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GingerMan Drivers Education Weekend August 9/11 2024

Driver's Ed

Event Information

Hosted by Chicago Region PCA
Registrar glenndeweirdt@yahoo.com / 6308624355
Location South Haven, Michigan
Event Dates 08/09/24 - 08/11/24
Registration Dates 04/15/24 12:01 AM (opens)
(central time zone)

08/07/24 12:00 PM (closes)
(central time zone)
Description The Chicago Region invites you to join us for our 27th annual Drivers Education Weekend at GingerMan Raceway in beautiful South Haven, Michigan.  This year’s event will be held on Saturday, August 10th and Sunday, August 11th. We encourage novices and first-timers at Gingerman to attend the Friday evening "chalk talk" and low speed (under 50MPH) orientation laps to familiarize yourself with the track.  Chalk Talk begins at 6PM Friday August 9th. Tech and Registration will be open at 4PM.  You must have a Tech sticker to participate in the orientation laps.

By popular demand Dinner at the Track is back!.  We have an optional Italian dinner on Saturday after the track goes cold with LIVE music from the Rolling Stones! (We reserve the right to substitute our live music band if the Rolling Stones fail to show).  Dinner is $40/person ($25 for children ) and includes beer, wine, and beverages. We hope you can join us for one of the season’s premier DE events.

Registration is open to all PCA members, as well as experienced non-members with an appropriate sports or high performance car that meets the Chicago Region’s 2024 safety requirements (Cayenne or other SUV's are not allowed EXCEPT Macan run group on Sunday). 

Novice drivers are welcome to attend and will be assigned to work with an experienced PCA instructor for the weekend.  However, please note that instructor availability for this event is very limited, therefore novices will be accepted on a first come – first served basis with PCA members given priority over non-PCA members. 

Event check-in and Tech is available Friday afternoon after 4PM at the track.  There will be a chalk talk at 6:00 PM followed by low speed (50MPH) lead/follow for track orientation.  It is highly recommended for novices and experienced drivers with none/limited Gingerman experience to attend this session.

Group 1 will run with PCA Expanded Passing rules. ALL VEHICLES AND DRIVERS IN GROUP 1 MUST BE INCOMPLIANCE WITH PCA AND CHICAGO REGION EXPANDED PASSING RULES AND PROTOCOLS WHICH INCLUDE ROLL PROTECTION AND MINIMUM 5-POINT HARNESS AND HANS (or HANS equivalent). No exceptions, not even you Bart!

PCA National , Chicago Region, and St Louis Region instructors willing to help a novice student for the weekend will receive $100/day discount towards registration fee. If you are an experienced Gingerman driver (5 track days at Gingerman or more) and wish to register as an instructor contact Glenn DeWeirdt at glenndeweirdt@yahoo.com. 

Please note! Late registration/payment fee: Event fee will increase by $60 if payment is not received by August 2.  Even if you are registered, but have not paid, the fees will increase after this date.  Please be sure to register and pay early to avoid this late payment fee!

For more information please contact GingerMan DE Event Co-Chairman Glenn DeWeirdt at (630)862-4355 , Neil French (630) 461-0089, or Mark Palmer (630)728-2582

Please note our refund and onsite registration policy:

- No refunds will be allowed after 8/07/2024
- Onsite registration surcharge of $20 plus beer for staff!

See you at GingerMan!

Refund Policy Refund policy - Varies by event, please see event description or contact event coordinator.  No refunds after 8/7/24
Indemnity Policy I agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Porsche Club of America-Chicago Region, as well as its directors, officers, employees, agents, advisors, and assigns (collectively, the "Club") from any loss, liability, damage, fees, or cost, including bodily injury or property damage of any sort, that I may incur or cause arising out of or related to my presence at or participation in the Club's events, whether caused by the negligence or fault of the Club, or otherwise.  I acknowledge that I remain solely responsible at all times for the safety and roadworthiness of my car, including its condition, preparation, and suitability for the Club's events, as well as my own physical and mental fitness to participate in Club events.  By participating in the Club's events, I am assuming all responsibility for risk of damage to or caused by my car, and agree that if I or my car damages or destroys any event facilities or property, I will reimburse the Club for any such expenses incurred, including without limitation, all costs and fees incurred in connection with the clean up, repair, or removal of any damaged property, spilled fluids, discarded tires or other scrap, or fees for late exit from the event facilities. 

I agree to abide by the rules and regulations of the Club and any supplementary rules or regulations provided in connection with the Club's events or by the event facilities owners or operators. 


Event Fees

Entry Type Fee Description
Full Weekend - PCA Member $420.00
Full Weekend - Non PCA Member $465.00
Saturday Only - PCA Member $265.00
Saturday Only - Non PCA Member $295.00
Sunday Only - PCA Member $225.00
Sunday Only - Non PCA Member $265.00
Second Driver / Same Car - Full Weekend $255.00
Second Driver / Same Car - Saturday Only $145.00
Second Driver / Same Car - Sunday Only $145.00
PCA Instructor - Not Driving / Instruct Only $0.00 No charge for dinner and guest. Extra booze too!
PCA Instructor-both days $220.00 Requires assignment to a novice student. $100 credit per day of instructing. NON PCA INSTRUCTORS MUST BE CONFIRMED BY REGISTRAR
GingerMan PCA Event Staff $0.00

Event Options

Event Options Fee
Italian Restaurant at the track!
Catered Italian dinner at the track after Saturday run sessions. Includes dinner, beer, wine and LIVE music!
$40.00
Voucher credit
Vouchers received by instructors may be applied to the cost of this event. Up to 4 vouchers may be redeemed. Total value of all vouchers cannot exceed $100. Voucher numbers need to be listed in the associated question box and the physical voucher(s) must be delivered to the registrar via mail or presented at registration at track
($25.00)

Event Files

Click to view
2024_DEtechsheet_Fillin.pdf
2024-Autobahn-Handbook.pdf
2024-Blackhawk-Handbook.pdf
2024-InstructorEvaluationofStudent.pdf
2024TRACParkingRequest.pdf
GingermanHotLap2.docx
GingermanPassingZoneMap.jpg
Minor_and_Parent_Form-Waiver-ObserversOnly-PCA2009.pdf
MinorsinRestrictedAreas,DrivingorRidingWaiverofReleaseofLiabilityandIndemnityAgreement.pdf
MinorTouringParentalConsent,ReleaseandWaiverofLiability,AssumptionofRisk,andIndemnityAgreement.pdf
PCAMinorWaivers2024.pdf
PCANoviceClassroom2024-LadiesDayClassroom.pdf
QRScandonation.pdf
ReleaseandWaiverofLiabilityAssumptionofRiskandIndemnityAgreement-Adult.pdf

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