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Simraceway wins 5th consecutive TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence – Retains #1 position.

For the fifth straight year, Simraceway won TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence. Simraceway continues as TripAdvisor’s #1 recommended activity in Sonoma, ahead of 95 other activities in what is already a world-renowned travel destination.

“Our range of driving experiences and training programs is world class, and highly acclaimed,” said Simraceway’s Director of Driver Concierge, Shawn Jackson.

TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence is given to businesses that have a perfect 5.0 score. 

Simraceway continues as TripAdvisor’s #1 recommended activity in Sonoma, ahead of 95 other activities in what is already a world-renowned travel destination.

Cross the finish line in your own KTM X-Bow Experience.

“The Certificate of Excellence … has celebrated businesses that have consistently received positive ratings from travellers and diners on the world’s largest travel platform,” said Neela Pal, Vice President of Brand, TripAdvisor.

With hundreds of five-star reviews, Simraceway’s driving programs and experiences have not only satisfied, they have inspired TripAdvisor customers to document their experiences with them on track.

“Joined my son for a day at the track. … We had a great day and learned a ton. It was clear my son was capable of driving much faster than me” said dwest48 of Salinas, California, via TripAdvisor. “The KTM X-bow is so much more a race car. Just a blast.”

“TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence is given to businesses that have a perfect 5.0 score “

Whether driving our the KTM X-Bow sportscars, our Formula 3 cars or your own car on the race track, Simraceway goes the extra mile to ensure drivers have everything they need for a 1st class experience.

“The instructors are top notch, and everyone at Simraceway is focused and professional … the facilities are as immaculate as a Penske engine room,” acclaimed Geoffmcnew after his three-day racing school.

Simraceway even has programs for young drivers, such as youth karting and Teen Safe Driver programs.

“TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence is given to businesses that have a perfect 5.0 score, emphasizing Simraceway’s commitment to customer service and product integrity,” said Shawn Jackson, Director of Driver Concierge

Simraceway is also eligible for TripAdvisor’s Hall of Fame for its three years as a Certificate of Excellence earner and for its #1 attraction placement in Sonoma.

There are plenty of once-in-a-lifetime (or more) experiences at Simraceway, including access to our professional motorsports teams Ligier Lmp3 race cars.

Zoom around the track in Stage 1, 2, or 3 of our racing school, the latter of which awards drivers with a Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) racing license.

Formula 4 vehicles at Simraceway.
Drivers pit their skills against one another in Formula 4 race cars.

Experienced club racers should test the Ligier LMP 3 prototype Le Mans race car. Simraceway also runs three arrive and drive competitive spec racing series:  

“This recognition allows us to publicly recognize businesses that are actively taking into account customer feedback to help travellers confidently experience the most highly reviewed places to eat, stay, and explore,” Pal concluded.

Paul Whiting: Simraceway Student to Instructor/Pro Racer

Born under the hot sun of Las Vegas, Paul Whiting started his driving career in karts and sports cars in his late teens. Even though racing was a childhood dream for him, driving competitively began as a hobby and passion. Throughout his early 20’s, Paul progressed from track days to club racing and shifter kart racing. In 2012 Paul completed all three levels of Simraceway’s Formula 3 School of Racing programs as well as competing in the Simraceway F3 race series. He showed great promise and this training gave him the skills and motivation to concentrate solely on his motorsports dream.


After a few busy years of hopping from track to track, Paul worked his way into private driver coaching and in 2015 was asked to “come home” and join Simraceway Performance Driving Center’s all-star cast of professional racers as one of its instructors for Formula 3, Audi & performance driving classes. As well as his duties as an instructor, Paul also races in the ultra-competitive Pirelli World Challenge series driving a Honda in the TCA category, currently holding 6th place in the driver’s championship. We wish him all the best and please feel free to say hi to this personable young racer if you see him at the track or at our school.


Be sure to visit his website and stay up to date with the latest news:

Exclusive interview with Pietro Fittipaldi

Pietro Fittipaldi is one of the brightest talents in formula car racing, and is about to embark on the 3.5 V8 series (formerly Renault 3.5). He is the grandson of the great Emerson Fittipaldi, and nephew of Christian & Max Papis.


The following is a short interview after we spent the day with him at the Simraceway Performance Driving Center in preparation of his return to Europe. He helped us with some benchmark times for the current crop of young drivers who will be coming through the driver development program this year.


He is a very smart and mature driver for his age, and also very very fast, he ended up breaking the F3 lap record at Sonoma Raceway by over a second! Make sure you follow his season, he is sure to make an impression in his rookie year. Enjoy.

