There is a performance driving school at Summit Point on August 4-5. We'll be on the Shenandoah Circuit.
There are still slots available.
For more information and registration - http://www.gws-mbca.org
Many of the instructors from the SVTOA events are assisting the Benz club this year. Also, BSR is handling the classroom portion.
This event would be a good place to start. I'll be there as well as a couple of other foci drivers.
Don't let the Benz event intimidate you. These people are enthusiasts like us, they just have more money. However, they don't look down their nose at people.
Later in September, once again at Summit Point, the DC Council for SCCA is holding another Performance Driving Experience (PDX).
This event will also be held on the Shenandoah Circuit. The bulk of the instructors at the SCCA events are racers themselves. The first priority is car control and you gradually begin to learn the finer points of performance driving. Such as "the line", threshold braking and so forth.
For more information and Registration -
Being in MD, the trip is about 1.5 - 2 hours for you. So, not far at all. Prices range anywhere from $190 for 1 day to $375 or so (Depending on the sponsoring club) for a weekend.
That said, don't discount autocross either. Just about every weekend in the Greater DC area, there is an AX event.
This weekend, the Capital Driving Club (CDC) is holding an event at the Fredrick Keys Stadium in Fredrick, MD. Also check out the AX events on the Benz site. Both are small events where drivers get a minimum of 7 runs (vs. 4 with SCCA) at $30 for the day.
Everything that you do in an AX is applicable on a road course. Not necessarily the other way around.
There is an old saying. "Good Autocrossers make Great road racers. Great road racers make lousy autocrossers."
Good luck and if you want more information on these and other events in the DC area, shoot me a PM. I'll be glad to walk you through them.