Finally! After a seemingly endless drought where free manufacturer driving events were either killed by the economy or very private, exclusive and narrowly targeted comes word of a seemingly open and public one (although, as always, these are first come-first served). I'm talking about the Ford Focus ST Performance Academy
for Ford's new hot hatch. As WardsAuto
describes it, "The driving events will take place on Saturdays in June, July and August in each market on closed courses. They will feature a fleet of Focus STs for professional performance driver training, timed autocross competition and pre-event racing instruction".
Here's the precise schedule:
Saturday 30 June - IZOD Center in New York
Saturday 14 July - FedEx Field in Washington, D.C.
Saturday 21 July - Gillette Stadium in Boston
Saturday 4 August - Candlestick Park in San Francisco
Saturday 11 August - Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles
To register: Focus ST Performance Academy
And, if you're bummed out like I am that this event isn't coming to your area, here's a link to lobby for a stop near you:
Focus ST Performance Academy