Pro Drive Driving School
Track: Portland International Raceway, Portland, OR
Cars: Spec Ford Racer
Programs and Pricing: High Performance Driving Course, $499; High Performance/Car Control Package, $698; High Performance/Spec Racer Ford Lapping Package, $1,399; Introduction to Racing, $699; 2-day Road Racing School, $2,999; 3-day Road Racing School, $3,999
Competition Licensing: The 3-day Road Racing School is accredited by SCCA.
Factoid: Pro Drive's Racing School uses Spec Racer Fords, which allows students to easily transition into SCCA regional races and then work their way up to the Pro Spec Racer Series.
Autobahn Country Club
Track: Autobahn Country Club, Joliet, Illinois
Cars: Mazda 3, Audi S5, Lexus IS-F, Cadillac CTS-V, Porsche Cayman, BMW Z3
Programs and Pricing: Advanced Car Control, $695; 1-day Advanced Performance Driving School, $1,295 2-day Advanced Performance Driving School; $2,495; Racing Instruction AM Program, $450; PM Private Instruction, $125 an hour
Competition Licensing: SCCA and NASA licensing is available through classes in the race-prepped Z3s.
Factoid: Autobahn hosts several race series including Harrah's Autobahn Grand Prix Presented by Mazda, Bobby Rahal HSR Historic Grand Prix, Redline Time Attack, and One Lap of America to name a few. Several pro-level race teams use the track to test and dial in their cars as well.
Bertil Roos Racing School
Track: New Jersey Motorsports Park, Milville, NJ; Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, PA; Virginia International Raceway, Alton, VA
Cars: Formula 2000
Programs and Pricing: Drive-your-own-car, $495; 1/2-day AM Adventure, $525; 1/2-day PM Adventure, $550; 1-day Adventure, $1,195; 3-day Road Racing School, $3,395; 2-day Advanced Road Racing School, $2,295; 5-day Road Racing Race Week, $5,195
Competition Licensing: Upon completion of the 2-, 3-, or 5-day advanced schools, drivers will have fulfilled all of the requirements for regional and/or national SCCA Competition licenses. Five-day grads are eligible to enter the Roos Formula 2000 Racing Series.
Factoid: Bertil Roos is one of the only schools that offers intensive five-day packages for those serious about competition. They believe that shorter durations just aren't enough training, and the seat time to proclaim a rookie truly ready to race competitively is required. Also, Roos says they are the only school in North America that does not have any car damage liability or hidden insurance costs in any of its beginner programs, which can take some of the fear out of learning to push the limits.
Bondurant School of High-Performance Driving
Track: Firebird International Raceway; Phoenix, AZ
Cars: GM-supplied C6 Corvettes, Z06s, ZR1s, and CTS Caddys, and Bondurant-prepped Formula Mazdas.
Programs and Pricing: 2-day High Performance Driving, $2,325; 3-day High Performance Driving, $3,275; 1-day Intro to Racing, $1,375; 3-day Grand Prix Road Racing, $4,250; 4-day Grand Prix Road Racing, $4,795; 2-day Grand Prix Specialty, $3,395; 1- or 3-day Advanced Road Racing, $2,350-$5,850; 1- or 3-day Advanced Formula Car Racing, $2,350-$5,850; 2- or 3-day Bondurant Championship Race Series, $2,350.
Competition Licensing: Graduates of the three- or four-day Grand Road Race School who have shown competent vehicle control and safety, as well as grads of some of the advanced racing programs, are qualified to receive their SCCA license.
Factoid: Known as the "Fastest 60 Acres in America," Bondurant maintains over 200 race-prepared Corvettes, Caddys, and specially prepped Formula Mazdas, effectively making it the largest facility of its kind in North America.