Q: How old do I need to be to participate?
Drivers with competitive karting experience in a recognized sanctioned race series (WKA, SKUSA, ASN Canadian Karting Championships, or similar), or have tested a F4, F1600/2000 or similar race car, and are 12 years old or older.
NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE
Drivers with no competitive karting or previous race car testing experience must be at least 16 years of age and possess a driver’s license from their state, province, or country of residence (provisional licenses are accepted, learner’s permits are not).
These requirements are general guidelines. Any exceptions to these requirements is at the sole discretion of Lucas Oil School of Racing.
Q: What do I have to do to participate in Advanced Lapping?
Prior to participating in their first Advanced Lapping program, drivers must successfully complete a Basic 2-Day program. We also welcome drivers who have completed the following programs:
- Allen Berg Racing School Three Day Program, or better;
- Bertil Roos 3 Day Road Racing School, or better;
- Bob Bondurant Forza Motorsport Grand Prix Road Racing 3 Day, or better;
- Sim Raceway Performance Driving Center Formula 3 Racing School, Stage 2, or better;
- Skip Barber Three Day Racing School, or better
Or hold a current SCCA Regional Competition License, a NASA Regional Competition License, or similar, or have significant and documented racing or race car testing experience.
Q: What do I have to do to participate the Lucas Oil Formula Car Race Series?
Prior to participating in their first Race Series event, drivers must complete at least one (1) Advanced Lapping program. We also welcome drivers who have the following experience:
- Bertil Roos 5 Day Road Racing School, 2 Day Advanced Racing School, or better;
- Bob Bondurant Advanced Formula Car program, or better;
- Sim Raceway Performance Driving Center Formula 3 Racing School, Stage 3, or better;
- Skip Barber Racing School Advanced 2-Day Racing School, two (2) Lapping Days, or better
Drivers must have completed their most recent qualifying activity within five (5) years of entering their first Race Event.
These requirements are general guidelines Any exceptions to these requirements is at the sole discretion of Lucas Oil School of Racing.
About The Programs
Q: What tracks do you operate at?
As a travelling road show, we bring our fleet of race cars to tracks all over the country. Our Track Guides page lists the tracks we have visited or are going to visit. Please refer to our program pages for currently scheduled locations and dates.
Q: What is included in the “arrive and drive” format?
We will provide you with a suit and helmet to use during your program, and of course the Ray Formula Cars GR-RSC race car you will drive during your program.
Q: What is the top speed?
Top speed will vary from track to track depending on how long straights are, but our race cars are capable of speeds in excess of 130 MPH.
Q: Do I need to know how to operate a manual transmission?
No. With the Pro-Shifter paddle shifter technology you only need to learn how to operate the clutch to get the car moving and to stop. From there it is a simple matter of pulling the steering wheel-mounted paddles to change gears; the left paddle for downshifting, the right paddle for upshifting.
Q: What do I need to bring?
Racing shoes and racing gloves are recommended. If you have your own suit and helmet, you can bring them as well, as long as they meet applicable current car racing safety (Snell, SFI, FIA, etc.) standards.
Q: Is food and lodging included?
We will provide a continental breakfast and lunch for you and one guest, as well as refreshments throughout the day. Lodging, transportation, and other meals are at your expense.
Q: How much time will I drive each day?
It will vary somewhat for each program, but in our Basic 2-Day and Advanced Lapping programs you will drive a total of 2.5 hours each day.
Q: Am I liable for crash damage?
Yes. Drivers participating in Lucas Oil School of Racing programs are responsible for any damage that occurs what operating one of our race cars; up to $3,000.00 for the first incident in a Basic 2-Day program. $6,000 for the first incident in Advanced Lapping and the Lucas Oil Formula Car Race Series.
More information about our crash damage liability policy can be found on our Terms & Conditions page.
Q: Do you make crash damage insurance available for sale?
No. There is no additional cost for our limited damage liability program.
Q: What happens if I need to reschedule or cancel?
Life happens. Work happens. We’ll work with you to reschedule you for another date. And if you need to cancel seven (7) days prior to the start of your scheduled program, we will issue you a full refund. Please visit our Terms & Conditions page for more details.
Q: What happens if Lucas Oil School of Racing cancels a program?
There may be situations where we must cancel a program. If Lucas Oil School of Racing cancels a program, we will reschedule you to another program or issue you a full refund.
Q: How do I earn my SCCA Regional Competition License?
The first step is to successfully complete a Basic 2-Day program. Once you complete your Basic 2-Day, just send us an email requesting your SCCA Letter of Compliance, and please include your address of choice, since we will need to include it on the Letter, which we will email to you. There is no fee for the Letter of Compliance.
Next, if you haven’t done so already, join the SCCA. Then, once you receive your Letter, have a physical, and your physician completes your SCCA Examination and Medical History form, you submit these documents, along with your Novice Permit application and any applicable fees, to SCCA, which will issue you your Novice Permit.
With your Novice Permit in hand, your next step is to build, buy, or rent a car and enter and participate in an SCCA Regional Race. From there it is up to Race Steward at the Regional to approve you for your Full Competition License.
Please visit the SCCA website for more information on this process.