Circuit of The Americas to be official training partner for F1 affiliate driver Simona De Silvestro
Austin, TEXAS (July 2, 2014) – Circuit of the Americas (COTA), host of the upcoming 2014 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX, has announced that it will be the official training partner for driver Simona De Silvestro. After recently becoming the first female racing driver in history to test a Formula 1 car on Ferrari’s legendary Fiorano Circuit in northern Italy, Simona will continue her training at COTA in early August.
“We are thrilled to be a part of Simona’s journey to becoming the first full-time female driver in Formula One racing,” said COTA President and CEO Jason Dial. “What better place for her to continue to advance her training than at Circuit of The Americas, the North American home for world-class motorsports. In addition to being her official training partner, COTA is dedicated to building awareness around STEM education and sustainable practices- two things which are very important to Simona as well.”
COTA and De Silvestro both embrace and strongly support sustainability, advancing STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education and careers, and clean air technology. While driving in the IndyCar Series, De Silvestro served as an advocate for the Clean Air Energy national campaign.
“My racing career has evolved in America, so I can’t think of a better track to train at than Circuit of The Americas,” De Silvestro said. “The track is truly a world class facility and one of the best on the entire calendar. I can’t wait to drive there.”
Details of De Silvestro’s August test session will be released at a later date.
Here at Racing Ready we are super excited & very pleased by this announcement! Simona, we are SO proud of you & right in our own backyard. :-) Might be time to finally get back to the region of southeast Austin, TX to restore acquaintances & review…
Just over a year ago, Bob Bondurant visited Circuit of The Americas (CoTA) with the idea of doing some sort of a driving school there. Here is the video, introduced by CoTA Exec VP Bruce Knox about that possible future event:
This is not the course for the meek, the mild or the confidence challenged driver… THIS IS ALL OUT!
If $9750 is a littlebeyond your training budget for this year (or decade?), I offer this thorough & LONGlist of racing/driving schools for your research pleasure. This extensive compilation is courtesy of Motor Trend (I hope these links are mostly current). They state that this is a complete online guide to help you check out racing and high-performance driving schools nationwide. Read more here.
Racing & High Performance Driving School Links
Audi Driving Experience
This school is dedicated to enhancing a student’s skill, confidence and safety while driving in any situation. www.audidrivingexperience.com
BMW Performance Center Driving Schools
BMW offers a wide range of courses designed both for beginners seeking to build confidence and advanced drivers looking to master the art of performance driving. www.bmwusa.com
Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving
Bondurant gives students the opportunity to drive a variety of vehicles depending on your needs, ranging from karts to open wheel formula style cars. www.bondurant.com
Bobby Ore Motorsports High Performance Driver Training
This school offers numerous courses including advanced stunt driving, law enforcement training, counter terrorist driving, chauffeur training and defensive driving Bobby Ore style. www.bobbyoresports.com
Bragg-Smith Advanced Driving School, Inc.
Students go through extremely intense exercises that leave them with a new understanding of how to interact with a vehicle and all of the lapping sessions are done in ZO6 Corvettes. www.bragg-smith.com
Bridgestone Racing Academy
An intense racing school offering courses lasting a day up to their four-day race license course where after completion you receive your SCCA or CASC race license www.race2000.com
Buck Baker Racing School
Weather you are looking to turn some hot laps in Little E’s #8 or for a possible career in stock car racing this school will teach you what you need to know. www.buckbaker.com
California Drag Racing School
Offering classes in Super Street, Super Comp, Alcohol Funny Cars and Dragsters, California Drag Racing School will give you all the training you need to fulfill your drag racing dream. www.californiadragracingschool.com
California Superbike School
The California Superbike School is all about cornering. They offer a step-by-step method for training riders in the exact skills of cornering motorcycles. www.superbikeschool.com
