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Acura Three-Day High Performance Program

Course Details




This is an affordable and convenient way to attack our Ladder Series of High Performance Courses. Take the Acura High Performance Course, Acura Advanced High Performance Course and Lapping Program on consecutive days and receive a discounted price. Registration begins at 9:00 am. Class begins at 9:30 am and ends no later than 6:00 pm. This courses takes place at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, 7721 Lexington-Steam Corners Rd., Lexington, Ohio.

Day One (Acura High Performance)

Learn why your vehicle performs the way it does and how to maximize that performance on the street for more driving enjoyment and to be prepared for any emergency situation. This course covers the physics and dynamics of precision driving then tests participant skills behind-the-wheel in intense off-track performance driving drills. The highlight of this entry level program includes an hour-long, on-track lapping session at day's end. Participants will also spend time driving the Honda S2000 roadster. Sign in begins at 9:00 am. Classroom session begins at 9:30 am and the day concludes by 6:00 pm. This course takes place at the venerable Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.


  • Classroom covers the physics and dynamics of precision driving
  • Understand seating position and how it relates to your inputs to the controls
  • Tests participants behind-the-wheel in intense, off-track high performance drills
  • Skid car drill covers over-steer, under-steer and loss of control recovery
  • High speed braking and turning drill dissects the corner and teaches emergency reactions
  • Autocross/Line drill helps you perfect your timing and understand proper cornering techniques to be smooth and precise.
  • Participate in an hour-long, on-track lapping session at the day's end
  • Participants will also spend time driving the Honda S2000 Roadsters

Approximate Amount of Seat Time

Paddock Drills - 4 hours
On Track Lapping - 1 hour
*Subject to change

Day Two (Acura Advanced High Performance)

Attack the same course that challenges the world's top racers by breaking it down in to smaller segments and repeatedly practicing those segments. Refine your new high performance skills, learn more precise lines and apply these during high-speed cornering and lead follow lapping drills. The final step to open lapping includes instructor rides and passing drills before taking the green flag to several hours of open lapping with controlled passing. Participants must first complete the Acura High Performance Course. All driving instruction takes place on the racetrack! Registration begins at 9:00 am. Class begins at 9:30 am and ends no later than 6:00 pm. This courses takes place at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, 7721 Lexington-Steam Corners Rd., Lexington, Ohio.


  • Short Classroom reviewing day one with Q&A and discussing subtleties and driving lines for a quick Mid-Ohio lap time
  • Lead/follow Segment drills covering all corners of the race track in three smaller segments including Instructor rides
  • Multiple laps riding with Instructor to further define proper lines, markers and techniques for open lapping
  • Open lapping time for participants includes the option to Lead/Follow with Instructor, Instructor rides, Pit Lane downloads and critique

Approximate Amount of Seat Time

On Track Drills - 4 hours
On Track Open Lapping - 2 hours
*Subject to change

Day Three (Lapping Program)

The Lapping Program is the most challenging - and fun - driving experience you'll ever have. Spend a full day lapping Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and see why the track is called the "Most Competitive in the U.S."  The highly experienced instructors will teach you not only the fastest way around Mid-Ohio, but also the race craft to get you to the checkered flag first! Registration begins at 9:00 am. Class begins at 9:30 am and ends no later than 6:00 pm. This course takes place at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, 7721 Lexington-Steam Corners Rd., Lexington, Ohio.


  • Van rides and a track walk examining the subtleties of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course with professional Championship winning Instructors
  • Instructor lead-follow session to review and understand proper lines and techniques
  • Full-course, open lapping sessions with controlled passing areas
  • Options to lead/follow the instructors or ride with instructors during open lapping sessions
  • Instructor observation, feedback and critique of driving skills at key, challenging areas of the track

Approximate Amount of Seat Time

On Track Drills - 1 hour
On Track Open Lapping - 4 hours or more *
*Subject to change

This Course Is Ideally Suited For:

  • Performance driving enthusiasts with a desire to drive on Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in a controlled, safe and fun learning environment
  • Car club members interested in a better understanding of vehicle dynamics and car control in a safe and controlled low traffic, non racing environment
  • Aspiring drivers interested in learning the how's, what's, where's and why's of becoming a licensed open or closed wheel race car driver
  • Any driver interested in learning to be a better driver and improving focus and behind the wheel skills
*Schedule subject to change
*Please call (419)884-4000 to enroll. (Gift Certificates available here)

April 25-27
August 2-4
October 28-30
$1,900 with your street-legal car

$150 per day additional for use of an Acura ILX

Participant lunch is provided. Additional lunches are available for purchase.

Cancellations or Changes must be received in writing (email, fax or letter). Upon receipt of the written notification, The Mid-Ohio School cancellations made 31 days or more prior to scheduled course date will be issued a refund less a $50 administrative charge. Reschedule for $0 fee.
Cancellations made 15-30 days prior to scheduled course date will be issued a 50% refund. Reschedule for $0 fee.

Cancellations made within 14 day prior to scheduled course date will not be issued a refund. Reschedule for $50 administrative charge.

NO SHOWS: If you do not show up for your scheduled course date, payments received will not be refunded. The Mid-Ohio School has no obligation to reschedule your course.

All courses will be held RAIN or SHINE.
Participants must be at least 18 years of age and have a valid driver's license to enroll.

All participants using a school vehicle are required to sign a liability waiver that states, in the event of damages to the vehicle, you would be responsible for up to $3500 in damages on day one, up to $6,750 in damages on day two and up to $6,750 in damages on day three.

Using your street car for a class? The Mid-Ohio School recommends the following for all on-track programs:
Personal vehicles will be required to have, at a minimum, working factory installed restraint systems (working seat belts) or the equivalent. Tires should have at least 3/32 tread or be DOT approved race tires. Brake pads should be less than ¼ used, performance brake pads recommended. No visible fluid leaks. No convertibles permitted on Day 2 or Day 3 unless equipped with competition permitted aftermarket roll cage or removable hardtop. No SUV's, vans or trucks permitted. Loaner helmets are available at the track.

Suggested maintenance to perform prior to arrival:
  • Torque wheels to recommended specs
  • Check/adjust tire pressure
  • Flush brake fluid system
  • Bring extra brake fluid and motor oil
  • Bring a tire gauge; air is available at track

Upon arrival:
  • Remove all loose items from vehicle
  • Check tire pressure often during the day
  • Re-torque wheels after one or two track sessions
"I can not tell you how pleased I am with the experience!"
--Jeff Robbins

"The school exceeded my highest expectations and I enjoyed myself immensely."
--Dr. Gary T. Seng

"I attended the Three Day Advanced High Performance School April 21-24 2009. As for my driving skills, I found out that I wasn't as good as I thought I was, but when I left I was better than I thought I would be.

I am not a racer, just a guy who enjoys driving. In 2008 I parked my rear wheel drive truck due to high gasoline prices and bought a 1998 Dodge Neon to use as a daily driver. To have fun, I began doing some local autocrosses, quickly accumulated more cones than Dairy Queen and dominated the entire bottom of the G Stock rankings. Hence the need for the school.

The school was perfect for learning to be a better driver - on the track or just daily driving. The skid car session with Tommy was very helpful. By the end of the course, I felt very comfortable applying the correct mix of steering, braking, throttle and apexing at a speed I was comfortable with.

Please give a big 'thank you' to Jim Bishop, Tommy Byrne, Dave Roush, and Brian Till. I thoroughly enjoyed the school, and will be back for some lapping programs in the future."
--Tim Maddox
In-car video of Acura ILX on track at The Mid-Ohio School provided by Helix

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