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Born from Racing, Made to Be Driven, Find Magic Every Day in a Porsche!

Porsche cars have a virtually untarnished reputation and are considered among the finest performance vehicles in the world. It's a reputation that's well deserved. With razor-sharp handling and power unlimited, Porsche vehicles offer a driving experience like no other car. It's no small wonder that, for among the marque, Porsche has come to define the elite in the sports car category. For years, the only Porsches available were sleek sports cars, but recently the manufacturer expanded its line to include other types of vehicles, seeking to increase its market share. But make no mistake about it, Porsche owners are savvy in their taste of originality and beauty. The feeling of exhilaration, free to be you, as you put the "pedal to the metal," can only be felt by the driver behind the wheel of a Porsche on the race track.

From Novice to Professional Driver: Steps That Need to Be Taken

  1. Find a race track
  2. Get schooled
  3. Perform a safety check
  4. Learn the rules
  5. See the track
  6. Track to curb
  7. Learn how to brake
  8. Alternate of braking
  9. How to be passed
  10. Learn and be mindful of the flags
  11. Steer correctly
  12. Keep your window down
  13. Driving fast takes a lot of practice
  14. It is an expensive pursuit
  15. Buy a dedicated track car
  16. After 40 to 80 track days, you may begin to think about racing. Each racing organization has a competition school that is necessary to get your novice license.

On October 11-12, 2011, the Porsche North Country Region hosted its racing meet at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, showcasing well over 140 of these magnificent cars on a parade lane leading up to the start line. Steve Gratton, Esteemed Driving Instructor for the organization for over 30 years said, "We boast the only Race Car Meet where there are 10,500 empty seats in the stands." It's a thing called honor, prestige and the "thrill of a lifetime" — racing amongst one's peers. You had to be there and witness firsthand these men and women warriors behind the wheel of their Porches ready to challenge their equals on the race track.

The Results

Mike Palmieri's interesting perspective on owning and racing a Porsche car in his own words:

"I've been involved with the driver education component of the Porsche Club of America for two years now. All of my experience has been on the 1.6 mile road course at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. I'm definitely learning every time I'm in the car. The instructors are phenomenal. The attention to detail about every aspect of having a 'track day' is tremendous. The emphasis on safety is second to none. I have now run with two different Porsche clubs, the North County Region Porsche Club of America and the Northeast Region Porsche Club of America. They are both great organizations. I've made many new friends who share a common passion.

Generally speaking, the prep work that is done prior to a driver's education event is as follows for me: The car requires a technical inspection of all working components prior to the event that much be documented  in writing by an approved Porsche tech inspector. The final document is eventually turned in at the event. The braking system of the car is always checked and serviced prior to each event and the fluids are flushed and new fluids put in. Tire pressures are constantly monitored prior to the event and especially during the race. An oil check is something that I have been doing as well. The morning of the race, the car must go through a technical inspection once again and that is when the finished paperwork is handed to the officials. I generally arrive at the track no later than 7 a.m. It's good to get your garage situated with all that you bring to the track. I do several reviews of the track layout and often watch some videos of similar runs at this very track a few days before arriving. There's a lot of preparation work that goes into what we as race car drivers do leading up to the track meet.

I've enjoyed this experience and continue to learn something new every time i go. For anyone who has any interest in this sport, it is worth a couple of hours to be a part of a great atmosphere and you never know where it will take you!"

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