Driver Education


Recall notice sent by MOMO to SCCA
Effective Immediately! Manufacturing defects have been found in certain model MOMO harnesses which render them unsafe, and they are being recalled. These harnesses bear the MOMO “Corse” or “MOMO” name (or “ACR” in certain Dodge Vipers only), and have labels on the lap strap referring to one or more of the following certification numbers: “FIA B-143.T/98”, “FIA C-154.T/98”, “FIA D-153.T/98”, “FIA D-142.T/98”, “SFI” or “SFI 16.1”, with all of them marked as “FIA” or “SFI” certified. According to SCCA, use of these harnesses should “CEASE IMMEDIATELY”. Contact Darick Schmitt of MOMO Automotive at 800-749-MOMO (6666).
Note to all NRPCA HPDE Drivers: Those drivers whose cars are equipped with these model harnesses WILL NOT pass safety inspection.

Announcing Niagara PCA 2019 HPDE Events.

We have some exciting news regarding our HPDE Program.  We have been very fortunate to be able to add a second Advanced DE in August and we are moving our October DE to September.  The dates are listed below, more details will follow shortly.

**New for 2019 – Intro to High Performance Driving**
This one day taste of the track experience is an introduction to HPDE held on the first day of the May and September Events.  You will attend the drivers’ meeting, participate in the beginner run group classroom sessions, be driven for hot laps with an NRPCA Instructor for one session and be allowed to drive your own car with an instructor in a unique run group specific only to TOT drivers.  You will have an opportunity to drive your car at speed for two sessions; one in the morning and one in the afternoon.  Space is limited.

May 27-28 (Mon-Tues – traditional HPDE format)
June 12-13 (Wed-Thu – Advanced format)
Aug 21-22 (Wed-Thu – advanced format)
Sept 23-24 (Mon-Tue – HPDE format)

HPDE Instructor Seminar – March 30, 2019 at Burgundy Basin, Pittsford,  NY
Seminar starts at 8:00 AM. Continental breakfast upon arrival.
Lunch is included and we should wrap up around 3:30 PM.
The cost is FREE of charge to any instructor or instructor candidate.

Instructor Development Program Kick-off Meeting – April 27th – Prime Steakhouse, Eastview Mall, Victor, NY

Registration at 

Louis Betstadt Memorial HPDE at Watkins Glen – May 27 & 28, 2019

Students  $495
Garage space $60
“Intro to HPDE” – One Day Taste of the Track – $100
Register and pay by May 1st to receive a free event item.

Watkins Glen – Advanced DE – June 12 & 13, 2019

Event fee $599
Garage space $60
Advanced intermediate soloed drivers and above only.
Register and pay by May 18th to receive a free event item.
What is an Advanced DE?

Watkins Glen – Advanced DE – August 21 & 22, 2019

Event fee $599
Garage space $60
Advanced intermediate soloed drivers and above only.
Register and pay by Aug. 1st to receive a free event item.
What is an Advanced DE?

OctoberFast HPDE at Watkins Glen – September 23 & 24, 2019

Students $495
Garage space $60
“Intro to HPDE” – One Day Taste of the Track – $100
Register and pay by September 5th to receive a free event item.

Registration for ALL Events via commences midnight January 1st, 2019.
Use the link below to access all of our events.


Niagara on the Road – October 5th & 6th
The HPDE Committee is pleased to announce that Niagara on the Road 2019 will be going to Road Atlanta October 5th-6th! This fabled 2.54 mile road course has been home to Petit LeMans since 1998 and is recognized as one of the world’s best road courses.
Mark your calendars! Please check here for updates.

High Performance Driver Education

The mission and purpose of the Porsche Club of America’s Driver Education Program is to provide a safe, structured and controlled teaching and learning environment. The PCA DE Program is designed so that participants can improve their driving abilities and acquire a better understanding of vehicle dynamics and driving safety. Participants will experience first-hand the capabilities of high performance automobiles in a controlled, closed-course environment and acquire skills that will enhance safer vehicle operation in all driving situations.

Niagara on the Road program provides a unique opportunity to drive on a variety of tracks in the US and Canada with the camaraderie of your fellow Niagara HPDE drivers. Niagara kicked off our inaugural “On The Road” program in 2012 by herding 20+ track enthusiast and caravanning them all down to Virginia International Raceway to attend a two day open track event with David Murry Track Days. Subsequent years included Allegheny Region PCA at Mid Ohio, Calabogie Motorsports Park in Canada with the Patroon Region BMW club and the Ottawa Region BMW Club, and last year visiting the fabled Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the Mid-Ohio club.

**Please note: This HPDE event is not sponsored by NRPCA, it is sponsored and hosted by Chin Motorsports, hence it will not be covered by the PCA Insurance program. Also, though some of our participants may be part of an informal caravan to head to and back from the track, those activities are likewise not sponsored by NRPCA and therefore not covered by PCA Insurance.**

Tire Rack Street Survival

In addition to our High Performance Driver Education program, the Niagara Region PCA is also concerned with the safety of teen drivers. This article from US Insurance Agents discusses and makes suggestions regarding Common Risks Faced by Teen Drivers. Teen crashes and teen-driving fatalities are entirely too common. Tire Rack Street Survival Teen Driver Safety Program is a course that we know helps significantly reduce these tragic accidents. Niagara provides instructors and volunteers for the Genesee Valley Chapter BMW CCA Street Survival program. Please visit http://www.streetsurvival.orgto learn more about the Tire Rack Street Survival® program.

Date: April 6th, 2019
Location: Webster, NY

Date: November 2nd, 2019
Location: Watkins Glen, NY

Event details and more information is at