Proformance Racing School
Track: Pacific Raceways, Kent, WA; Portland International Raceway, Portland, OR; Spokane Raceway Park, Spokane, WA; Oregon Raceway Park, Grass Valley, OR, Thunderhill Raceway Park, Willows, CA
Cars: Chevy Cobalt SS, Lotus Elise and Exige, Pro-3 Race Car
Programs and Pricing: One Day High Performance Driving, $555 using your car, $955 using school sedan, $1,155 using Lotus Elise; 2-day Competition Licensing Program, $2,550
Competition Licensing: Competition licensing program participants qualify for a license from SCCA, ICSCC, and SOVREN racing organizations.
Factoid: Founder and chief instructor Don Kitch, Jr. has over 200 professional and amateur racing starts in his 25-year career, and just last year teamed with Dempsey Racing in a Ferrari 430 GT2 race car at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The team placed Ninth in class and raised $200,000 for the Team Seattle Cardiac Intensive Care Unit located at Seattle Children's hospital in Seattle.
Track location: Grandsport Speedway, Houston, TX; Mosport International Speedway, Toronto Ontario, Canada; Race City Motorsports Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada; Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch, Las Vegas, NV; Summit Point Motorsports Park, Washington, D.C.; Willow Springs Raceway, Rosamond, CA
Cars: Race-prepped C5 Corvettes or FFR Cobra Repliracer spec roadsters
Programs and Pricing: Level 1 and Level 2 Racing Adventures, $1,099,
($899 for the first 10 registrations of each date for a limited time); Level 3 and 4 Racing Adventures, $1,200; Private Lessons, $1,595/day; the cost per day to do a school in your own car is $399.
Competition Licensing: Satisfies partial requirements for NASA competition license
Factoid: Racing Adventures says they opted for FFR Cobra replicas because they wanted something unique, exciting, and visceral for students to learn in without sacrificing performance. Plus, at 2,100 pounds, the 302 EFI-equipped Cobras will do 0-60 in 4.2 seconds.
Skip Barber Racing School
Track: Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey, CA; Lime Rock Park, Lakeville, CT; Sebring International Raceway, Sebring, FL; Road Atlanta, Braselton, GA; Roebling Road Raceway, Savannah, GA; Putnam Park, Mount Meridian, IN; Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, NY; Summit Point Raceway, Summit Point, WV; Virginia International Raceway, Alton, VA; Road America, Elkart Lake, WI
Cars: Formula Skip Barber cars, and Mazda MX-5 Cup racers for the Racing School, BMW M3 coupes, sedans and 330i sedans, Lexus ISF, Lotus Exige S, Mazda 3, RX-8, MX-5, Porsche 911s, Caymans, and Boxsters for the driving schools.
Programs and Pricing: 2-day Advanced Racing School, $3,499; Intro to Racing, $699; 1-day MX5 Cup Intro, $699; Lapping Session, $1,199; 1-day Racing/Driving School Combo, $1,495, Mazdaspeed Racing School, $3,999, Mazda 3-day Racing School, $3,999; Mazda 1-day Driving School, $999
Factoid: Skip Barber Racing tells us that the school has trained more motorsports winners and champions than any other organization of its kind, and Barber alumni have won every major U.S. auto racing championship. They also claim that over one-third of all Indy 500 competitors and one-quarter of the
current NASCAR Sprint Cup field are former graduates.
Sports Car Driving Experience
Track: Homestead/Miami Speedway, Homestead, FL; Palm Beach International Raceway, Palm Beach, FL; Sebring International Raceway, Sebring, FL; Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL
Cars: C5 and C6 Corvettes, and race-prepped Z06s
Programs and Pricing: $1,550 for 1-day novice or advanced school; $2,250 for two days; $1,650 and $2,800 respectively at Daytona International Speedway
Competition Licensing: Completion of two courses meets full qualifications for SCCA license.
Factoid: Instructors ride along with students to give instant feedback on driving techniques, and the whole experience is captured on video for later review.