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Tire Rack Street Survival school at Sebring, Sept 15

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Suncoast Region will be the local host for the national Tire Rack Street Survival (TRSS) school, during the September Sebring DE weekend (Sept 15-16, 2018). As the official TRSS website says, “The primary emphasis of the Tire Rack Street Survival® is a ‘hands-on’ driving experience in real-world situations! It’s about more than driving – it’s about LIVING!”

The school is open to fully licensed drivers only, ages 16-21. If you have a teen who is already driving, he or she can benefit from attending this great driving school.

Also, if you’d like to help out and be an instructor, please contact TRSS coordinator John Sabatini (john.a.sabatini@gmail.com).

What: Tire Rack Street Survival® school
When: Saturday, September 15th, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Where: Sebring International Speedway
Cost: $95

Registration: https://www.motorsportreg.com/index.cfm/event/register.trss/uidEvent/FD1A624D-9953-56C6-0B88EC3D9D49556E

About TRSS:
The Tire Rack Street Survival® school is a safe teen driving program designed to go beyond today’s required driver education and give teens across the U.S. the driving tools and hands-on experience they need to become safer, smarter drivers. The school provides trained and qualified in-car driving instructors as well as a valuable classroom experience for each student.

This school is open to fully licensed drivers only, ages 16-21. Please note that Porsche Club of America (local host for this school) does not allow anyone under the age of 16 to participate. Drivers 16 years old and older who hold a valid learner’s permit or driver’s license that have no restrictions during the hours the school takes place are eligible to participate (i.e., if the participant is allowed to drive to and from the event without an adult required to be in the car with them).

The primary emphasis of the Tire Rack Street Survival® is a “hands-on” driving experience in real-world situations! We use your own car to teach you about its handling limits and how you can control them. The students will become more observant of the traffic situation they find themselves in. They will learn to look far enough ahead to anticipate unwise actions of other drivers. As the students master the application of physics to drive their cars, they will make fewer unwise driving actions themselves. They will understand why they should always wear their own seatbelts, and why they should insist that their passengers wear seatbelts, too.

It’s about more than driving – it’s about LIVING!

All Schools $95.

See the FAQ page at: www.streetsurvival.org/frequently-asked-questions.php

Any questions after reviewing the FAQ page call Bill Wade, National Program Manager, @ 502-649-4871 (8 am – 8 pm EST)

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Happy 4th!! … and here’s some OktoberFast fun to look forward to

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Hopefully, you’re celebrating the 4th with family and friends, lots of food and fun. Have a safe and happy Birthday for America!

When you’re chillin’ later today, make sure you add some more dates to your fall Zone 12 calendar.

OktoberFast Registration Dates
Please plan to enjoy OktoberFast at Daytona International Speedway, October 26-28. There will be rolling registration dates, starting now. Registration for the Autocross is already open on ClubRegistration.net; the Advanced DE registration will open in mid-July, and the Club Race will open in September.

Autocross Registration is Open
Registration for the OktoberFast Autocross is now open on ClubRegistration.net. It’s your chance to literally be in the middle of all the action of the OktoberFast DE and Club Race as you compete in the AX on the fun and adventurous Kart Track, right at NASCAR Turn 3. After you enjoy each run on the paved kart track, you can just sit back and watch all the cars race by on the Daytona track, while taking it all in with family and friends. Citrus Region will be running the AX, and it will be their 7th AX in the annual series.

It’s open to all makes – so invite your family and friends to come out and compete in this unique autocross. Register now for only $40 (you’ll pay at the event). By pre-registering, you’ll not only get through registration faster at the track, but you’ll also receive a $10 discount.

Driver’s Ed – Opens July 15
Registration for the OktoberFast Advanced Solo DE will open July 15, on ClubRegistration.net. The DE is open to all makes, not just Porsche. We must limit registration to the first 65, so don’t wait to register. Drivers must be qualified as Advanced Solo, which means open passing with a point by, anywhere on the track.

