Harrington picks from a group of 40 free-lance instructors from across the country whom he describes as “the best,” including Chris Aponte of Louisville and Kirk Miller of Ft. The first 10 minutes I was scared to death,” said Chalberg, owner of Robert K. While it’s possible to step into the back yard and toss the ball with the fury of a Shawon Dunston or to join a hoops league and fly through the air a la Michael Jordan, just try taking out the station wagon and cruising the streets at m. Another technique the school employs is driving students around in a two-seat racer, showing them the dynamics of the track. In the distance, a prolonged squeal signaling a possible spinout prompts Harrington to address the matter via his walkie-talkie, calling a driver who has been stopped by one of the instructors.

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But the person in charge definitely is Harrington, who grew immersed in the world of auto racing thanks to his father, Gene Harrington, who raced pro. We are very sensitive to saftey,” said Bill King, vice president of member relations of the SCCA, a 50,plus member organization that sanctions competitive racing events. Fabricator and Atlas plasma burning machines, which offer quality, tkp results.

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We’re an aggressive business,” Harrington said. For example, Right On Track will conduct safety seminars such as one it held in September, when Audi sponsored a women-only driving school at Soldier Field. Extra effort and teamwork replaced the aging Desoto Bridge in nad short order. Bob Chalberg has been out four times this year.


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A typical course begins in class, and it’s at this phase-among the novice group-when Harrington inevitably recognizes the people who fancy themselves experts. Near the end of the second day, the students are pitted against each other for a race.

After the initial jitters wore off, nothing could keep him away. The cars are driven by a rear-drive, 1. Hish, who owns a collection of nearly 50 vehicles, most of them ’50s and ’60s muscle cars, also enjoys the camaraderie. You’re getting off the track losing your wheels. Armstrong, who also drag races, enjoys the generous seat time, as well. During a two-day school last summer, eight advanced drivers came from the suburbs to Blackhawk Farms Raceway just north of Rockford.

When you’re done running here for a day, you just want to relax. Tomczak, a long-time racing fan, said the experience has given him the notion to race competitively. At the starting line stand two other assistants who time or slow down the racers, who often reach speeds in excess of m. Harrington picks from a group of 40 free-lance instructors from across the country whom he describes as “the best,” including Chris Aponte of Louisville and Kirk Miller of Ft.

While the concept of racing schools is not new-there are about 16 others across the country-Right On Track’s approach aims at offering students extra time in the cockpit.


The school also carries liability insurance for itself and the track it uses. Let’s try keeping things a little cleaner this time.

Response to the school has been positive. You think you’re bad on the road, but you’re not bad here. Depending on the season, students can find themselves in Florida, Arizona or here in the Midwest.


With an instructor in the passenger seat, the students are taught about skid control and accident avoidance. Students and sanctioning bodies aren’t the only ones pleased with Right On Track. The students take turns driving and only break for a quick lunch, jor has been catered by Right On Track.

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As it has many times in the past, the experience delivered its thrills, as well as a needed release for the students. The well-thought-out structure of the classes has translated into kudos from other clients and the all-important accrediting organizations.

Said Harrington, “We love to do the racing schools. Called Right On Track, this racing school of sorts first rolled out the sleek vehicles three years ago, hoping to cash in on some of the unfulfilled fantasies of racing fans.

One thing that makes us different is that we’re very selective about joee drivers we use,” he said. It’s just you and the car.

Beginning classes require a little more lecture time, but they still offer a substantial amount of time behind the wheel. Scott Harrington spent most of his teen years competitively racing motorcycles around his native Louisville, then graduated to cars at age It can be a humbling experience.