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PCA on the 3.1 2/23-2/24

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Coaching (and driving) both days. Will be similar event to Sept. I.e. Green on 1.7 only opens up extra sessions for yellow/white/red on the 1.3.

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I'll be there doing coaching training.

Sounds like you are getting the 1 day version. I guess I'm a slow learner, they made me do a full weekend but I was the only one out of three that got the nod. Sounds like they've lowered the bar and let any old riffraff in nowadays. ;)

 

J/K of course. Wally is really passionate about instructor competence and his training program, and he's got some very experienced folks working as trainers for the in-car scenarios.  

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I signed up as well.  Still waiting to see if they let me in.  Anxious to get the Cayman on the 3.1 along with it's brethren.

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signed up for sunday.

theyve got me down in blue solo for now since ive never run with PCA and my cresson experience doenst show up on clubreg since chin, apex, edge, etc dont use it.

was Yellow at TWS.

 

just hoping for decent weather

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Any of you guys run or are familiar with shops approved for pre-inspection in the Cresson area for PCA? I’ll be driving there tomorrow from Houston and I guess need to get my pre-inspection completed.

 

Looks like I’m in green and on the 1.7 mile loop instead of 3.1, first session without helmets and with instructor driving the vehicle. I understand getting new to PCA drivers oriented, but was a little disappointed to read those bits.

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Any of you guys run or are familiar with shops approved for pre-inspection in the Cresson area for PCA? I’ll be driving there tomorrow from Houston and I guess need to get my pre-inspection completed.

 

Looks like I’m in green and on the 1.7 mile loop instead of 3.1, first session without helmets and with instructor driving the vehicle. I understand getting new to PCA drivers oriented, but was a little disappointed to read those bits.

 

Doghouse is great and they're at the track. The instructor will just drive you around a couple of laps to show you the line, if you're experienced and sound like you know what you're doing they'll swap pretty quick (still no passing and moderate speeds first session). You can get moved up if you demonstrate the requisite knowledge and skill (mostly concerned with awareness, vision, and control not speed). Flags and mirrors then car control are the top 3 priorities, the instructor will help you find the line and add speed after you develop some vision and track awareness.

 

There is an option to pay a very small fee and run the 1.3 (which is the best parts of the 3.1 in my opinion), I think you have to get solo approved to run it (check the email, I'm doing instructor training so I didn't focus on all the other stuff since I had to do some homework for the event). Most groups don't allow any non-solo approved drivers on the 3.1, there are a couple of spots that can be punishing to inexperienced drivers and learning the whole thing at once is usually more than they can handle.

 

It will be a very fun weekend, try to keep a good attitude going in and you'll be pleasantly surprised how things turnout.

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There is an option to pay a very small fee and run the 1.3 (which is the best parts of the 3.1 in my opinion), I think you have to get solo approved to run it (check the email, I'm doing instructor training so I didn't focus on all the other stuff since I had to do some homework for the event). Most groups don't allow any non-solo approved drivers on the 3.1, there are a couple of spots that can be punishing to inexperienced drivers and learning the whole thing at once is usually more than they can handle.

 

It will be a very fun weekend, try to keep a good attitude going in and you'll be pleasantly surprised how things turnout.

The groups will only be running the 1.3 while the Green group is on the 1.7, so I don’t think he’ll have the opportunity until they move him up to Blue.

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The groups will only be running the 1.3 while the Green group is on the 1.7, so I don’t think he’ll have the opportunity until they move him up to Blue.

You boys are close. 1st green session after lunch majority of green will be running on 1.7. Green students deemed ready for check ride to blue will run the 1.3 (not mixed session yellow/white on the 1.3). Check ride to blue would be on full 3.1 track in second blue afternoon session.  

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Any of you guys run or are familiar with shops approved for pre-inspection in the Cresson area for PCA? I’ll be driving there tomorrow from Houston and I guess need to get my pre-inspection completed.

 

Looks like I’m in green and on the 1.7 mile loop instead of 3.1, first session without helmets and with instructor driving the vehicle. I understand getting new to PCA drivers oriented, but was a little disappointed to read those bits.

Instructor only for a couple laps in 1st session in green, then hot pit and switch. Remainder of the session is helmets off and no passing. 2nd session and the rest of the weekend are helmets-on and with passing by point.