Specifically, drivers must either be a PCA National Instructor, or have achieved Advanced Solo status with their home region and have a minimum of 4 events where PCA Expanded Passing was in use (passing anywhere on the track, including the turns, with a point by). Experience with “expanded passing” with other HPDE organizations (e.g., Chin, Hooked on Driving, etc.) will be acceptable. If you don’t have the requisite experience, please don’t register for this event – and if you’re not sure, please email the Advanced Solo DE Event Chair, Jim Burnett, at 111margaret@att.net, or call him at 904-910-0596.

You’ll have the opportunity to attend the racers’ “chalk talk” given by Cory Friedman of Autometrics on Thursday evening (Oct 25), as an initial exposure to driving Daytona (highly recommended, even if you’ve driven Daytona before).

Please visit ClubRegistration.net to view additional details about the DE, including cost and full requirements, such as safety equipment and minimum tire ratings. Registration will open on July 15th – just search for Zone 12 events.

Club Race – Opens September 10
Registration for the Club Race will open September 10 on ClubRegistration.net. PCA Club Racing is the largest single-marque racing series in the world. OktoberFast will host the Trophy East, Enduro and 944 Cup. To learn more about Club Racing, visit pcaclubracing.org/

It takes a lot of passionate people to run OktoberFast, so if you’d like to help out, have fun and learn all about what it takes to put on an event like this, please Volunteer today. Just email Raylene (Ray) Grynkewich at raygrynk2@outlook.com.

If you’d like to be an OktoberFast sponsor or you’d like to refer someone, please contact OktoberFast Chair Steve Williamson at steve@stevewilliamson.com.

Thanks for participating and helping out – and we look forward to seeing you at Daytona International Speedway in October!

Zone 12 Rep

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Zone 12 Charity Event at American Muscle Car Museum: Save the Date – Sat, Nov 10, 2018

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Zone 12 Charity Event at American Muscle Car Museum in Melbourne, FL 

Please mark your calendars for the chance to visit the American Muscle Car Museum (AMCM) in Melbourne, on Saturday afternoon, November 10. This is where Space Coast holds their Autocrosses, but you’ll actually get to go inside to see all the amazing cars, displays and classic automobilia. Zone 12 and Space Coast Region will host a charity event at this one-of-a-kind private collection.

AMCM is not open to the public, but they do open on special occasions to host non-profit fundraisers, car activities, and educational tours for school-age children. It’s a 123,000-square-foot complex that houses the personal collection of Mark Pieloch. Mark has been a car enthusiast for over 40 years and has amassed more than 250 cars, ranging from classic 1950s models to 1970s American muscle cars, to practically every color of Ford GT, to modern “sophisticated” muscle like a 2017 Shelby GT350R, and 14+ of the all-time most collectible Porsches.

Registration will be on ClubRegistration.net, starting in September. Attendance will be limited, and your charity donation will go toward a great cause. The Wabasso School is a special education center serving students ages 5-22. Students are provided specialized instruction, so they can not only achieve academic gains but also increase their social, emotional and behavioral skills. They work to develop communication, daily living, and occupational skills to integrate successfully into the real world.

Complete event details will be coming in late summer, such as lodging options, caravan plans and best travel routes, dining plans and other info. Please plan to take advantage of this great opportunity to visit this wonderful private car museum with some of your PCA friends, while also helping a worthwhile cause.

Visit www.americanmusclecarmuseum.com for more information.

Zone 12 Rep

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Zone 12 Events Celebrating Porsche’s 70th Anniversary (6/9/18)

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From the Press Room of Porsche, we’re all invited to participate in the truly global celebrations commemorating a very special day!

“The first vehicle to bear the Porsche name was registered on June 8, 1948: It was the 356 “No.1” Roadster. This is the day on which the Porsche brand was born. 70 years ago, Ferry Porsche brought us the world’s most beloved sports car. Since then, his dream of the perfect car has driven sports car passion around the world. Driving a sports car creates moments so valuable and exciting, you can’t help but want to share them with others.

