What is Rallying?
Rallying is one of the oldest and most popular
forms of motor sport in the world. A team of driver and
co-driver hurtle down closed public roads on a variety of
surfaces in rally cars ranging from the mildly modified
Group N cars to the outrageous 300 bhp All Wheel Drive,
$500,000 WRC cars.
Unlike some other forms of racing, the team competes against
the clock at 1 minute intervals - and the fastest time wins!
These competitive sections or "Special Stages"
are linked together by public road sections called "liaisons"
where the team obeys normal traffic laws but must reach
the next Special Stage right on time - not a minute early
or minute late.
Depending on the terrain and country, Special Stages can
involve high speed driving on twisting and turning dirt,
gravel, snow, ice and asphalt roads. Frequently cars are
airborne and they are always sliding as the drivers set
the cars up for corner after corner - often with no previous
reconnaissance and only the skill of the co-drivers map
reading to help them.
What is a Rally School?
To be a successful rally driver you must be skilled
at controlling your car when confronted with all types of
road surface. You must be prepared to handle loose gravel,
standing water, hairpin turns, "blind" crests
and lots more. Unlike racing, many of these skills have
an everyday application in being a controlled, safe driver
as well as a fast one!
What type of car will I drive?
Beginners taking a one-day rally course drive
a 2WD, while students in multiday advanced programs also
drive 4WD vehicles. All the cars used have a standard (manual)
transmission. Available models include Mitsubishi Lancers
and Suburu Imprezas.
How old must I be?
The minimum age to participate in the course is 18. You
must also possess a valid driver's license.
Where is the driving school?
The RallyPro Driving School is located in Starke,
Florida, approximately 25 minutes northeast of Gainesville
and 90 minutes from Orlando. The nearest commercial airport
is in Gainesville. Private and corporate planes fly into
Keystone Heights Airpark, adjacent to the driving school.
How many driving tracks (stages)
We have six training stages:
- 1 mile skill pad and slalom
- 2.1 mile standard rally course
- 3.1 mile advanced rally course
- 3.2 mile gravel rally course
- 1000 yard WKA Kart Road Course
- 3 mile SUV 4wd dirt skill course
What is the price range for driving
The cost ranges from $870 to $6000, depending on the number
of days, group size and type of car. Classes
range in length from one to five days.
Are there other activities at the school?
Yes. The facility also features a Karts Course and
an ATV course. An SUV driving course is also offered.
Are there facilities for corporate groups?
Yes. We can easily accommodate groups of 3 to 75.
There are three classroom/meeting rooms on site. There is
also a small swimming pool for visitor use. Catering arrangements
can be made upon request.