At High Performance Driving School, students unlearn everything they ever knew about speed limits. When they strap on a driver’s helmet or zip into a racing suit, they’re preparing to hit speedometer-shattering speeds by prodding the 170 horses saddled under the hoods of the official Volkswagen Jettas of the all-diesel, TDI Cup racing series. The Arrive & Ride experience plops students into the passenger seat to tear across the pavement with a professional driver. Other courses prep students with the safety and instruction necessary to plant backsides in an FIA-homologated race seat, grip the steering wheel, feather the accelerator, and feel the shudder of Pirelli racing tires as they slowly but surely carve runes into the 2.25-mile Thunderbolt track.
The High Performance Driving School staff is led by Ryan Arciero and Dennis McCormack, a pair possessing years of experience both behind the wheel and in the pit on racing teams. Dennis has been a crew chief, Indy Car team owner, and most recently, the program director for the TDI Cup. Ryan has continued his family’s 55-year legacy in motorsports by snatching titles in both lapped and off-road races, including the Score Baja series that snakes along Mexico’s Baja peninsula.