The Camaro Driving Academy is setting a new standard in high-performance driver education. The 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, taking advantage of programs Level 1 through Level 3.

Drivers will spend time with Kees Nierop, Chief Instructor, and his accomplished driving instructors as they take you from classroom theory to testing your skills on track. Learn the essential skills to master any track from some of Canada’s top drivers on the most technically demanding circuit, join the academy today.

                           

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Get a taste of Canada’s most exclusive and technically demanding motorsports circuit. Designed for drivers of all levels, this program provides participants with an introduction to high performance driving and focuses on developing the fundamental skills towards open lapping at Area 27.

Explore the basics of car control with hands on training. Drivers will have ample time to sharpen techniques such as accurate steering, corner entry & exit, and braking & downshifting as our team of highly skilled coaches lead drivers through all 16 turns of the circuit.

Once you get a taste, explore our 2.5-day academy to take your performance driving skills to the next level.

    COURSE RATES  

    Personal Vehicle: $600.00 +GST  |  V6 RS 1LE: $1,200.00 +GST  |  V8 SS 1LE: $1,400.00 +GST

    Level 1

    1-dAy Area 27 experience 

    COURSE HIGHLIGHTS

    Up to 15 students 

    Limited program dates per season

    Controlled full circuit lapping with one-on-one instructor’s critique and feedback

     

    * Drivers must be a minimum of 18 years of age (some exceptions apply)
    ** Level 1 track experience program is not a sanctioned driving school, and as such cannot be used as a credential for open lapping at Area 27 or other race circuits.

    August 28  *SOLD OUT*  |  October 6

    Level 2

    2.5-dAy driving academy 

    COURSE HIGHLIGHTS

    Up to 16 students with Area 27 and GM Canada provided Camaro 1LE track cars

    Academy instructors provide FIA certified curriculum 

    2-hour in class theory session with comprehensive course handbook

    Review of Camaro 1LE performance features

    Challenging corner set-up, entry, and exit phases

    Track safety and flag definition

    Controlled short-course lapping lead follow and open lapping

    Controlled full circuit lapping with one-on-one instructor’s critique and feedback

    Graduation certificate of completion 

    *This schedule is a rough guideline for the program and may not be exactly as stated
    **Includes 2-days on track, vehicle, fuel, daily lunch & dinner after Day 1

     

    Drivers will first spend time in the classroom with Kees Nierop, Chief Instructor, and his accomplished driving instructors as they take you through a theory session covering track terminology and safety, braking technique, and proper driving.

    Day 1 on track, drivers will be ready to take in the circuit applying several performance techniques including weight transfer, corner set-up, entry and exit phases, all while building up to short course open lapping. On Day 2, drivers will take advantage of the full circuit starting with a morning track walk, followed by instructor led lapping with one-on-one feedback from each instructor. Drivers will then have the ability to experience full circuit open lapping with comprehensive group and individual performance evaluations.

    Drivers learn the essential skills to master any track, theory combined with practice of fundamentals, on the most technically demanding circuit. Upon successful completion of the 2.5-Day Camaro Driving Academy, drivers will be recognized with a certificate of graduation.

    COURSE RATES

          V6 RS 1LE: $3,795.00   |   V8 SS 1LE: $4,195.00 +GST  

    ZL1 1LE: $4,795 +GST 

    April 1 – 3  |  April 3 – 5  |  April 29 – May 1 *SOLD OUT*     

    May 29 – 31   |  June 26 – 28 *SOLD OUT* |  July 1 – 3  |  

    July 3 – 5    |  August 14 – 16  |  August 28 – 30 *SOLD OUT*    

     September 21 –  23   |   October 16 – 18   |   October 18 – 20

     

    The exhilarating Performance Data Recorder (PDR) Advanced Lapping course combines state of the art motorsport data acquisition with expert driver instruction. The Camaro 1LE track package cars come equipped with the latest performance data recorder monitoring all driving dynamics during a track session. Our team of highly skilled coaches are able to dissect the data using the Cosworth Race Engineering tool box. The detailed analysis will reveal which sections of the track students are doing well, and which sections need improvement. This course is tailor made to develop driver precision, to become smoother, and to go quicker.

    Drivers will develop their trail braking technique, optimizing brake pressure in order to maximize corner entry. Apex speed, position, and steering angle, all contribute to higher exit speeds and lower lap times. If you have already completed the 2.5 day Camaro Driving Academy then the PDR Advanced Lapping is the next step to take you to the next level.

    COURSE RATES

     V8 SS 1LE: $2,495.00 +GST  |  ZL1 1LE: $2,895 +GST

    Level 3

    1-dAy PDR

    Advanced lapping 

    COURSE HIGHLIGHTS

    Maximum of 3 students per instructor ratio.

    Advanced trail braking technique track session lesson

    Baseline lapping and Data Card initialization

    Lead follow SD card data collection

    Open lapping with instructor observation

    Classroom data analysis with instructor input

    Continued lapping and data analysis with driver objectives set

     

    Level 1

    1-dAy Area 27 experience 

    COURSE HIGHLIGHTS

    Up to 15 students 

    Limited program dates per season

    Controlled full circuit lapping with one-on-one instructor’s critique and feedback

     

    * Drivers must be a minimum of 18 years of age (some exceptions apply)
    **Level 1 track experience program is not a sanctioned driving school, and as such cannot be used as a credential for open lapping at Area 27 or other race circuits.

     

    Get a taste of Canada’s most exclusive and technically demanding motorsports circuit. Designed for drivers of all levels, this program provides participants with an introduction to high performance driving and focuses on developing the fundamental skills towards open lapping at Area 27.