In light of those moments, we are pleased to announce Sportscar Together Day: a worldwide celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Porsche sports car. This first ever global Sportscar Together Day will be held June 8-10, 2018. To celebrate in true Porsche fashion, we’re encouraging you to start sharing your experiences now. Whether you’re running an errand with family or on a road trip sharing Porsche passion with friends, don’t forget to share your moments with us on social media using #SportscarTogether.”

All around Zone 12, there will be several #SportscarTogether events on Saturday, June 9. So, plan to get out and enjoy the big day with your Porsche family at any events that are convenient for you:

Join Florida Crown at Porsche Jacksonville for the Annual Concours and Swap Meet. Kevin Jeannette, owner of Gunnar Porsche Racing, will be the special guest. Expect to see a few historic Porsches from the world-renowned Brumos Collection on hand as well.

Porsche Jacksonville will open up the front lot at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, and concours entrants should be in place by 9 a.m. The concours is $20 per car and will be open to all Porsches. Judging will be on the general areas: engine, interior, paint, trunk & wheels, and should be completed by 11 a.m., with awards following at approximately 1 p.m.

Swap Meet
If you have extra Porsche parts, memorabilia, or anything Porsche, the swap meet is the place to sell it or trade for it. There is no fee to set up a table, but swappers need to contact Jamie at Porsche Jacksonville at 904-725-9155 or toll-free at 866-764-8061 to reserve a table. As in years past, the dealership will also have special sale items, so bring your parts and your wallet because you never know what will show up. The swap meet will run until about 2 p.m.

For more information, contact Hans-Dieter Mandt, Event Chair, at 904-910-5923 or hdmandt@gmail.com. Concours questions can be directed to Chris Hoyt, Concours Chair, at 904-910-7874.

Porsche Jacksonville
10100 Atlantic Blvd.
Jacksonville, Florida

Space Coast
Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Space Coast/70th Anniversary of Porsche – with a Gala at Daytona International Speedway, with Vic Elford

Register now for this big event, on clubregistration.net – it’s only $75 per person. The 500 Club lounge will open at 5 p.m. with a cash bar and some passed appetizers. Dinner starts at 6:30, and you’ll have your choice of plated dinner. There will also be a cash bar, and you can buy drink tickets in advance for $6/ticket (good for 1 beer, house wine or cocktail of your choice).

And if you’d like to make a weekend out of it and enjoy festivities on Sunday morning as well, there’s a block of rooms at a discount rate of $109:

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Daytona Beach Speedway/Airport
1820 Checkered Flag Boulevard, Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Phone: (386) 254-4700

Porsche of Orlando will be welcoming all Porsche enthusiasts for a day-long celebration. Florida Citrus members will be displaying classic Porsches as part of the celebration. Food and drinks will be provided by Porsche of Orlando – PLEASE RSVP to Laureen Ellis at EllisL3@autonation.com.

Porsche of Orlando
9590 US Highway 17-92
Maitland, FL

Porsche of Ocala is putting on a really good show! There will be live music, food vendors, a beer garden, and games for the kids. They’ll also have 6 or 7 simulated racing spots, to compete with your buddies (awards for fastest times). FTR will award trophies for the best overall Porsche and for best “classic” (air cooled) Porsche. The event is open to non-Porsche car clubs as well.

Porsche of Ocala
5155 S. W. College Road
Ocala, Florida

North Florida 
Capital Porsche in Tallahassee will be celebrating the big day with a display of modern and vintage Porsches, and NFL Region will be joining in the fun.

Capital Porsche
3963 West Tennessee Street
Tallahassee, Florida

If you’re in the Panhandle, Alabama or Mississippi, come celebrate Porsche’s 70th birthday at Dean McCrary Porsche in Mobile, Alabama. View all the details on the Sonnenschein calendar – http://son.pca.org/calendars.htm.

Dean McCrary Porsche
1525 E I-65 Service Road S
Mobile, Alabama

Even if you’re not near any of these events, make sure to get out and enjoy the day with your favorite Porsche – and let the world know with your #SportscarTogether posts.

