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Track Guys’ annual Sebring event has long been a favorite for both our students and our instructors. In the last few years, we’ve also been picking up support (and participation) from a couple of enthusiast magazines that rank at the top of their respective target audiences: Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords and GM High Tech Performance.
Both magazines have run features on our high-value / high-fun Sebring event in the past, but recaps of the 2012 Kenny Brown Performance Driving School by Track Guys is showcased in the January 2013 issues of both these magazines. Talk about timing… and better yet, you can also read the articles and see the photos on the respective magazines’ websites! (click on each cover image to read the stories online)
If you don’t subscribe to either of these two magazines, you should. Editor Evan Smith (MM&FF) and Associate Editor Justin Cesler (GM High Tech) do a great job – both on the track and with their respective magazines… and they’re a lot of fun to hang out with too.
Thanks for your efforts guys, and those of your teams back at the office. Keep up the great work and we hope to have you join us at Sebring International Raceway again this year. (May 25 & 26)
Happy Birthday MM&FF!
In case you didn’t know: Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords is celebrating 25 years of covering all things Ford. And, as witness by their numerous driving event articles and even my teaming with Editor, Evan Smith in the 2012 Tire Rack One Lap of America, the magazine recognizes the importance of wheels, tires, brakes, handling and learning how to drive and presenting these facts to their readers in a accurate, entertaining and respected publication. Kudos to the entire team at MM&FF and your commitment to the industry.
On a personal note, I’ve been writing off and on for them since 1989. Over the years, I’ve been blessed to have had the opportunity to share my tech articles, car features, new vehicle introductions, SEMA Show coverage and of course, writing about performance driving. My writing has also afforded me the opportunity to meet some great people within the OE automotive and aftermarket industries.
It was Jim Campisano, during his time as Editor, who asked me if I was interested in writing the monthly “Contact Patch” column for the magazine. And get this, he asked me while we were both sitting on the pit road wall at Sebring after one of our SVTOA / Track Guys events back in 2005. Thank you, Jim for having the confidence in me and for providing me the opportunity and freedom to express my opinions and insights via that column – I really enjoyed it and didn’t receive too many death threats.
I guess that isn’t too shabby for a central Iowa farm boy with a degree in Journalism and an passion for driving, teaching, writing and sharing that passion with MM&FF readers and the rest of the industry.
My One and Only Cover
And yes, I have even had one of my photos grace the cover of MM&FF. Check out this cover from the January 1998 issue – that’s my buddy, Mike Fager and his wide-body ’81 Mustang. We had a lot of fun taking photos and writing about that car back in the day… but not as much fun as chasing each other around Brainerd, Road America, Heartland Park…
IMPORTANT: Track Guys at Barber CANCELED
Thank you for your interest in the Feb 16 & 17 Track Guys event at Barber Motorsports Park. Unfortunately, due to lower-than-expected pre-event registrations, we have been forced to cancel this event.
We were very much looking forward to having you join us for our unique brand for performance driver education, however, we simply didn’t have enough participants signed up to make this event feasible. Barber is a world-class facility and as such, does not come inexpensively. We are hoping to get on their schedule for a future date (most likely 2014) and will keep you updated.
If your credit card had been charged for this event, you will be receiving a full refund. (If you signed up later, most likely your card hadn’t been charged… ) Please remember to cancel any hotel/motel reservations you may have made.
We are sincerely sorry to have to cancel this event and hope you will join us at a future Track Guys event. Registration is open for our April 6 & 7 event at Texas World Speedway in College Station, TX and we will be getting our May Sebring event opened up sometime in late February or early March.
If you have any question, please don’t hesitate to contact me or Dell Hughes at our email addresses listed below.
Owner / Lead Instructor
Business Manager / Event Registrar
April 6 & 7 Texas World Speedway – REGISTRATION IS OPEN:
2013 will be our 10th consecutive year at this incredibly fast and fun 2.9-mile “roavl” (road course that uses part of the oval track) at Texas World Speedeway. Registration is open here: Track Guys Motorsportsreg.com.
These dates have been “locked in” with the various tracks, so start planning your driving schedule accordingly. We will update this page (and our Facebook pages) once the online registration has been opened.
Note: the April 5-6 event at Texas World Speedway will be our 10th consecutive year at this great track and it is not, we repeat, NOT “Parent’s Weekend” at Texas A&M in College Station, so hotels should be more accessible and reasonable. We’ve also heard rumors of an Texas A&M Sports Car Club reunion possibly being organized to coincide with our event, so you just never know who may show up to drive with us.
