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National Driver Education Committee 

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The PCA driver education program is the most popular program in PCA. The sporting nature of the Porsche automobile and the ability to drive it at speed attracts Porsche drivers to these type of events. These participants, as well as the Club, have expectations that the DE event will be organized and conducted with the consideration of safety for all the people at the event. It is estimated that 20,000 drivers participate in the PCA Driver Education program annually. Many regions have been operating successful programs for over a quarter of a century, while other regional programs are in their infancy. The purpose of the National DE Committee is to help disseminate the information learned from the established programs to the organizers of beginning programs. A set of Minimum Standards is used as a basic set of rules upon which to build a regional DE program. These standards a minimum in nature, and are meant to be expanded upon as each region tailors their program for their entrants.

 


John Krecek — DE Chairman

John Krecek, of Great Plains Region (GPR), Chair of the National DE Committee, is a commercial real estate manager with Custom Realty in Omaha, NE. He has been on the National HPDE Committee since 2015. He has been a PCA member since 1997 when he purchased his 1987 911 Carrera. It was his daily driver in all conditions for 20 years.  Recently, he switched vehicles to a 2009 C4S.  He drives it virtually every day on the street and it is his track car. John has been a PCA instructor for 17 years, and was chairman of his region’s club race for several years. He likes to wrench on his car with friends. John has two kids, one 16 and the other 18.  His son has refurbished a 1987 924S as his daily driver. John truly enjoys instructing and seeing students get better and faster with experience behind the wheel. John is currently working on novice DE powerpoint presentations, customized for popular tracks around the US for use in first time track drivers classrooms. 

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Bob Linville

Bob Linville, a retired Navy dentist and small business owner, joined PCA Potomac Region in 1976. He’s been a track junkie since 1984 and a driving instructor since 1986. He moved to Jacksonville in 1990 where he started Florida Crown Region’s (FCR) DE program in 1991. He was the region's DE Chair and Chief Driving Instructor for seven years, and was CDI again from 2008–12. Bob has been a club racer since 1995; he helped organize FCR’s first club race; and was PCA Roebling Road Club Race Chair from 2006–14. In 2000, he moved to Wisconsin with his wife, then Ohio, and back to the Jacksonville area in 2007.  He has been a Daytona Club race co-chair for the past 6 or 7 (or 8?) years and a national club race scrutineer for the past 3 years.

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Chris Lennon

Chris Lennon, of Alpine Mountain Region (AMR), runs a global media technology consulting firm, and he is a Porsche enthusiast who loves the diversity of PCA events. When not driving in DEs, he participates in races (PCA and others), autocrosses, concours, tours (and more), and he has chaired almost all of these events. He has served most positions on his Region’s board, including President and Chief Driving Instructor, and he was heavily involved in organizing Porsche Parade 2009, in Keystone, CO. Chris is a Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Champion, with many other wins and podiums in his racing career.

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Greg Robertson

Greg Robertson, of Southern Arizona Region (SAR), is a surgeon in Tucson. He drives a 2006 Cayman S — with 205,000 miles and 240 track days and now tracks a 2015 GT3. He and his wife bought their first Porsche in 1998, a 993 Cabriolet, and they took their first HPDE course that year. In 2006, they attended their first PCA DE, and during that event, the Chief Driving Instructor overheard Greg explaining driving theory to novices and asked him to consider instructing. Sixteen months later, after another dozen PCA DEs and a NASA DE Instructor Training Course, Greg was trained as a PCA driving instructor and he instructs regularly for 7 PCA Regions.

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Alex Bell 

Alex Bell has been married to Andrea Bell since 1981, and they have two adult children and two grandchildren. Alex joined PCA First Settlers Region in 2005 and he immediately began driving his 2001 Carrera at PCA DE events. Alex has driven many East Coast tracks, and he completed the National Instructor training at Roebling Road in February 2008 conducted by Pete Tremper. He obtained his PCA Club Race License and NASA Competition License in 2009, and he has served PCA as treasurer of FSR from 2009–14; FSR Chief Track Instructor (CTI) from 2012–14; and co-CTI for PCA Zone 2 DE event at VIR 2015-2017. Alex succeeded Pete Tremper as PCA National DE Chair 01/01/2015 serving through 12/31/2017.

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Dave Vaccaro

Dave Vaccaro, of Connecticut Valley Region (CVR), joined PCA in 1996 and started doing DE events in 1997.  He has been a tech-inspection line volunteer since 1997 and a PCA driving instructor since 2005. 

Dave was a co-track chair of Connecticut Valley Region from 2006-11 and since 2012 serves as the Region's Vice President of DE/Track Chair.

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Ed Gross 

Ed Gross has been a member of PCA since 2004. Starting out with the Maverick Region in Dallas, and now with the Hill Country Region in Austin, he’s been involved in Driver Education and Autocross events since joining the club. As he he got more seat time, he started down the slippery slope that many of us know too well, and now has a dedicated track car (Spec Boxster) and spends as much time at the track as possible. He enjoys instructing at DE’s around Texas, helping students drive to their limits, and learning from his students in return. When not at the track, Ed consults with computers and networking technology to pay for the track habit. His wife Tracey, is the past president of the Hill Country Region, and his two grown children live in Dallas and Houston, but neither has a Porsche or does anything at the track (but he’s still working on them). Ed also helps PCA run some of their club races in Texas.

