Track Guys Announce Their 2013
Performance Driving School Schedule
“As a group, we are looking forward to returning to some great road courses,” says Jeff Lacina, owner and lead instructor of Track Guys Performance Driving Events. “However, we are very excited to be adding not just one, but two new tracks to our 2013 event schedule.”
Track Guys Performance Driving Events 2013 Schedule
February 16 & 17: Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, AL
April 6 & 7: Texas World Speedway, College Station, TX
May 25 & 26: Sebring International Raceway, Sebring, FL
September 20-22: Motorsports Park Hastings, Hastings, NE (Ford-only event)
For 2013, Track Guys will be returning to Texas World Speedway in College Station, TX April 6 & 7 and to Sebring International Raceway, May 25 & 26. “This will be our tenth year running the 2.9 mile road course at TWS and our eleventh year at the world-famous Sebring course,” says Lacina. “Over the years, our events at these tracks have developed a loyal following and a reputation for highly fun, safe and educational driving schools. Now we're taking our unique brand of famously fun driving schools to a couple of new road courses for 2013.”
Track Guys opens their 11th year of performance driving schools Feb 16 & 17 the highly-regarded Barber Motorsports Park near Birmingham, AL. “Dell Hughes, Jonathan Blevins and I have been wanting to get a date at this challenging and fun track since several of my Track Guys instructors and I drove it back in 2007,” explains Lacina. “This track challenges even the most advanced drivers, so it will be a very rewarding one to learn for our Beginning and Novice level drivers.” Dell Hughes is Track Guys Business Manager/Event Registrar and Jonathan Blevins is Chief of Safety and Tech and are an integral part of Track Guys' success.
The other new venue on the 2013 Track Guys schedule is the Sept 20-22 event at Motorsports Park Hastings in Hastings, Nebraska. “After helping with this event last year, the track owner asked Track Guys to be a bigger part of the Mustang Round up and Boss Bash for this year,” explains Lacina. “So we're adding a Track Guys school onto the front end of this event on Friday and Saturday morning. This will get the new drivers up to speed and learning this fun-to-drive track while the more advanced drivers brush up and get ready for the autocross and timed-lap competition that starts Saturday afternoon.”
Never Quit Learning
Track Guys events focus on learning for drivers of all experience levels. Lacina says his Track Guys events have always been about learning, but this came into even sharper focus during his run in the 2012 Tire Rack One Lap of America. “When you're faced with having to learn a track in one lap and then go out an lay down the fastest three laps you can, your ability to read the track and apply your technique to that track's unique configuration is paramount,” says Lacina. “Driving from one track to the next, I kept going back to what I teach my students: focus on the technique and the speed will be there. But don't forget to bring your cumulative experience with you."
Lacina, along with co-driver Even Smith, captured the SSGT2 Big Bore Class Championship and finished 16 overall in the 2012 One Lap of America driving a new Roush RS3 Mustang from Roush Performance. “Winning our class in the One Lap of America proved to me that you're never, ever done learning,” says Lacina. “And you're never done learning new tracks and applying your performance driving experiences to them. This is why we worked so hard to add two new fun and challenging road courses to our 2013 schedule.”
Performance Driving Is Not Racing
A Track Guys driving school provides students of all levels with the technique, skills and confidence you will need to become a better, safer and smoother driver, both on the track and on the street. Many of the techniques you will learn and practice can be used in everyday driving: car control, proper weight distribution and techniques you can use to improve your view of your driving environments. Driving a car is a dynamic experience – driving a car well on a road course race track is an even more dynamic experience. You are never too young or too old to learn proper performance driving techniques.
Why should you attend a Track Guys event?
Performance Driving is one of the most challenging and rewarding forms of armature motorsports. One of our two-day driving schools is a mentally and physically challenging way to improve your driving skills, first on the track and then, out on the streets. You get to enjoy your car in a safe, legal and fun new way. You set the pace – drive as fast or as slow as you're comfortable with.
“We make sure our students find a speed that they are comfortable with out on the track,” explains Lacina. “Everyone learns at a different pace and we work hard, both in the classroom and with them in their car to make sure each student is comfortable and confident in the techniques we are teaching them.”
What do you need to participate?
A valid driver's license and 18 years of age
A well maintained and safe car – sorry, no 4x4 trucks or SUVs. Convertibles MUST have a roll bar for both driver and instructor
A helmet with an SA05 or SA10 rating – NO M-rated helmets allowed
Long-sleeve shirt, long pants and closed-toe shoes
An attitude to learn more than you ever thought possible about you, your driving and you car's capabilities
“Pretty much any street car can be driven at one of our events,” says Lacina. “We have a pre-event technical inspection form that students can download from our website. This lists the mechanical components of the car we want the students to have inspected. Really, it isn't about what you drive, but how you drive that matters, so you don't necessarily need a high-performance or highly-modified vehicle.”>
What can you expect at a Track Guys event
Low-pressure, fun, drive-at-your-own pace environment
Four run-group format (Beginner, Novice, Intermediate and Advanced)
Educational and entertaining classroom sessions
Learn the fundamentals of high performance driving in your car
Well-trained and enthusiastic in-car instructors
Your own personal in-car instructor who will work with you throughout the entire event
Plenty of on-track and at-speed seat time to practice the Track Guys techniques of performance driving.
How much does a Track Guys event cost?
Depending on the track you select for your Track Guys performance driving school, the costs range from $300 to $500 for two full days of “turnin' and learnin'” and includes your own in-car instructor. Track Guys does not charge extra for in-car instructors.
Take a Track Guys Test Drive
Track Guys also has a unique “Test Drive” program where students attend meetings and classroom sessions and a single on-track session with their own in-car instructor. The Track Guys Test Drive programs are just $50 and are available at all Track Guys events.