Now that you have signed up for the HPDE, you need to get your car ready.
Download the Technical Inspection Sheet from Motorportreg.com (where you initially registered). If you are getting your car tech’d at Bluegrass (they do this for free for our two DE events), they will already have forms for you. If you are having the car tech’d at another shop, you will need to bring the form with you and the person performing the inspection must sign, date and stamp (form states: …”Porsche mechanic or other person authorized by the Region to conduct such an inspection”. It’s best to have it done at the dealership or another Porsche shop.
The tech inspection must be performed at most a month prior to the event. If you will be doing a lot of driving (and potentially wearing your tires or brakes), it might be best to get the car inspected the week prior to the event.
PREPARING YOUR CAR FOR INSPECTION
You can perform these checks yourself, prior to the inspection, and any deficiencies can be corrected at the dealership. The two biggest are typically tires and brakes. Here’s what the tech is going to look at. Any deficiencies must be corrected before your inspection is completed.
WHEELS & TIRES – The wheels should be round without any dents or damage to the mounting surface. The tires should be in good condition. The tread should be above the wear bars. No cords or belts should show. Flat tires repaired with plugs should not be used as these could fail under the high stress of track conditions. Hubcaps or beauty rings should be removed. They can come off causing a dangerous situation for you & other students.
STEERING & SUSPENSION – Check the wheel bearings by grabbing the tire & trying to move the wheel from side to side. There should not be any play or clunking sounds. The front wheels should move when you turn the steering wheel. There should not be any excess play.
ENGINE – The engine should not have any leaks that will allow liquids to fall onto the track. These fluids will cause slippery conditions on the track. This includes radiator fluid (antifreeze) which is very slippery. The battery should be secured with two (2) bolts. The battery terminals should be covered to prevent any arcs in case of accidental contact.
BRAKES – The brake system should be in good working order with no leaks in the system. The brake lines should not have any cracks. The brake fluid should be clear & at the maximum level. The pads should have plenty of life left in them, as the high speeds on the track will wear them out faster than the street. The brake lights should function properly.
SAFETY EQUIPMENT – Seatbelts must be in good condition. Factory seatbelts are OK. Cars without fixed roofs are required to have roll bars or, the manufacturer installed roll over protection. Boxsters and 911 Cabriolets come with those protections already installed. If you a roll bar into another car, it must pass the “broom” test: “The broomstick test reveals clearance for your helmet clad head while sitting in the driver’s seat with a broomstick” (or similar device) set atop the roll bar and the windshield frame”
Natural fibers are recommended for clothing. Minimum allowable clothing is jeans, a T-shirt & closed toe shoes. It can get hot at the track so I advise wearing a long sleeve shirt to prevent sun burn. You will be required to wear a helmet when on the track. The minimum rating is SNELL 2010 (SA2010 or M2010). Newer helmets with a SA rating are recommended. Eye protection is required (face shield, goggles, safety glasses). The more and better the safety equipment you have & use, the safer you will be.
MISCELLANEOUS – There should be no exposed wires. The car should have a good gas cap that seals.
AT THE TRACK
When you get to the track, you will need to go through a tech inspection again. This is to be sure your wheel hubs are torqued properly and nothing has changed on your tires or brakes. Be sure you also check your fluids. Running your car oin the track will greatly increase operating temps inside the engine.
You may want to remove your spare tire & jack. Nothing loose should be in the car itself: remove floor mats, hats, towels, gloves, CDs, anything that can come loose or fly around in the car. You will not be allowed onto the track with anything loose in the car. I carry a plastic bin and put all of my regular car stuff in the bin.
You will need to have numbers on the sides of your car. You can either purchase reusable decals, magnetic numbers (check your body panels to be sure magnetics stick) or use plastic tape. The numbers must be a minimum of 6 inches high and a contrasting color. It’s a good idea to all post numbers on the front and back as well. I use 4 inch high latex numbers I buy at the hardware store. Use the same numbers you registered with.
Once at the track, you will also want to install your tow bar. For Porsches, the two bar screws in to the front with a round hook at the end. In the event something happens to your car, the track will tow you back in using the two bar.
THINGS TO BRING
Here are a few things to bring that will help make your HPDE more enjoyable. The list can be changed to suit your region & climate/season. For the car: glass cleaner, wax, and a quart of oil, rags, a battery operated air compressor, a tire gauge, a bin to put all the stuff you took out into, a torque wrench (the tech guys at our HPDE will happily torque your wheels during the event).
Also bring, sunscreen, a sun hat and folding chairs. We provide water in coolers around the track and there is a snack bar for lunch.