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PERFORMANCE DRIVING

PDE 

Learn the art of driving fast in a safe and controlled environment with Pitt Race’s seasoned pros, and then put it to the test.

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Featured Events

Click an event below to head over to MotorsportReg to sign up. 

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The class is sponsored by HAGERTY HPDE/Track Day Insurance.

 

The goal is for you to develop skills behind the wheel as you experience the broad range of your car’s performance capabilities and train with Pitt Race’s instructors on our natural terrain road course.

 

Participants are divided into the following groups:

Group 1

(Novice):

 

If you ever wanted to learn about high performance driving but lack the track experience, this group is for you.

Group 1 is for first time track drivers or for drivers with limited experience at other tracks. Drivers spend their sessions with our driving instructors and learn the basic skills of high performance driving. This group is meant to provide a supportive and instructional low pressure situation for any driver to learn the fundamentals of performance driving in the safest way possible.

Group 2 (Intermediate):

 

Once our instructors have approved you to move up from Group 1, or if you have some other verifiable track experience, Group 2 is the next step.This group provides experienced drivers a chance to continue improving their performance driving skills with instructors. The goal for this group is to learn advanced and higher-speed maneuvers while maintaining control and safety on track.

Group 2 Solo (Intermediate):

 

Group 2 Solo is for drivers who have demonstrated an understanding of high performance rules, safety, etiquette, and track regulations. Drivers in this group have been signed off as safe solo drivers by a Pitt Race instructor or can provide evidence of acceptable experience with other PDE organizations.

Group 3

(Advanced):

 

This group is for drivers who have been approved by our chief driving instructor or can provide acceptable proof of experience. Drivers with a valid competition license or certificate of completion from a track driving school will also be permitted. Please note that this is not a Test and Tune day and aggressive driving is strictly prohibited.

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Registration and payments can be completed on Motorportsreg.com. Pricing will vary by length of event and track configuration. If you have a Pitt Race gift card, please call the track at 724-535-1000 before registering.

Group 1 and Group 2 sessions will typically include three 25-minute sessions on track with an instructor and two classroom sessions.

 

Group 2 Solo and Group 3 sessions will consist of several run groups splitting up the different classes of cars from street cars, race prepared closed wheel, and race prepared open wheel when permitted. There will be 25 minute sessions back to back.

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PDE Daily Protocols:

  • Electronic waiver is required before entering

  • Check Motorsportreg.com for facility access time, event schedule and changes (Might be unable to enter at 7:00AM)

  • No race engines may be started before 8:00 am or after 6:00 pm. PDE session times are subject to adjustments and modifications.

  • Pitt Race determines the schedule based on enrollment. Pitt Race reserves the right to limit the number of participants on the track.

  • You will be required to sign the electronic Pitt Race waiver BEFORE arrival at the track gate. Driver check-in is typically at the Retail Store.

Driver Requirements:

  • Drivers must be 18 years of age or older, and possess a valid state issued driver’s license.

  • Minors ages 16 or 17 with a valid race license may participate in Group 1 with a completed Parental Consent form. Please contact the track ahead of time for details.

  • Minors with a valid driver’s license may participate with a completed Parental Consent form. Please contact the track ahead of time for details.

  • Minors with a valid road racing license may participate with a completed Parental Consent form. Please contact the track ahead of time for details.

  • Shoes that cover the entire foot must be worn while on track. (No sandals, heels, Crocs, etc.)

  • Long pants are required and long sleeved shirts are recommended for participation.

  • Helmets Snell certified with the following ratings are accepted: SA2015, SA2010, SAH2010, M2015, and M2010.

    • Note: The 2005 rated helmets are no longer accepted for Pitt Race PDE or Test & Tune.

    • Note: The 2010 rated helmets will not be accepted after 12/31/21

  • Instructors will complete a Student Evaluation Form (for Group 1 and Group 2) and it will be available for viewing on your Motorsportreg.com profile within a few days after the event.

Support Crews

  • Support crews are responsible for their own safety during PDE’s. Please pay attention to traffic in the paddocks and pits at all times. The paddock speed limit is 10 miles per hour for all vehicles.

  • Please park in designated area and keep the access lanes and fire lanes free of all vehicles, equipment, tools, etc.

  • No person under 16 years of age is permitted in the pits at any time.

  • No alcoholic beverages are allowed in the pits or paddocks.

 

Recycling/Waste Fluid

  • IMPORTANT: DO NOT POUR OIL, GASOLINE, ANTIFREEZE, OR OTHER FLUIDS ON THE GROUND OR PAVEMENT.

  • Trash receptacles and fluid recycling stations are located behind the North Track Garage.

  • Please contact Pitt Race personnel if you have any questions about the containment of waste fluids.

 

Bring it in/Take it out policy

  • All tires, broken fiberglass, scrap metal, batteries and any other parts that may have broken or fallen off of cars must be removed from Pitt Race.

 

Fuel

Sunoco Racing Fuels is the official fuel of Pittsburgh International Race Complex:

  • Leaded 110 Octane

  • Unleaded 100 Octane

  • Premium Unleaded 93 Octane

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Register online at Motorsportreg.com to attend our next PDE event 

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Car Requirements:

  • This program requires all drivers to use their own qualified vehicle.

  • Most SUV’s, vans, or trucks are not permitted. Please call prior to registration to confirm eligibility status.

  • No passengers are allowed in any cars at any time, excluding approved instructors riding with a student.

  • To ensure your safety and that of other participants, all cars must complete the Self-Tech Form before driving on track. (A link to this form will be provided upon confirmation of registration.)

  • Convertible vehicles with operational factory rollover protection systems are allowed. This includes factory roll bars, pop up rollover protection, and reinforced a-pillars designed to provide rollover protection. The car must be driven with the convertible top in the up and locked position. Arm restraints are recommended.

  • All other convertibles require either an installed factory hard top or a four-point roll bar. If a roll bar is installed, the top of the driver’s helmet must be below the line from the top of the roll bar (not including padding) to the top of the windshield frame. Portions of the roll bar subject to contact by the driver’s helmet must be padded with a non-resilient material with a minimum thickness of one-half inch. Arm restraints are recommended.

  • No single seater or formula style cars are permitted in Group 1 or Group 2.

  • Additional details can be found on Motorsportreg.com

Garages

Garages are available for rent on a first come first serve basis. Please contact Pitt Race to schedule a rental.