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:
I got this press release from CoTA announcing this – Advanced Training at Circuit of The Americas. Here is the official link: ALL-OUT on Track at Circuit of The Americas, by Bondurant School of High Performance Driving This is coming up very soon. They have 3 starting dates: October 1st, 3rd & 5th. As they state:
This is not the course for the meek, the mild or the confidence challenged driver…
THIS IS ALL OUT!
If $9750 is a little beyond your training budget for this year (or decade?), I offer this thorough & LONG list 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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