The Ford Performance Racing School is getting a significant expansion.
To show enthusiasts how to handle performance cars at the limit, Ford Performance has hosted a special Racing School at the Utah Motorsports Campus since 2006. It's been such a success that Ford Performance has announced it's expanding the Racing School to new locations. According to Ford, its pavement-based programs will now take place at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina, while its off-road programs will be based at a new dedicated facility in Tooele, Utah. It sounds like an enthusiast's dream come true.
At the Charlotte Motor Speedway, Ford will utilize the infield road course, the oval, and dragstrip, which has a unique four-vehicle-wide configuration. On-site buildings will also allow the Ford Performance Racing School East provide a wide variety of owner programs and high-performance driving instruction. GT350 Track Attack and ST Octane Academy programs, as well as retail school programs, are scheduled to begin in spring 2020.
Ford Performance Racing School West, on the other hand, will host all off-road programs in 2020. The 45,000-square-foot headquarters building will include offices, classrooms, a vehicle maintenance area, and vehicle storage. Unique off-road driving experiences will utilize the surrounding high desert environment and mountain trailers with the popular Raptor Assault program and Michelin product/business training programs. It will include a dedicated off-road course that will showcase the capabilities of the F-150 Raptor and serve as a training ground for Michelin/BFGoodrich.
An ST SUV Experience will also be available at both the east and west schools for the Ford Edge ST and will also include the new Ford Explorer ST for the first time in 2020. This custom program includes scenic mountain drives combined with high-energy performance driving exercises and even optional biathlon shooting conducted at Soldier Hollow, the headquarters for the Nordic events of the 2002 Winter Olympics.
"We are excited about the evolution of the Ford Performance Racing School," said Rob Johnston, Ford Performance marketing manager. "It's proven to be a hit with our owners and we are excited about the growth. Partnering with Charlotte Motor Speedway as well as having a dedicated facility for our off-road programs will ensure our owners have the appropriate locations to safely explore the capabilities of their new vehicles."