This course is designed to help better understand your vehicle, give you advanced driving experience you can’t safely get on the public highways, and to increase your enjoyment of driving. www.carguys.com
Cory Kruseman’s Sprint Car Driving School
Designed to give the Sprint Car fan an opportunity of a lifetime, this school offers basic, intermediate, advanced, and corporate classes along with rides in a two-seat sprint car. www.kruseman.com
Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure
Not only do you get to play on some of the smaller NASCAR tracks but at this school you can play at California and Talladega Super Speedways. www.drivingadventure.com
Danny McKeever’s Fast Lane Racing School
You have seen them at the Long Beach G.P., but now you can drive the same cars used in the Toyota Pro /Celebrity Race along with learning driving techniques that will last a life time. www.raceschool.com
Dave Blaney’s Outlaw Driving Experience
Designed for the advanced racer or the first time driver who wants to experience the thrill of Winged Outlaw Sprint Cars with speeds that can reach in excess of 120 M.P.H. www.daveblaneyoutlawexp.com
DIRT Driving Experience
For those that like to play in the dirt, this school tosses you behind the wheel of a DIRT Modified race car and uses 27 different tracks throughout the east coast. www.dirtmotorsports.com
Doug Foley’s Drag Racing School
You can choose between a super comp (dragster), or a super gas (door car) to drive or take rides in, you can even bring your own car and learn how to properly drive it down the _ mile. www.dougfoley.com
One of, if not the only, open wheel school that says you can reach that magical 200 M.P.H. as long as you have the green. They also offer numerous experiences depending on your interest. www.driving101.com
Drivetech Racing School
Along with the usual schools offering a range of ovals to choose from, Drivetech also offers classes at a road course, Willow Springs International Motorsports Park www.drivetech.com
Evolution Performance Driving School
Evolution is an autocross driving school offering a number of different programs designed to improve the skills of all drivers, both on the road and the track. www.evoschool.com/
Fast Track High Performance Driving School
The Fast Track program puts you behind the wheel of Winston Cup style stock cars, some of which have competed on the racing circuit, for a thrill of a lifetime. www.fasttrackracing.com
Frank Hawley’s NHRA Drag Racing School
Training many of today’s top drag racers this school offers everything: Super Comp and Gas, Pro Stock Bikes, and the ultimate 200 plus M.P.H. alcohol cars. www.frankhawley.com
Frank Kinsey Racing School
If you’re interested in Motorcycle Racing or just going fast, Kinsey offers instruction and events for licensed road racers, beginning through advanced, and performance street riders. www.kinseyracingschool.com
Freddie Spencer’s High Performance Riding School
Taught by World Champion Freddie Spencer, this school teaches techniques that apply to novice riders who want to improve their street riding or to racers who dream of winning championships. www.fastfreddie.com
Ivor Wigham’s European Rally and Performance Driving School
Dedicated to giving you the best driving that you have ever had, they guarantee you will be doing four wheel drifts, Scandinavian flicks, hand brake turns and power slides just like the guys in WRC. www.gorally.com
Jim Hall Kart Racing School
The longest-running kart racing school in America at the only paved beachside road course in the U.S. where you can experience wheel-to-wheel racing in sprint or shifter karts. www.jhrkartracing.com
Jim Russell Racing Drivers School
Russell Racing offers a full spectrum of open wheel racing courses, karting classes, driving courses and group adventures all at one of racing’s most spectacular settings, Infineon Raceway. www.jimrussellusa.com
Johan Schwartz Endurance Karting
The goal of Endurance Karting is to provide racing enthusiasts with the opportunity to experience real wheel-to-wheel racing on the track, using high-quality equipment. www.endurancekarting.com
Kevin Schwantz Suzuki School
The Kevin Schwantz Suzuki School is designed for riders of virtually all ability levels from novice to expert and will teach you the skills to become a more confident, safer and faster rider. www.schwantzschool.com
KRC Racing Schools
Whether you want to achieve a career in auto racing or you just want to be a better driver, KRC Racing schools offers courses and programs that will help you achieve your goals. www.krcracingschools.com
Monster Racing Excitement