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signed up for sunday.

theyve got me down in blue solo for now since ive never run with PCA and my cresson experience doenst show up on clubreg since chin, apex, edge, etc dont use it.

was Yellow at TWS.

 

just hoping for decent weather

Should be OK since you are just a Corvette guy and we know how slow their drivers are. ;) Or maybe you are the exception to the usual jorts/satin jacket/gold chain crowd.

 

But seriously, should somewhat OK in blue-solo as the 3.1 will hold a lot of cars. Blue has a very wide spectrum unfortunately (just out of green folks to almost ready for yellow). Sign up for an Advance Instructor early Saturday (books are on the table in Grid) and/or check ride to yellow. Safety/flags/courtesy and demonstrate consistently pretty lines are what is judged, even with your car handicap. PCA tends to be conservative on promotions, their yellow may or may not line up with other groups you've run with.

 

If you do go yellow, then see if you can buy-in to the bonus time on the 1.3 while the green group is running the 1.7. So much fun, and the # of repetitions you get on that side will help you a bunch on the 3.1. Otherwise the 1.3 side of the 3.1 is tough to learn with only 6-8 laps per session. 

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Should be OK since you are just a Corvette guy and we know how slow their drivers are. ;) Or maybe you are the exception to the usual jorts/satin jacket/gold chain crowd.

 

But seriously, should somewhat OK in blue-solo as the 3.1 will hold a lot of cars. Blue has a very wide spectrum unfortunately (just out of green folks to almost ready for yellow). Sign up for an Advance Instructor early Saturday (books are on the table in Grid) and/or check ride to yellow. Safety/flags/courtesy and demonstrate consistently pretty lines are what is judged, even with your car handicap. PCA tends to be conservative on promotions, their yellow may or may not line up with other groups you've run with.

 

If you do go yellow, then see if you can buy-in to the bonus time on the 1.3 while the green group is running the 1.7. So much fun, and the # of repetitions you get on that side will help you a bunch on the 3.1. Otherwise the 1.3 side of the 3.1 is tough to learn with only 6-8 laps per session. 

lol i could have used a "members only" jacket in the morning. damn it was cold.

just now seeing this, tons of help, but too late. got upgraded(everyone was super helpful with that) to yellow and it was GREAT. ive never got open track for that long/an entire session like that. twice. we all must have been laping near identical for that too happen.

are you Joe? great meeting you!

all my new brakes, suspension, and tires, didnt do well as i was hoping, actually worse. but it was great to finally be back on track. it had been 3+ months since a 3.1 has been available at Cresson. that sucked.

most of the Porshche guys were snubbing me pretty hard the first half of the day and the night before while unloading. but towards the end a few of them warmed up after seeing i was nice and came to talk to me. :D

definatly the largest organization and grid ive been with. they had that track PACKED.

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lol i could have used a "members only" jacket in the morning. damn it was cold.

just now seeing this, tons of help, but too late. got upgraded(everyone was super helpful with that) to yellow and it was GREAT. ive never got open track for that long/an entire session like that. twice. we all must have been laping near identical for that too happen.

are you Joe? great meeting you!

all my new brakes, suspension, and tires, didnt do well as i was hoping, actually worse. but it was great to finally be back on track. it had been 3+ months since a 3.1 has been available at Cresson. that sucked.

most of the Porshche guys were snubbing me pretty hard the first half of the day and the night before while unloading. but towards the end a few of them warmed up after seeing i was nice and came to talk to me. :D

definatly the largest organization and grid ive been with. they had that track PACKED.

Yes I'm Joe. Good to meet you Corey.

 

Shouldn't blame yourself, just that obnoxious lumping and bumping fume spewing monster of a Corvette. ;) Pcar guys are generally really good folks. They buy a P car because they love to drive on the twisty's so its been easy to relate. A touch of snobbery of course, but I always had fun with the different approach. Had lots of fun BS sessions with fellow drivers. My favorites when they'd check out the fatass black Ford and shake their head and shake their head about how it gets around the track so well. Fun stuff. You were parked right next to the Bobkid (gray Mcoupe/clowshoe) and Mrs K (blue cayman). Good folks, hopefully you met. And Silvio in the blue 86 (BRZ?) is really fast and now part of the coaching team. Good addition.

 

Maverick Porsche club is justifiably proud of their driving program.  Its a really strong in a lot of aspects. I'm super happy that I broke-in with them and can now contribute as a coach.I'm so much better off than if I would have had to fumble my way through. Since you are in yellow, you can access the Advanced Coaches. Take full advantage of that, its really powerful.