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William Bauer

I’m a 25-year PCA and Pacific Northwest Region member living near Seattle.  I’ve focused on our Driver Education, Driver Skills, and Instructor programs with roles as Skills Chair and Chief Driving Instructor.  Our Skills program has had 2,500+ participants in the past 10 years.  I’ve also driven most of the tracks in Washington, Oregon and California.  I’ve been on our club board for 9+ years including 4 yrs as President.  Current own and track a 2010 Boxster S and 2006 911 Turbo.  I work as an IT Architect for Accenture LLP.  My hobbies include finding new, skinny roads in the PNW just for the love of driving.

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DE Instructor Training Consultants

Instructor Training Consultants are former DE Committee members who conduct Instructor Training Clinics.

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Pete Tremper

Pete Tremper, of Schattenbaum Region, was National DE Committee Chair from 2002–14; Zone 1 Representative from 1994–01 (and Zone 1 Rep again in 2014-2015); and Schattenbaum Region President for three terms. He is Chief Driving Instructor at New Jersey Motorsports Park, Millville, NJ.  Pete has been attending DE events since 1980, logging more 100,000 miles on track in his 914-6, and brings years of valuable instructing experience to the DE IT Consulting program. His current PCA Club Racing Porsche is a 964 which he runs in Prepared H. He obtained his PCA Club Race license in 1993, and is a driving instructor for Zone 1 and 2.

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Dan Dazzo

Dan Dazzo, of Chesapeake (CHS)and Potomac Regions, joined PCA in 1974 and has been a DE instructor since 1979. Formerly and currently he is a Potomac Region Co-Chief Driving Instructor; he assisted with the formation of the PCA Club Race program; and he was a Club Race Chief Technical Inspector. Dan brings over 50 years of extensive racing, driver training, and autocross competition experience to the DE IT Consulting program, and is he currently Administrator of the Maryland Police Drivers Training Facility, the PCA National Safety Chair and the Zone 2 Safety Chair. 

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Ellen Beck

Ellen joined PCA (North Country Region) in 1993 driving a 1987 944na and immediately got involved with driving events, starting with autocrosses and a first DE at Lime Rock in 1994.  By 1998, Ellen was a die-hard track junkie and instructor, and took on Chief Driving Instructor duties for NCR from 1999-2001.  Also active in Zone 1 DE events, she was an instructor for multiple regions and marques in the northeast and Canada, and she collaborated with CVR to create Zone 1 and PCA’s first minimum standards for DE run groups.  Ellen was asked in 2002 by Pete Tremper to join a small committee tasked with developing a national Drivers’ Education Instructor Training Program. 

 

In the fall of 2003, Ellen piloted the PCA DE Instructor Training classroom materials and on-track program for NCR at New Hampshire International Speedway.  Off and running, Pete and the team took the program “national” in 2004, where it continues today with some tweaks along the way.  Ellen has delivered IT classroom trainings and check outs on a regular basis since then, primarily in the northeast and mid-atlantic regions.  A career educator (currently the department chair for visual arts at Northwest HS in Germantown, MD), Ellen brings a strong background in educational theory and practices to her role as classroom instructor and mentor/coach.

 

Ellen campaigned a 1989 944S2 for many years in DE and now drives a 2004 996 40th Anniversary Edition on the track.  Moving to Maryland in 2005, she now calls Summit Point her “home track”. She and her husband Bob Gutjahr own a number of Porsches spanning the decades, and participate in a variety of PCA events in addition to DE.  Long-time Parade attendees, Ellen has been the chair of the Gimmick Rally for nearly 10 years, and she (and Bob) have participated in many of the DE’s associated with Parades over the years.  Some favorite tracks she has driven/instructed at include Laguna Seca, Thunderhill, Road America, Texas Motor Speedway, Mid Ohio, Sebring, Mosport, VIR, Mont Tremblant, NHMS, Lime Rock, and of course Watkins Glen. 

 

As an instructor, Ellen enjoys the challenge of coaching advancing drivers, as well as the satisfaction of seeing a “newbie” light up with excitement on that first day on the track.  She is also proud to have been involved in enhancing PCA’s DE program, and being instrumental in the success and satisfaction of so many new instructors over the years.

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Wally Ruiz

Wally Ruiz, of Hill Country, joined PCA in 2000, and he has been a DE instructor (starting outside of PCA) since 1997. He became a PCA National Certified Instructor in 2004, and raced his 911 RS America for 14 years at major “bucket list” tracks in the country since 2003. Currently he is an instructor for Niagara, Metropolitan New York, Lone Star, Hill Country, Maverick and Puerto Rico Regions (and other non-PCA organizations), and since 2003 he has developed and implemented the PCA Certified Instructor Clinic that has trained most PCA Instructors in Texas.

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Carol Neal

Carol Neal has been a staff instructor at PittRace (home track) since 2011.  Her experience ranges from HPDE events to Total Vehicle Control clinics.  She has trained everyone from teens to police officers.  In 2013 she joined Allegheny Region and began teaching ARPCA classes in 2015.  Carol also instructs with several other clubs.  She typically drives 25 or more track days each season in her GT4​.  Carol has driven 16 tracks, including the Nordschleife!  She retired from USG Corporation where she specialized in sales management, training and development.  She and her husband live near Pittsburgh PA.

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Tom Holmes

Tom joined PCA in 1995 as a member of the Delaware region. He began diving in DE events in 1996 in a 1989 Carrera. In 1997 is started PCA Club racing in his 1979 911 SC. PCA Club racing began a “second racing career” for Tom having previously raced in the SCCA in the early 60’s. Tom has been the Chief Driving Instructor for the Delaware region for the past ten years. He continues to drive  and instruct in DE’s and co-races with his son, Mike, in Mike’s Spec Boxster. Tom is also one of the on-staff instructors for the Members’ Club at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

He was one of the original mentors for the PCA Instructor Training course.    

 

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