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 (2015 or newer SA or M Snell rated) and a car that can pass a basic mechanical safety inspection. Loaner helmets are available and instructors are available to answer questions and may be able to provide in car instruction depending on the Covid-19 status. Cars are run in classes against cars with similar performance. Bring any older or newer Porsche, including 911s, Boxsters, Caymans, Macans, Panameras, or Cayennes.
Your car will be given a tech inspection to make sure it is safe for autocrossing. 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.
Oregon PCA Autocross
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 with questions you may have. Instructional “seat time” may be offered depending on the Covid-19 restrictions.
Located at Portland International Raceway’s (PIR’s) North or South Paddocks, participation is limited to about 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 people on the waitlist 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 autocross are appropriate given your individual health.
Please read below and check the other sections under the Autocross menu for more information. (Rules and Regulations, Tech Inspection, Car Classification and more)
What to Expect?
- Arrive at PIR no later than 7:30am. Look for the ORPCA Autocross signs when you enter PIR
- 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.) Get your wristband and check your car number, and run group. Course maps will be sent the night before. Please print and bring to the track.
- 7:30 to 8:30am – Tech Inspection is open. If you do not have a 2022 Tech Inspection sticker, you must get your car inspected your first event of the season.
- 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
What are the Requirements?
Participants 18 years and older are required to have a valid Driver’s license and proof of insurance.
Do not ride/drive in any car except your own.
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 (2015 or newer SA or M Snell rated) – A limited number of loaner helmets are available.
- If you are purchasing a new helmet for the 2022 season, make sure you purchase a 2020 Snell rated one.
- Bottled water
- Fruit and or snacks
- Jacket and hat
- Change of shoes
Please check the other sections under the Autocross menu for more information.