AM Skills, Novice HP & PM Lapping with ProFormance Racing School

14 Sept 2017 Kent, WA – Becoming a better driver, no matter your age or gender is but a short drive to Pacific Raceways and the ProFormance Racing School located on the property. The school, instructed by Don Kitch has your butt on a stool as he explains what you will be going thru when you get behind the wheel and start the exercises.

New drivers are timid at first but after a few runs you grasp the idea of what this part of the school program wants to teach and you to learn. Catching on to what your car feels like when you do certain inputs to the steering wheel or brakes or both will show and teach you what to expect should you encounter it on the hi-ways and bi-ways.

Check out the ProFormance Racing School website for a date that fits and leave a better and more confident driver.

Images from all three sessions are now available – click here to go to the photo album.

Two Days of ProFormance Racing School Action at Pacific Raceways

06-07 Sept 2017 Kent, WA – A couple of days and two classes of students going thru the ProFormance Racing School end the sessions the same way – “better” driver’s than they were the day before.

Age or gender makes no difference, what you learn by taking the class is the same to all. You “will” become a better driver by doing so. It’s an active school for over twenty years and there are many more years of experience combined in the knowledge of owner Don Kitch and his instructors who by the way come from many forms of motorsports backgrounds.

There is little difference in what you feel when sudden inputs of steering or braking are done. Todays’ anti-lock brakes will let you do more than you think and learning what it “feels” like when using them suddenly and hard teaches more than you think.

Bring your car or use one of the school cars but do yourself and all around you and become a better driver by going thru the school. Go to the ProFormance Racing School web site and make a date.

Two albums this time – One for each day of action. Click on the links below for both the September 6th, and September 7th days of classes.

September 6th, 2017 – ProFormance Racing School Sessions Photos

September 7th, 2017 – ProFormance Racing School Sessions Photos

AM Skills, Novice HP & PM Lapping Action at ProFormance Racing School

27 July 2017 Kent, WA – Filling the classroom to its maximum takes better than 20 students. That means there has to be at least 10 instructors for two groups and the two exercises at each end of Pacific’s property. Putting the students thru the paces with direction and humor runs the operation that owner Don Kitch set forth.

Always growing picking up new talent in the instructor field the ProFormance Racing School is growing in that way also. You really need to check out this program for yourself, and once taken you will wonder why you did not do it sooner.

Images from all the action at Pacific are now available – click here to go to the photo album.

SeaTac Lighting & Control Visits ProFormance Racing School

26 July 2017 Kent, WA – Generally, the people who go through the ProFormance Racing School do not know each other and yes some do go to the school together. This day it became a day of learning something together for the owners and employees of SeaTac Lighting and Control.

Some brought their own cars; others used the school’s fleet of Toyotas. Watching the faces go from serious look to the biggest grins and smiles because this school is fun was awesome!

Images of the whole day are now available – click here to go to the photo album.

Go to the ProFormance website for info on a date for your company or group.

IRDC Milltek Sport Grand Prix at Pacific Raceways

23 July 2017 Kent, WA – IRDC racers filled the paddock area at Pacific Raceways for a weekend of racing on the 2.25 mile road course. Better than 150 entries in six race groups got a splendid weekend weather wise, though it was a tad hot in the afternoon on Saturday.

Qualifying in the morning then lunch and get after it for the afternoon of racing, that was the schedule each day with a racer and worker BBQ Saturday night.

Combining the sprint race into a non-points event, and also round #2 of qualifying into one race worked toward the championship race on Sunday.

Images From Sunday and Saturday’s Test Sessions are now available.  Be sure to check out both albums.

SATURDAY TEST SESSIONS LINK – CLICK HERE.

SUNDAY RACE IMAGES – CLICK HERE.

SUNDAY WINNERS

Group 1 – PRO3 – Brian Bercovitz – SPM – Dan Rogers

Group 2 – CR – Daniel Shradar – CR – Daniel Shradar – CSM – Todd Morin – EP – Chuck Arnold
HT – Jeremiah Russell – ITX – Jon Wilson – PRO7 – Phil Edwards – SM – Will Schrader

Group 3 – CF – Jeff Truess – FF – Mark Keller – FM – George Doran

Group 4 – GT1 – Gunther Hohagon – GT2 – John Schweitzer – GT3 – Bud Reichard – ITE – Dan Rogers
SE46 – Charles Hurley

Group 5 – EIP – Terry Overdiek – ITA – Colin Koehler

Group 6 – FSR – Richard Boggs – FV – Stephen Saslow

AM Skills, Novice HP & PM Lapping at ProFormance Racing School

19 July 2017 Kent, WA – Summertime and school are in full swing at ProFormance Racing School. Twenty students came to class today for their lessons in what the instructors pass on in four separate exercises.

Yes, it is what owner Don Kitch explains with diagrams and talk while you are sitting on a stool taking it all in. Now with the instructors at your door you are now in a better seat to understand what you just heard in class. The seat of your pants will tell you more of what you are learning, transferring into action what you are told by the instructor as you start and once again a de-brief after going thru the exercise.

Split into two groups of ten each going to both ends of the Pacific Raceways property each having two of the four exercises in the program. This fact also brought the need for extra instructors from the pool that work for Don and his program. Knowing now most of the instructors and every now and then some come and lend a hand when others cannot make it, it is summertime and vacation season after all.

