FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

In case you have any questions about the Porsche Driving Experience events, please have a look at our FAQ's.

If you have any unanswered questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by telephone or by Email.

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General Questions
1. Where is the Porsche Sports Driving School located?

The Porsche Sports Driving School is located at the Barber Motorsports Park (6075-B Barber Motorsports Parkway, Leeds, Alabama, 35094).

From Birmingham Int. Airport – Birmingham, AL to Barber Motorsports Park

Exit Airport Merge onto I-20 East / I-59 North Take Exit 130             
1-20 East, Take Exit #140, US-78 East Continue on US-78 East
Turn right on Rex Lake Rd, Turn right onto Barber Motorsports Parkway
At the stop sign,  take Left and follow signs to the              
Porsche Sport Driving School Approximate driving time – 20 minutes

From Hartsfield Int. Airport – Atlanta, GA to Barber Motorsports Park

Exit Airport
Merge onto I-285 North, Exit onto 1-20 West
Take Exit #140, US-78 East, Continue on US-78 East
Turn right on Rex Lake Rd,
Turn right onto Barber Motorsports Parkway,
At the stop sign, take Left and follow signs to the
Porsche Sport Driving School
Approximate driving time –  2 hours 15 minutes

For map and driving directions please click here.

2. Do you offer gift certificates?

Yes. We offer both monetary gift certificates, which can be applied towards a driving experience and course gift certificates that will cover the full tuition of a driving experience. All gift certificates are payable in full and are non-refundable. To order a gift certificate, click here or call the driving school directly at 770-290-7000.

Please note, purchasing a gift voucher does NOT confirm your registration for an event. All gift certificates are non-refundable, transferable and valid for one year from date of purchase. All Porsche Driving activities require each participant be at least 21 years old with a current, valid driver's license.

 

3. Is there an age requirement to take a course?

Participants must be at least 21-years-old and possess a current, valid driver's license.

4. What is your cancellation policy?

If there is a request to cancel or change your reservation with the Porsche Sport Driving School more than thirty (30) days prior to the course start date, a $250.00 fee will be charged. If the cancellation or change is requested between seven (7) and thirty (30) days prior to the course start date, the participant forfeits half the cost of the class. There are no refunds on changes or cancellations less than seven (7) days prior to the course start date. A "no-show" forfeits the full tuition. Refunds will not be issued for "no-shows" resulting from weather or airline connection problems.

5. Are there interpreters required/ available for non-English speaking participants at PSDS?

In an effort to provide the safest driving programs possible and clear communication with all our driving participants, we require all non-English speaking participants to have a translator/interpreter. The translator/ interpreter must be scheduled in advance. Please email sportdrivingschool@porsche.us or call the PSDS office at 770-290-7000 for a price quote.

6. Can I bring a guest?

Participants are welcome to bring a pre-registered Guest for an additional $125/day. The Guest can join us for all classroom and training sessions, as well as all meals. Guests will not be permitted to drive or ride with participants; however they may ride with a PSDS instructor during certain segments. Guests will be required to sign all PSDS forms and track waivers and return them immediately after registration. The minimum age for a guest is 16 years of age and must be accompanied by his or her legal guardian. Guests will not incur an additional fee for transportation to and from the track.

However, the Hotel front desk does need to be notified upon arrival to reserve an additional seat on the shuttle to and from the event.

7. Are travel and accommodations included?

Although our tuition does not include lodging accommodations, the Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook is the preferred hotel of The Porsche Sport Driving School and offers special rates and packages for our participants. Please call 888-236-2427 to make arrangements at the Grand Bohemian, and ask for the special Porsche Sport Driving School rate. For transportation, or other questions, transportation, contact the Porsche concierge at the Grand Bohemian at 205-203-4750 or porsche.gbmb@kesslercollection.com.

 

8. Which airport is most convenient to PSDS?

The Birmingham International Airport (BHM) is only 20 minutes from the Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, AL where PSDS is located. The Hartsville Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) is approximately a two hour drive from the track.

9. What is my damage liability?

Each participant has a liability of $10,000/per occurrence for damage to property and/or vehicles. We offer an opportunity to reduce your deductible from $10,000 to $2000 by purchasing the damage waiver for $100/per day.

10. How many people choose to purchase the Damage Limitation?

About 95% of our participants do.

11. Do you have to be a Porsche owner to attend a class?

No, anyone who is at least 21 with a current, valid Driver's License may register for a class at PSDS.

 

12. Have you had any accidents?

Safety is our number one priority. Accidents are rare but do occur from time to time, and most are minor. That said, even a small scratch on a Porsche can be expensive to repair.

13. Do you provide helmets and racing suits?

We do provide helmets for the course but participants are welcome to bring their own if it is rated Snell 2010 or better. We do not require racing suits therefore we do not provide them.

14. How many participants per class?

Classes at PSDS hold up to 30 participants in our Precision, Performance, and Masters programs, up to 24 participants in our Masters R, Masters RS and Masters RSR programs.

 

15. When does class start and end each day?

Registration is at 7:30 AM. Class starts at 8:00 AM and finishes at approximately 4:45 PM each day.

16. How much time is spent in the classroom vs track time?

Registration is at 7:30 AM. Our programs run from 8:00 AM to approximately 4:45 PM each day.  For one hour each morning you will attend the classroom session, with the remainder of the day spent rotating through on track sessions and off-track exercises.

17. I have never been on a racetrack before, is this this too advanced for me?

Not at all! We have an excellent team of instructors that are adept at working with all skill levels. We start with the basics and go from there. Our classes are designed so that participants can go at their own pace. No one has to do anything they feel uncomfortable with.

18. Are video cameras allowed inside or mounted on the cars?

Porsche does not allow any type of recording device to be used inside of or attached to the exterior of our cars. This includes, but is not limited to, cameras, phones, GoPros, etc.

19. Can I bring my own car?

We provide the vehicles for the driving experiences. You are welcome to bring your own, but it will have to stay in the parking lot.

20. What should I wear?

We recommend that you wear comfortable, seasonal attire. Shorts are allowed. We also recommend you wear soft-soled shoes, such as driving or tennis shoes. No open- toed or high heeled shoes are allowed.