- The Washington Times - Friday, January 22, 2010

Special Driving Events Planned in Coming Year

ATLANTA | Porsche is challenging its most passionate drivers in 2010 to hone their performance skills through the Porsche Driving School at the challenging Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala., as well as other locations around the globe.

Porsche has plans for special hands-on driver training, as well as travel and driving experiences. Anyone interested in participating can begin booking through Porsche Sport Driving School and the Porsche Travel Club 2010.

The first event is Winter Training as part of the Porsche Driving Experience. Two events for beginners are Porsche’s Precision Training Camp in Austria and Camp 4 in Finland. For more experienced winter drivers, Porsche is offering snowbound tracks and ice lake driving courses prepared exclusively for the German automaker at the Porsche Driving Experience Center in northern Finland, which opened in 2009. Several Winter Training sessions are being offered on this frozen tundra until the end of April. Master Training Experience, with Porsches running on ice with spiked tires, promise the ultimate in severe winter driving.

The Porsche Sport Driving School operates year-round and offers courses for beginner, intermediate and advanced drivers, including programs tailored to specific groups. Porsche Classic Training with historical sports cars is being held for the second time. Super Sport Training uses high-performance cars such as the Carrera GT, the 911 GT2 and the GT3. The Women Only program is targeted at women with a penchant for driving in truly sporting style.

The Porsche Sport Driving School forms the heart of Porsche’s performance driving events for most of its customers and has been a part of Porsche’s special events for many years. Guest drivers of all skill levels receive personal instruction from 28 professionals. The team is led by endurance racer Hurley Haywood, who has won five times at the 24 Hours of Daytona, three times at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and twice the 12 Hours of Sebring.

Programs can be booked for one, two or three days.

About 250 instructors around the world give participants experience on national and international racetracks, off road and on ice. Participants have the opportunity to acquire a motor sport license in order to join customer races such as the Porsche Sports Cup.

The Porsche Travel Club has subdivided its 2010 activities into four specific themes: Porsche Behind the Scenes, Porsche Weekends, Porsche Adventure Tours, and Porsche Camps. Porches take travel club members on day and weekend excursions to destinations that include Germany, Provence, the Alps and the Pyrenees.

For more information on U.S. and international programs, visit Porschedriving.com or call 888/204-7474.

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