Seeing a new face in the instructor group leads to an enquiry and a need for a mug shot. This mug shot not the typical I have done in the past as guys just stick their face at the camera and say shoot, no big deal. Shooting a female face is a whole new ball game though to my surprise Shannon McGuinness is one of the guys. No need to comb her long dark hair. ”It is what it is” she says and It’s all good. What a nice young lady with a background in PRO-3 racing bringing her smile and experience to pass on to other’s so they may become better drivers themselves. Hope to see her more and learn more of her background in racing and how she came to teaching.

Images from all the session are now available – click here to go to the photo album.

Two Days of Action at ProFormance Racing School

06 July 2017 Kent, WA – It was two days and two separate classes at the ProFormance Racing School at Pacific Raceways, but the same set of exercises for both. Wednesday saw a mix of cars and drivers with Thursday being women only and their daily drivers.

ProFormance Racing School and its instructors will take you through four exercises, two at each end of the Pacific Raceways property that will teach you what to do in case evasive action is needed when you are behind the wheel.

Two stages run you at 25 mph and two at 50 mph. Who knew that jamming on the brakes would bring a boatload of smiles after doing so. The feeling you get in the seat of your pants telling you what “you” told your car to do “will” teach what to do once you put “input” into the steering wheel.

All this is explained to you in the classroom by Don Kitch then put into practice on track overseen by the instructors and de-briefed by said instructors on what they seen and heard as you go thru each of the exercises. This all before noon then it’s out on the track with an instructor driving your car around the 2.25 mile road course for two laps on track showing you the correct way to complete a lap, then it’s your turn.

Drivers are usually timid at first then as the laps go by the times to lap the track get shorter in time, hence faster speeds and under control. Without a doubt the best bang for the buck you can do for yourself or your child.

Images for the two days are organized into two albums:

AM SKILLS, NOVICE HP & PM LAPPING – JULY 5th, 2017

WOMEN ONLY HIGH PERFORMANCE DRIVING EXPERIENCE – JULY 6th, 2017

Go to the ProFormance website for info on your date to become a better driver.

AM Skills – Novice HP PM Lapping at ProFormance Racing School

14 June 2017 Kent, WA – When it comes to “hands on” and the “seat” of your pants driving going thru the class at ProFormance Racing School will put you in touch with the road way more than a machine can provide. You will learn car control and what it feels like when an adverse situation presents itself and more importantly what to do when it does happen.

Yes, I do suppose you could go thru your entire driving life and never having to use what you learn in the school but the “law” of averages puts this in lotto winning odds. Going thru the school has to be the best bang for the buck you can do for yourself when you are behind the wheel. Really, go to the ProFormance Racing School website for a date to improve your driving skills.

Images of all the sessions are now available – click here to go to the photo album.

JFC Racing & PM Lapping at Pacific Raceways ProFormance Racing School

07 June 2017 Kent, WA – Testing new and improved parts and pieces is in most cases is done one thing at a time. Make too many changes at one time can throw you off track – was the changes due to this or that worked or did not work.

Data, it’s the key to seeing if the changes are working and by how much, or not. Always improving and evolving JFC Racing brought the Wolf GB08-MJ-V8 to Pacific Raceways with a host of upgrades and changes to test them.

New tires from Avon Tyre, upgraded CV joints, a better braking package and the electronic throttle package all needing to be tested. Of the four drivers that have had their hands on the steering wheel no one knows the car better than owner Miles Jackson. His seat time in the car gives his crew the feedback that the other drivers lack, making a pretty accurate assessment from what he is feeling. Over the span of three hours, coming out on the track making three or four laps logging the data and back to the pits to see what gains were made if any and make changes and on to the next change. This process is pretty much universal to all race teams and can be pretty mundane for the most part but the other side of the coin says “look what this did for us”. Those moments will bring big smiles to the team that their hard work will pay off when you keep pressure on yourself to always keep improving.

Now it’s back to the shop to fine tune the data, check the car from front to back and make any changes that may be needed then back to the road course to do it all over again. Go to JFCRacing.com and follow this local race team and their goals, and Good Luck on your next race.

The PM Lapping Course of ProFormance Racing also had track time today – and images are now available for all the action on the road course. Click here to go to the photo album.

A Mid-Week Day at Pacific Raceways

31 May 2017 Kent, WA – In a little over a twelve hour time period, multi-use venue Pacific Raceways hosted ProFormance Racing School in the morning to early afternoon. Then there was a transition to the dragstrip and run until curfew.

The driving school starts at 7:00 AM with classroom instructions given by owner Don Kitch. The students take in diagrams and discussion that once on the track you put to practice. Four stages set up, two on the west end of the track and two on the east end. Each exercise from the beginning leads to the next, incorporating what you just learned from the previous stage.

Then back to the classroom to talk about what you just went thru, and then out to your car or truck for one on one coaching with one of the many instructors that work with ProFormance Racing School. Going thru 20min. sessions with an instructor as co-pilot guiding you around the track on the proper line which equates to the “safest” and “fastest” way to run the track. Give ProFormance a call to find your date for school.

As the driving school finishes their day the dragstrip crew is hard at work prepping the surface for racing into the evening. This afternoon/evening brings the motorcycles and diesel-powered rigs for points racing. With a test & tune at the same time you never know who or what may be taking advantage.

Street cars, race cars and license up-grades all fall into the T&T lanes assigned to them, walk the lanes and see the wide range of people using them. For those racing the series in Diesel Hudson Myers picked up the trophy and William Nitta denied Deanna Pelletier her first win in the PRDC series.

Images are now available for the whole day at Pacific Raceways – Click here to enjoy a unique mix of images from both the road course and the dragstrip!