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Florida Speedways to Have a Racing Experience in a Performance Car

Written By, Jeff S.

Florida is home to many wonderful thrill-seeking opportunities. Whether it’s the Everglades, the beaches, or the wide open roads, Florida is sure to have something to satisfy your need for adventure. And when you’re driving down those long, smooth, flat streets it’s pretty hard to ignore the urge to go a little fast.

Fortunately, Florida has a number of locations where you can quench your thirst for speed. From the infamous Daytona International Speedway in central Florida, to the Homestead Miami Speedway in south Florida, we’ve compiled a list of racing locations across the state to ensure that even the greatest racing enthusiasts can hone in on their horsepower.

Sebring International Raceway

The Sebring International Raceway of Sebring, FL consists of three tracks: the Club Circuit, the Short Circuit, and the Full Circuit. The track is 3.74 miles in length and features long straights, technical slow corners, and excellent high-speed corners.

Sebring is most known for hosting the 12 Hours of Sebring event as part of an endurance racing series, which includes the World Sportscar Championship, the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup, The WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, and the American Le Mans Series (ALMS). This track also hosts the Legends of Motorsport and Historic Sportscar Racing series and it is the winter home of the Skip Barber Racing School, as well as several IndyCar and Grand Touring teams due to the warm climate.

The 67th Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring - The next Twelve Hours of Sebring event occurs from March 13 to March 16, 2019. This includes the World Sportscar Championship, the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup, the ALMS, and the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. This three day long event will include prizes, concerts, and DJs, and is sure to satisfy the racing needs of any fan!

Sebring Drag Racing - The 2018 Sebring Drag Racing schedule includes dates through May 24th and resumes again September 27th until December 6th. Each drag race takes place on Thursday evenings at 5pm and drivers are allowed to make all the runs they can inside a four hour window.

Skip Barber Racing School - The Skip Barber racing school is one of the nation’s premier racing school opportunities. These day long experiences begin with an in-depth classroom session to go over racing basics and vehicle dynamics. You’re then on to the track to experience the thrill of high horsperpowr race cars. The school offers 1-Day and 3-Day classes, as well as a 2-Day educational experience for advanced drivers.

Daytona International Speedway

Since opening in 1959, this Daytona Beach staple has been the home of the most prestigious race in NASCAR: the Daytona 500. In addition to NASCAR, the track hosts a multitude of other events including Motocross, the MotoAmerica Superbike Championship, the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the Automobile Racing Club of America, and the Sports Car Club of America.

The Daytona International Speedway offers a couple of different tracks. There is the primary 2.5 mile high speed tri-oval course, and a 3.56 mile sports car track. For motorcycle enthusiasts they offer a 2.95 mile course and a 1,320 ft flat-track for motorcycles and karts.

NASCAR Ride Along - This awesome experience allows you to ride shotgun in a NASCAR race car. You’ll get to partake in three laps at top speeds with a professional racing instructor around one of the nation’s best speedways. If three laps isn’t enough, you can always opt for the double ride along, where you’ll get to enjoy six of the fastest laps any ride along experience has to offer.

The Kings Experience - This is for the ultimate racing fan. This package allows for a three hour immersive driving opportunity, including two eight minute driving sessions interrupted by a full pit stop experience. You will be trained by professional race instructors before and during your racing excursion through in-car radio communications with a personal spotter. It’s good to be the king!

Palm Beach International Raceway

The Palm Beach International Raceway opened in 1964 and started off hosting many events, including the Grand American Series of Professional Drag Racing, as well as numerous concerts. In 1981, the track was renamed to “Moroso Motorsports Park” after Dick Moroso, the owner of Moroso Racing Parts. The track was later purchased again in 2008 by a group of local motorsports enthusiasts who changed the name back to the “Palm Beach International Raceway.” Since,  the facility has hosted a wide variety of motorsports events including the “Mud Bog,” Radical East USA’s racing school, the Skip Barber Racing School, the Ferrari Cavallino Classic, Porsche BMW Owners Club (PBOC) and the Florida Sports Car Championship. The track currently features a 1.6-mile long road course, which includes nine turns and four straights and provides racing enthusiasts with the ability to push their personalized pedal to the metal.

Performance Driving Group - This driving group offers track times from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is split into beginner, intermediate, and advanced groups with restricted passing in the first two. First-time track participants may receive in-car instruction and a breakfast and sit-down lunch are included in the package.

SCCA Track Night in America - Each SCCA Track Night has a paced lap session that is offered to anyone who has signed a waiver. The beginner course offers paced laps and a great introduction to track racing. The Intermediate group is tailored to those who want to learn and improve on their basic skill set and the Advanced group is a fast paced experience for those who want to push themselves and their cars to the limit.

Sports Car Driving Experience - Following a brief classroom session each day, this intensive driving school puts attendees in the driver’s seat to learn car control, braking and driving fundamentals. A professional guides and instructs from the passenger seat through a personalized helmet-to-helmet communication device. The vehicles offered in this experience are track prepped C5, C6, and Z06 Corvettes.

Driving Schools:

The Lucas Oil School of Racing is a Florida-based company that offers the knowledge to become a professional driver. Whether your goal is to become a better street driver or the goal is to win the next NASCAR race, this driving school will gives drivers the “know how” to achieve their dreams.

The Bertil Roos Racing School has been teaching the art of racing since 1975. The instructors have put together a number of programs for drivers seeking SCCA, NASA, or vintage licenses. There are also shorter, more inexpensive programs available where drivers may experience the fast paced world of formula car driving.

Homestead Miami Speedway

When it comes to South Florida, the Homestead Miami Speedway is about as good as it gets. This wonderful speedway boasts a 1.5-mile oval track as well as a 2.21-mile full road course that features two long straights and eleven turns. In 2008, they became the first ever venue to host all of North America’s motorsports championships such as the IndyCar, Grand-Am, and NASCAR’s Sprint Cup. Now, they offer many race car and ride along opportunities to anyone looking for a bit of adventure.

Fast Lane Fridays - The Homestead-Miami Speedway opens up their “Pit Road” to the public Fridays from 6:00 pm to Midnight for a 1/8th Mile “Test & Tune” run where guests can drive street-legal cars and even be crowned champion by NASCAR.

Performance Driving Group - This fun driving experience provides you with the option of bringing you own vehicle to push to the limits and drive at high speeds in a controlled environment. These weekend track days are known as High Performance Driver Education (HPDE) events and are tailored to your individual racing needs.

If you want to improve your driving abilities and dominate the tack from the North to the South, we’ve got you covered. And if you’re looking for a new vehicle to strut your stuff, race to our huge selection of vehicles online, where you can build your next dream car and have it delivered straight to your door!

 

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