03/30/16 - Registration now open for the May 6th Daytona Full Event
Register at www.dlbracing.com
40 driver max, open only to PDX SOLO drivers, no Novices for this event. Entry fee $225.00
02/28/16 - Registration now open for the April Event
Register at www.dlbracing.com
for the April 9-10 PDX
02/09/16 - Important News from the PDX Officials
The CFR PDX officials had a meeting over this past weekend (02/06/16) and discussed many items. We will be entering our sixth year participating in SCCA’s PDX program and based upon our experiences during those years, we feel that some changes are needed.
First let’s start with the easy ones. The terms “Intermediate” or “Advanced” driver was confusing to some and although we tried to define what a Novice, Intermediate and an Advanced driver was on our website, it wasn’t researched by many and to that point, it was an issue. So, we have made a terminology adjustment to better reflect driver ranking and feel that a simpler designation will be better and more readily understood. The terms Intermediate and Advanced as they apply to driver ranking will be eliminated. There will only be two driver designations: NOVICE and PDX SOLO. We feel that these two terms better define the driver designation issue.
Since I mentioned the term Novice, let me get into the more involved portion of our discussion and elaborate on a few changes for the future folks that participate in that grouping. Starting this year, in order to be signed–off to “solo” at any event we schedule, a Novice will have to be signed-off by two different instructors on two separate occasions when a Novice grouping is offered. At least one of those sign-offs will have to take place on each of our two tracks. Basically, that means that a Novice will have to enter both the April event @ Daytona and the July event @ Sebring as a Novice and be successfully signed-off by their instructor(s) before they could enter into the PDX SOLO grouping at either track. Before anyone asks, it would be possible to get two successful sign-off signatures in April @ Daytona by signing up for both the Saturday and Sunday’s Novice grouping, but that would only allow the participant to “solo” at Daytona …….not Sebring. A separate Sebring sign-off would still be needed to participate at Sebring as a PDX SOLO participant. Our past NOVICE policy is being changed for safety reasons as we feel that providing a Novice driver with a higher level of coached experience before being successfully signed-off will be beneficial to them and to everyone else on the track with them.
The subject of putting some experienced “PDX SOLO” drivers in the same grouping as Novice drivers was also a part of our discussion. Again, safety was the prime mover here since we have experienced some issues with this combination in past events. The Sebring July event is the only PDX on our schedule where this combination is listed in the Supplementary Regulations for a CFR PDX event. That combination grouping will now be eliminated. In July, Novices will have their own grouping and no PDX SOLO drivers will be on track with them except for, possibly, two or three CFR PDX officials who, because of their work schedule, would be unavailable to run the scheduled PDX SOLO grouping the next day.
Passing zones at both tracks were also a subject of discussion. At the Daytona School Course(April), another small passing zone will be added. It is hoped that this added zone will help eliminate the “conga lines” that crop up from time to time and are the subject of driver displeasure. The Sebring Short Course(June and July) will also see an additional, but short, passing zone. At the Sebring 12 Hour Course(Labor Day weekend), which already has six passing zones, we will extend an existing one between the Tower Turn and Turn 15 which includes Bishops Bend. Friday Test Day events at Daytona(May, August and September) will also see extended passing zones which will include the banking.
Talking about “passing”, we will strongly suggest that a vehicle’s directional turn signals be used to allow for a slower car to provide a passing signal to a faster following car. A left directional signal to approve passing on the left and a right directional signal to approve a pass on the right. If vehicles do not have directional signals, a driver must continue to use hand signals as we have in the past. We have all been guilty of not watching our mirrors from time to time and “encouraging” you to do so this year will be a priority for the program’s administrators. To that end, we will encourage our flagging folks to be more aggressive in using the “faster car approaching” flag, you know the blue one with the yellow stripe :--), to get a slower driver’s attention.
We will have 6 or 7 new 2015 Snell approved loaner helmets available to our participants. For our two PDXs where instructors are used, in-car student/instructor communication devices will be available.
We also discussed another plan to schedule one or two stand alone PDXs at Sebring. But that is a subject for another post :--). Art.
01/28/16 - Important 2016 Rules Caveats
Our CFR PDX event Supps may be different then the national rules. As an example,
if a Snell approved helmet is presented at Tech, we now only accept 2005, 2010
and 2015 standards and without getting into the weeds, there could also be other
areas in the National rules that we alter for our local program too. Art.
10/22/15 - 2016 Event Calendar
The 2016 schedule has been updated and finalized, at least as much as the
region can say 3 months prior to the first date :--). Anyway, since we
piggyback our events on the race schedule, we can now somewhat finalize
our schedule too. See the current projection above. Art.
Read the Event Supps. Failure to do so and understand the information presented, may
cause your participation to be in jeopardy.
PDX Pre-Tech Forms:
It is a requirement that these forms be completed by you or your mechanic prior to
coming to Tech and must be presented to Tech upon appearance in the Tech line. These
forms may be downloaded from the Supps of each event. Failure to provide the completed
Pre-Tech Form will require Tech to turn the car away and you will not get a Tech sticker
until a completed form is made available to them.
Street Driven Convertible Vehicles:
As you know and the event Supps indicate, all convertibles must have a roll bar meeting
the PDX (Time Trials) rules. For vehicles with, or entrants that claim that their vehicle
has OEM rollover protection, the entrant must provide vehicle manufacturer's documentation
establishing that fact, such as the Owners Manual, to Tech when asked to do so. Failure to
provide such documentation is cause to reject the vehicle from participating in the PDX.
Those vehicles with "pop-up" type OEM rollover protection must provide the same type