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The last DE before the summer heat! Sebring, May 12-13 (Instructors Needed, Please!)

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Now that our annual 3.5 days of “spring” are over, we’re going to be feeling the heat soon (but yes, that’s what AC is for!). It’s your last chance to enjoy Sebring with your PCA buddies before it gets so hot your tires will melt straight into the track! That is not exactly what is meant by “sticky” tires.

OK, that won’t really happen, but during the summer it certainly feels like it could. So, register today for the May 12-13 DE at http://www.clubregistration.net (just search for Suncoast), and enjoy Sebring for the last time until … hmmm, September.

And we need some more Instructors. So, if you are one, please register today so we can un-wait list some very happy drivers – thanks to you!

Suncoast and Citrus Regions DE at Sebring, May 12 & 13
Register at http://www.clubregistration.net

Hope to see you at Sebring!

– Lisa Lewis

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OktoberFast Update – Registration Dates

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Race Registration opens September 10th – Register at http://register.pca.org

Advanced Solo DE and Autocross registration opens mid-July – Register at http://clubregistration.net

Download the PDF here.

For updates check our OktoberFast page as we get closer.

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Enjoy the Golden Gala at Daytona 500 Club – with Vic Elford (June 9)

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This year, Zone 12 celebrates the 40th Anniversary of Sonnenschein Region, which has several drives planned in the summer and through the fall, on the beautiful backroads of the FL Panhandle, southern AL and MS (just search “Sonnenschein” on https://clubregistration.net).  And it’s the 55th Anniversary of Gold Coast, which always has something fun going on (http://www.goldcoastregion.org/calendar/).

In the middle, Space Coast is celebrating the big 5-0 all through the summer – and they’d like us all to help them celebrate in a big way on Saturday, June 9, as they mark their Golden Anniversary at a very special place.

Come Celebrate at the Daytona 500 Club
They’re having their Anniversary Banquet at the incredible Daytona 500 Club at the Daytona International Speedway, site of historic events for longer than most of us have been alive (“most” of us!). Celebrated sportscar, rallying and Formula One racer Vic Elford, who won the Daytona 24-Hour race in the famous 1968 Porsche 1-2-3 win, will be the guest of honor.

Event Details
The 500 Club lounge will open at 5 p.m. with a cash bar and some passed appetizers including: Bacon Wrapped Scallops, Beef Wellington, Vegetable Spring Rolls and Jumbo Shrimp.

Dinner starts at 6:30, and you’ll have your choice of plated dinner:

  • Grilled Chicken Breast in Herb Au Jus, with garlic & rosemary, roasted red potatoes, and vegetables
  • Braised Short Ribs in Natural Au Jus, with buttermilk mashed potatoes and braised vegetables
  • Seared Salmon with Sweet Chili Sauce, with pecan basmati rice and chef’s selection of vegetables

Dinner includes salad, rolls, sides, water, iced tea, coffee, and dessert.

Register now on https://clubregistration.net – only $75 per person. There will also be a cash bar, and you can buy drink tickets in advance for $6/ticket (good for 1 beer, house wine or cocktail of your choice).

If you’ve ever been to the 500 Club, you know it’s in the infield directly at the Start/Finish line – and as a bonus, you’ll get to enjoy watching a Tracks Unlimited 14-hour race while you’re enjoying the party. Plus – Shelby Goode’s original painting honoring Space Coast’s 50 years will be auctioned for charity. And a poster signed by Vic Elford will be one of the many door prizes you could win.

And if you’d like to make a weekend out of it and enjoy festivities on Sunday morning as well, there’s a block of rooms at a discount rate at this brand new Marriott hotel:

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Daytona Beach Speedway/Airport
1820 Checkered Flag Boulevard, Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Phone: (386) 254-4700

PCA Members can reserve a room on Saturday night at the discounted group rate of $109 for a room or $129 for a suite by stating they are with the Space Coast Porsche Club 50th Anniversary Celebration. Reservations include breakfast and parking on the first floor of the covered parking garage. There will be reserved spaces on the first floor for parking adjacent to the reserved conference room and bar area. The conference room will be set up Saturday night for drinks after the banquet and Sunday morning for breakfast. The hotel has a free shuttle to the speedway and the airport.

