Bridgestone Racing Academy
Track: Mosport Driver Development Center, Pontypool, Ontario, Canada
Cars: Chrysler Crossfire SRT6, Van Diemen Formula racer
Programs and Pricing (Based on USD to CAD conversion at time of press): 2-day Advance to Racing, $2,832.67; 1/2- and 1-day Lapping Practice, $875.73-1,756.35; 1/2- and 1-day Private Coaching $2,245.59-3,908.99; 1/2-day Single Race Day, $1,756.35; 1-day Double Race Day, $2,539.13; 3-day Race License Course, $3,908.99
Competition Licensing: The three-day Race License Course qualifies grads for SCCA or CASC race license. The school is also accredited for further advancement toward National or Pro licenses.
Factoid: Mosport was specifically designed to be a driver development track and features 24 unique configurations. It's technically located just across the border in Canada, but it's really only a short distance from the Great Lakes and upper Northeast areas.
Track: Willow Springs International Raceway, Rosamond, CA; Infineon Raceway, Sonoma, CA; Buttonwillow Raceway Park, Bakersfield, CA; California Speedway, Fontana, CA.
Cars: Students bring their own cars, which must pass a safety inspection.
Programs and Pricing: 2-day Advanced Racing and Competition School at Willow Springs for experienced drivers, $495; 1-day High Performance Driving School in your own car, $395.
Competition Licensing: Completion of the two-day Advanced Racing and Competition School in addition to the requisite previous schooling or training will fulfill NASA and BMW CCA requirements.
Factoid: The Advanced Racing and Competition School program is open to qualified candidates only, which means prospective students need to submit an application with proof of completion of at least one High Performance Driving School, or a log of previous training and racing experience. The class has a high emphasis on transitioning drivers from solo and open track sessions to real fender-fender, nose-to-tail close quarters racing for competition preparation.
Ivor Wigham's European Rally & Performance Driving School
Track: Keystone Heights Air Park, Starke, FL
Cars: Mitsubishi Lancer, Dodge Neon, Subaru RS
Programs and Pricing:1-day European Style Road Course, weekday $850, weekend $975; 2-day Advanced Road Course, weekday $1,695, weekend $1,875; 2-day Race and Rally Combo, weekday $1,495, weekend $1,695; Individual Instruction, 1-day weekday $1,750, 1-Day weekend $1,950, 2-day weekday $3,250, 2-day weekend $3,450
Factoid: Ivor Wigham's 430-acre Motorsports Park is the only school we know of that offers both advanced training on both paved and dirt tracks. If you want to drive Gymkhana like Ken Block, this is a good place to start.
Danny McKeever's Fast Lane Driving School
Track: Willow Spring Raceway, Rosamond, CA
Cars: Fast Lane has their own race-prepared Toyota Celicas, or students can also bring their own car to drive for all or part of the class.
Programs and Pricing: 1/2-day High Performance Driving School, $495 ($295 driving your own car); 1-day High Performance Driving School, $895; 2-day High Performance Driving School, $1,795; 2-day Road Racing Experience, $1,795; 3-day High Performance Advanced Road Racing, $2,595; Lapping sessions are also available.
Competition Licensing: Graduates of one of Fast Lane's SCCA-accredited courses are eligible for licensing recommendation and can apply to SCCA for their Novice Permit.
Factoid: President/CEO of the school, Danny McKeever, started teaching for the California Sports Car Club region of SCCA racing school over 40 years ago and is also the current chief instructor for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Pro/Celebrity Race.