Whether you have yet to set tires on a track or want to better your performance driving skills, our ASN-approved curriculum is designed to give you the tools to master every corner. During these sessions, the only competition you have is you. Area 27 is setting a new standard for private track education, we provide motorsport enthusiasts with performance driving skills on a world-class circuit – even better? These courses are available to the public. Head coach Kees Nierop and our team of professionals will teach you how to safely explore the limits of your vehicle.

Register today and discover your life on track.

Introducing the

The Camaro Driving Academy is setting a new standard in high-performance driver education, previously known as the Academy 27’s 2.5-Day Academy. Camaro Driving Academy’s curriculum is designed to give you the right tools to master every corner. Motorsports enthusiasts of all experience levels have an opportunity to drive on Canada’s most exclusive circuit.

Drivers will first spend time in the classroom as our team take you through a theory session covering seating position, braking technique, and discussing the circuit’s driving line. Day 1 on track, drivers will be ready to take in the circuit applying several performance techniques including cornering phases and weight transfer. By Day 2, drivers will be taking full advantage of open sessions with one-on-one feedback from each of our instructors offering comprehensive performance evaluations.

Course Rate without Car: $2,795  |  Course Rate with Car: $3,995 +GST 


Up to 18 students with Chevrolet provided Camaro 1LE track cars

Academy instructors provide ASN/FIA certified curriculum 

2-hour theory with supplemental booklet

Review of Camaro 1LE performance features including seating position

Challenging corner set-up, entry, and exit phases

Controlled short-course lapping

Controlled lapping with one-on-one coaches critique on full circuit

Open lapping with one-on-one coaches critique on full circuit

Graduation certificate of completion 

*$2,000 CAD damage deposit required on a Camaro rental for the 2.5-Day program.
**This schedule is a rough guideline for the program and may not be exactly as stated.
***Drivers must have prior experience driving manual transmission
**** Includes 2-days on track, vehicle, fuel, daily lunch & dinner after Day 1.







September 4 – 6 – SOLD OUT  |  October 18 – 20  |  October 20 – 22  |  October 23 – 25

Camaro Academy Sponsors



  • Winner of the legendary Sebring 12 Hours of Endurance race
  • Porsche factory driver at the 1987 LeMans 24hr and Daytona
  • Canadian GT-1 Champion
  • Rothmans Porsche 944 Champion
  • The only Canadian to have his name on a Porsche factory race car displayed in the new Porsche Museum in Germany.

Kees Nierop

Chief Instructor

  • 5 time winner of the IndyCar Series, 24 podium finishes
  • Winner of the 1996 Player's Toyota Atlantic Championship
  • Most consecutive wins (8), most wins in a season (9), also most consecutive wins from pole (8), most laps led in a season and most accumulated points in a season (239pts)
  • NASCAR, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, driving the No. 32 Ford Fusion for Go FAS Racing.

Patrick Carpentier

Guest Instructor

  • 2017 Race of Champions race winner
  • 2017 IMSA LMP3 podium finisher
  • Nissan Micra Cup multiple race winner (2015-2017)
  • Formula car background: F1600, USF2000, Star Mazda, Indy Lights (2009-2013)
  • Raced for NASCAR Canada in 2014
  • 2011 Western Canadian Driver of the Year

Stefan Rzadzinski


  • 10+ years racing experience
  • Two time Porsche GT3 Cup Canada Champion
  • USF2000 Champion
  • Pro Mazda Championship 2nd Place
  • Indy Lights Podium Finisher

Scott Hargrove


  • Driver for OpenRoad AutoGroup & OpenRoad Racing
  • Podium finisher IMSA Weathertech Prototype Championship
  • Race winner of Continental Sports Car Championship
  • Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge 2014 Rookie of the Year
  • Top 5 Finisher of the Daytona 24 Hour Race

Remo Ruscitti


  • Finished 3rd in the 2016 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar championship driving a Porsche GT4 with 3 wins and 3 podiums
  • Finished 2nd in the 2017 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar championship driving a Porsche GT4 with a win at Daytona and two podiums
  • Finished 1st in class in the 2017 25 Hours of Thunderhill endurance race
  • Finished P3 in round 2 of the 2017 Worlds Finals Lamborghini SuperTrofeo in Imola
  • Currently competing in the 2018 IMSA Prototype Challenge in a Ligier LMP3

Cameron Cassels


  • Broke track record for the series at Laguna Seca in first career road race
  • 1 win and 2 podiums in 5 starts of Skip Barber Challenge
  • 3 wins, 5 podiums, 2 track records in a limited conference season in a Porsche 911

Zac Zawisza


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In the classroom:

  • Theory reviewing student notebook, including rider assessment 

  • Track safety – including instruction on the various flags and their meanings, with proper pit entry and exit procedures​

On the circuit:

  • Bike placement and vision focus techniques

  • Body position & timing

  • Fine tuning motor controls

  • Entry / Exit balanced corners

Putting it all together:

  • Open-on-one feedback with video review

  • Comprehensive performance evaluation – “Whats Holding you Back” discussion

Cost per Participant: $2,600 +GST 

2-dAy motorcycle Academy

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1-Day Advanced Lapping

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This 1-day course is designed for drivers who have previous experience with an accredited performance driving school and who would like to improve their skills.

Lunch will be provided for participants.

Participants are required to successfully complete Academy 27’s 2.5 Day Driving Course prior to being eligible for the 1 Day Advanced Lapping Course.

Contact us for pricing 

1-Day Race prep

Area 27’s race preparation course will focus on strategy, passing, vision, and how to begin  a race.

This course is perfect for those interested in getting involved with Area 27’s Members’ Club Racing program, especially as it expands to 5 race weekends in 2019.


Contact us for pricing

1-Day Race


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