Do we drive your cars or bring our own?
You drive our cars. We have a fleet of Subarus, Mitsubishi Evos, BMWs, Hondas and everything in between. You drive our cars into the ground, we rebuild them for the next class.
Will I earn points towards my Rally America license?
Yes. Our 3 day class will earn you 3 coefficient points towards your Rally America license. That's the same number of points you would earn by entering a rally for not much more than the cost of entry fee alone.
Why is it so expensive?
Racing is extremely expensive whether you choose autocross, rallycross, oval racing, drag racing or motorcycles. With that in mind, our mission is very simple. To grow the sport and allow people of all ages to experience the thrill of professional rally racing. In order to make it as accessible as possible, what we offer in our classes is a fraction of the cost of anything else out there. The amount of seat time for the cost is unparalleled.
Example: a Pro National Championship Rally is over $1500 just for the entry fee. Factor in the cost of a race car, truck, trailer, towing it across the country, rally tires, safety equipment, food, hotel and flights and you're looking at a lot of money. Rally Ready gives you the same amount of seat time but WITH professional instruction in even our most entry-level classes. When you start looking at the amount of seat time in our 3-day and 4-day classes, they are nearly as much seat time as you might get in an entire season. Ask the pros what the best way to improve your skills and you'll hear one thing consistently; seat time, seat time, seat time.
Why don't I just spend this money on my first rally?
There aren't guardrails, sand traps, water barriers and corner workers in rally like there is in other forms of racing. There are trees and cliffs. All it takes is one small mistake in a rally to damage or destroy your race car. Learning how to drive at the limit in a rally car and achieving true muscle memory, instinctive control is the best way to safely get behind the wheel in a rally car. Getting into rallying and learning as you go works for some people, but the amount of money you save by having a resource of skilled and experienced drivers at your disposal is invaluable. We've probably already made the mistake you might want to make, let us save you the trouble.
How do I get into rallying once I've taken your 3-day class?
There are a number of resources we will talk about in the class and as part of our Rally Ready Alumni community. We'll always be around to answer questions and help you get on the right track whether that means helping you build or buy a used rally car, or simply rent one of our school cars and compete in our Lone Star Rallycross series. In fact, sometimes we'll go to rallies just to support our students! We also host periodic semi-private classes that focus on the other aspects of the sport required to get a successful start in rallying such as co-driving, event preparation, etc. Let us know if you're interested in that and we'll put you on the list!
How much seat time will I get?
More than anywhere else. Our method is to tell you what we're going to do briefly in a classroom, show you by driving the car, and then put you in the driver’s seat and have you do it. That means we talk about it for about 10 minutes, show you for about five minutes and each lesson you will spend anywhere from 1 to 5 hours perfecting. We have trained at rally schools ourselves and found that often times people want to put you in cool cars and let you drive fast but don't have a vested interest in helping you develop the muscle memory skills to go rallying. Not us. We have never had a student who could last the entire day until the sun went down and still want to drive. We'll turn your arms to jello and burn up your left-foot braking calf. The amount of seat time you get in our cars is unprecedented and incomparable to anywhere else. You will be at speed, on the course learning with an experienced and relaxed instructor for hours and hours a day. When you get up to speed, we will observe you from outside the car and give you a chance to drive without an instructor leaning over your shoulder. Our half day class is about as much seat time as a single rally and our 3-day class is about as much seat time as an entire season of rally. Seriously!
Can I take the 3-day class over the course of a number of months?
Yes, you can. We recommend you start with the 2-day class as the first two days really work together to achieve the muscle memory you're after. If you want to come back and take just day 3, you can certainly do that although consider taking a half day class in between just to freshen up on your day 1 and 2 skills before diving back in.
What kinds of cars will I get to drive?
A lot! We believe that the only way to truly achieve muscle memory skills is to develop the ability to get into any vehicle and quickly find its limit. Right out of the gate for our first exercise you'll find yourself in turbo, all-wheel drive Subaru WRX's as well as front-wheel drive and often rear-wheel drive cars. For our Skidpad and Figure 8 exercises, we'll move to front-wheel drive cars for the foundation of the lessons and add in all-wheel drive as you progress. Front-wheel drive is a proven method for developing champion rally drivers and the standard for all feeder series around the world. R2, R3 and Super 1600 rally cars have been the standard for driver development for decades. In fact, Sebastien Loeb once entered a WRC rally in a front-wheel drive car and nearly won overall. The corner entry dynamics of a front-wheel drive car are similar to that of an AWD turbo rally car with one important distinction: anybody can look fast and feel like a superhero in an AWD turbo machine.
Here's a prime example on how to have fun driving FWD by Chris Duplessis in a Ford Fiesta. On ice. Without studded tires.