Race Car Drivers Teaching Driver’s Ed At MOA

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BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (WCCO) – Screeching tires, fish-tailing, and roaring engines aren’t a part of teenage drivers education, but there’s a different driving school where those sounds and maneuvers are encouraged.

BIR Performance Driving School is putting on classes at Mall of America. The school is run by race car drivers who teach young drivers in a one-on-one learning environment.

“We try to bring the seriousness of this business to them so they understand that (driving) is a privilege and not a right that a lot of (young drivers) think it is,” said instructor Chris Lake-Smith.

The course at MOA will be set up in the north parking lot. The drivers will navigate a series of orange cones to simulate extreme and real driving scenarios.

Instructors encourage higher speeds so the drivers lose control to understand how to stay in control behind the wheel.

The fee for an all-day seminar is $149. Participants must be between 15 and 22 years old with a valid driving permit or license; they must use their own vehicle for the course and should have a minimum of 10 hours of driving experience.

To sign up for the class, call 763-262-6357.

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