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Drivers Ed Safety

All Drivers Ed participants must wear a SA2000 Helmet or better that conforms to the current LVR approved Standards. Motorcycle helmets are not allowed as they are not fireproof. Comfortable long sleeved clothing, long pants and socks should be worn, all made of natural fibers (cotton, wool, etc.) as synthetic fibers are not fire-resistant. Open toe shoes are not allowed. Wear lightweight lace-up shoes. Eyewear and professional driving gloves are recommended.

Vehicle Inspection
All participating vehicles must receive a Vehicle Inspection within 14 days prior to the track weekend, but it is the driver's responsibility to ensure that their Porsche is safe and fit for track use on the day of the event. Any vehicle found not to be in compliance with our Tech Inspection standards will be excluded from the event and registration money will be forfeited unless the car can be brought into compliance. Please see the PCA Zone 8 Rules.

Driver Safety
The most important safety factor is you, the driver. Get plenty of sleep the night before. Make sure your helmet and belts are fastened tight. It is of the utmost importance that you bring a cooler of bottled water to the track, and drink a significant amount throughout the day. Dehydration is the single biggest cause of driver fatigue. In our desert climate drinking a lot of water is critical. Being alert is extremely important, as the stress of driving on the track can be significant, especially for novice drivers. If you feel tired or weak or have a headache, do not go out onto the track. Go to one of the medical personnel at the track to have yourself checked out.

Fire Extinguishers
We recommend that your car be fitted with a fire extinguisher (minimum 2.5lbs Dry Chemical or equivalent) properly installed, metal to metal. This means a metal bracket and retaining strap bolted or screwed firmly to a metal panel in your Porsche. If you don't want to drill holes, buy a custom mounting plate that bolts to the front mounting points of your passenger seat. You can also mount it to your roll bar as long as the fire extinguisher is within easy reach of the driver.

Convertibles
Another safety requirement for our Driver Education program is that any Cabriolet, Roadster, Speedster or Convertible that is not fitted with Porsche Factory Roll-over protection, must have installed an approved roll bar or roll cage for occupant protection. In general this applies to all open-top cars manufactured prior to the 1993 993 Series 911 and 986 Boxster models. These and later Porsche 'soft-top' cars incorporated fixed or "pop-up" rollover protection. Targa models of any year are not required to have any additional roll bar protection, but must have the targa top installed for track use. Drivers of Boxsters with fixed roll bars should be able to sit in the drivers seat, helmet on, without the top of their helmet being above a fixed line between the roll bar and the top of the windshield. Those that do are recommended to install an approved roll bar extension. Your tech center can advise you on all of these issues. For clarification contact the Event Chairman.

Seats and Restraints
The following guidelines from the PCA concern the vehicle seats and restraint systems, and their adherence is strongly recommended: If the car is fitted with stock seats, then only the factory supplied 3-point restraint system should be used. If additional support is desired, then the stock belt can be supplemented by a simple 3" lap belt, properly secured. The additional lap belt should be fastened prior to the factory 3-point belt. If the participant wishes to install a 5 or 6-point harness, then it is strongly recommended that a driving seat, designed for use with such a harness, be installed. This ensures that the proper routing for the harness through the back and base of the seat is provided for the shoulder, lap and anti-submarine belts. Additionally because the addition of a harness and seat means that the occupants are fastened upright in the vehicle, a roll bar should be installed to complete the 'safety system'. It is deemed that the use of part or parts of this 'safety system' without all the elements installed is an inherently unsafe environment and should be discouraged. Both driver & passenger should have equal 'safety systems' installed. Proper installation of all these safety devices is critical to their effectiveness. Instructors will at their option be free to refuse to ride in a participant's vehicle if they have any concerns over the type or combination of safety restraint systems being employed.

Safety Equipment
SA2000 or SA2005 automotive helmets are required for all driving events. Motorcycle helmets are not acceptable. At a minimum, clothing requirements are a long sleeve cotton shirt, pants, gloves and lightweight close-toed shoes. Firesuits are recommended and other safety equipment is often required for advanced run groups and other types of driving events. So consider an investment in a firesuit. "Cool shirt" and helmet systems are available from the following suppliers to keep you cool during hot weather. For detailed information please see the Competition Rules. Two places in Las Vegas have SA2005 helmets and other safety equipment in stock:

Dark Horse Racing Safety, Inc.
7005 Speedway Blvd, Building F 104
Las Vegas, NV 89115
Call first before you go:
Craig Stevenson, Manager (702) 326-0718
Pam Perkins, Owner (702) 372-8415
Office and Shop (702) 644-6994
www.darkhorseracingsafety.com
darkhorse@ttlv.com
Phone/Fax: (702) 644-6994
Tollfree: (866) 208-1385
See the directions on their website.

American Racing Supply, Inc.
222 W. Utah Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89102
702-382-8520
Dean, Manager
Pat (Patrica), Owner
www.americanracingsupply.com
info@americanracingsupply.com
From the strip: Go east on Charleston under the RR Tracks.
Turn right on Commerce and drive for about one-half mile.
Turn right on Utah. They are the 3rd bldg on the right.




         


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