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Old 05-15-2004, 04:39 PM   #1
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Racing Schools!!

I was reading thru the June issue of RACER MAGAZINE and came upon a list of Racing Schools nationwide.

Does anyone know of any good racing schools in the SoCal area?
Has anyone attended any kind of racing school, if so, can you give some feedback of your experience...positive/negative feedback!

Thanks!!
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Old 05-15-2004, 06:21 PM   #2
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It all depends on how much you want to spend? I do say that the BMW CCA drivings schools really suck. If you want a school where you can use your car you can try Driving Impressions where your instructor is Carl Mcginn ex-Australian super touring car champion. This school will get you a license with any club racing. You can even contact NASA at www.nasaproracing.com But if you really want to trow some money down on your driving you can go to skip barber up at Laguna seca or Derek Daly in Las Vegas. Derek daly was by far my favorite. Driving Impresions is like 450 dollars and Skip Barber is more like 3,000 dollars and so is Derek Daly...
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Old 05-17-2004, 01:35 AM   #3
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Driving Concepts in So Cal organizes racing schools. Check: www.drivingconcepts.com
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Old 05-17-2004, 01:38 AM   #4
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Thats what I meant to say when I wrote driving impressions, my bad. Driving Impressions is a store where I buy my race gear. Driving Cocepts is the school I meant to say..
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Oh...I skimed through your post initially. Yes, Carl from DC is awesome. Great food and experienced instructors.

Say, do you attend any of the CCA events? Have we bumped into each other by any chance?
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if you have the cash go to Jim Russel at Infineon. Possibly the most fun I have ever had in my life. Also, you can negotiate with the sales guys, they will knock off about 20%.

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If you want to race tin tops, Panoz at Road Atlanta is the only way to go. Just about everyone else uses some sort of open wheel car.


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Hello D_Ultim8,

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I was reading thru the June issue of RACER MAGAZINE and came upon a list of Racing Schools nationwide.

Does anyone know of any good racing schools in the SoCal area?
Has anyone attended any kind of racing school, if so, can you give some feedback of your experience...positive/negative feedback!

Thanks!!
Depends on your budget.

Skip Barber, obviously, is one of the most famous, if not the most famous.
I also recommend Bondurant, which should be quite similar.

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They just announced a racing school for the Oktoberfest BMW Club races at California Speedway in Fontana. Priced at $300 (normally around $500). Go the the BMW Club Racing web site, check the 2004 schedule for the application.

http://www.bmwccaclubracing.com/2004...04schedule.htm

Also got this info regarding the track school for O'fest at Cal. Speedway:

1) Students can sign up with just a day pass ($60-$75) and the DS fee ($150) and not have to sign up for the whole O'fest. If they want to spend more money, they can pay $295 for the school and skip the day pass, but that seems a little dumb to me.

2) We aren't limited to BMW's. Non club members would have to join the CCA but they can do so regardless of what they drive and they can run this school (and most Pacific Retion schools) in any street worthly car.

3) BMW NA is bringing the following to the track:

-a McLaren F1 GTR
-a M1 grp 4 Procar
-the 1996 PTG M3 Sebring winner
-a 1977 320 turbo fresh from the restoration shop, if it's running
-their new BMW Vintage Race Truck
-Bill Auberlen
-Boris Said
-Joey Hand

The three gentlemen listed last will be giving rides in the cars listed first.

If someone signs up for the school on a day pass, they may attend all the other activites that day, (Vendor hall reception on Tuesday night, Petersen Museum dinner on Wednesday).

Applications are on the BMW CCA National website: www.bmwcca.org

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Boris Said, Bill Auberlen, and HANS STUCK gave rides around Road Atlanta at O'Fest 2000. I cannot describe with words the experience of sliding sideways in an E39 M5 down the hill and around turn 12 onto the front straight while Hans Stuck cracks jokes.


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Boris Said, Bill Auberlen, and HANS STUCK gave rides around Road Atlanta at O'Fest 2000. I cannot describe with words the experience of sliding sideways in an E39 M5 down the hill and around turn 12 onto the front straight while Hans Stuck cracks jokes.


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