26 Jan 2019 Kent, WA – It was a classroom full of students and a paddock loaded with lappers out to take advantage of the great winter driving weather at ProFormance Racing School. For the students sitting in the classroom at the Performance Racing School the unknown is about to be pointed out with discussion and charts.
Owner and instructor Don Kitch will guide you thru the four exercises you will be doing and the correct way to navigate the 2.25 mile track at Pacific Raceways. Going thru the class will open your eyes to the things that you may and will confront out on the hi-ways and bi-ways and how to safely navigate thru them when it happens.
Young drivers, seasoned drivers and even bucket listers praise the program at the end of the day. Contact Performance Racing School and learn what they are talking about.
15 Dec 2018 Kent, WA – Tis the end of the school season for Performance Racing School and 2018. To all those that went to school this year, Great Job, to all those that have not you are missing out on becoming a better and safer driver on the hi-ways and bi-ways.
Knowing and feeling what your auto is doing when turning and slamming on the binders will tune you into what to expect and how to react when doing so is just one portion of what Don Kitch and his staff of instructors teach you in a day long session.
Want a great X-Mas present for a loved one or even for yourself? Sign up for a class after the holidays at the Performance Racing School web site and start the new year by becoming a better driver.
02 Dec 2018 Kent, WA – Each December the Pacific Raceways property plays host to some very generous people. The annual NW Toy Drive benefiting Toys for Tots, is sponsored by Lexus of Bellevue.
Thousands of folks brought their un-wrapped gifts or cash donation for the Marine Corps Reserve program.
Combine this with holiday music and vendors covering the many cars out for the car show gathering. Out on the 2.25 mile track a “lead/follow” run was overseen by ProFormance Racing School giving those who take part an idea of what it feels like to drive a road course.
In the house, Santa and his helpers were on hand accepting gifts and posing for pictures, also on hand was Ed Troyer from the Pierce County Toys for Tots program. Every year that I have covered this event it has gotten bigger and bigger thus proving the generosity of the NW to those in need.
This year exceeded last year’s total when combining cash donations and boxes of toys and those taking part in the lead/follow is growing in popularity. Great job by all those involved as it takes many to help bring it together each year.
01 Dec 2018 Kent, WA – Word continues to spread from the students that have gone thru the ProFormance Racing School program and how you should make time to take yourself to school.
The newer cars are becoming more and more controlled by what you don’t see. Testing these controlling parts will tell you thru the seat of your pants what your car feels like when doing so. Anti-lock brakes when put into action while going 50 mph all the while putting steering input to avoid a collision will get your attention.
When done as instructed by the crew of very experienced drivers themselves you feel it and you get it after done a few times.
This just one of the exercises the school puts you thru with in classroom and on the grounds teaching by Don Kitch.
Your new car is a big investment, help yourself and your investment by going thru the school, contact them on their website and book a date.
20 Oct 2018 Kent, WA – The end of the season for the dragstrip at Pacific Raceways is a test and tune/gambler race, and as always weather permitting. This day started at daylight with 100% humidity and visibility less than 1/8th mile and the sun no where in sight until the fog lifts.
The previous few days this was the pattern between 9 and 10 am then the fog was gone and things warmed up nicely to the 60’s. This day however “Mother Nature” had other plans for the 175 plus racers and the area around the dragstrip, though just a few hundred feet in elevation it is sunny and warm while here it is, see your breath chilly and you can see barely a mile.
Track temps now in the 60’s with “street” tires only running the track and little by little warming the surface as the sun is now peeking thru the fog aiding in the process to prep the track for cars with the “slick” tires to make runs.
With the sun out nicely and everyone having made a run, it was time for the “Gambler”. The race is one run only and the “best package” takes the cash.
Two “winners” emerge, electronic and non-electronic, each earning a “GIFT” package of Bardahl products provided by sales representative Renea Berger who shared the winners circle with the electronics winner Mary Burckhard and drag strip manager Ed Garfield.
Taking home all the way to Mission, BC in the non-electronics class is Chris Stone in his ’68 Dart laying down a 0.040 package. Congratulations to both winners and see you sometime mid-March for the next TnT.
13 Oct 2018 Kent, WA – The West Coast Grudge Series ended their 2018 season with a bonus day of racing. The last date was added after the last race was rained out and it turned out to be a great move for the racers and spectators alike.
Pairing up with a test and tune date already on the docket brought over 200 entries eager to hit the instant green and 1/8th mile distance, and many hit speeds over 150 mph.
A huge thing for the series is the spectators that come out and watch these wicked machines do battle – the stands filled with more people than all the previous dates put together, it was great to see that and I am sure that the great weather that “Mother Nature” provided helped.
To all those involved in bringing this series to the northwest, Congrats to all your hard earned efforts and a job well done. From an idea born from Mike Bader and Dave Stolz and grabbed by the horns, Willy Peterson and his gang have built a series that will continue to evolve as the years go by.
We will see more and more bad fast cars and trucks to the Northwest and “Instant Green” racing.
07 Oct 2018 Kent, WA – October racing in the northwest or as some say the “Northwet” is always a gamble. Todays ability to go on the smart phone and see what the weather is doing and forecasted to do just about to the second can be a blessing or a curse.
Adding to that the direction from which the weather is coming can by just a scant mile be totally different. This became the factor in in which the date became a “rainout” as Pacific Raceway was just inside the border of rain/no-rain and just enough came down to make it un-safe and irritate everyone.
05 Oct 2018 Kent, WA – As fall and winter driving is upon us the changes to your driving style come about. Slick surfaces just jump up in the roads after baking all summer long. Now in a classroom warm and dry as the rain comes down outside and you hear that your day is not ruined because of the rain, as a matter of fact it will help you grasp what the instructors are trying to teach you.
In this case the rain is an aid and not a deterrent. The skills you gain from taking the class can and will help your driving here in the great “Northwet” season. Contact ProFormance Racing School for your date to become a better driver in the rain.
15 Sept 2018 Kent, WA – September racing in the northwest can be anywhere from a sunny and 80-degree day or 50 degrees and rain or anything in-between. Last year it was high overcast skies and a completed race – this year though “Mother Nature and Murphy” had other plans.
The driver’s meeting finished and it was off to time trials for the four classes set for this event. Nearing a dozen passes into time trials the drops on the windshields began, not a downpour, not even really rain but just enough to make a prepped track un-raceable.
To all just enough to irritate those using the dragstrip and car show entries grabbing their shammies to get rid of it. Such is the waiting game with “Mother Nature”.
With a break in the rain and the track dry though it is now only 1/8th mi. race due to safety then that partner to “Mother Nature” reared its ugly head on the first pair down the track with the left lane dropping rear end parts on the starting line. It was a mad scramble to clean the mess and get back to time trials as the window of no rain was closing in on the area.
A great job by the track crew in dealing with the “Murphy’s Law” portion of the day in the cleanup but to no avail as the rain returned and ruined all the good work to get back to racing to all but the Cornwell Tools trucks as three pair took a trip down the track and had to be a highlight for the drivers.
Let’s hope the weather next year is on the better side and the cohorts that invaded the event stay away.