First you must choose between a Nextel Cup, Busch, or NASCAR Super Truck then decide if you want to race at Nashville Superspeedway or the Monster Mile at Dover International Speedway. www.monsterracing.com
Panoz Racing School
The Panoz Racing School focuses on active, dynamic racing, giving students the skills and ability they will need to pursue a racing career or hobby upon their completion of the course. www.panozracingschool.com
Porsche Driving Experience
Like the name says, all you drive at this school is Porsches. Either 911′s, Boxster’s, and even Cayenne’s but with prices starting above $1,500 this school might be out of reach for some. www.porschedriving.com
Founded in 1996, RacingSchools.com represents more than 50 of the best auto racing and high performance driving school operators worldwide. They are the unquestioned leader in group racing events and gift certificates. www.racingschools.com
Richard Petty Driving Experience
You all know the name now you can race at his school, in his car around tracks like Talladega, The Brickyard, California, Bristol and even Daytona. www.1800bepetty.com
Rotary Rockets Race Series
The Rotary Rockets is a private, arrive and drive series that is designed to allow all racecar drivers, a unique opportunity to compete and gain seat time in a sophisticated racecar. www.rotaryrockets.com
Roy Hill’s Drag Racing School
Housing the largest collection of drag racing vehicles in the country, Roy Hill’s school immerses you in drag racing the minute you arrive and it doesn’t stop until you leave. www.royhillsdragracingschool.com
Skip Barber Racing School
There is too much to list about what Skip Barber has to offer. But if you are serious about getting into racing, this is the first place you need to look. www.skipbarber.com
Speed Tech Auto Racing Schools
What you learn here will give you power on and off the track. SpeedTech will put you into a state-of-the-art professional race car and show you what life looks like at 160 mph. www.tospeed.com
Stock Car Racing Experience
This school offers a thrilling opportunity to get behind the wheel of a Stock Car on an enormous 2.5-mile Tri-Oval, Pocono International Speedway. www.877stockcar.com
Team O’Neil Rally School and Car Control Center
Here you can learn everything you would need to know to go out and start a professional Rally career, as long as you have the time and the money. www.team-oneil.com
Western Adventures 4X4 Driving School
At this school you will learn the basics of off-highway driving along with what tools, gear and equipment you will need to make you adventure a fun one. www.4westernadventures.com/driving-school.html
Racing Ready realizes this is an extensive, long list post, with so much to review. So, go ahead & take your time. Just bookmark it as a browser favorite for your future reference.
Motor Trend is responsible for this content – it is being posted here as a service for you to use as research. Enjoy, learn & have fun – GO RACE!
This is Part 1 (of a 3 part compilation) of Will Buxton’s adventurous foray into learning about entry into the European Formula series of racing. It was his desire to jump at the chance to get behind the wheel of a proper racing single seater, getting his racing license & all that is needed. Below is the video (it’s Part 3) demonstrating Will’s encouraging progress to advance his Formula 4 car faster. It shows that, the faster you go, the faster you can go. You gotta love the aerodynamics factor of racing car downforce!
After this third entry of Will’s series & which was the above video, I was moved to post this comment on Will’s blog:
Thank you for posting this video & series of your entry to the world of the Formula racing ladder. Those of us on the other side of the pond appreciate your candor & wit, just like you demonstrated with us during your Karoke fundraiser gig in Austin, Texas last November. I was the one who sang Englebert Humperdinck’s, “After The Lovin’ ”, which even inspiring you to dance, somewhat.
Anyway, your comments & content are the seeds of what I’ve be trying to pursue through my vicarious blogging on http://RacingReady.com. I plan to paraphrase a summation of your content , to also include your blog’s links of this ‘Put up or Shut up…’ series, in a future Racing Ready blog post. I’m sure it will be an inspiration to my readership, as it has been to me.
Now, GO RACE!
Racing Ready Dan
Here’s a bit about how I know Will Buxton. Just prior to last November’s inaugural Formula 1 race in Austin, Texas, I participated in Austin’s FOTA Fan Forum. Multiple F1 drivers, team principals & broadcast personnel were there for us to listen to and ask many questions of. It was a unique experience, one of the highlights of my weekend. I was here I first met Will Buxton, in person.
