Racing

Racing

Today is life-the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake Live today with gusto.

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“Me time” is rare these days but I do my best to pursue my ultimate pastime and sport as often as I can.  I’ve always loved everything about cars, especially racing them.  What started out as an enthusiastic interest became a serious hobby over ten years ago when I first attended the Porsche Club of America Driving School, which is located at Barber Motorsports Park  in Birmingham, Alabama.  Barber Motorsports Park is considered one of the most challenging racing circuits in the country. This world-class circuit hosts the IRL Indy Car Series, and the MotoAmerica Superbike Series.

Throughout the driving program students spend their time perfecting the most efficient driving line, learn the importance of being smooth, trail braking techniques, heel/toe downshifting and refining car control skills which are all part of the curriculum. There is some classroom training in the morning but time is mostly spent behind the wheel alongside amazingly qualified, patient, and knowledgeable Porsche instructors.  I was hooked.

Justin DeVinney – Watkins Glen – Winning G Class Sprint Race

This is a video of me driving at the PCA Club Race at Watkins Glen NY in my 964 race prepped G Class Stock race car.  I was able to get a good start and stay out front for the whole race and bing it home for the win!

Shortly after this experience at the Porsche driving school I purchased my first Porsche.  It was a used 2002 black Porsche 911 Porsche enthusiasts would refer the 911 as a 996 body style. Throughout the years when Porsche makes a major change to their flagship 911 model sports car they change the line up.  They all are categorized as Porsche Carrera 911s but the three numbers i.e. 996, 997, 991 indicate the redesigned body style for however many years they make the vehicle.  To fully understand the evolution of the Porsche Carrera 911 check out this site: www.carthrottle.com

For over ten years now I’ve been a member of the Porsche Club of America (PCA) and I began my driving resume by doing Autocross.  Autocross is the sport of trying to navigate your car through a defined course of pylons usually on a large parking lot, faster than the competition. Autocross courses are set up using soft orange traffic pylons which will not damage your car, but they do melt! Events are run at speeds usually between 40-65 miles per hour, usually in second gear. Porsche Club of America Say’s “Autocross is a ‘performance driving event’ and a safe way to learn how to drive your car at its limit. You not only learn how to handle your car at speeds that you drive daily, but you also:

  • Gain confidence in your driving ability
  • Learn the limits of your car’s brakes
  • Learn correct seating, hand, and feet positions
  • Learn the limits of your car’s tire adhesion
  • Finally, autocross is a social gathering of new and old friends and LOTS OF FUN!”

Justin DeVinney – Watkins Glen – Sprint Race 2

I got black flagged on the start so I had to start from pit row and at the back of the pack. I passed 22 cars in 2 laps, take a look…

After Autocross I really wanted to improve my driving skills and take it to the next level so I got into PCA’s High Performance Driver Education .  The mission and purpose of the Porsche Club of America’s Driver’s Education Program is to provide a safe, structured and controlled teaching and learning environment. The PCA DE Program is designed so that participants can improve their driving abilities and acquire a better understanding of vehicle dynamics and driving safety. Participants will experience first-hand the capabilities of high performance automobiles in a controlled, closed-course environment and acquire skills that will enhance safer vehicle operation in all driving situations.  PCA’s Drivers Education Committee has developed this page to show actual in car video from different drivers on various tracks throughout the US and Canada. “It is our hope that anyone can view these videos to get an idea of the track and the line to be driven.”

I furthered my driving experience in 2014 by getting my PCA Club Racing Licens.  The basic structure of Club Racing involves a national PCA Club Racing Committee, the PCA National  Office, and the Regions. The PCA Club Racing Committee maintains the Club Racing Rule Book, determines the Licensing Procedures, and oversees all the planning of a Club Race.

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I had my 2001 Carrera 911, a 964 body style built to (PCA) G-Stock class specifications by Intersport Performance in McLean VA.  Intersport has been involved in auto racing for many years.  The business is owned and operated by Omar Hilmi and Charlie Murphy since 1991.  The two make a fantastic team!   While Omar runs the front-end sales and service, Charlie, the “Porsche Whisperer” does all the “wrenching”.  Between the two of them they know everything and anything Porsche related. For years they have built racecars in all different PCA classes that consistently win national championships year after year so when it came time to build a racecar, I knew these were the guys to do it.

This year in 2017 I finally decided to become an instructor and completed the PCA National Instructor Program.  It’s great to teach and instruct novice drivers; I’ve spent so much time focused on honing my own driving skills to become a racer.  It’s really rewarding instructing new drivers in the sport and passing on some of the knowledge, technique, and skills that I have spent so much time learning.  It’s a real eye opener and very gratifying when a student leaves the track hooked on the sport… like when I first got into it.

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