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.
Exotics Racing is the place to go to get real driving time on the track in very well stocked supercars. There are no cops or speed limits to worry about, no cars coming in the opposite direction, and plenty of time to get to know the ins and outs of a vehicle with way too much horsepower. There are 14 supercars to choose from – from a Nissan GT-R to an Audi R8 – and packages that allow you up to 70 laps in them. Exotics Racing just completed a new track an hour away from downtown Los Angeles to compliment their existing facility 20 minutes north of Las Vegas.
How to Enter
Where: Las Vegas and Los Angeles area.
Experience Needed: None at all, though a prior class in high performance driving isn't a bad idea.
Beware: The urge to buy one of these supercars after getting to know how to handle it.