Jim Russell Racing Drivers School
Track: Infineon Raceway, Sonoma, CA
Cars: FRJ-50, Lancer Evolution X
Programs and Pricing: High Performance Driving Course, $995; Lancer Evolution X Experience, $995; Grand Prix Masters, $995; 3-day School of Racing, $4,795, 3-day Advanced School of Racing, $5,495; Data Masters, $3,295
Competition Licensing: After successful completion of a 3-day School of Racing, students are eligible for an SCCA racing license. The real goal of many Russell students, however, is to climb the ladder to the Jim Russell Championship Series and eventually earn a seat in the FIA Formula Two Championship, representing the Jim Russell Future Driver team. F2 is the final rung on the ladder to Formula One.
Factoid: The FRJ-50 blasts 0-60 well within 4 seconds and 0-100 times in under 9 seconds, thanks to a power-to-weight ratio equal to 645hp per ton. That coupled with efficient aerodynamics means cornering forces can be
as much as 3 g. No worries though, the AP Racing brakes will bring it all to halt from 100 mph in less than 175 feet.
Miller Motorsports Park
Track: Miller Motorsports Park, Tooele, UT
Cars: Mustang GT, Mustang FR500S, Ford 500, and Focus
Programs and Pricing: Ford Racing High Performance Drivin
g School: 1-day, $1,495, 2-day, $2,795, 3-day, $3,995; Race Licensing school, call for pricing
Competition Licensing: Miller Park Racing Association (MPRA) racing license, which is recognized by other sanctioning bodies including the National Auto Sport Association (NASA) and the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA). Recommendation for a Grand Am license is also possible.
Factoid: Miller Motorsports Park is the home of the Miller Mustang Challenge, which means drivers in race school are in the same spec Mustang FR500S and on the same track as race series competitors. According to Miller, the full track layout is also the longest road racing course in North America.
The Mid-Ohio School
Track: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, OH
Cars: Acura TSX, Honda S2000, Honda Civic EX Coupe
Programs and Pricing: High Performance Course, $750 ($625 with your car); Advanced High Performance Course, $850 ($725 with your car); 2-day High Performance Program, $1,450 ($1,225 with your car); 2-day Advanced High Performance Program; $1,620 ($1,275 with your car); 3-day High Performance Program, $2,345 ($1,875 with your car); Competition Licensing School, $1,000 ($470 using your competition car); Competition Course, $695 with your race car; Open Track, Test and Tune, and Private Coaching Sessions are also available.
Competition Licensing: Students who complete the three-day Acura High Performance Program, Lapping Program, or comparable program before enrolling in the Competition Licensing School will receive their NASA Competition License upon successful completion.
Factoid: The Mid-Ohio School is one of the only schools that allow students to use their own cars at every high-performance driving level, and their own competition-prepared cars for the racing programs.
Porsche Sport Driving School
Track: Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, AL
Cars: 911 Carrera, 911 Carrera S, 911 Carrera Turbo, Boxster S, Cayman S, Cayenne S, Cayenne Turbo, Panamera Turbo
Programs and Pricing: Precision 1-day High Performance Driving Course, $1,795; Performance 2-day High Performance Driving Course, $2,995; Women's Only 2-day High Performance Driving Course, $2,995; Turbo 1-day High Performance Driving Course, $2,495; Masters 2-day Advanced Driving Course, $3,495; Masters Plus Race License 3-day Competition Driving Course, $5,295; Legends 1-day High Performance Driving Course, $9,995
Competition Licensing: The three-day Race License Course is for graduates of the Masters program to receive SCCA accreditation.
Factoid: PSDS always maintains a fresh fleet of new Porsches of almost every model. Also, make sure to plan a little extra time to check out the awesome Barber Motorsports Museum.