Saturday, July 24, 2010

A day at BIR

Speedtalk on 1360 broadcast LIVE from BIR performance driving school at Brainerd International Raceway on Saturday (July 24th). Jason Searcy, Dean Reller and Jordan Bianchi spent the day at the track.

Lead instructor and Performance driving school director Gary Curtis hosted this open driving event and put us through the paces on the 2.5 mile competition road course at BIR. He also gave each of us a thrilling ride in the Lotus street legal race car.

First we rode the course in an SUV with former Indy 500 "top 10" finisher Herm Johnson, then spent about 90 minutes in a classroom setting learning the proper driving techniques.

Then after doing our weekly radio broadcast from 10-11am .. we strapped into the awesome Ford spec race cars for two sessions of driving as fast as we felt comfortable. Hitting speeds nearing 100mph and corning at top speeds lap after lap.

I think all of us have a greater appreciation for the difficulty of road racing and marvel at the skills of our instructors.

The BIR Performance driving school has many Open driving events on the schedule before the end of summer, including Monday July 26th.

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