Formula 3 Racing School
The most popular class of single-seater racing in the world, Formula 3, represents a vital stepping-stone for many IndyCar and Formula One racers and, having graduated drivers of the caliber of JR Hildebrand and Scott Speed, we can claim to have played an important role in that process.
Offering the most advanced fleet of school racing cars in the world, the lowest instructor-to-student ratio in the industry, a state-of-the-art facility, and a road course at Sonoma Raceway that forms part of the current IndyCar, NASCAR, and WTCC calendars, our Formula 3 Racing School is a proven destination in the California Bay Area for current and aspiring open-wheel racers, as well as motoring enthusiasts.
- Lola Simraceway Formula 3:
- World’s most advanced racing school car
- Meets 2007 FIA crash safety standards
- Data acquisition systems on all cars
- Knowledgeable, friendly staff:
- Instructors current, professional racecar drivers
- Cars maintained by a former F1 crew chief
- Courses run by chief and senior instructors only
- Ultimate training facility:
- SCCA accredited—racing licenses available
- Safety equipment provided, pro shop on-site
- Classes offered year-round, rain or shine
After a brief introductory meeting, drivers will be fitted for their high performance race car and supplied with all the necessary equipment. Then, after a short briefing on cockpit procedures, it’s out onto the world-famous Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma California, where one of our expert instructors will be on hand to aid acclimatization. Finally, it’s time to open the throttle, with multiple lapping sessions around the 2.52-mile track at ever-increasing speeds.
Day two opens with more driver technique training lessons on both track and skid pad, as participants learn how to control the car at the limit of adhesion. Then, after an important class covering open lapping and the rules of the road, it’s time to take all those new skills onto the track in two adrenaline-pumping sessions.
The F3 School of Racing, 3-Day SCCA License School offers three days of progressive instruction, providing graduates with the qualifications to receive an SCCA Full Competition Racing License.
Day one begins with ground school, which covers the operations of the Lola Simraceway Formula 3, and all-important acceleration, threshold braking, and downshifting exercises. Then it’s into the classroom for an in-depth look at the complex theories of chassis dynamics, before using a dynamic skid pad to explore the boundaries of grip, chassis manipulation, and driver sensitivity to feedback and control techniques. The first day ends with lapping session as participants begin to acclimatize themselves to the vehicle and challenges of Sonoma Raceway.
Day two opens with more driver technique training on both track and skid pad, as participants learn how to control the car at the limit of adhesion. Then, after an important class covering open lapping and the rules of the road, it’s time to take all those new skills onto the track in two adrenaline-pumping open-lapping sessions.
Day three builds on all the lessons learned during three open-lapping sessions plus the introduction of high speed aerodynamic driving exercises on full slick racing tires . Data acquisition is introduced on day 3 allowing the driver to focus on the finer points of his or her performance. Successful completion of this third day qualifies you to obtain your SCCA Full Competition Racing License.
With its one-on-one instruction and cutting-edge training tools, some of the world’s best drivers have already benefited from this advanced program, which offers a unique opportunity to explore Sonoma Raceway at full racing speeds and downforce levels and allows drivers to perfect the fine details that can make all the difference on race day.