Automotive enthusiasts, car buffs, race fans and adrenaline junkies have a rare opportunity to fulfill a dream this fall.
Once a year, Carrollwood's GCS Driving Academy is allowed to take a limited number of civilians to Daytona International Speedway. The entire 3.65-mile course, including the infield used in the Rolex 24, is accessible, not just the high-banked NASCAR oval.
Longtime professional driving instructor and former racecar driver George Csanadi, GCS owner/operator, is recruiting applicants to drive the course in their own cars. Registration is under way for the Oct. 20-21 event.
"This is one of the few opportunities owners of high-performance cars have to safely and legally learn to power their cars through the demanding road course of Daytona at speeds in excess of 120 mph," Csanadi said. Csanadi also offers ride-alongs for enthusiasts who seek the high-speed racing experience but lack a suitable vehicle for the track. A limited number of four-lap rides with Csanadi will be available both days for $189.
For student drivers, the daylong event begins with classroom instruction followed by four 30-minute track sessions, with Csanadi in the passenger seat. The $1,500 package includes registration, hotel accommodations, in-car driving instruction and "the experience of a lifetime," he said.
A limited number of drivers and riders can be accepted. "So if you feel the need for speed," Csanadi said, contact him at www.gcsdrivingacademy.com or (813) 713-4233.
Csanadi has been a high-performance driving instructor for many car clubs and racing organizations, and has competed at Daytona and other famous road courses, including Sebring International Raceway, Road Atlanta and Watkins Glen.