Even more events?
Consider this fair warning, we are also looking to add some events for the Mustang Club of America and will most likely be expanding this schedule to other tracks and other parts of the country. Stay tuned…
We want to infect you and your friends…
As I tell our lap-happy instructors, “Performance driving is sickness – and we are the Type A carriers!”
Being truly sick Track Dawgs (woof!), we’re always looking to add events to our program. If you belong to a club or know of a club that is ready to take one of their events “to the next level” by hosting or sponsoring an high-value, high-fun, highly infectious on-track driver’s school, there are some great race tracks around the country that we would be a great addition to our schedule of “learnin’ and turnin’” Track Guys style.
It’s NEVER too early to start planning an event for your club, group or company. Give us a call or drop me an email – our helmet bags are always packed and ready to go.
See you on track in 2013!
Owner / Lead Instructor
Track Guys Performance Driving Events
2012 Tire Rack One Lap of America SSGT2 Class Champion
In case you haven’t picked up your very own Oct. 2012 issue of Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords magazine, the story detailing our class championship in the 2012 One Lap of America is now available for your online reading pleasure.
Click here or on the image below to read the story online.
Exclusive Online Images
During the event, Evan and I shot a LOT of pictures (hey, that’s what we do when we’re NOT driving). So, though the beauty of the internet, here are some additional images that Mr. Smith simply didn’t have room to include in the print version of the article. (click on the image below)
Thanks again to the team at Roush Performance for allowing Evan and I to showcase the “street and track” performance capabilities of their brand new (at the time) 2013 Roush RS3 in this real-world test of man and machine.
Now… about the 2013 One Lap of America event…
Championship-winning Driving School Instruction Now Available at Sept. 21-23 events at Motorsports Park Hastings (Nebraska)
Track Guys Performance Driving Events owner and lead instructor, Jeff Lacina, has been added to the list of reasons why YOU should be bringing your Shelby, Boss 302, Mustang GT, Ford GT or any OTHER Ford-powered car to the Sept. 21-23 events at Motorsports Park Hastings, Hastings, Nebraska.
Lacina will be conducting a “Basics of Performance Driving” class for participants, especially first-time and novice drivers participating in the Team Shelby “Ponies on the Plains” and MPH’s own 2012 Ford & Mustang Roundup. He will also be one of the guest speakers at Saturday night’s dinner / autocross awards where he will be giving a presentation and answering questions about he and co-driver Evan Smith’s championship run in this year’s running of the infamous One Lap of America.
“This performance driving class will help drivers understand the fundamental principles of driving their Shelby’s and Mustangs on a track and in performance manner,” explains Lacina. “We’ll cover the physics of getting the car around the track as well as some of the basic rules and procedures covering track driving events. This will be a GREAT way for even a pure first-time driver to be introduced to this incredibly fun and rewarding sport of performance driving. We’ll also have a group of our lap-happy in-car instructors available for those who want some in-car coaching.”
Lacina adds that drivers of all skill levels are welcome to attend the class to pick up additional performance driving pointers. “That’s the best thing about this sport – you’re never done learning,” adds Lacina. “And it’s always fun to learn a new sport, especially once you understand the basics of what you can do in the car and out on the track. This event is the perfect venue for first-time and novice drivers to come out and give it a try. Hey, we all have to start somewhere, so why not this event?”
These events will NOT be full Track Guys events and that Shelby, Mustang and Ford owners interested in attending MUST register via the Ponies on the Plains or Ford & Mustang Roundup websites. If you want to take advantage of the Track Guys classroom sessions and in-car instructors, please note that fact on your registrations forms.
Since 2002, Lacina has been conducting Track Guys Performance Driving Schools at race tracks all over the U.S. and Canada. To date, he has driven and/or instructed on 75 different road courses and race tracks across North America. Lacina, along with co-driver, Evan Smith, raced their way to the SSGT2 Big Bore Class Championship in the 2012 Tire Rack One Lap of America in a 2013 Roush RS3 Mustang, including two on-track races and an autocross victory at Motorsports Park Hastings.
Lacina’s Track Guys classroom session will be conducted on both Friday morning and Friday afternoon, followed by at-speed on-track sessions for the student drivers. “This will be a great event for Mustang, Shelby and high-performance Ford owners,” adds Lacina. “And I KNOW there are a lot of Boss 302 Mustangs, Mustang GTs and Shelby GT500 drivers who want to be a part of this event and have a great weekend at the track a bunch of Ford friends.”
