PDC Programs

The Perfect Formula for Corporate Hospitality

Did you know that the Simraceway Performance Driving Center is available for corporate events, accommodating groups of between 4 and 400? We’ve hosted some of the world’s biggest companies at Sonoma Raceway, so if you’re charged with organizing your employer’s annual offsite this year, why not chat to one of our event planners?

 

You can get your colleagues’ pulses racing in everything from our super-fast karts to our prestigious Formula 3 fleet! Find out more.

Road Safety: Don’t Leave Anything to Chance

A recent study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has shown that modern cars are safer than ever before, largely thanks to recent design implementations. However, despite these reassuring findings, we all hope we will never have to see a deployed airbag or utilized crumple zone.

 

The best way of ensuring that is to be the safest driver you can possibly be–something that the Simraceway Performance Driving Center can help you with thanks to its acclaimed Safe Driver Training programs. Click the red tab at the bottom of the screen to find out how you can make your loved ones safer on the roads.

Get Hands On with the MTP in 2015

Our latest Mechanics Training Program course is off-and-running with students already supporting our recent F3 Race Series events at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca! The next class will be kicking off in June–sign up now to avoid disappointment!

Happy New Year–Now Let’s Get Racing!

Don’t let that bite in the air fool you, at the Simraceway Performance Driving Center, we’re out in full force! The new calendar has been hung and January is shaping up to be a fantastic month with everything from 2-for-1 karting to Jim Russell F3 Winter Series racing at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca!

 

Find out what’s going on in January at the PDC.

Give the Gift of Safety this Holiday Season

Prepare the drivers in your life for the tough road ahead with the help of professional instructors and vital hands-on car techniques. Save $200 on any future Teen Safe Driver course with the purchase of a gift certificate via our website or by calling 1-800-466-5792 Monday through Friday.

 

Pick up a gift voucher before this amazing deal ends on December 24. 

Lap of Champions in the Lola SRW F3

Our online simulation’s popular Hot Lap Hump Day YouTube series had a very special addition recently. Usually featuring in-game footage, this special episode took a lap with a driver from our Jim Russell F3 Series Race of Champions, held last month. Featuring the dulcet tones of our up-and-coming commentator, Liam Jenkins, the footage provides a unique perspective on what it feels like to turn a lap of Sonoma Raceway in our industry-leading Formula 3 car.

 

 

If you want to take this awesome open-wheeler through the twists and turns of Sonoma Raceway, check out our F3 courses and experiences–there’s bound to be one for you!

Take Your Experience Home!

Take home the all the excitement of the track with our new GoPro rental program, which allows you to capture high-resolution on-board video without the hassle of bringing your own camera–all for only $50!

 

The rental includes a GoPro Hero 3 camera, unlimited batteries, and car mount. We also have 32GB microSD cards available for purchase, also for $50.

 

Cameras are limited, so be sure to reserve one before your event day by contacting one of our sales managers–just click the red tab at the bottom of the screen!

Take Your Car onto Sonoma Raceway!

You’ve invested a lot in your high-performance street car, so why not invest a little more in learning how to get the most out of it?

 

Our Performance Driving Program invites you to take your own car out onto the world-famous Sonoma Raceway, exploring its true performance capabilities in a safe, controlled, and legal environment—and benefiting from targeted feedback from our expert instructors, designed to turn you into a safer, more capable driver.

 

Find out more about how you can take your car out onto Sonoma Raceway.

New Career in 2015?

Following its successful relaunch, the industry-acclaimed Mechanics Training Program is currently accepting applicants for a brand new course in January 2015.

 

To find out more about the MTP, check out its dedicated Facebook page.

 

To apply or enquire, email MTP@simraceway.com, phone 1.707.939.4633, or click the red tab at the bottom of the screen.

IndyCar Lights Up Sonoma

The 10th GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma took place at our home track of Sonoma Raceway last weekend, with Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon securing his first win at the venue since 2007, following a chaotic climax to the race. As life gets back to normal here in beautiful Wine Country, the IndyCar Series season marches on to its conclusion on Saturday at Auto Club Speedway. We wish the best of luck to all drivers.

 

Ever wondered how it feels to pilot an open-wheel racer? Check out our range of courses featuring our industry-leading Lola SRW F3 car, or find out about our low-cost Formula 3 series, where you can race for as little as $1,295!

PDC Rules the Track!

There was a distinctly Simraceway flavor to the weekend’s racing with uber-talented PDC alumni Dane Cameron (TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, GTD class) and Gabby Chaves (Indy Lights Championship) both securing significant victories. The wins leave Cameron tied for the lead in the Drivers’ Championship and hands Chaves his first ever Indy Lights title. Congratulations to them!

 

If that wasn’t enough, the weekend also saw an impressive second-in-class (behind Cameron) for Jeff Westphal and a P3 for Greg Liefooghe (Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, ST class), both from the PDC’s world-class pool of instructors.

 

To follow in the foosteps of Dane and Gabby, check out our current courses and programs now!

The Mechanics Training Program is Back!

The Simraceway Performance Driving Center is relaunching the industry-acclaimed Mechanics Training Program, with the first intake due in September.

 

The MTP was last run in 2009, with the majority of its 2,700+ graduates finding employment at all levels of IndyCar, NASCAR, IMSA, SCCA, and vintage racing teams, as well as major chassis and engine suppliers. The program’s manager, Ky Boe–himself a noted alumni of the course–and his team have been working hard on ensuring the latest installment of this popular program reflects the very latest technological advances in motorsport. Read on to find out more.

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PKC Introduces the Polaris Off-Road Experience

The Simraceway Performance Karting Center invites you to leave the asphalt behind and explore the wild side of Napa Wine Country! This brand new Simraceway experience puts drivers behind the wheel of a POLARIS Ranger 4×4 ATV. A course of essential off-road instruction will be followed by a memorable excursion that takes in stunning views at the famous Dollarhide Ranch–and a range of fine wines at St. Supery’s Vineyards. Find out more by clicking the red tab at the bottom of the screen and talking to us.

The Cost of Speed on the World’s Fastest Highways

We came across this great–if sobering–infographic the other day, illustrating the speed limits and accident statistics on some of the planet’s fastest roads. Assembled using data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Forbes, and USA Today, it puts in stark perspective the human cost of pushing cars to the limit on public highways.

 

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Here at the PDC, we would always advise drivers to save their “need for speed” for the track–but if think you, or someone close to you, would benefit from comprehensive and professional instruction on how to increase their safety on the highway, our Safe Driver Training courses do exactly that. Find out more or talk to us by clicking the red tab in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.

 

 

Superkarts! USA Returns to Sonoma

SKUSA headed back to Sonoma in style last weekend with the Simraceway Performance Karting Center hosting Round 4 of the California ProKart Challenge. With over 130 entrants, including 25 S1 Class drivers, and hundreds more watching, two beautiful Californian days saw a host of fiercely-fought, exciting contests. Read on to find out more!

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