Blue Area should take the second exit. After a race, any car proceeding to IMPOUND, must take the SECOND exit to the Blue Area. There is no connecting roadway between the Yellow and Blue areas. The only means of moving between these areas is on Pit Road or the Paddock Road behind the Garage Area.
Tech Inspection and Impound will be located in the Blue Area, Garages 10,11 & 56,57.
If you have not reserved a garage race Car and Tow Vehicle Parking will be in the lot adjacent to the Truck Pad (Grid) area also known as the Green parking area. It's a fenced in grass area with entry from the west. It also closes when the garage areas close.
1. Can I volunteer?
Yes, we need your help. Please email Ray Grynkwich, our volunteer coordinator, at email@example.com and let her know when and where you would like to work.
2. Are "Rookies License Candidates" allowed?
Yes, as well as Provisional License Candidates may register. Registration opens 8 September on ClubRegistration.net http://register.pca.org
3. How do I know if I qualify as a licensed PCA racer?
Please contact Susan Shire (847-272-7754, firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are unsure of your race license status or qualifications.
4. Will there be a DE group?
Yes, there will be a DE group at this event for advanced solo drivers only. We will have a max of 65 drivers then a waiting list. Registration is on clubregistration.net
5. Will tire service be available at the track?
Yes. Both Bob Woodman Tires(843-524-TIRE) www.bobwoodmantires.com and JX2 at www.jx2pg.com (866-325-5426 or email: Customer.Service@jx2pg.com ) will be available at the track.
6. Are spectators allowed?
Yes. All PCA members and their guests are welcome. Just be sure to go to track registration and sign the waiver to receive your spectator credentials.
7. Where is track registration?
Track registration is located on the west side of the Speedway off of Williamson Blvd. (Gate 40) just outside of the tunnel entrance near NASCAR turn 1
8. What are Track registration Hours?
Thursday October 23, Noon-6:00pm
Friday October 24, 7:00am -10:00am
9. Are sponsorship opportunities available?
Yes. Please contact Jamie Thole at (904) 813-1254 if you are interested.
10. How should I set up my car?
You should be aware that conditions on the high banking at Daytona International Speedway - especially at speed - are unlike anything you have encountered anywhere else you race. We urge you to discuss car set up with tire suppliers and race shops with experience at Daytona before going on track and make adjustments or set ups accordingly.
For more information, contact Bob Linville