On Sunday morning, there will be yet another bonus: the Daytona Kaffeeklatsch at the Fairfield Inn. Breakfast for those not staying at the hotel will be a nominal charge. And Vic Elford will be joining us, so you’ll have yet another opportunity to visit with him!

Register and pay today to confirm your place at this very special event!

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Welcome to Spring – and Happy Easter!

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Hope you’re enjoying our great weather and getting out to as many Region events as time allows! We always have several great events around the Zone, so it’s easy to find something to do near you (or farther away!).

This year we made valiant efforts to set up Zone Fest in a couple of Regions, but the puzzle pieces just couldn’t come together in time. Don’t worry – next summer we’ll be having a BIG event that everyone will enjoy, so stay tuned for full details later this year.

Anytime you’d like to know what’s going on, check the Zone 12 Calendar for a list of all our Regions’ events: https://zone12.pca.org/calendar/

Here are a few from each Region, so get out and play. And if you happen to be in another Region during any of these events, they’d love to welcome you! Most events require registration – usually on ClubRegistration.net – so just check out each event’s details on the calendars to learn more.

Register for these events on ClubRegistration.net.

  • Sunday, April 22: Spring Charity Challenge Rally benefitting Camp Boggy Creek
  • Saturday, May 5: New Member Party/Cinco de Mayo at Orlando Brewing
  • May 12-13: Sebring DE w/Suncoast

Register for these events on ClubRegistration.net.

  • Sunday, April 8: Drive & Dine to Jekyll Island Club
  • April 14-15: DE @ Roebling Road, Savannah


  • Sunday, April 8: Almost Cuba Rally ($10.00 per car registration); You must register for the event by emailing Jenny and Chris Branston at cbran62643@aol.com or calling them at 239.598.4978. See Document: AlmostCubaannouncement11.pdf for full details.
  • Thursday, April 19: Intro to High-Performance Driving, hosted by AutoQuest Motorsports, Fort Myers; Cost is $10 per person/$15 per couple. Advance registration is required.

Gold Coast

  • Saturday, April 7: AX at Sebring; register on ClubRegistration.net
  • First Saturday Porsches & Pancakes every month: Find one in your area, all over Gold Coast
  • Third Thursday Socials every month: In Ft Lauderdale, Miami and Palm Beach

North Florida

  • Saturday, April 14: Fifth Annual Great Porsche Armada, Panama City, in conjunction with the Annual Blessing of the Fleet (see Document: GreatPorscheArmada201811.pdf for details and registration info)
  • Third Wednesday Social every month, Little Italy Restaurant in Tallahassee
  • Quarterly Socials: Panama City and Destin have quarterly and bi-quarterly Socials

Puerto Rico
As conditions in the area continue to improve, start looking for more chances to socialize and get out and drive. Stay tuned for details.

Register for these events on ClubRegistration.net.

  • Saturday, April 7: Mississippi Catfish Run/Tour through west Alabama and east Mississippi backroads
  • Saturday, May 5: Cinco de Mayo Social at Fuego in Mobile, AL

Space Coast
Space Coast is celebrating its 50th Anniversary, and they have all sorts of fun things planned! Check out their website, but here are some of the biggies. Register for all these events on ClubRegistration.net.

  • Saturday, April 14: 50th Anniversary Gimmick Rally “Orbit Around the Space Coast” (starts in Cocoa)
  • Saturday, April 21: Porsches and Putters, Charity Golf Tournament at Cocoa Beach Country Club
  • Sunday, May 6: 50th Anniversary Concours at Vero Beach
  • Saturday, June 9: 50th Anniversary Banquet at the 500 Club at Daytona Speedway

Register for these events on ClubRegistration.net.

