Back To School Track Day @ Big Willow

Photo by Larry Mason

     It was a great day on Saturday, September 4, 2021 when Fast Lane Racing School hosted a track day for former students, friends and family. Also included were racers from the Sports Car Club of America’s Cal Club region and from the Vintage Auto Racing Association. All those present got together to spend time pounding laps around the “Fastest Road in the West” – Willow Springs International Raceway. There were three run groups that comprised beginner/intermediate, advanced and an open wheel group that rotated every 20 minutes for their on-track sessions during the day. In between sessions, Fast Lane instructors were there to coach and encourage the participants in their quest for speed around the track. 

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      It certainly wasn’t your typical track day as the variety of cars was extensive combining high performance vehicles and open-wheel formula cars and open cockpit sports racing machines. Additionally, it also marked the debut of the Fast Lane Racing School Indy Lights race car on track. The Buick-powered 93 Lola chassis weighs about 1400 pounds and puts out approximately 425 HP! The straightaways get real short with a car like this! Just think, you could be driving this fantastic race car at a future Fast Lane school! 

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     The FSE LA group came out with their beautifully presented Formula 4 race cars and spent the day exciting the onlookers with such cool and fast race cars. There were numerous high performance and exotic cars on track including Ferrari, McLaren, BMW, Porsche and Lamborghini along with American muscle cars like Mustang, Corvette and even a Cobra Daytona coupe. Along with a couple of Fast Lane Pace Cars and Scion FRS Pro/Celebrity cars from the Grand Prix of Long Beach, everyone was able to get behind the wheel even if you didn’t drive a stick shift.

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     The morning started off with registration where everyone was treated to a free T-shirt commemorating the day, a lunch ticket, wristband and sticker denoting the run group. A driver’s meeting in front of the cafeteria followed going over procedures, flags and safety information. A free lunch was included in the price of admission and featured track day favorites like hot dogs and hamburgers, along with a trio of salads – potato, regular and fruit. Apple and peach cobbler for dessert made for some full bellies. A cooler filled with water and soft drinks helped wash everything down.

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       The next Fast Lane Track Day is scheduled for October 31st on the “Streets of Willow” track just behind the big track. If it’s anything like the first one, this will definitely be a treat and not a trick. We look forward to seeing you there! For more information contact Fast Lane today!

 

By Larry Mason

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FastLane Racing School Expands to Buttonwillow Raceway Park

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FastLane Racing School announces that it is expanding to a dedicated facility at Buttonwillow Raceway Park. FastLane will now offer classes and services from both Willow Springs International Raceway, the school’s original location, and Buttonwillow Raceway Park.

May 21, 2021 Santa Clarita, CA

FastLane Racing School (raceschool.com) is pleased to announce expansion to a dedicated facility at Buttonwillow Raceway Park. FastLane will soon offer classes and services from this new location, while also providing driver instruction and other services at its original location, Willow Springs International Raceway.

“We’re excited to be expanding to a new, dedicated facility at Buttonwillow Raceway Park to offer additional programs,” said Sandy Mahle, CEO, FastLane. “Buttonwillow Raceway Park is a track we’ve raced at often, and has a long history of hosting premiere racing events. Recent improvements to the Park, including a new road course and a Tesla Supercharger station, will provide additional support to our ongoing autonomous and electric vehicle testing programs.”

Known as one of the premiere road racing and testing facilities in the United States, Buttonwillow Raceway Park’s versatility has made it popular among club racers, track day clubs, motorcycle racers, professional race teams, car manufacturers, tire companies, media outlets, commercial production companies, and go karters. The track is located just off of Interstate 5 on Lerdo Highway, 28 miles northwest of Bakersfield, California, and offers over 40 different configurations. The East and West loops of the track can be run simultaneously or combined into a 3.1-mile course. The facilities at Buttonwillow Raceway Park include a full service tire center, fuel center with self-service pumps, two-story race control tower with observation deck, restaurant with available catering, RV hookups, day garages, and a gift shop.

“I started my racing career with FastLane” said Mike Miserendino, Event Manager of Buttonwillow Raceway Park. “Having FastLane located at our facility, offering their programs on our track, is a partnership we are very excited about.” Miserendino is a Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) championship-winning racer, as well as a member of the CalClub board.

Buttonwillow Raceway Park, a modular facility with over 20 different course layouts, will soon be launching a new track. The new track will meet all the highest FIA track-specific standards. The Track 2 front straight through the first turn is 50-feet wide, and all of the remaining length is 40 feet in width. The “native ground” is near flat, but three hills of varied elevation change have been constructed for additional interest. Plus, the rubberized asphalt to be laid soon will offer superior grip and be a lot easier on tires.

FastLane Racing School has provided high quality driver education programs for over 25 years from the Willow Springs International Raceway in Southern California. Originally founded by Danny McKeever, FastLane has a long and storied history – from developing the first SCCA race school licensing programs to over 20 years of providing complete driver training and support for the Long Beach Celebrity Grand Prix. Along the way, FastLane has trained a wide range of drivers, from teens in its defensive driving academy to seasoned racing professionals.

