Driving Schools? - Focus Fanatics
Ford Focus Forum
HomeContact UsAbout UsGalleryDiscussion ForumsMarketplace


Go Back   Focus Fanatics > Ford Focus Racing Discussions > Road Racing & Rally

Road Racing & Rally The place to discuss information about road/rally racing stats, tips and events. Track sanctioned events only.

Search This Forum | Image Search | Advanced Search    
Ford Focus Tire & Wheels FocusFanatics Merchandise

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-30-2006, 01:49 AM   #1
jkundel
Focus Rookie
 
Join Date: May 2006
Fan#: 35369
Location: Davenport, IA
What I Drive: 2003 Competition Orange SVT

Posts: 8
FF Reputation: 1 jkundel Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Driving Schools?

I read somewhere a guy highly recommended a driving school as one of the best mods you can get for yourself. I was wondering if anyone knew of a good one in the midwest, close to Iowa? thanks


jkundel is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 05-30-2006, 10:28 AM   #2
Carrera26
Focus Fanatic
 
Carrera26's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Fan#: 12237
Location: Gainesville, FL
What I Drive: 2005 Mazda3 2.3/2003 VW Passat GLX

Posts: 2,957
FF Reputation: 2 Carrera26 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
It by far is the best thing you can do. Worth more than any mod! Not to mention you can take it with you no matter what you drive...

Evolution Performance Driving School

This is the one I went to, and they have a school coming up on June 18th. I learned a huge amount there, and it was a total blast. Cost $225 a day, but then I was also getting professional instruction from multi-time national champions and getting about 40-50 runs a day. So it's like getting an entire years worth of racing in a single day! Absolutely fantastic.

Unfortunately, you just missed a local school the Des Moines Valley Region put on, with some of our Nationals level people instructing. It was just $40 for the whole day...

Anyway, take a real serious look at going to the Evo school. It made me much, much faster.
__________________
Don't waste another minute waiting on parts, or anything else. Just get out there and start racing! You will suck at first, and you will be slower than many other cars, but the only thing you will regret is not starting earlier...
Carrera26 is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-2006, 12:06 PM   #3
WD40
The Librarian
 
WD40's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Fan#: 5157
Location: Helena, MT
What I Drive: '04 Sonic Blue - SVT 3Door

Posts: 13,116
FF Reputation: 138 WD40 Excellent Standing MemberWD40 Excellent Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (3)
Moved to ”Racing, Rally & Autocross”
WD40 is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-2006, 12:24 PM   #4
violatedsohc
Focus Enthusiast
 
violatedsohc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Fan#: 29502
Location: Cicero, NY
What I Drive: '03s; White ZX3, Red ZX4

Posts: 177
FF Reputation: 1 violatedsohc Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
I can also attest to the greatness of getting time at a racing school. I've been to a good dozen events with a couple different organizations, Trackmasters , which is great, Performance Drivers Association (PDA) , which is another good school. Unfortunately both of these organizations are for the north east, focussing on Watkins Glen International.

I also know that different car clubs like the Porche Owners Club and the BMW owners also rent tracks for driving schools and might let you run with them.

Just be aware, most places require an in-depth inspection of your car before you go since you are going to be on a Race Track. Some places also require you to have your own approved helmet, although loaners might be available.

And last but not least, you only get out of it what you bring to it. I've seen guys show up who think that they are the hottness and don't want to listen to the instructors tell them how to drive their car, so instead they run their brand new BMW into one of the barriers.

Cliffs notes: Driving schools are good. You should do it.
__________________
2003 ZX3 5spd, Focus Sport Exhaust, Tints, Short Antenna
violatedsohc is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-2006, 11:22 PM   #5
shlbygt
Focus Enthusiast
 
Join Date: May 2005
Fan#: 23315
Location: SF Bay Area, CA
What I Drive: 04 SVT PWSC EAP

Posts: 230
FF Reputation: 5 shlbygt Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
The Kansas City BMW club does a nice job. Their next event is at Heartland Park in August. I ran my SVO there as a student a few years ago. Very organized and friendly.
http://www.kcbmwclub.org/index.php?o...d=53&Itemid=57

The Great Lakes Region of SVTOA is having an event at Putnam Park in June and an event at Gingerman in July. Both are good tracks for learning with plenty of technical areas and lots of run off room.
http://www.motorsportreg.com/calenda...BE50A647EC22DD

The closest track and nearest date is the Iowa BMW Club event at Mid America. Never ran with them so I can't vouch for their curriculum. Mid America is a nice course, but very flat.
http://www.motorsportreg.com/calenda...27BE73B1B1EBC2

The only things needed to start attending events like these are a desire to learn, a helmet, and a maintained car. Some groups even have rental helmets which takes some of the sting out of the first event cost.

