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05-28-2003 08:30 AM #1
05-28-2003 09:04 AM #2
05-28-2003 02:26 PM #3
Re: SkipBarber racing school. Opinions needed.
I attended the 3-day racing school at Laguna Seca early May. It is not a really a racing school but a driving school in their Formula Dodges. Out of the three days, we did two, 20-minute sessions that had anything to do with racing - one was practice starts and the other was simulated passing going into a turn. Pretty lame.
I found shifting their cars to be particularly troublesome. They aren't synchro mesh, and although I can double clutch well on my Z3, those transmissions were a bear to shift. All depends on how recently your transmission was rebuilt.
I did improve my skills, however. For example, the exercise doing threshold braking going into Turn 2 was great. I never thought I could carry as much speed into the turn as they got me to. Their feedback was very good.
Classroom - a little more than you get at a Club driving school.
All in all, probably not worth quite the full $3,500, but it is a great 3-day experience.
05-29-2003 04:21 PM #4
Re: Worked for Me.
I suppose it depends on where you are coming from. I have a couple of buddies who had no prior track experience, and they hated it. They had a couple of spins and scared themselves. From that point forward, they were just hanging on and pretty much in the way.
I came to the school from BMWCCA Intermediate/Experienced Run Group, and my objectives were to get focused on my braking and corner exit. I got a lot of track time in a well prepared little race car, and came away from the class far quicker than when I arrived. And, if you want your SCCA Regional, it is a quick way to get the qualifications done.
I found the instructors highly qualified and the cars well prepared. The classroom section is not brilliant, but where else can you get 3 days to really focus on your driving. I think it was money well spent.
Also, got an offer to drive this fall for a Canadian Team at an Event up in Canada, and I don't think I would have gotten the offer without an accredited Race School in my Background.
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