Mustangs galloped with Track Guys at Sebring International Raceway
By Steve Turner
Photos by Steve Turner and courtesy of VMP Tuning
Over the last 14 years, Track Guys hosted a performance-driving event at Sebring International Raceway. Some years it was affiliated with the SVTOA or a Ford aftermarket company, but no matter what sponsors were involved, there were always a lot of high-performance Fords in attendance, and this year was no different. In fact, at the event held on the last weekend in May, there was everything from vintage rides to the latest 2015 Mustangs lapping the historic, 3.7-mile course.
â€œTrack Guys events are not wheel-to-wheel racing events. Track Guys events are performance driving education events where you learn at your own pace, with plenty of classroom sessions and seat time out on the track to help you â€˜get it right.â€™ Youâ€™ll even have the chance to go for some at-speed rides with our instructors,â€ says the company. â€œTrack Guys events are open to drivers of all skill and experience levels. From pure first-timer to experience veteran, Track Guys programs provide a safe, fun and educational driving environment for everyone. Beginning and Novice level drivers get their own classroom sessions and in-car instructors, while Intermediate and Advanced drivers are in run groups with others of similar experience.â€
At Sebring the cars were divided into four run groups based on driver skill. The Track Guys team kept the program running on a tight schedule, so every group got plenty of track time, and the drivers were able to learn have a lot of fun. We had a blast seeing and hearing all the awesome Ford performance hardware zooming by our cameras.
For those that gained confidence in the first day of the school, there was a new offering at this yearâ€™s event, the Steeda Hot Lap Challenge. Drivers were able to sign up for one of three classesâ€”Stock, Modified, and Raceâ€”and have their lap times recorded by a transponder. As the event wound down on Sunday, Track Guys awarded trophies to the four quickest vehicles in each class.
If youâ€™ve always dreamed of running on a road course, but were held back by inexperience, these events are the best way to get on track and improve yours skills. Track Guys runs six events across the country, so if this kind of thing sounds like fun to you, be sure to hit up the Track GuysÂ site and see if thereâ€™s one coming to your area.
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