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.
Frank Hawley Drag Racing School
If technically challenging road courses aren't your thing and all you want to do is go fast – very fast – in one single direction, then Frank Hawley's your man. Frank's school teaches you how to launch and drive an honest to goodness dragster, and offers loads of car options – the Super Comp, Super Gas, Alcohol, and Funny Car. Sign up for the Alcohol cars, and you can go 230mph in less than 6 seconds thanks to the 3,500hp engines. At the end, you'll wind up with an NHRA license in whatever class you attend, so you'll be able to competitively run 1,320 feet whenever you like. Perhaps most fun, get a bunch of buddies together and race side-by-side in actual elimination bracket races.
How to Enter
Experience Needed: None.
Beware: The drive home – where the speed limit just won't cut it.