Learn From the Pros with Johnny O’Connell, Ricky Taylor Instructing at Performance Track Day at Sebring


Learn From the Pros with Johnny O'Connell, Ricky Taylor Instructing at Performance Track Day at Sebring

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So you want to see just how much performance you can wring out of your Corvette?

Well, the Performance Track Day program can put you on the right track, literally, towards achieving that goal.

The unique program provides enthusiasts the opportunity to push their own car to the limit, under the one-on-one instruction of successful professional racers. Participants will also take part in lead-follow sessions on track with the instructors.

For this year’s event, slated to resume August 13 at Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Fla., PTD founders Darren Law and Johnny O’Connell are sweetening the pot even more, welcoming two more very successful instructors to the team who are also familiar faces to Corvette enthusiasts, Factory Acura Team Penske drivers Dane Cameron and Ricky Taylor.

Ricky Taylor and Dane Cameron

Cameron, of course, enjoyed two successful campaigns with Action Express Racing in their Corvette Coyote Daytona Prototype, finishing third in 2015 and first in 2016 in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series. In 21 races since joining Acura Team Penske in 2018, he’s earned 15 top-five finishes.

“I am really excited to work with Performance Track Day for the first time,” Cameron said. “Darren and Johnny are great guys that hold first class events. Johnny has been winning at Sebring since cars had wooden wheels so I’m hoping to pick up a few tips too! I know the participants will be in for plenty of stories and laughs off track as they improve their skills on track.”

Taylor, meanwhile, has earned several top finishes in C6.R, C7.R, and Corvette DP cars for Larbre Competition, Corvette Racing, and his father at Wayne Taylor Racing. He and his brother Jordan took five consecutive wins to capture the 2017 IMSA DPi class championship, and Ricky holds one win and two podiums at Sebring during his career.

“After being teammates with Johnny in World Challenge in 2017, I was so excited when he reached out to invite us to join Performance Track Day,” Ricky said. “The early events have looked like a blast. So to join in at an amazing circuit like Sebring, while hanging around with so many like-minded enthusiasts, should be a fantastic weekend.”

Darren Law and Johnny O'Connell

Darren Law and Johnny O’Connell PerfTrackDay / Twitter

Whether it’s your first time on track, or you’re an experienced professional, Performance Track Day is a one of a kind experience that will give you the opportunity to enjoy your car and improve your on track performance, O’Connell and Law promise.

With 63 career wins driving for General Motors, O’Connell has won more sportscar races for GM than any other driver in their history racing for both Corvette and Cadillac. A four-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and eight-time winner of the 12 Hours of Sebring, he has been inducted into both the Corvette Hall of Fame as well as the Sebring Hall of Fame.

Law, meanwhile, has been involved in the automotive industry for more than 25 years. Law established himself with his success as a racing driver having spent more than a decade driving for several top tier teams. The majority of his time was spent behind the wheel of a Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche, one of the most highly recognized Porsche factory supported GT racing programs. He also spent several years racing prototypes, primarily with Brumos Porsche and Action Express, and has been active in the driver training industry as well as the ride and drive industry, beginning with working as an instructor at the prestigious Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving in 1991.

Sebring Raceway is one of the oldest continuously operating race tracks in the U.S., its first race being run in 1950. One of the classic race tracks in North American sports car racing, Sebring plays host to the 12 Hours of Sebring on its 17-turn, 3.74-mile-long road course with long straights, several high-speed corners, and very technical slower corners that is renowned for its rough, bumpy and changing surfaces. The course still runs on old sections of World War II-era landing fields that were constructed of concrete sections with large seams. Sebring is most notable for hosting the 12 Hours of Sebring, sanctioned by the FIA and IMSA, as part of many major endurance racing series, including the World Sportscar Championship, Intercontinental Le Mans Cup, ALMS, and now, the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. This race is the second of four races in the Michelin Endurance Cup.


The August event will start with a casual introduction to coaches, the basics of car control, and line technique before splitting drivers into groups based on experience or skill level. Throughout the day, each group goes through a rotation of on track sessions with one set of coaches, then they will have the opportunity to have discussions both pre and post-session with another set of coaches. The day will conclude with one final group meeting. Participants will be encouraged to ride with the coaches when they are on the track, and coaches may also be available to drive participants’ cars and offer chassis tuning advice, if desired. For more information, visit www.performancetrackday.com.

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