22 April 2018 Kent, WA – After the rain-out of race #1 it was great to see the sunshine but still covered in coats and sweatshirts as the wind was a bit chilly. It was great to see all the racers eager to hit the tree, many for the first time this season thus filling all the classes in the Swift Tool Series.
20 April 2018 Kent, WA – The last post was all about pure race cars and competition licensed drivers. Today it is a mix of club cars, those drivers that have street driven cars that have gone thru the school and a mix of pure race car and drivers. Again, the chance for those shaking down a new build or up grades to the current car to make sure things are working as predicted.
Adding to the goings on today a film crew named Rennkamera.com led by Craig Brooks was out to put together a video for Don Kitch and ProFormance Racing School to use in the classroom. Always moving forward to aid in the teaching of new students to the program Don understands that in his teaching explaining something is much better received with the aid of video as most all people do a lot better when shown something as apposed just explaining the point you are trying to get across.
18 April 2018 Kent, WA – A non-race pure lapping day at the track in a 100% race car has to be a joy for the driver and crew. With no pressure that is around on a race day the relaxed atmosphere showed everywhere.
This was the first time out this season time for learning a new car all together. Testing all the changes, getting your rear-end learning the new or remembering that feeling of G-forces cornering at speed and the push back in the seat as you floor the gas peddle down the straightaway.
All in all it was a great day for the 100% race car lapping program. Also a big shout out to the Briscoe Family who with the Ferrari trailer as a backdrop, provided food and drinks for everyone during the lunch break.
15 Apr 2018 Kent, WA – The first all day lapping for the year brought a number of drivers out for the day. Mother Nature though more than likely kept a lot away as it rained overnight soaking the track surface making race tires useless.
As the day progressed the track dried and the lap times got better and bringing out the race tires for that traction needed for the better lap times. In the 30min. sessions you can roll off 40mi. on the odometer around the 2.25mi. track with some pretty fast speeds coming off the straight stretch heading into turn 2.
Come the next all day lapping as we head into better weather a nice 70 and sunny forecast will bring out the faster lappers for a day of fun. Keep an eye on the ProFormance Racing School web site for the upcoming date.
08 Apr 2018 Kent, WA – The 5th annual Hondafest NW put all the car show entries on the same playing field – “wet”. Under the rainy skies the paint that pops in the sunshine is now a shine wet look that unless under a pop-up blends in with all the other wet entries. For a look at the car show images go to www.nwmotiv.com .
In addition to the car show, there were vendors of various types – the Speed Factory group showed the Honda crowd their race car driven by James Kempf and the smell of hot food was put out by Bigfoods.
The other action was on the road course. In what is called “Lead/Follow” Don Kitch owner of ProFormance Racing School lead groups of people in their cars around the 2.25 mi. track. After a driver’s meeting where Don expresses to those in the group that this is not a race, it is where I go, you go and no lagging behind to speed up later and making sure I have in the “Follow” car the general manager of Pacific Raceways John Ramsey and he has a radio. Not needed this day as the speeds were held in check by the water Mother Nature was pouring on everyone all day, though these conditions are one of the elements that ProFormance Racing School uses in it’s AM Skills program. Learning what your car is doing when it is wet putd thru the school program. Check the ProFormance Racing School web site for a date for you.
One final item for the day was a 1963 MG B racecar out making laps letting all know about the SOVREN Spring Sprints hitting the track the end of this month. This MG is from Chehalis, Wa. In 1996 it was restored to race condition and in 1998 and raced in the SOVREN events since and was conference champion for three years in the 1980’s. Check out this car and many more the 27th, 28th and 29th for the SOVREN Spring Sprints.
As young driver’s hit the road with the basic skills from a driver’s training program and its rules and regulations what is missing is the “What if’s”. Going thru this program will put you in those “what if’s” in a safe and controlled manner to which you as the driver will “feel” and how to react to it.
Adding this information spelled out in the classroom by owner Don Kitch and put into practice by his stable of instructors you will drive away at the end of the day a more confident and better driver.
For your turn at the class go to the ProFormance Racing School page and set a date.
Cold and cloudy for the early morning then the sun was in and out of the clouds all day. At times the lanes were filled back around the curve. As the rounds of racers in cars, trucks, bikes and Jr. Dragsters moved on like clock-work a testament to the dragstrip crew keeping things running smooth.
The winners here today were all those that came out on a chilly Sunday for a Test and Tune. No April Fools here the next date will start the season for the Jr.’s along with a test and tune, see you then.
24 Mar 2018 Kent, WA – These two classes though the same in instruction were a world apart when it came to the weather. Friday it rained then it would hail then the fat wet flakes came with the rain and not to forget the sleet and wind. Not part of their normal attire each of the instructors had a bumbershoot to help fight “Mother Nature”.
Saturday hey no rain but everyone was greeted with a fresh blanket of snow and bright sunny skies. No umbrellas needed today just an extra layer for a few hours as the sun brought a whole bunch of warmth.
The point being no matter the weather when you sign up for the ProFormance Racing School program next week or a year from now the only change will be the weather. The program that Don Kitch put together and is carried out by his crew of instructors is like clockwork transferring what Don described to you in the classroom to you now on the track. At the end of the day you drive away way better connected to your ride then when you started the day and in the end you are a better driver because of what the school got you aware of.
Two albums of images, one for each day. Make sure and check out the images from Saturday too – some very unique shots of “Racing In The Snow”
18 Mar 2018 Kent, WA – The 2018 season for Pacific Raceways got off to a little slow start as Mother Nature decided to rain on the parade with an early morning shower. With late winter temps the moisture takes way more work to eliminate than the warmer temps of spring and summer.
04 March 2018 Kent, WA – The right of passage as a teen would be getting your driver’s license. Going thru either a public or private training program what they teach you is all good but it’s not enough. Learning to park between cars and learning what the road sign is telling you is important but learning what you are driving is telling you is way more important.
ProFormance Racing School with backing from the Michael’s Automotive Group and Les Schwab put those 15 to 18 year old teens and teach them what is not in driver’s training programs. What will your car or truck do if you encounter this or if you do this what will happen?
The collision avoidance part of the course receives the most comments to the school by those that have gone thru the class no matter your age. If you have a teen getting ready to drive putting them into this program is the best thin you can do for them in to prepare for the open road and what they may encounter.
For more info go to the ProFormance Racing School for the next date for your teen.