 

Facility was packed, but track seemed good to me, even with Green/blue students. Great weekend.

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haha yeah it does stink at times. my wife likes to remind me of that every time shes in it. :D

yes the silver car next to me did have a chat later in the day. he was super nice. pretty much all that did approach me were. and the staff instructors when i was trying to get promoted were all really really helpful in getting me in touch with who i needed to and helping locate or point them out. 

 

fatass ford? was it the one(black shelby/corbra/gt500) parked near the grid? in the grass? i didnt get to see him run.

got to talk with the red BRZ/FRS guy early he was nice. SCCA hoodie, and sounded like he was a couch? did get in a conversation with the blue one/guy as well. we both learned about the "team number assignments" at the same time. neither of us knew any about that.

 

wish i would have signed up for both days now. :D

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haha yeah it does stink at times. my wife likes to remind me of that every time shes in it. :D

yes the silver car next to me did have a chat later in the day. he was super nice. pretty much all that did approach me were. and the staff instructors when i was trying to get promoted were all really really helpful in getting me in touch with who i needed to and helping locate or point them out. 

 

fatass ford? was it the one(black shelby/corbra/gt500) parked near the grid? in the grass? i didnt get to see him run.

got to talk with the red BRZ/FRS guy early he was nice. SCCA hoodie, and sounded like he was a couch? did get in a conversation with the blue one/guy as well. we both learned about the "team number assignments" at the same time. neither of us knew any about that.

 

wish i would have signed up for both days now. :D

Nope. Black S197 (previous platform - stick axle car), just a GT/Track Pack - stock powered coyote motor. Mostly stayed down near clubhouse, but did park in grass a couple of times.

 

Pretty sure they will add Team # to car and to name badges for next event.

 

Red BRZ is Sam Graff (BRZ4Science), and new addition to PCA coaching staff after coaching with other folks. He's a teacher by trade, so coaching is natural fit. Super nice, and really fast. Its embarrassingly close for the hp he's got to work with. Sometimes ;)

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haha yeah it does stink at times. my wife likes to remind me of that every time shes in it. :D

yes the silver car next to me did have a chat later in the day. he was super nice. pretty much all that did approach me were. and the staff instructors when i was trying to get promoted were all really really helpful in getting me in touch with who i needed to and helping locate or point them out. 

 

fatass ford? was it the one(black shelby/corbra/gt500) parked near the grid? in the grass? i didnt get to see him run.

got to talk with the red BRZ/FRS guy early he was nice. SCCA hoodie, and sounded like he was a couch? did get in a conversation with the blue one/guy as well. we both learned about the "team number assignments" at the same time. neither of us knew any about that.

 

wish i would have signed up for both days now. :D

Crap, sorry I didn’t realize that was you right behind us under the awning on Sunday. I’m not that good on the social side of things, plus my head was somewhere else once my car broke in the first session. So I apologize for not coming over and introducing myself. Luckily it did look like you were having a good time and were getting some nice laps, hope you come back up for more PCA events.

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Crap, sorry I didn’t realize that was you right behind us under the awning on Sunday. I’m not that good on the social side of things, plus my head was somewhere else once my car broke in the first session. So I apologize for not coming over and introducing myself. Luckily it did look like you were having a good time and were getting some nice laps, hope you come back up for more PCA events.

 no worries. im quite the anti social myself. me and the wife are super friendly/humble but usually wont reach out unless someone talks to us. i do remember seeing a bmw under the awning once now that you mention it. right behind me. what happened to the car? i carry a full set of tools/jacks/etc with me had you needed something (it is a chevy after all!)

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no worries. im quite the anti social myself. me and the wife are super friendly/humble but usually wont reach out unless someone talks to us. i do remember seeing a bmw under the awning once now that you mention it. right behind me. what happened to the car? i carry a full set of tools/jacks/etc with me had you needed something (it is a chevy after all!)

Yep, that was me and I’m exactly the same way. And my wife was in the blue Cayman right next to us.

 

I had a coilpack fry itself, so I was only running on 5 of 6 cylinders finishing the first session. Unfortunately that’s not a part anyone local carried in stock, so it ended my day early. I did steal my wife’s car for the second morning session though, and had a blast driving something so different.

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