Lexus Performance Driving School is one of many manufacturer precision driving academies throughout the U.S. At the school I attended at Atlanta Motorsports Park, attendees had the opportunity to drive a number of Lexus performance cars on a skid pad, autocross circuit, and race track, as well as take a classroom driving course from acclaimed professional driver Kevin Madsen. Here are a few of the things I learned.
1.) Hands on the wheel, but not at 10 and 2. Keeping your hands at the traditional 10 and 2 won’t give you the steering capabilities you’ll want and need for track driving. Keep your hands at 9 and 3, shuffling them as track conditions require.
2.) Remember CPR. When you find yourself unexpectedly skidding, there are three steps you’ll want to take to get back on track: correct, pause, recover. Correct by steering into the skid. Pause before you oversteer. Recover by getting right with your route.
3.) Clip the apex. Choose your line carefully and steer toward the apex, cutting a smooth arc smoothly navigating entering, turning, and exiting the corner. It’s not just about steering. You have to balance steering with braking.
4.) Keep your eyes up. When you’re on the track, it’s never about the asphalt directly in front of you. Survey the track. See what’s coming up, because it’s coming up must faster than you likely realize.
5.) You’re not going to get it right the first time. From Jimmy Stewart to Jimmy Johnson, some of the best drivers in the world don’t get it right every time. The more track time that you get, the better you’ll be. There’s no substitute for practice.
Intrigued? Shell out the nearly $900 to experience the Lexus Performance Driving School for yourself. It’s a splurge worth indulging in.