I was even able to obtain Will Buxton’s autograph! He signed atop of his published article in the December 2012 issue of GP International:
Two nights later, Will had organized (with The Austin Grand Prix‘s great help) a Karaoke fundraiser at downtown Austin’s Irish Pub, Fado. We all had a great time & I even put in my Karaoke 2 cents to vie for the TW Steel watch prize. I was inspiring Will to dance… :) Will (who acted as MC) & The Austin Grand Prix worked together to raise $2,135.25 for Meals on Wheels and more. Here’s a couple of candid shots of Will (& me) “performing”…
So, as you can see, Will Buxton is a mufti-faceted & talented individual. Will may not remember me or Racing Ready. But, I am honored that his activities (besides his stellar Formula 1 pit land & paddock reporting) were a part of what made the first Formula 1 Austin USGP at Circuit of The Americas (CoTA) especially memorable for me!
Back to this Formula 4 racer run. Racing Ready truly sees this path that Will Buxton is venturing on as one way to go from wannabe to racer…!
P.S. – Want to get racing?
Learn how you can take your ARDS (Association of Racing Drivers Schools) with Jonathan Palmer’s Motor Sport Vision at some of Britain’s finest race venues, here. Follow in the footsteps of what Will Buxton has achieved!
Although this solitary piece of road in Nevada, called Route 341, is less than half the length of the Tail of the Dragon (which is 11 miles long), it may be just as challenging & runs faster! This is a twisty hill climb route, 5.2-miles long, that encourages a wide-open-throttle up the Nevada State Route 341. Here they run the annual event called the Spectre 341 Challenge. It runs through the rocky hills about 20 minutes east of the state capital of Carson City.
Here’s AutoWeek’s video take on this event:
Here’s an excerpt from the first year of this event’s teaser page:
The Speed by Spectre 341 Challenge is a rare opportunity to drive flat-out on some of the most aggressive and challenging mountain roads in the country, without the worry of oncoming traffic or law enforcement. The course is 5.2 miles long with 22+ turns, a 1,216-foot rise in elevation, steep drop offs and no guardrails! Vehicles must be street-legal and registered. Tires must be DOT legal with at least 3/32? tread depth and a minimum 100 tread wear rating.
Well, as we speak there are multiple women (Simona De Silvestro, Ana Beatriz, Katherine Legge, Milka Duno & Pipa Mann) holding their own in IndyCar. Some race full-time, some are part-time. Also, consider Danica Patrick who is eking out her racing career existence full-time in NASCAR.
But what about Formula 1? Is it at such a high level of physical, mental & competitive strain, that women racers avoid it? Not so regarding Scottish female F1 development driver for Team Williams, Susie Wolff.
Here’s a little video snippet of recent history regarding Susie & her challenge to break into the male-dominated Formula 1 racing driver ranks.
Here’s the opinion of Sir Stirling Moss, 82, who is widely regarded as the greatest driver neverto have won the F1 world championship. (He competed in Formula 1 from 1948 to 1962, & won 194 of 497 races entered!)
I want to quote respected Formula 1 pit lane reporter for NBC SPORTS Network, Will Buxton (willthef1journo). Here’s an excerpt from Will’s Buxton Blog :
The dated opinions of the past generations on topics such as this should be left where they belong: in the past. Dragging them up for a quick headline surely stands to do the issue of gender equality in racing more harm than good, merely serving to remind people of an antiquated view which is no longer representative of the modern face of racing, whilst also serving to take a cheap shot at a legend of this sport.
A bit of perspective is needed here. Stirling’s was not it. And it was never going to be.
Racing Ready wants to know what you think about the female gender racing with their peers in Formula 1. Would you want to watch & follow them challenge the male F1 driver status quo?
John Kuykendall, of the Blue Ridge Miata Club, has put together a detailed & well-written reference article regarding all that you would want to know about getting started in autocross (to access, click the link above). This article works, regardless of whether you own & drive a Miata, or some other car (even your daily driver).
I am listing the article sections to appreciate that this IS a good read:
What is Autocross?
How Do I Get Started?
What Do I Need?
What Will Autocrossing Do to My Miata?
How Do I Prepare My Car?
What Can I Expect at My First Autocross Event?
How Do I Get Better?
What Other Types of Competition Are There for a Miata?
What Else Do I Need to Know?
John also includes a comprehensive list of references (but some may be out of date) & a good bibliography.
I’d suggest you print this out to review & study, & then review again later. There is a bit of reading involved, but none of it is fluff. There is very good content here to get started in (or back into, like me, blush) autocrossing. Very well worth the read & highly recommended by Racing Ready!