If you have any questions about either of these two event, contact the following individuals:
Team Shelby / Ponies on the Plains
Ford & Mustang Roundup
Motorsports Park Hastings
Track Guys Performance Driving Events is proud to announce that we have secured a date at the newest road course in North America: Atlanta Motorsports Park. The dates are June 30 – July 1 and registration is OPEN!
If you want to one of the FIRST GROUP OF DRIVERS IN THE COUNTRY to learn how to drive this incredible new facility, do NOT delay – spaces are limited and we expect this event to sell out.
Located just outside of Dawsonville, GA (about an hour north of Atlanta), Atlanta Motorsports Park is a state-of-the-art driving facility, designed by none other than Tilke Engineering out of Germany. Yes, the same company that designed the new F1 track being constructed in Austin, TX.
If you’re “new” to Track Guys and have questions about our own unique brand of on-track driver’s education, visit the FAQ section under the “About” tab or click here.
Jeff Lacina, Track Guys Owner and Lead Instructor stopped by the track on his way back from the May Sebring event. Check out this exclusive in-car video tour of this diving, twisting and turning track.
Isn’t it time to get your driving on track? Do it with Track Guys! See you on track at AMP.
Owner / Lead Instructor
Track Guys Performance Driving Events
For 10 years, Track Guys Performance Driving Events has been conducting high-value, high-fun performance driving schools at tracks all over the U.S. and Canada. So what better place to celebrate 10 years of “learnin’ and turnin’” than at Sebring International Raceway.
Kenny Brown Performance joined us this year as title sponsor for this ever-growing event. But, if you know the gang at Kenny Brown, you know they simply don’t hang their name on an event – they show up in force and with a fleet of cars showcasing Kenny Brown’s approach to building products that work both on the street and on the track.
The 2012 Sebring event was our largest to date with more than 150 participants in both the one and two-day programs as well as our very popular Track Guys Test Drive program. We want to thank EVERYONE who came out to this event – drivers, family, friends, car show participants and of course, our hard working crew of dedicated and lap-happy in-car instructors.
Want to check out some of the images? Sure you do… There a gallery of more than 220 photos on our Track Guys Facebook page – follow this link.
Follow this link or click on the image to read the event coverage from StangTV.com.
You can also stop on by the Track Guys Youtube channel and catch some awesome videos from the event – be sure to check out our “Favorite” videos, too.
In addition to Kenny Brown, we had several other companies who come on as sponsors for our 10th Anniversary event, including:
* Chicane 23
* TMS Autosports
* Best Mustang Parts
* Late Model Restoration
* Colour Tech South Motorsports Photography
* Torq Performance
* Steeda Autosports
* SCT Performance
* Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords magazine
* Open Track Connection
* Race Shot Resource
We hope to see you at Sebring in 2013!
Jeff Lacina, Owner / Lead Instructor
Dell Hughes, Business Manager
Jonathan Blevins, Chief of Safety and Tech
To make it easier for everyone to upload, tag and share images and videos, we’ve created a new Track Guys “fan” page on Facebook. Stop by and give us a “Like”… clicky here…
For the more “serious” discussions about performance driving, we still have our Track Guys “group” page here… simply request to join and we’ll get you added to the mix of on-track junkies and instructors.
Track Guys and Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords Claim 2012 One Lap of America Class Championship in new Roush Performance Mustang
The Roush Performance entry in the 2012 Tire Rack One Lap of America presented by Grassroots Motorsports magazine powered their way to the SSGT2 Big Bore Class Championship in dominating fashion. The team consisted of Car Captain, Jeff Lacina, Owner and Lead Instructor of Track Guys Performance Driving Events, and co-driver, Evan Smith, Editor of Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords magazine.
In addition to their class championship, the duo also notched a 3rd place finish in the “Stock” vehicle category and a 16th place overall finish, placing ahead of numerous, more expensive SSGT1 Big Bore cars and teams. The 2012 event drew a total of 75 entries and featured teams and drivers from Australia, New Zealand, England, Scotland, Switzerland, Germany and Canada.
Day 1 started with a wet skid pad competition at Tire Rack’s South Bend, IN facility then moved to a deviously-tricky oval track. Check out Evan Smith hustlin’ the 2013 Roush RS3 Mustang around South Bend Speedway’s 1/4-mile banked oval – much more difficult than it looks!
