riding groups & instruction for motorcycles and automobiles
automobile driver groups
There will be three (3) driver’s groups:
Usually each session will be thirty (30) minutes in length, 4 sessions each track day, with a one (1) hour “Open Track” session for all drivers at the end of the day. Absent an unusual or unexpected event, each driver will have a minimum of three (3) hours of track time.
TO REGISTER FOR ADVANCED OR INTERMEDIATE, YOU MUST FILL IN YOUR RACETRACK DRIVING HISTORY – OR SUFFICIENT HISTORY – ON POLE POSITION’S WEBSITE. NOVICE DRIVERS MUST HAVE AN INSTRUCTOR AT ALL TIMES. YOU CAN SIGN UP FOR AN INSTRUCTOR during registration. FOR THOSE UNFAMILIAR WITH, OR NEED TO REACQUAINT THEMSELVES WITH THE TRACK, ORIENTATION RIDES WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR YOUR FIRST SESSION. PLEASE SIGN UP FOR AN ORIENTATION RIDE AT THE SIGN-IN DESK. PPTE RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REASSIGN A DRIVER TO A DIFFERENT RUN GROUP THAN REGISTERED FOR BASED UPON THE DRIVER’S SUBMITTED DRIVING EXPERIENCE AND/OR TRACK DAY OBSERVATIONS BY THE MARSHALS.
novIce - motorcycles
Novice group rank 1 will have both lead and following instructors. It is the instructor’s responsibility to set the pace and show the proper riding lines for the track. Instructors will progressively build up speed depending upon each novice’s progression. Instructors will be using hand signals (see below) throughout the day to relay information while out on the track. During the initial laps of the early sessions, there will be no passing of instructors unless instructed to so by instructors using hand signals. This will be a time where novices will be learning proper track lines. In later sessions passing is allowed anywhere except in the corners.
experienced - motorcycles
This group is for riders who have attended track day events previously or have racing experience. Intermediate has less supervision and structure than a novice. Passing is allowed on all parts of the track. Riders should allow 6 feet buffer other riders when making a pass. The following rider making the pass is expected to make the pass as safely as possible.
THERE IS NO RACING PERMITTED AT THE EVENT. SAFETY MARSHAL & INSTRUCTORS WILL BE MONITORING ALL DRIVERS ON THE TRACK AND IN THE PADDOCK. IF DRIVING IN AN UNSAFE MANNER IS OBSERVED OR THE TRACK RULES ARE NOT BEING FOLLOWED, SUCH DRIVERS WILL BE ASKED YOU TO LEAVE THE TRACK. IF REPEATED WARNINGS ARE IGNORED, POLE POSITION TRACK EXPERIENCE RESERVES THE RIGHT TO ASK YOU TO LEAVE THE VENUE. POOR OFF-TRACK BEHAVIOR AND FAILURE TO HEED THE MARSHAL’S DIRECTIONS MAY ALSO RESULT IN A PREMATURE ENDING OF YOUR TRACK DAY. OUR GOAL IS TO PROVIDE A FUN AND EXHILARATING TRACK DAY AND WE DO THIS BY STRESSING SAFETY ABOVE ANYTHING ELSE!
- Tap on their tail section: Move-in directly behind me and follow my line
- Slash across throat: Pit immediately
- Arm waving past: OK to pass now
- Arm moving up and down: Slow down
There will be corner workers positioned at strategic points around the track to monitor for potential hazards. Should any situation occur, they will be armed with flags (and radios-if you are monitoring the track frequency)to alert you of any hazards. It is the driver’s/rider’s responsibility to know what the race flags mean and to observe the corner workers. Corner workers are essential to a safe experience. The track marshal oversees all activity on the track and is responsible for maintaining a safe environment. What he says, goes.
Required personal motorcycle gear-
- Full face helmet with Snell rating required and must be 2010 or later.
- Leather motorcycle riding suites, one piece or two piece. Two-piece leather suits must have a full circumference zipper attaching the jacket and pants.
- Sturdy over the ankle motorcycle boots.
- Sturdy full leather gloves.
- No mesh gear.
Required personal car gear-
- Racing helmet with a certificate rate of 2015 or later is required.
- Closed toed shoes are required. A performance driving shoe that is narrow with a thin sole is recommended.
- A long sleeve shirt and pants are recommended but not required.
- A HANS (Head and Neck) Device is recommended but not required.
A DRIVER, WHO HAS BEEN SOLO-SIGNED OFF BY PPTE MAY HAVE A PASSENGER WHO IS 18 OR OLDER (AND BE ABLE TO PROVE IT) RIDE WITH HIM/HER IN THE CAR. THERE IS A $25 FEE PER PASSENGER (TO BE PAID ON SITE).
IN ALL SITUATIONS, PASSENGERS ARE REQUIRED TO FOLLOW THE SAME CLOTHING, GEAR POLICY AND USE THE SAME LEVEL OF RESTRAINT SYSTEM AS THE DRIVER.
PASSENGERS WHO ARE 18 YEARS OR OLDER WILL RECEIVE THEIR PASSENGER WRISTBAND AT REGISTRATION. PASSENGERS WHO ARE 16-17 YEARS OLD MUST HAVE A NOTARIZED WAIVER AND RELEASE FORM- SIGNED BY BOTH PARENTS OR GUARDIANS, WITH ORIGINALS DELIVERED TO PPTE AT THE TRACK. THIS PROCESS MUST BE DONE IN ADVANCE, WITH EXECUTED DOCUMENTS PROVIDED IN THE ORIGINAL FORM PRIOR TO OR AT THE EVENT. PLEASE CONTACT PPTE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.
IN ALL CASES- THIS IS A REVOCABLE PRIVILEGE. IF THE SAFETY MARSHAL, RACE TRACK OFFICIAL, OR OUR EVENT MANAGER OBSERVES ANY BEHAVIOR WHILE DRIVING WITH A PASSENGER THAT SHOWS EVIDENCE OF “SHOWING OFF”, LACK OF CONCENTRATION BY THE DRIVER, OR IN-ATTENTIVENESS TO TRAFFIC, THE CAR WILL IMMEDIATELY BE BLACK-FLAGGED.
- Full refunds given up to 30 days before the event. After that a 50% credit will be issued up to 10 days before the event. No refund or credit within 10 days of the event.
Interested in becoming a motorcycle or automobile instructor for PPTE? Please contact Franklin Bass at [email protected]
PPTE Events are subject to periodic track closures due to COVID-19. PPTE will adhere to all federal, state, county and track recommendations concerning COVID-19. If the track is closed due to COVID-19, we will offer full refunds to registrants. At all PPTE events, face masks must be worn at all times and strict social distancing (minimum 6 feet) must be adhered to. PPTE expressly reserves the right to have non-complying attendees excused from all activities.
Required personal motorcycle gear-
Full face helmet with Snell rating required and must be 2015 or later. Leather motorcycle riding suites, one piece or two piece. Two piece leather suits must have a full circumference zipper attaching the jacket and pants. Sturdy over the ankle motorcycle boots. Sturdy full leather gloves. No mesh gear.
Required personal car gear-
Racing helmet Snell rating is and must be 2010 or 2015. Closed toed shoes are required. A performance driving shoe that is narrow with a thin sole is recommended. A long sleeve shirt and pants are recommended but not required. A HANS (Head and Neck) Device is recommended but not required.