Driving School

PRD Driving School is a program that was developed to help racers of all skill levels hone their skills on the track, under that aid and supervision of some of the most experienced and knowledgeable drivers in the league. Sessions are held primarily two days a week, however there is always the possibility to schedule alternatively based on your needs, provided that at least one driving coach will be available at that time. The driving school covers ten different categories divided up into sessions, and each driving sessions will focus on one key aspect of racing. We encourage all drivers to participate in at least one driving school session so that the coaches may monitor driving habits, and point out areas of opportunity that can be addressed with future driving sessions. Targeted driving school sessions consist of:

Defending

This session covers defending techniques that drivers should be familiar with when facing pressure from another racer who is looking to overtake them. We will cover both legal and illegal (blocking) defensive maneuvers, positioning, delayed corner exits, and over-under defenses. We will also cover mentally dealing with pressure being applied and identifying critical defensive points on track.

Pressure & Overtakes

This session covers attacking techniques when looking to overtake another driver, and is the counterpart to the defending session. Students will learn how to study their opponent, probe for weaknesses, and execute clean passing maneuvers. We will cover legal and illegal (divebombing) attacks, drafting, late braking, pressure application, over-unders and corner exit speed. We will also touch on leaving the required space between cars in your overtake maneuvers through corners.

Braking

This session covers everything related to the most crucial part of racing, the brakes. Students will be trained in identifying brake markers, avoiding lock-ups, trail braking, and weight transfer. We will also cover brake tuning, temperatures, and brake failure.

Pack Racing

This session goes over driving techniques that should be anticipated when trailing two or more cars, as well as side-by-side racing with one or more cars. Drivers will learn about vehicle awareness, dirty air, modified braking distances, alternative lines, and sharing the track with other cars.

Tuning & Setup – Basics

This session covers the basics of car setup. Students will learn about tire pressure adjustments, camber, aerodynamic settings, brake setup, sway bars, springs, and ride height. We will go over these settings individually and experience how these changes affect the car.

Tuning & Setup – Advanced

This session is a continuation of the “Basics” course, and will cover more detailed adjustments. Students will learn about dampers, bump stops, weight bias, differentials, and toe angles. Drivers will also learn about how factors like rake and downforce work together and how to fine-tune adjustments particularly springs, dampers, and bump stops.

Tires, Fuel, & Pit Strategy

In this session drivers will learn about tire and fuel management, as well as the timing and variances of different pit strategies. Students will learn about maintaining optimal tire operating temperatures, different compounds, wear rates, usability limits, and fuel consumption. Students will also learn about different pit strategies, and planning out optimal pit stops based on fuel consumption and tire wear.

Race Starts & Race Preparation

In this session drivers will be familiarized with race start procedures. We will cover pre-race mental preparation, warming tires, warming brakes, and formation onto the grid. Students will also learn how to get good starts from a start, roll, and proper entry and positioning for turn one while maintaining respect for other drivers.

CrewChief, Profiler, & Technical Setup

In this session students will be made familiar with external applications and aids to assist them with their driving and tuning. Students will learn about Crew Chief, pCars Profiler, TeamSpeak, as well as other game technical setup procedures and common problems they might be facing. TeamSpeak etiquette will be highlighted in this session as it pertains to qualifying and official races.

Track Analysis & Planning

In this session students will learn how to read the layout of a given track and analyze key points for optimal driving lines. Drivers will learn about different types of corner apexes, entry speed, exit speed, and critical corners. This information will be used highlighting key attacking and defending points on a given track, and allow drivers to plan out their race ahead of time.