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Looking for a good driving school

My wife has offered to send me anywhere in the country for a weekend driving school. I am looking for recommendations. I am still a bit of a novice, but I have attended about 8 weekend DE's, the skip barber 2-day driving school and the skip barber car control clinic.

I am looking for more than the basic driving school, one that is focused on more high speed driving and road course work. I hae done a lot of the vehicle dynamic classroom stuff and want to take it up a notch.

My wife sugested the Ultimate Driving Experience at Barber Motorsports Park.

Any suggestions?
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It is my understanding that the Porsche Driving Exp. is pretty basic. I would look at a racing school like Skip Barber or the like...
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I think it's called Spring Mountain Racing out North of Las Vegas. Looks like a decent course and they use Vettes and Lotus.
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You might want to think about the Bridgestone/Firestone racing school at Mosport Park. Don Panoz owns the tracks there and the school uses Reynard F2000 open wheel cars. I did the 2 day school a few years back and loved it. Their 4 day school gets you a racing license and three races. The Canadian dollar is about a 15% advantage right now. The instructors really want you to take the cars to the limit and they change the track layout several times during the event to get you to quickly adapt to new tracks. AND, it's pretty close from Utica.
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Jim Russell (out here at Sears Point, uh, Infineon Raceway) has a three day Techniques of Racing school. You drive Van Diemen Spec Formula FR02 race cars, on one of America's neatest tracks, spitting distance from two of the best winegrowing regions in the world. Wife would enjoy coming out as well.
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Mid Ohio School is highly recommended based on my personal experience. They are repaving the entire track and also have new school cars if you don't want to drive your own. Last summer I spent two days there and was instructed by Brian Till, ALMS & Grand AM commentator, and Elliott Forber Robinson. Can't ask for much more than that. Also, because the Nasa Nationals are there if your a member you get 15% off.

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I did the 3-day advanced road racing course at Bondurant, they also have a 4-day grand prix racing course for less experienced drivers. You can pick how many days you actually want to do and the price varies based on it. It can't praise Bondurant enough. I really don't like the 'vettes they use, but if you do the whole course and get to drive the formula fords, you'll love it. It's hard to beat the amount of track time they give you, and you don't have to worry about braking or replacing anything. That would be my suggestion. Good luck!
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Thanks for all the input guys.

Wastitime: Actually the Bondurant school sounds interesting since I just picked up an '02 Z06. So the downside for you would be an upside for me.

Thanks again!
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I didn't mean it to sound like I didn't like it because they used corvettes, lol, heck I'd kill for a new '06 Z06. The problem is that they run them with traction, stability, and every other kind of control mode you can think of. I was in the advanced course, so I didn't drive one at Bondurant, but I've had a student with one at a DE, and those systems are dangerous... imho.
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2nd vote for Jim Russell at Infineon. They have a speed and Spa package the wife would love. Spend time in San Francisco and the wine country. Makes a great vacation.

http://www.jimrussellusa.com/specials/speedandspa.php
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