For most of us, cars serve a specific purpose. They get us to work, our vacation destinations, carry groceries and kids, and are basically just vehicles for transport. Few of us have ever really tested the limits of our sports sedan or the clearance on our SUV, let alone seen what a real, high-performance vehicle is capable of. "Driving is really the only sport where people don't tend to use coaches," says Johnny O'Connell, the winningest driver in the history of Sebring International Raceway. "The best money any driver will ever spend is that which is spent at one of the country's top racing schools." With that in mind, we chose these 13 schools, events, and experiences that aim to help reconnect us the road, the dirt, and the horsepower in our engines.
Dirt Track Racing School
Driving in circles on dirt requires serious sideways-driving skills. At Dirt Track Racing School you can learn how in three different types of dirt trackers – modified, late model, or sprint cars – all of which would look quite at home chasing Mel Gibson down in The Road Warrior. Prepare to get dusty and dirty just like NASCAR drivers did before that event got corporate, and paved.
How to Enter
Where: North Carolina
Experience Needed: None at all.
Equipment: None needed.
Beware: The gravity you'll feel as you slide out in the sprint car.