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I did the school, there are a couple of threads on it if you do a search, it was a blast, especially since it was free. They will try to get you to upgrade to a two or three day course by giving you a 1000.00 off the price, I didn't have the time to do more than one day. The Viper was a fun drive, although it was a little tough to my big a** in the car.
 

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2 day course coming in June, can't wait!
 

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I just got back. I took advantage of the $1000 off a multi-day course to do three days, as I really wanted to get on the track the third day. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The instructor/student ratio is max 1:3 (the max that fit in the Charger SRTs that the instructors use) and our instructor, Eddy Chavez, was excellent. The overall length of each day was a bit shorter than expected. Because of extreme heat (108-118F) we started at 7:00am and were done by 2:00pm with an hour break for lunch and perhaps a few 10 minute breaks each day as well.

That being said, after about an hour in the classroom on day 1 most instruction is done either standing with everyone (we had about ten in the "experience" multi-day course) or in the car with your instructor. Say perhaps a half hour of that a day too. So, you really get to spend about 4-5 hours each day driving. Day 1 is pretty much geared towards familiarizing you with the car's capabilities...slalom...circle track (where and how to hit the apex)...accident avoidance...drift car (for understeer/oversteer), but by day 2 everyone was pretty much comfortable and you progress to the more fun stuff like a more advanced circle track, heel/toe downshifting or paddle downshifting (heel/toe is VERY hard to master), autocross and a lead/follow on the track.

If getting out on the track for a lead follow checks your bucket list you can end it at day two. It isn't a slow lead/follow. It starts out with a session in the instructors care where you learn the lines of the course and ends up with you booting along pretty good taking turns behind the instructors car so you get to see his lines close up.

We lost about 2/3 of the class for day 3, which seemed a bit loosely organized to be frank. That was a bit disconcerting, but in reality, just being able to use the car for 5 hours (little "class room" on the third day) and spending extended periods on the road course and doing autocross was worth every penny. The two students I was with left after day 2, so had Eddy 1 on 1 that day and the reduction in cars meant that we got in 2X as many autocross runs as we had previously.

Just want to give a shout out for John Dowd at Clutchphotos.com who is available to take professional photos like the one I attached. I took a gopro knockoff, but didn't practice enough with it to get much good footage (the mount was rattling badly on day 1, forgot to turn the sound on day 2 and missed the track footage entirely day 3...oh well!). I recommend getting a gopro or knockoff, or John will rent you one. But he took some great photos of me and I was surprised so few others took advantage of his services. I am going to ask him if he is willing to do a coupon for Challengertalk members.

With the heat wave, one of my big questions was just what is "suitable clothing" for a furnace? And would we be wearing fire suits? Well, jeans (which one guy wore) are a big no-no. He was dying. You can pretty much blast the AC in the Challengers all you want and they won't overheat the engine much. They tell you to watch the gauge and to pull off the track if you hit 235F. I only saw one person pull off for overheating. I wore light weight shorts and a tee shirt with a baseball cap for when I was out of the car under the sun. They had awnings in most locations where you are outside and I was pretty comfortable and didn't get sunburned although I am prone to it and I only used a moisturizer with SPF 15 in it, like I usually do all the time, on my face. They have a 20% off summer special on now that I wouldn't hesitate to take advantage of.

The cars are all very well maintained. Every morning and after lunch each car is gone over by the shop on site. The tires and pressure are checked, the fluids are checked and any worn tires are replaced. I had the left front replaced mid day on day 3. Eddy kept on eye on my tires, which was very helpful. The Hellcats and SRT's we used were stock with the exception of racing brake pads and Goodyear F1 racing tires.

I stayed at the Wild Horse Pass Casino I booked at a good discount through the Bondurant site (I think it was about $85/nt including taxes). The casino itself was smoky and the odds didn't seem great but the food options were good (if you go to Shula's you can get the steak tip appetizer and a side as a cheaper option) and the room was clean (daily cleaning, however, was VERY late each afternoon...which was a pain) and in excellent condition. I'd stay there again. Uber is a great option from the airport to/from the hotel. I didn't wait more than 7 minutes for a ride. The hotel has a shuttle to/from Bondurant.
 

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Amazing article. Thansk for sharing your experience. This indepth details would definitely be of great use to me when i visit them in October. So did you have to pay anything extra for the 2nd and third day? is there a way to upgrade? How much extra would it cost for 2nd and 3rd day?

If someone goes only for one day track experience, how much do they cover?
 

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It's all on their site. Their pricing schedule is a bit odd, based on my experience. $1300 for day 1, $1200 for day 2 and $1500 more for day 3. But there is up to a 20% discount now for summer. They push for you to upgrade to the Hellcat (plus $2-300/day. I think its just math. They seem to have a lot more of them than SRT392's. Personally one day is just not enough. Two days will give you some autocross and a lead/follow track experience. Three days is really a chance to put what you learned to use for an extended time period. There were people who booked 2 days and upgraded to 3 on day 2.

Driving the stick wasn't a big hassle. Most of the time they tell you to leave it in second or third for an exercise. But conversely, if you want to concentrate on learning the automatic is less to deal with.
 
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