Racing has its roots in the futile cruises of philosophizing charioteers, who would drive off to find the meaning of life only to find themselves stuck in endless loops around the forum. Drive your modern chariot through existential circuits with today’s Groupon: for $142, you get instruction from expert drivers and a full day of racing your own car (a $283.95 value) at BIR Performance Driving School in Brainerd. There are no restrictions on vehicles, but drivers can only drive cars they own and must be at least 18 years of age (or 16 with parental consent). This Groupon includes tax and expires in three months. You must bring comfortable, closed-toed shoes with rubber soles.
BIR Performance Driving School gives drivers a chance to zip their personal vehicles around a professional racetrack with lead-foot impunity. During Performance Driving School, experienced instructors give customers a crash course in not crashing, complete with driving techniques and safety information, and then ride along for a quick tour to give drivers a feel for the track. When the training is over, racers can enjoy unlimited laps around the course without once hearing the bitter song of the law’s dreaded siren. The racing package includes all the necessary gear—a driving suit, gloves, and helmet—for overtaking Dale Earnhardt’s ghost car, which has haunted the track since 1965. Drivers also have the option of upgrading to get behind the joystick of one of BIR Performance Driving School’s Spec Ford racecars ($295 for a 25-minute session). A 15% discount will apply if customers choose to upgrade.
BIR Performance Driving School requests that you have your vehicle inspected by a technician to ensure it is up to racing standards, that you check your tire-pressure levels to ensure that they are set to the appropriate psi, and that you remove all loose articles and anvils from your vehicle prior to arriving at the raceway. Classes begin at 7:30 a.m., and the track is open until 5 p.m. Download the event calendar to view the schedule and call ahead to make a reservation.
Reservation and valid driver’s license required.
Although there are few online reviews, BIR Performance Driving School has a featured video with many positive "post-race" testimonials.
5523 Birchdale Rd.
Brainerd, Minnesota 56401Get Directions