These are hardly your only factory-backed options, as nearly every manufacturer building sports (or even sporty) cars these days has a tie-in to a driving school that’s ready, willing and able to show you the capabilities of your new ride. One notable exception, until now at least, has been MINI.
That changes with the announcement of the MINI Performance Motoring School, run by Miles Ahead teen driver safety program co-founder (and Indy 500 veteran) Stephan Gregoire. In fact, MINI is billing its Performance Motoring School as an extension of the Miles Ahead program, with a curriculum tailored to more experienced drivers.
Classes will be run at the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway, using 2013 MINI John Cooper Works Hardtops on the track’s infield road course. Miles Ahead is the only driving school licensed to conduct training on the Speedway grounds, and it’s hallowed history may be reason enough to attend the school.
If the location isn’t enough to convince you, consider the list of instructors, which includes both Gregoire and fellow IndyCar alum Alex Lloyd, along with Stefan Wilson, Dan Clark, Stephen Simpson, Zach Veach, Dillon Battisitini and Ryan Lewis.
A one-day school is priced at $995, but an additional $250 will allow two drivers to share the same vehicle. You won’t get as much seat time, but it does lower the price of the school to just $622.50 per person.
Classes will be run from June to November, so if you want to book a spot, head on over to the Miles Ahead website to get started.