Ford Performance Racing School: What’s It All About?

If you’ve ever wanted to white-knuckle it on the racetrack, you don’t have to leave it to videogames and daydreams. At the Ford Performance Racing School near Salt Lake City, Utah, you can live out your dream while learning professional driving and racing skills, whether you’re a beginner or you’ve done some racing before.

The Programs

The driving school has several programs depending on your skill level and time commitment. The one-day program, which caters to drivers of all skill levels, teaches the fundamentals of driving a race car. The class touches on professional track driving guidance, proper posture in the vehicle, taking corners, and more. A two-day course builds on the lessons learned in the one-day course, with more time for you to rein in your skills and a smaller estimated class size, meaning you get more attention.

For those who have graduated from the two-day program, the Ford Performance Racing School has advanced courses that will help you earn a National Auto Sport Association license. Along with further instruction, you’ll get actual race experience. From then, you can put your education to use by renting a race-ready car to compete in NASA race weekends.

The Vehicles

It’s difficult to picture yourself taking a sharp turn without knowing what vehicle you’re driving. At the Ford Performance Racing School, students ease into the lessons behind the wheel of the FPRS Skid Car. The car, which is hooked up to a condition-simulating rig, lets drivers learn recovery tactics safely.

On the track, you’ll be driving the Mustang GT, modified for racing performance. That’s including a custom roll cage and a Ford Performance FR3 Kit with springs, shocks, and sway bars. At 435 horsepower, the Mustang drives well, and it looks good, too. It’s not the only car you’ll have a chance to drive. As an option in the two-day class, and standard for licensing and racing, you can get behind the wheel of a BOSS 302FRS – built specifically for the racetrack, it’s really serious stuff.

The Track

In a race, the track arguably plays just as big a role as the car. Located at the Utah Motorsports Campus, the track you’ll be practicing on is the longest in North America and has seen drivers from the American Le Mans Series and NASCAR.

Although the racetrack is longer than four miles, it has four different configurations: two two-mile circuits, a three-mile perimeter course, and the four-and-a-half mile full course. In all, the track has 23 turns, each with its own name. While the Sunset Bend and Dreamboat curves might seem easy, you’ll face a little more challenge on the trickier Black Rock Hairpin and Maybe Y’ll Makit turns.

Before you jump in your car and start driving to Utah, keep in mind that classes are held on a schedule, which you can find at the school’s website. Also, most students will have to pay for their classes, but owners of the 2015 or 2016 Ford Shelby GT350 or GT350R get complimentary classes. With the bucket list experience you get at the Ford Performance Racing School, that’s quite the bargain.


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