Porsche Autocross


 August 2015 AutoCross at PIR-59

What is Autocross?

Autocross is an exhilarating and fun way to help raise the level of your driving skills to match the capabilities of your Porsche!  This is a driving exercise, where a single car negotiates a closed course of cones to achieve the quickest time possible.  No previous experience is necessary; Novices are welcome. We cultivate an air of camaraderie and fun among our participants.  All you need is a driver’s license, an automotive helmet (SA or M2010 or newer) and a car that can pass a basic mechanical safety inspection.  Loaner helmets and instructors are always available. Cars are run in classes against cars with similar performance. Bring any older or newer Porsche, including 911s, Boxsters,Caymans, Macans, Panameras, or Cayennes.

Check out this video from the Northeast Porsche Club for an overview of what Autocross is:

Your car will be given a tech inspection to make sure it is safe for autocrossing.  For full inspection details go to  Tech Inspection Rules. Speeds are usually below 50 mph and driving is mostly in second gear.  Each driver generally gets between 6 and 8 runs competing for best time against other cars in their class. At the end of the event, elapsed times are factored for penalties and posted for viewing.



ORPCA Autocross Program

Your ORPCA autocross team warmly welcomes all newcomers to join us in the pursuit of speed and car control. The ORPCA autocross experience is full of fun, camaraderie and a great way to make new friends.   We currently have an average of 25-30 Porsche drivers entered at each event, and other marques are invited to participate. Autocross is a great way to teach Porsche drivers the handling and braking basics in a controlled environment. Whether you are a seasoned driver that needs a brush-up, or a novice with a desire to improve basic driving techniques, autocross may be the event for you. Need coaching or instruction? There are a number of skilled drivers that form our instructor base. They are happy to help, be it a casual question or some instructional “seat time”.

Participation is limited to 60 participants per event. This allows for a better participant experience and ensures we’re able to efficiently manage the run groups.  Please register early if you are interested in participating.  Walk-ins will not be accepted and waitlisters will be added in order (priority to members) if there are cancellations.

Work assignments are mandatory and will be enforced. It takes volunteers to keep this event going. If you drive, you work………no exceptions. We realize some folks have special circumstances that may prevent them from working in specific roles. We’ll do our best to accommodate you. But, we ask that you consider whether the physical aspects of autocrossing are appropriate given your individual health.

Before coming out to run Autocross – please make sure you have reviewed these Corner Station instructions.


Click here to view the 2019 Schedule of Autocross Events

What To Expect?

  • Arrive at the event no later than 7:30am.
  • 7:30 to 8:30am – Our Check-In desk is open. Registered participants must check in at the desk.(Walk-in registrations will not be accepted.) You must sign our liability waiver and get a wristband. Volunteers will then check you in, verify your car number, and provide your work assignment, run group, and the course map.
  • 7:30 to 8:30am – Tech Inspection is open. If you do not have an annual tech you must get your car inspected at each event. To find out what a Tech Inspection consists of go to: http://www.oregonpca.org/events/autocross/rules-regulations/.
  • The course is open for walking when the design committee releases it; generally around 8:00am.
  • 8:45am – Mandatory Driver’s Meeting.
  • 9:00am – First car out.
  • Two run groups – 60 car total limit.

Each participant typically gets 6-8 timed runs. All events are located at Portland International Raceway’s (PIR’s) North or South Paddocks. Information on accessing the correct paddock is included on each event page.

Before coming out to run Autocross – please make sure you have reviewed these Corner Station instructions.

What Are The Requirements?

Participants 18 years and older are required to have a valid Driver’s license and proof of insurance.

Participants 16 and 17 years old must have a valid Driver’s license. The driver and parents must complete the Junior Participation Program forms and waivers and bring to the event. The forms can be found online on this web site in the members section under PCA Waivers here: Member Forms.
Passengers are not allowed to ride in any participants car unless they are a Certified ORPCA Instructor. Anyone may ride in a Certified ORPCA Instructors car.

How Do I Register?

Registration is now open – please go to: Autocross Registration

What To Bring?

Always dress for the weather. A tarmac can run 20 to 30 degrees hotter than the ambient air temperature and you will be standing for possibly 1 to 2 hours. In the rain Umbrellas and hats are good. If it is below 50 degrees and raining, wear waterproof gear and stay warm. Other general things include:

  • Helmet (2010 or 2015 SA or M Snell rated) – Limited Loaner Helmets Available
  • Bottled water
  • Fruit and or snacks
  • Jacket and hat
  • Change of shoes

City of Portland Position on Leaded Fuel Use at PIR

Here is the City of Portland position on leaded fuel use at PIR: Leaded Fuel at PIR


General Autocross Questions:
Eric Freedle – axchair@oregonpca.org
Autocross Registration Questions:
Anson Lytle – axregistration@oregonpca.org