Go for a ride with Lacina during his afternoon time trail run at Hallett Motor Racing Circuit in Oklahoma…this was on Day 3 of One Lap.
The One Lap of America is often referred to as the most grueling motorsports event in North America as teams are pushed to the limit both on the track as well as the long “transit” legs between competitions. “You have to be a pretty serious driver to competed in this event,” said Lacina. “Running smooth, clean, consistent and fast laps on the various race tracks is one thing… now combine that with an week-long road trip of epic proportions and you have quite the mental and physical challenge. It was a lot of stress, a lot of fun and we got to meet and race with some great competitors.”
In 2012, the One Lap included a wide range of points-earning competitions, including: wet skid pad, 1/4-mile paved oval, road course time trials, autocross, ET drag racing, bracket drag racing and a dry skid pad event. By the end of the event, Lacina and Smith had driven 4,043 miles through 13 different states, visited eight different race tracks and competed in 19 different points-paying events in just seven days of competition.
The Roush Performance entry of Smith and Lacina provided daily updates during the competition to their respective Facebook pages and Twitter accounts. Lacina also posted “day by day” photo galleries on his Facebook page and Roush Performance blogged about the team’s success on their web page.
Please visit the following pages for additional information and summaries of the event.
* Jeff Lacina’s personal Facebook page (click on photos to access the galleries)
* Track Guys Performance Driving Facebook page
* Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords Facebook page
* Roush Performance blog
* Tire Rack One Lap of America Results page
* One Lap of America SSGT2 Big Bore results page
From Smith and Lacina: “We want to thank the entire team at Roush Performance in Plymouth, MI for your confidence in us and our abilities to properly showcase your 2013 Roush RS3 Mustang in this real-world demonstration of their world-class combination of driving comfort, reliability and championship-winning performance. An outstanding car from an outstanding group of professionals who “get it”! Check out this fun video the team at Roush put together at the start of the event…it’s stuff like this that kept us going. Thanks again to everyone at Roush Performance.
A huge thank you to the incredibly dedicated (and slightly demented) One Lap of America Team, lead by Brock Yates, Jr. This is truly a world-class event thanks to your efforts and dedication. Well done!
And finally, we must thank all our friends and colleagues for your support during this grueling event. We especially want to thank our wives and families for your unwavering love and support for our passions for performance driving, adventure and sharing it with our readers and our students. We simply could not do this without you…”
Yes, it’s true. I FINALLY get to take part in one of the most grueling and unique automotive events in the world – the Tire Rack 2012 One Lap of America presented by Grassroots Motorsports. This year, Evan Smith and I have been awarded the wonderful privilege of driving the recently-released 2013 Roush RS3 Ford Mustang in this legendary automotive event.
My co-pilot for this trip will be Evan Smith, Editor of Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords magazine – yes, the same Evan Smith who attend and drove at our 2011 Sebring event (along with several of his staff writers) and covered it extensively in the magazine (see story below).
For those of you who don’t know, I’ve been a contributing editor to MM&FF since the early 1990s, writing about performance driving upgrades, schools and later, was asked to take the wheel of the monthly “Contact Patch” column. Now, the opportunity to represent the MM&FF as well as Roush Performance in their brand new 2013 Roush RS3 Mustang in the One Lap of America is a driving dream come true.
Personally and professionally, the One Lap of America has been on my automotive “bucket list” for years and I am looking forward to making the most of this opportunity. It’s a true honor to be selected by both MM&FF and Roush Performance for this event. I want to thank Evan Smith for asking me to be his co-driver and of course, the team at Roush Performance, especially Tim Wheeler, Vice President of Sales and Marketing and Jay Velthoven, Director of Creative Media & Vehicle Design.
Keep up with us…if you can!
During the event, Evan and I will be doing our best to keep everyone updated as to our progress and how well we are doing at each of the tracks. We’ll be using both Twitter and Facebook to post up info, pictures and video. There will also be official One Lap of America “check points” along the route and it would be GREAT to see some friendly faces showing up to support Evan and I on our grueling multi-day, multi-track adventure.
Twitter accounts: @TrackGuys and @MMFF_Staff
Facebook accounts: Track Guys, Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords and Roush Performance
Here is a link to the official press releases/announcements from Roush Performance and MM&FF.
What better way to celebrate 10 years of Track Guys Performance Driving Events… see you on track!
Owner / Lead Instructor
Track Guys Performance Driving Events