A maintained car means tire tread depth above the minimum, decent thickness on the brake pads, fresh brake fluid, properly torqued lug nuts and a securly mounted battery. Nothing special needs to be done. A bone stock, low horsepower car is best to learn with and a SVT Focus fits the bill nicely.

The best part of these events though are the people you will meet.
shlbygt is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 05-31-2006, 02:37 PM   #6
zetecfreak
Focus Addict
 
zetecfreak's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Fan#: 30875
Location: McDermott, OH
What I Drive: TURBOD Black 02 SE

Posts: 743
FF Reputation: 9 zetecfreak Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (3)
Anyone know of any close to southern ohio. I realy would like to go to one.
__________________
Turbod by - Myself
Tuned by - 03OrangeSVT, 1turbofocus, and Myself
Whp- 240 WTQ - 240
zetecfreak is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 05-31-2006, 02:46 PM   #7
Carrera26
Focus Fanatic
 
Carrera26's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Fan#: 12237
Location: Gainesville, FL
What I Drive: 2005 Mazda3 2.3/2003 VW Passat GLX

Posts: 2,957
FF Reputation: 2 Carrera26 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
June 10 in Columbus Ohio, Evolution is having a school, although it might be too late to register.
__________________
Don't waste another minute waiting on parts, or anything else. Just get out there and start racing! You will suck at first, and you will be slower than many other cars, but the only thing you will regret is not starting earlier...
Carrera26 is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2006, 06:34 AM   #8
DirtyDeeds
Focus Addict
 
DirtyDeeds's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Fan#: 23692
Location: Gurnee, IL
What I Drive: 2003 SVTF, 2003 G35, 2001 Audi S4

Posts: 762
FF Reputation: 5 DirtyDeeds Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (5)
The Evolution school is going to be in Milwaukee on June 29th...I think I'm going to attend. After reading Carrera26's post on what the school did for him (Before vs. After), I can see that I'm making a lot of, if not all of the same mistakes Carrera26 talked about.

Here's the post I'm talking about...
http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/s...2&pagenumber=3
__________________
DirtyDeeds is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2006, 11:20 AM   #9
Carrera26
Focus Fanatic
 
Carrera26's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Fan#: 12237
Location: Gainesville, FL
What I Drive: 2005 Mazda3 2.3/2003 VW Passat GLX

Posts: 2,957
FF Reputation: 2 Carrera26 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
It's taken till the last few races to really put it into practice, but now my rear tires are sliding about 20%-30% of the time. There was a section at our last event where I was oversteering through 2 slalom cones, through a Chicago box, and the entire way around a carousel just enough and ended up with a time just 1 second off of a good driver in a Street Mod Evo 8 MR on R-Comps... and my front Azenis are worn to hell.

Unfortunately that happened on a fun run, when I stopped trying to be anal about the perfect line and went out there to have fun. Just running a few mph faster was enough to get me rotating right and drop a full second on a 30 second course.

You are going to be STUNNED at what you'll learn at Evo, man. I just wish I could afford to go again this year.
__________________
Don't waste another minute waiting on parts, or anything else. Just get out there and start racing! You will suck at first, and you will be slower than many other cars, but the only thing you will regret is not starting earlier...
Carrera26 is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2006, 04:45 PM   #10
WitchCitySVT
Turbo!!!!
 
WitchCitySVT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Fan#: 33699
Location: Salem, MA
What I Drive: 2012 Chevy Sonic 1.4 Turbo LTZ

Posts: 5,796
FF Reputation: 30 WitchCitySVT Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (1)
Anyone know of a good school in the New England area
__________________
BUILD# 840 out of 3985 BUILD DATE 4/1/2003 *RIP*

2003 Competition Orange SVT *Revived*
2012 Black Sonic 1.4 Turbo LTZ
WitchCitySVT is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks & Social Networks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:05 AM.


Copyright 2002-2014 FocusFanatics.com. All Rights Reserved : Terms of Use : Privacy Policy : Advertise Information : Site Map

Focus Fanatics Ford Focus Forum offers many fun ways for you to engage with other Ford Focus Owners from across the world. Whether it be about the aftermarket performance modifications, technical how-to's, European tuned suspension or awesome fuel economy similar to the Acura TLX or Fiesta ST. You can find all Ford Focus and Focus ST related information here. Join our Ford Focus discussion forums and chat with local Focus enthusiasts in your area.