Get your racing license!

Standing Start programs are a one-on-one format for people who are serious about racing. Programs are structured around one or two drivers, an exclusive track, a professional race team, and dedicated coaches working together to give each driver exactly what they need to succeed. Get a license on your terms with real support from start to finish.
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Career, or new serious hobby?

Racing is expensive, and every driver wants to get the most out of their budget.  Testing, coaching, and proper training will provide that return on investment.

Practice DOES NOT make perfect, it only makes permanent. Perfect practice makes perfect. You will learn the difference with Standing Start's systems.
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Looking for support once you're licensed?

So, you already have a few seasons under your belt? We can still help you move forward with advanced training, and race program support. We'd love the opportunity to discuss where you are currently at, and where you would like to go!
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We Are Not A School

Standing Start is a set of elite “one-on-one” driver development programs designed by World Speed Inc. (WSI). Together with WSI’s racing team World Speed Motorsports the programs are designed to exceed drivers’ expectations. As one of the countries oldest open wheel teams, World Speed Motorsports has been developing drivers of all ages for 25+ years. Standing Start takes that experience along with that of the best coaches and instructors in the US and provides unprecedented and exclusive programs that marry a professional racing team with driver development and licensing.
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Future Pro Driver

These drivers have a goal of making it to the top levels of motorsport. World Speed has used Standing Start programs to coach and graduate many drivers into racing careers.

World Speed Alumni are in IndyCar, NASCAR, IMSA, World Challenge, and many other series around the world.

Pro-Am Driver

These drivers are VERY serious about racing. Many of them have already been successful in business, and now have the budget to pursue their passions. 

Executives from Tesla,  Microsoft, Google, and other Silicon Valley groups have spent time learning advanced racing techniques from us.  Most have had some driving school experience, but many have started with zero experience. We've walked them through, training regiments, driver gear purchases, and series selection on their way to attaining their racing dreams.

The Car

This is NOT a school car. This is a Mazda Road to Indy and Mazda Road to 24 recognized GEN2 FormulaSPEED.

 Drivers have graduated from this car into Indy Lights, Prototypes, and IndyCar.  

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Schedule

At a racing school, you can be at the mercy of the level of the other students.

With our program, we focus on the concepts you are struggling with, and move on quickly on the ones you have mastered.

Difference

The level of support, equipment quality, and program customization are the highlights of our system.  

You are training with a professional team, in professional equipment,  in an atmosphere that is conducive to learning.

Costs

The cost of a 2.5 day program can range from 10-15k. This depends on track selection/rental fees, and what options a driver selects.

Contact us to discuss what would work best for your goals and schedule, and we'll develop a complete proposal.

What's Included:

Every program is custom, and this is the foundation of where we start building. We take care of all the logistics, so that you can focus on the driving.
  • GEN2 FormulaSPEED rental
  • Mechanics, crew, and coach
  • Race track rental
  • Classroom materials / racing basics
  • Skid car / car control exercises
  • Understanding vehicle dynamics
  • Practice starts
  • Braking & downshifting
  • Data acquisition training
  • On board camera
  • Lapping sessions
Graduating from a full Standing Start training camp qualifies a driver for a provisional competition license.  Contact us for complete details.

Need gear?  We have complete driver gear packages available. Give us your measurements, and color preferences and your custom embroidered suit will be waiting for you when you arrive.

Karts to Cars

For many karters making the transition to cars can be daunting if for no other reason than it is a different world.

Standing Start has programs specifically designed to make the transition from karts to cars simple. These programs understand that karters are frequently not starting from zero and are usually advanced programs that build on a driver's karting experience.

"I have always wanted to do this"

Our oldest rookies have been in their 60's, and we have moved many career minded racers from karts into cars in their early teens. Our training programs have been used by both men and women with great results.  Don't let any excuses be a barrier to moving forward. Contact us, and let's discuss what your goals are.  We will develop a customized plan that will allow you to reach them. We all started somewhere, let us use our years of experience to help you get a jump start.

Who has benefited from our coaching and programs?

We have coached drivers who have gone on to win in Indy Lights, NASCAR, IMSA Prototypes, SCCA Formula Atlantic, and many other series across the globe.  Like anything else you need to practice to get good at it, and the benefit of a personal coach cannot be underestimated. We want to help you every step of the way.

Chris Cumming

Chris came to World Speed and Standing Start with some school racing experience under his belt. With his hard work, and our guidance Chris went on to win 3 open wheel championships, podium multiple times in the IMSA Porsche Cup, win in IMSA Prototypes, and compete in the 24 Hours of Daytona and LeMans!

Bobby Eberle

After a season of racing with Skip Barber, Bobby was looking for his next challenge.

We developed an intense testing program, with limited racing for 2013. In 2014 Bobby entered the Pro Mazda Championship where he won the Expert Class Championship. In 2015 he secured the championship for a second time.

VMB Scholarship

The VMB Scholarship was started in 2014. It was designed to take talented young drivers and move them up the racing ladder.  An important part of this program is the Standing Start training and coaching.

The VMB program is just starting to see the fruits of its labor as 2014-15 VMB driver Jaden Conwright has been contracted to drive in the Italian F4 Championship for 2016.

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Standing Start Driver Development

29687 Arnold Drive 
Sonoma, CA 95476 
(707) 722-3628
email: drive@standingstart.com