  • April 7-8: Sebring DE
  • Sunday, April 22: Enduro AX at Showtime Speedway, Clearwater
  • Tuesday, April 24: Date Your Porsche Night at The Local Brewing Company, Palm Harbor


  • Saturday, April 14: Poker Run/BBQ (at Porsche of Ocala); register on ClubRegistration.net

Finally, the OktoberFast Club Race at Daytona will be October 26-28. It’s a really fun weekend of Porsche racing, so plan now to attend!

  • If you’d like to be a Sponsor, please contact OktoberFast Chair Steve Williamson (steve@stevewilliamson.com)
  • To Volunteer to help out – and not only have fun but learn what it takes to run a Club Racing event – please email Ray Grynkewich at raygrynk2@outlook.com

Hope to see you at an event soon!


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Final Sebring Porscheplatz Agenda & Last Chance to Get Tickets!

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We have a full slate now, and we’re going to have a fun couple of days. We couldn’t do this without you, so thank you all for stepping up and making Zone 12 so great! (If you volunteered, you’ll receive a separate email soon with the final shift schedule and details about how to check in and what to expect.)

Here are the final details for the Sebring 12 Hour weekend, including the full schedule/Porscheplatz agenda at

Check out the agenda, and plan your race day so you don’t miss any of the activity in the Porscheplatz! We’ll start Friday morning off right with a GT3 Drivers Forum and autograph session at 9 am, followed by our first raffle. There will be lots of great presentations, tours and raffles all day Friday and Saturday.

The Porsche Parade lap is Saturday morning, 3/17. You must have the Porscheplatz parking pass to take the parade lap. Registration for the parade is at the Porscheplatz tent starting at 7 am and is limited to 100 cars. The mandatory safety briefing is at 7:50 and the lap starts at 8:25.

Here are specific details about where to go, what to bring and what to expect if you want to do the Parade Lap:

If you haven’t bought yours yet, Porscheplatz Ticket Packages are still available.

Also, there are still Porsche Cars North America Hospitality Suite Packages available, for $500 each. Each hospitality package includes access to the exclusive suite overlooking pit lane and the front straight, an official race ticket, breakfast lunch and dinner on both days, open bar (beer, wine, soda, water), and much more.

Lisa Lewis, PCA Zone 12 Representative • Lynn Friedman, Porscheplatz / PCA Car Corral Chair, 832-563-9577

Visit the PCA National calendar for event updates: https://www.pca.org/event/2017-12-12/porscheplatz-mobil-1-twelve-hours-sebring

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Volunteers Needed for the Porscheplatz at Sebring

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If you’re going to Sebring and can help us out for a few hours, we’d really appreciate it! We have a few spots available on Saturday. 

We have a great group of Volunteers ready to welcome you to the 2018 Sebring Porscheplatz (details below), including several key players who will be working multiple shifts. Thanks to all our Volunteers, including a few from other Zones!

Volunteer – and get a cool T-shirt!
If you’d like to participate as a Volunteer at the Porscheplatz, there are a few opportunities left. Please email me which shift you’d like and your shirt size (zone12rep@national.pca.org).

Volunteers needed for Sat, March 17:
7-11 am:  4 spots available
11 am – 2 pm:  2 spots available

Thanks for helping!

Lisa Lewis
Zone 12 Representative

Porscheplatz at Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Race
March 14-17, 2018

Porscheplatz Hours:
Friday, March 16 – 8:00 am to 5:30 pm
Saturday, March 17 – 7:00 am to 10:45 pm

Porscheplatz Parking and Tickets / General Admission Tickets
A variety of ticket and parking combinations are available through Sebring International Raceway (SIR)CLICK HERE to purchase Porscheplatz ticket packages (Corral parking and admission ticket) or general admission tickets from Sebring.

You are welcome to the Porscheplatz with your general admission ticket to the races and do not have to purchase the Porscheplatz Car Corral package for admittance to the Porscheplatz tent. Just remember to bring your proof of PCA membership or Porsche ownership.

The PCA calendar will be periodically updated up until race day: