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Acura Racing School

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Overview

Want to race? Of course you do. The quickest and best way to learn is our 3-Day Racing Program. Learn the fundamentals of driving on a racetrack and spend hours of seat time over three days fine-tuning your skills until you are qualified to compete in NASA or SCCA. Time is money and you can save both by signing up for all three days consecutively. If you need to, break up the sessions over three separate days according to your schedule. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and class starts at 9:30 a.m., running until approximately 6 p.m. This course takes place at the venerable Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Day One

Learn why a vehicle performs the way it does and how to maximize that performance. We start in small groups, analyzing the different areas of driving at the limit. In the classroom, we cover vehicle dynamics, understeer & oversteer, skid control, braking, heel/toe downshifting and car placement. The majority of the day is spent in drills specifically created to help you understand each critical area of approaching and going through a corner. This practice culminates with an hour of on-track lapping following an instructor at the end of the day.

Curriculum
  • Classroom covers the physics and dynamics of driving, specifically at the limit
  • Learn proper seating position and how to best make inputs on the controls
  • Learn proper heel/toe downshifting to balance the car on corner entry
  • Skid car drill covers oversteer, understeer and loss of control recovery
  • High speed braking and trail braking drill dissects the corner and allows fine tuning of entry, apex and exit
  • Autocross teaches proper corner combination techniques for maximum speed and lap time. 30 second laps means lots of repetition. Laps are timed so you have concrete proof of your performance and improvement
  • End of day hour long lapping session behind an instructor to start learning the historic and technical Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

Amount of Seat Time
Paddock Drills – 4 hours (minimum)
On Track Lapping – 1 hour (minimum)

Day Two

We teach you not only how to be fast at the technical Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, but give you the skills to learn how to be fast at any racetrack. You’ll learn about different types of corners, topography and how it effects car placement and the proper wet line. Morning drills solidify high speed maximum braking and downshifting techniques and focus is spent on key areas of the track that contribute to the majority of a good lap time. The afternoon is spent learning the complete track by breaking it down in to smaller segments and practicing them repeatedly. You will also ride with the instructor and will learn proper passing techniques and practice them as you pass your instructor. The day ends with Open Lapping where you put all your skills to the test with wide-open track in front of you.

Curriculum
  • Morning classroom teaches corner types, proper car placement and rain driving
  • Afternoon classroom teaches passing techniques
  • High speed maximum braking & downshifting drill at end of back straight
  • Drive/learn the fastest line through “Madness”
  • Learn to maximize the entry to the Keyhole entering from the pro straight and the chicane
  • Ride alongside the instructor during segment training to further define proper line, markers and techniques
  • Passing drill on back straight to learn proper pass technique
  • Open lapping session at end of day

Amount of Seat Time
On Track Drills – 2 hours
On Track Segment Training – 1.5 hours (minimum)
On Track Open Lapping – 30 minutes (minimum)

Day Three

Now that you have mastered all the skills of driving on the track, there are only two things missing: more seat time and your first ever start. The morning is dedicated to seat time and you’ll spend the majority of it in Open Lapping sessions. You will have the option to have an instructor do Lead/Follow with you to increase your speed, have an instructor ride with you or do laps at your own pace and speed. Multiple instructors – stationed in different corners – will provide feedback at the end of each session. After lunch, we will discuss starting techniques and you’ll do multiple practice starts and re-starts followed by a simulated race. The final sessions will be Open Lapping.

Curriculum
  • Full-course open lapping sessions with controlled passing areas
  • Instructor observation and feedback at the end of each lapping session
  • Option to Lead/Follow with an instructor during open lapping
  • Option to have an instructor ride with you during open lapping (limited)
  • Classroom discusses proper qualifying, start and race strategies
  • Practice starts (Pit straight & back straight)
  • Simulated start and race sessions
  • Instructor critique of in-car video at participants request (participant supplied)

Amount of Seat Time
On Track Open Lapping – 1.5 hours (minimum)
On Track Drills – 1 hours (minimum)
2014
  • Tuesday-Thursday, April 8-10
  • Tuesday-Thursday, April 22-24
  • Monday-Wednesday, May 12-14
  • Tuesday-Thursday, June 10-12
  • Monday-Wednesday, June 30 - July 2
  • Tuesday-Thursday, August 26-28
  • Tuesday-Thursday, September 9-11
  • Tuesday-Thursday, Sept 30 - Oct 2
*Schedule subject to change
  2013 Acura ILX Student’s Own Vehicle
Three-Day Racing School $2,375 $1,900
*** 5% savings versus individual day pricing
Advanced Two-Day Racing School (Days 2 & 3) $1,625 $1,300
*** $100 savings versus individual day pricing
Two-Day Racing School (Days 1 & 2) $1,475 $1,250
Day One $775 $650
Day Two $850 $700
Day Three $875 $725
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 proper 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


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