Miles Ahead Performance Motoring School teaches skilled driving to groups aboard customized British MINIs, guaranteed to raise the hairs on anyone’s neck. The driving lessons and team races take place on the Grand Prix road course inside the famous Indianapolis Speedway oval. The instructors are some of the best IndyCar racers in the world, many who have competed in the Indy 500.
“We always say our program is like going to a baseball skills camp at Yankee Stadium with the Major League players as your instructors,” says co-founder Ted Woerner.
Internationally-acclaimed drivers such as Conor Daly, Pippa Mann, Alex Lloyd, Zach Veach, Stefan Wilson, and program founder Stephan Gregoire use the high-performance, new model MINIs to teach skid control, controlled handling at high speeds up to 80 mph, precision braking and more. They also love to share their stories about driving in the world’s most famous race.
Upon first hearing the top speed, we didn’t think it was all that speedy.
Woerner explains, “The fastest part of the circuit is about 80 mph, but driving fast in a straight line is easy. When you arrive at a corner at that speed is when it gets interesting.”
Miles Ahead’s new “Executive Excursion” provides a teambuilding experience for up to 60 participants. It offers a shortened version of the driving school class, along with a track tour and visit to the Indy Hall of Fame Museum.
“The realization of just how fast these little cars can really be driven is probably the biggest thrill for our groups,” says Woerner. “For our corporate programs, two people share a high performance MINI for the day. Some companies will pair up an account executive with their customer, and we’ve also had manufacturers and their distributors participate in the same program with each other.”
And what’s the takeaway?
“Some of these people have only done business with each other over the phone, so sharing such an intense experience in the same car adds a whole new dimension to these relationships,” says Woerner.
For more aggressive speed freaks, check out Indy Racing Experience. Organize an event with real Indianapolis 500 race cars, reaching speeds up to 180 mph around the oval. These open-wheel cars are customized two-seaters with a pro driver behind the wheel. Once drivers are deemed ready by the instructors, then they can go out on their own.
Combine either of those with a golf tournament at Pete Dye’s Brickyard Crossing Golf Course with four holes inside the Speedway. The century-old racing track provides a unique yet beautiful home for an exciting round of golf, complete with Dye’s infamous railroad ties and creek banks lined with concrete from the race track’s former walls. Brickyard Crossing is one of only a few courses in the country to have hosted PGA, LPGA, and Champions Tour events.