FastLane has also trained over 600 law enforcement officers in its Emergency Vehicle Operations Courses. Thousands of other drivers have graduated from corporate and fleet driving programs, manufacturer driver training programs, and government certification courses. FastLane has also been a longtime partner for the entertainment industry, having participated in over 100 movies, broadcast shows, and commercials. With its expansion to Buttonwillow Raceway Park, FastLane hopes to educate and support even more drivers and businesses in the coming years.

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About FastLane

For over 25 years, FastLane Racing School has provided high quality driver education in California. FastLane’s programs include SCCA certified racing instruction, corporate driving programs, defensive driving, manufacturer driver training programs, and government certification courses. FastLane also provides extensive expertise in vehicle dynamics and support for the entertainment industry. For the past 20 years, FastLane has proudly provided driver training and support for the Long Beach Celebrity Grand Prix. In 2021, FastLane launched its new Data-Driven Driver Development (DDDD) programs, including specialties in electric vehicle and autonomous driving. Learn more at raceschool.com 

About Buttonwillow Raceway Park

Buttonwillow Raceway Park is one of the premiere road racing and testing facilities in The United States. The track’s versatility has made it popular among club racers, track day clubs, motorcycle racers, professional race teams, car manufactures, tire companies, publishers and media outlets, commercial production companies, and go karters. The track is located just off of Interstate 5 on Lerdo Highway, 28 miles northwest of Bakersfield, California, and offers over 40 different configurations.The East and West loops of the track can be run simultaneously or combined into a 3.1-mile course. The facilities at Buttonwillow Raceway Park include a full service tire center, fuel center with self-service pumps, two-story race control tower with observation deck, restaurant with available catering, RV hookups, day garages, and a gift shop. Learn more at http://buttonwillowraceway.com/

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FastLane Racing School Announces New CEO and Expanded Driver Programs

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After more than 25 years of providing high performance driving instruction at Willow Springs International Raceway, FastLane Racing School (raceschool.com) has hired a new CEO, Sandy Mahle. FastLane has started launching new programs and will continue to do so throughout 2021. They will also continue to expand services for vehicle manufacturers and the film and television industry.

SANTA CLARITA, Calif., April 15, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- FastLane Racing School (raceschool.com) announced today that Sandy Mahle has joined the company as its new CEO, and has plans for new, expanded driver education programs in 2021.

As CEO, Sandy Mahle brings to FastLane over 20+ years of technology leadership experience in Silicon Valley, as well as over 100 years of the Mahle family history in the automotive industry.

"I'm thrilled to be joining FastLane to start this new chapter," said Sandy. "The merging of technology with the automotive industry, especially driver development, has long been a passion of mine. With its rich history of top quality driver programs, FastLane was a natural fit. I'm excited to be a part of the new leadership team as our programs and services evolve in the coming years."

"We're thrilled to have Sandy on our team," Eddy Valdez, General Manager of FastLane. "Her experience will be essential to our new data-driven driver development programs."

FastLane Racing School has provided high quality driver education programs for over 25 years from the Willow Springs International Raceway in Southern California. Originally founded by Danny McKeever, FastLane has a long and storied history – from developing the first SCCA race school licensing programs to over 20 years of providing complete driver training and support for the Long Beach Celebrity Grand Prix. Along the way, FastLane has trained a wide range of drivers, from teens in its defensive driving academy to seasoned racing professionals.

FastLane is proud to have trained over 600 law enforcement officers in its Emergency Vehicle Operations Courses. Thousands of other drivers have graduated from corporate and fleet driving programs, manufacturer driver training programs, and government certification courses. FastLane has also been a longtime partner for the entertainment industry, having participated in over 100 movies, broadcast shows, and commercials.

"If it moves – we likely have a program and expertise in it," said Sandy. In 2021, FastLane plans to deepen its existing programs, as well as launch a complete set of new programs.

Sandy is excited to break new ground as a female CEO in an industry long-dominated by men.

"My 20 years in Silicon Valley taught me that there's no limitation to what anyone can accomplish," said Sandy Mahle. "As CEO, I bring my breadth of experience and depth of passion, plan to lead by example and let results speak for themselves."

About FastLane

For over 25 years, FastLane Racing School has provided high quality driver education in California. FastLane's programs include SCCA certified racing instruction, corporate driving programs, defensive driving, manufacturer driver training programs, and government certification courses. FastLane also provides extensive expertise in vehicle dynamics and support for the entertainment industry. For the past 20 years, FastLane has proudly provided driver training and support for the Long Beach Celebrity Grand Prix. In 2021, FastLane launched its new Data-Driven Driver Development (DDDD) programs, including specialties in electric vehicle and autonomous driving. Learn more at raceschool.com

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