High Performance Sport Driving Day

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.

Check out the web site for ProFormance Racing School for school dates that fit your time frame and go do it and leave a better driver because of it.

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

Race Car Lapping Day At ProFormance Racing School

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.

The 25 minute sessions for the two groups seem to go by quickly but to the drivers the extra 10 minutes. (normal race time 15min.) seemed to go on like running two races in one.

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.

Images of all these ultra-cool race cars are now available – click here to go to the photo album.

All Day Lapping at ProFormance Racing School

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.

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

Wet Day For 2018 Hondafest NW

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.

Lots of images from the 2018 Hondafest are now available – click here

Teen Street Survival & PM Lapping at ProFormance Racing School

06 Apr 2018 Kent, WA – ProFormance Racing School and its program for the “Teens” brought in a packed classroom of young drivers and their parents for the second session this season.

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.

Images from the sessions today are now available – click here to go to the photos.

Two Days of Skills Clinics at ProFormance Racing School

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”

IMAGES FROM PROFORMANCE RACING SCHOOL – March 23rd, 2018

IMAGES FROM PROFORMANCE RACING SCHOOL – March 24th, 2018

Teen Street Survival Courses at ProFormance Racing School

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.

Images from both days are now available – click here to go to the photo album.

A Trio of Events at Pacific Raceways

13 Jan 2018 Kent, WA – Just the second weekend into the new year and Pacific Raceways is hosting a trio of happenings on the property. A full classroom for ProFormance Racing School to start the new year teaching students how to become better drivers when behind the wheel. Those brief seconds that your subconscious mind reacted to an issue because of what you learned in school can really be the difference between life and death.

In the upper paddock, the Avants ‘Drive Everything’ gathered for a “coffee” and car get together. Bringing together a number of car clubs and a whole bunch of like minded people to see what a lot had done to their rides. The things that are around both off the shelf and home made from are turning heads wondering “How” did you do that? Check this group out for their next “coffee” date.

Rounding out the “trio” of groups using the property is the UW Department of Mechanical Engineering brought out one of their projects to do some “traction control” testing and data gathering. Not the first time they have been out and I’m sure it won’t be the last.

All in all a great day of fun and learning and sight seeing on the Pacific Raceways property.

Lots of great images today – they are now available in the image gallery – click here to go to the photo album.

Final Classes of 2017 at ProFormance Racing School

09 Dec 2017 Kent, WA – Putting a period on the 2017 ProFormance Racing School season as this day is the final of the year. The weather on this crisp and cold December played along as no rain or snow hampering the day.

As the day progressed the sun melted away the frost and ice along with chill warming the body enough to shed the heavy coats that started the day. For the students it was hard to keep the window down as required by the instructors so they may talk to you after each pass on the four different exercises, but I’m sure that the heaters were on full blast keeping the chill at bay.

The new year is about here, and the winter dates are there for you to take advantage of the school and what you “WILL” learn to become a better driver. Go to the ProFormance Racing School website for your date.

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

Toys For Tots – NW Toy Drive at Pacific Raceways

03 Dec 2017 Kent, WA – Each December Pacific Raceways property plays host to some very generous people. The annual NW Toy Drive benefiting Toys for Tots. 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 2.25mi. Track a “lead/follow” overseen by ProFormance Racing School and Don Kitch 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 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.

Till next year Happy Holidays to all.

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