Photographer: Jay Watson






Storied West Coast Track Offers Exciting New Challenge

for Simraceway Competitors and Students


SONOMA, CA—(January 14th, 2015)—The Simraceway Performance Driving Center ( today announced it has reached agreement with The Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula (“SCRAMP”) to extend the activities of its racing school, associated driving programs, and racing series to the world-famous Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.


Starting this month, Simraceway’s racing school activities, including its industry-leading fleet of Lola Formula 3 cars, will offer track days from the legendary Monterey-based circuit as well as its current home, Sonoma Raceway.


“We are pleased that Simraceway has chosen Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for their programs,” said Gill Campbell, CEO/General Manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. “We strive to feature only the best options for drivers of all skill levels to experience our facility.”


The 11-turn, 2.238-mile track, known throughout the world for its challenging “Corkscrew” section, will also play host to the final four rounds of the Jim Russell F3 Winter Series, the off-season iteration of Simraceway’s pioneering Formula 3 Championship, in January and February.


Race Director Randy Buck, previously in charge of Skip Barber Racing School’s West Coast operations, which included Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, said of the addition:


“The opportunity to drive a modern-day Formula 3 car at such a great track as Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is something that every driver dreams of. The chance to drive such famous corners as the Corkscrew was enough to gain a full-field commitment within just three days of the Series schedule announcement.”


Joining the Simraceway Performance Driving Center on its journey south will be its neighbor at Sonoma Raceway, the Audi sportscar experience, whose presence in Central California will allow a whole new audience of motoring enthusiasts to enjoy its range of performance cars, including the RS5, S5, S4, TTS, and R8.


Jonathan Haswell, CEO of Simraceway, said of the Simraceway Performance Driving Center’s expansion:


“The opportunity to extend our operations to a track of the caliber of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca was one we grabbed with both hands. This expansion will provide much needed additional track day inventory for our school, which saw record participation levels in 2014. We look forward to joining the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, Pirelli World Challenge, and Indy Lights Series on this prestigious circuit in 2015.”


About Simraceway


With a portfolio that includes both an industry-leading driving school and a respected racing simulation, Simraceway offers unrivalled real-world and virtual automotive experiences and instruction. Headquartered at Sonoma Raceway in California, the Simraceway Performance Driving Center (formerly the Jim Russell Racing Drivers School) employs a fleet of over 110 vehicles and a team of world-class instructors. Its diverse range of programs occupy over 300 days of track time each year, while its unique offering of adrenaline-fueled excitement and unparalleled hospitality have earned it a five-star rating on Trip Advisor. Simraceway’s free-to-play Online Racing World boasts live, multiplayer racing, simulation-grade driving physics developed by world-champion drivers, an unparalleled collection of car and track licenses, and cutting-edge proprietary technology, including its “Skillquant” skill-matching software and “SRW-S1” racing controller.


About Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca


Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca was established in 1957. The world-renowned raceway has been operated since its inception by the Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula (SCRAMP), a not-for-profit 501(c)4 corporation. Each race season, SCRAMP donates its net proceeds to the volunteer groups that help organize the races.


Contact Information


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Radio Le Mans and Simraceway Present the 80th 24 Hours of Le Mans

We’re especially excited about this weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, not only because it marks the 80th anniversary of the famous endurance race, but also because we’ll be doing our bit to get racing fans closer to the action thanks to Simraceway’s sponsorship of Radio Le Mans’ live coverage.

Radio Le Mans, featuring John Hindhaugh–the voice of sports car racing–is the official English language broadcaster at the Circuit de la Sarthe and some 90,000 fans are expected to tune into 91.2 FM during the action, relying on John and the team to keep them fully up-to-speed with events both on and off the track.

For those not fortunate enough to attend the race, meanwhile, the station’s coverage is also available online at and can be heard live in the US on Sirius and XM Satellite Radio.

As an official partner, Simraceway will also be broadcasting the coverage on its Livestream channel, so make sure to tune in to hear the best of the action.


Download Your Simraceway 24 Hours of Le Mans Spotter Guide Now!

Here at Simraceway we’ve been busy assembling the top talent in motorsport–and that goes well beyond our pro drivers.

Our Creative Director, Andy Blackmore, is well known in racing circles for both his iconic livery designs and his popular Spotter Guides which have proved an essential and colourful companion to races and series worldwide.

Produced in association with competing teams, his guides are a must-have amongst the motorsport community and are even used by commentary teams to help them call the action.

So, with Le Mans almost upon us, we’re proud to bring you the Simraceway 24 Hours of Le Mans Spotter Guide 2012.