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Old 08-29-2002, 02:33 PM   #1
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Question Driving/Racing Schools near PA?

After being dusted by a fleet of WRX's and one mean N/A RS during the Mid-A Grand Tour, I realized that I would like to go back to school and learn how to "really" drive my car.

On that note are there any schools that fellow i-clubbers have attended in the Mid-A area (Pennsylvania) that you would highly reccommend?

I think I might be more interested in road driving for now, and wait til I get my Prodrive STi to take the rally schools

Although I've been eyeing up O'Neils school up in New Hampshire as a possible winter driving exercise.

Thanks and any links would be great.

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Old 08-29-2002, 03:15 PM   #2
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Have you ever heard of beaverun? http://www.beaverun.com
Its near Pittsburgh.

They're teaming up with skip barber racing school and hosting a 3 day school there in September.

Brand new track, (north course, is complete, plans for a larger south course... see their website) they also have a dedicated 6 acre lot for autocross. the whole place is covered in a special polymer-based racing surface that's a bit grippier than regular blacktop.
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Old 08-29-2002, 04:43 PM   #3
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Skip Barber is in Lakeville...western CT at Lime Rock Park.....my favorite track. Everything from 1/2 day intro schools to full week competition schools.

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Old 08-29-2002, 05:43 PM   #4
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If you don't want to spend the $$$ on Skip Barber or other racing schools, you can try "driver's education" (aka "track days") organized by various car clubs, like the Audi Car Club, BMWCCA, etc. Most have some classroom sessions for newbies, and you drive your own car on a road course with an instructor.

Tracks near you include Pocono, Watkins Glen (NY), Summit Point (WV), and the above mentioned Lime Rock Park (CT) or Beaverun.

Note that these are not formal schools, but you can learn a lot from your instructors, and simply from the experience, if you have discipline.

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Old 08-29-2002, 06:34 PM   #5
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A "second" to what Ray posted... though I'm somewhat biased, as I teach at BSR - Summit Point.

To check us out, follow the link to: www.bsr-inc.com and look under "Recreational Schools". Programs run from basic track time to high performance instruction in school cars. The only problem at the moment is finding space in a class... we book up very quickly.
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