    Explore the basics of car control with hands on training. Drivers will have ample time to sharpen techniques such as accurate steering, corner entry & exit and, braking & downshifting as our team of highly skilled coaches lead drivers through all 16 turns of the circuit.

    Once you get a taste, explore our 2.5-day academy to take your performance driving skills to the next level.

      JUNE 26, 2020 | COURSE RATES  

      Personal Vehicle: $600.00 +GST  |  V6 RS 1LE: $1,200.00 +GST  |  V8 SS 1LE: $1,300.00 +GST

      Level 2

      2.5-DAY CAMARO DRIVING ACADEMY 

      April 1 – 3  |  April 3 – 5  |  April 29 – May 1 *SOLD OUT*     

      May 29 – 31   |  June 26 – 28  |  July 1 – 3  |  July 3 – 5    

       August 12 – 14  |  August 14 – 16  |  August 28 – 30     

       September 21 –  23   |   October 16 – 18   |   October 18 – 20

       

       

      COURSE HIGHLIGHTS

       

      Up to 16 students with Area 27 and GM Canada provided Camaro 1LE track cars

      Academy instructors provide FIA certified curriculum

      2-hour in class theory session with comprehensive course handbook

      Review of Camaro 1LE performance features

      Challenging corner set-up, entry, and exit phases

      Track safety and flag definition

      Controlled short-course lapping lead follow and open lapping

      Controlled full circuit lapping with one-on-one instructor’s critique and feedback

      Graduation certificate of completion 

       

      *This schedule is a rough guideline for the program and may not be exactly as stated
      **Includes 2-days on track, vehicle, fuel, daily lunch & dinner after Day 1

       

       

       

       

      Drivers will first spend time in the classroom with Kees Nierop, Chief Instructor, and his accomplished driving instructors as they take you through a theory session covering track terminology and safety, braking technique, and proper driving.

      Day 1 on track, drivers will be ready to take in the circuit applying several performance techniques including weight transfer, corner set-up, entry and exit phases, all while building up to short course open lapping. On Day 2, drivers will take advantage of the full circuit starting with a morning track walk, followed by instructor led lapping with one-on-one feedback from each instructor. Drivers will then have the ability to experience full circuit open lapping with comprehensive group and individual performance evaluations.

      Drivers learn the essential skills to master any track, theory combined with practice of fundamentals, on the most technically demanding circuit. Upon successful completion of the 2.5-Day Camaro Driving Academy, drivers will be recognized with a certificate of graduation.

      COURSE RATES

            V6 RS 1LE: $3,795.00   |   V8 SS 1LE: $4,195.00 +GST  

      ZL1 1LE: $4,495 +GST 

      Level 3

      1-dAy pdr advanced lapping 

      COURSE HIGHLIGHTS

      Maximum of 3 students per instructor ratio.

      Advanced trail braking technique track session lesson

      Baseline lapping and Data Card initialization

      Lead follow SD card data collection

      Open lapping with instructor observation

      Classroom data analysis with instructor input

      Continued lapping and data analysis with driver objectives set

       

      The exhilarating Performance Data Recorder (PDR) Advanced Lapping course combines state of the art motorsport data acquisition with expert driver instruction. The Camaro 1LE track package cars come equipped with the latest performance data recorder monitoring all driving dynamics during a track session. Our team of highly skilled coaches are able to dissect the data using the Cosworth Race Engineering tool box. The detailed analysis will reveal which sections of the track students are doing well, and which sections need improvement. This course is tailor made to develop driver precision, to become smoother, and to go quicker.

      Drivers will develop their trail braking technique, optimizing brake pressure in order to maximize corner entry. Apex speed, position, and steering angle, all contribute to higher exit speeds and lower lap times. If you have already completed the 2.5 day Camaro Driving Academy then the PDR Advanced Lapping is the next step to take you to the next level.

      COURSE RATES

       V8 SS 1LE: $2,495.00 +GST  |  ZL1 1LE: $2,895 +GST

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      Where attention to detail and personal service is as unmatched and unique as the experience and amenities. 

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      MEET THE ACADEMY EXPERTS

      • 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

      • Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY
      • International GT3 Racing
      • Porsche Cup Canada
      • Hankook/ATLAS BX Test Driver
      • 2017 Race of Champions race winner
      • 2017 IMSA LMP3 podium finisher
      • Formula car and prototype experience: Road to Indy, LMP3

      Stefan Rzadzinski

      Instructor

      • 10+ years racing experience
      • 2019: IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship Podium Finisher
      • 2018: Pirelli World Challenge Champion
      • Two time Porsche GT3 Cup Canada Champion
      • USF2000 Champion
      • Pro Mazda Championship 2nd Place
      • Indy Lights Podium Finisher
      • Extensive relationship with Porsche Motorsport

      Scott Hargrove

      Instructor

      • 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

      Instructor

      • 2019 IMSA WeatherTech Endurance Championship in LMP2
      • Finished 2nd 2019 Daytona 24 Hours in LMP2
      • Finished 3rd in 2019 IMSA Lamborghini Super Trofeo
      • 2018 IMSA Masters Champion in LMP3
      • Finished 2nd and 3rd in 2016 and 2017 in IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge
      • Currently competing in the 2020 IMSA WeatherTech Series in an LMP2 and the IMSA Prototype Challenge in a Ligier LMP3
      • Currently competing in the 2018 IMSA Prototype Challenge in a Ligier LMP3

      Cameron Cassels

      Instructor

      • 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

      Instructor

      Camaro Academy Sponsors

      Area 27 Motorsports Park
      127 Area 27 Drive, Oliver BC V0H 1T0
      113-437 Martin St, Suite 312, Penticton, BC, V2A 5L1
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