Evan J. Smith
Freelancer
April 9, 2015

Imagine blasting down the back-straight at Sebring International Raceway—your engine screaming near redline, your speed touching 150 mph. You just blew past that pesky Camaro and Turn 17 is rapidly approaching. You dive into the brakes, downshift from 5th to 4th, and blast into the corner. Your speed comes down as you apex—then, just as quick, you roll the power on, unwind your steering, and leave the Chevy in the dust. Amazingly, you’ve completed an exhilarating lap at Sebring International Raceway. Sound like a fantasy? Well, running hot laps around the full 3.7-mile SIR course can be a reality by checking out the Track Guys Performance Driving Events May 29-31.

For 2015, the event has been moved one week (it was formerly on Memorial Day weekend), and Track Guys has included a Boss Mustang Reunion and the Steeda Hot Lap Challenge. “Track Guys events are not wheel-to-wheel racing events. We offer performance driving education events where you learn at your own pace,” said Jeff Lacina, lead instructor at Track Guys. “And we offer plenty of classroom sessions and seat time on the track to help you ‘get it right.’” That means you can get on track in a safe environment with an instructor helping you navigate the track, while educating you on proper driving technique. “You’ll even have the chance to go for rides at-speed with our instructors and we offer parade laps to get your friends and family out there.” The event is open to all makes and models and there are many options for participation.

Also, new for 2015 is the Steeda Hot Lap Challenge (held May 31st), a time-trial event open to Intermediate and Advanced drivers. Track Guys offers Stock, Modified and Race groups with specific rules for each.

Jeff Lacina and his Track Guys team have been educating drivers and promoting on-track events for over 10 years, and Sebring is one of the best events they do. There’s room for everyone, whether you’ve participated in dozens of events, or you’ve never turned a lap. The Track Guys program is designed to offer both classroom and on-track instruction for anyone willing to get out and experience the thrills of open track driving.

Our MM&FF team has attended Track Guys events and has been educated in the finer points of road course driving, which has improved our laps times, and increased ou talent level. It doesn’t matter if you’re a novice or a seasoned pro, you’ll get plenty of track time in a run group suited to your level.

“We offer four run groups, Beginner, Novice, Intermediate and Advanced. Most sessions run 25-30 minutes and we try to get 5-6 session in per day,” said Lacina. And we’ll be using the historic full course, the very one where they run the 12 Hours of Sebring.

I can tell you first hand, there is nothing quite like gaining skills and running around a fun road course. You’ll learn the ins and outs of car control, proper braking and in short term you’ll be linking corners with a perfectly smooth line and feeling like a pro. And Sebring International Raceway offers a variety of corners that are fun and challenging. And there are some pretty long straights to exercise the power under your hood.

For more information check out www.trackguys.com

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