FAQ

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FAQ

Eligibility to attend ST Octane Academy:

Anyone who purchased and took delivery of a qualifying Ford Fiesta ST or Focus ST will have one calendar year from the date of delivery to register and attend an ST Octane Academy program.

Vehicle ownership is verified by VIN number. Only one owner/eligible participant per vehicle/VIN number is eligible to attend.

List of eligible participants who can attend in place of the buyer:

  • Spouse
  • Parents
  • Spouse's parents
  • Grandparents
  • Spouse's grandparents
  • Sons and daughters (including in-laws and step-children)
  • Grandchildren
  • Brothers and sisters (including in-laws, half and step)
  • Same-sex domestic partners
  • Immediate family members of same-sex domestic partners
All Ford Fiesta ST and Focus ST cars used in the program will be manual transmission only. This is also true for any optional add-on programs that may use our school Mustang GT. Participants must be proficient and show competency in driving a manual transmission.
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Yes, you may bring a paying non-driving Guest.

During your registration, you may purchase a Guest seat for the "Non-driving Guest Experience†".

Non-Driving Guest Experience // +$179

Each Fiesta ST and Focus ST owner has the option to bring one non-driving guest. Your guest can join you at the reception dinner, sit in on all classroom instruction, watch the on-track excitement, and experience the adrenaline rush of demo laps in the passenger seat of a Fiesta ST/Focus ST with one of our professional drivers at the controls. *Limited availability per class

The Non-Driving Guest Experience Features:

  • Joins you in attending the welcome reception dinner
  • Sit in on all Classroom Instruction
  • Watch the On-Track Action up close and personal
  • Joins you for catered lunch
  • Ride as a Passenger in a Fiesta ST/Focus ST with a Pro Driver
  • Age restrictions - 14 years old minimum

*If you selected not to bring a Guest to the Reception / Day 1 [referred to as the 'Guest Experience'] during your registration, you clearly understand that you are not allowed to bring any guest to the evening reception, or to the next day's activities — which includes classroom sessions, on-track experience, and meals — at the racetrack.

† If you purchase a Non-Driving Guest Experience your guest does not drive the Fiesta ST or Focus ST cars.

No.

No. We provide cars for the course. You are welcome to bring your own car but for safety reasons, it is best to keep it parked.

We provide helmets for classes but participants are welcome to bring their own if it is rated Snell SA 2010 or better. We also provide one-layer driving suits.

Participants will spend roughly 20% of the time inside in the classroom, including lunch. The remaining 80% of the day is spent behind the wheel. These times are approximate and may vary slightly.

Yes, if you miss the evening Welcome Reception you may still attend the On-Track Day One starting the next morning at 8:00 am. Please arrive no later than 7:45 am to check-in at the Welcome Center.

The dress standard for the Welcome Reception and STOA is casual.

Yes.

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Yes. The minimum age requirement is fourteen+ (14+) years to ride along on a demo lap.

Participants must be at least 16 to participate in any activity on the race track and possess a current, valid driver’s license. Drivers under 18 will need to have a parental consent form signed on-site. The minimum age requirement is fourteen+ (14+) years to ride along on a demo lap.

Communications and Privacy

By registering for schools and driving experiences you agree to receive email and print communications from the Ford Performance Racing School (The McKeever Group LLC) both related to this registration and related to future sales, marketing, and informational communications. All correspondence, schools, and courses will be communicated in the English language. You also agree to the Legal/Privacy policy as seen on this webpage.

There is an option to purchase a property damage waiver option to limit financial responsibility for damage done to the Ford Fiesta ST and Focus ST cars used in the ST Octane Academy program.

Without the limited liability, the student assumes full financial responsibility up to full replacement value of the vehicle for any and all damage they do to the vehicle.

This option can be purchased during registration on this website or prior to attending or at check-in upon arrival at Ford Performance Racing School.

ST Octane Academy Event Waiver/Liability:

VEHICLE DAMAGE WAIVER:

In consideration for the Ford Performance Racing School (Collectively known as FPRS) to agree to allow Participant to drive in its vehicle and on its track(s), Participant agrees to hold harmless, indemnify and defend FPRS against any and all claims, demands, actions (including attorney's fees and costs) liability, losses, damages, injuries (including, without limitation death and dismemberment) and accidents of whatever kind resulting in any way from participating in events at FPRS. Participant further understands and agrees that he/she assumes full financial responsibility up to full replacement value of the Ford Performance Racing School vehicle assigned to Participant (as described below) for any and all damage Participant does to the vehicle. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Participant may elect (where designated herein) a property damage waiver option and pay an additional fee to limit his/her financial responsibility to Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00) for damage done to the vehicle.

POLICIES

1. PARTICIPANT AGREES TO ASSUME FULL FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY UP TO THE LIMIT AGREED FOR PROPERTY DAMAGE. PARTICIPANT ALSO AGREES TO FULL FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR PERSONAL INJURY ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO THE EVENT(S) WHETHER CAUSED BY THE NEGLIGENCE OF PARTICIPANT OR OTHERWISE. ONLY PARTICIPANT NAMED ABOVE IS AUTHORIZED TO DRIVE THE ASSIGNED VEHICLE.

2. IF THE VEHICLE SUFFERS MECHANICAL FAILURE, FORD PERFORMANCE RACING SCHOOL WILL PROVIDE, TO THE BEST OF THEIR ABILITIES, A BACKUP VEHICLE.

3. AT ANY TIME, AND IN ITS SOLE DISCRETION, FORD PERFORMANCE RACING SCHOOL RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REMOVE THE DRIVER FROM THE VEHICLE FOR ANY REASON. THE FORD PERFORMANCE RACING SCHOOL ALSO RESERVES THE RIGHT TO DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT TO PROVIDE AN ADDITIONAL VEHICLE AS BACK-UP, RESULTING FROM ASSIGNED VEHICLE BEING DAMAGED. ANY ADDITIONAL VEHICLE ASSIGNED WILL REQUIRE AN ADDITIONAL LIMITED LIABILITY FEE, IF OPTION IS SELECTED, OTHERWISE, PARTICIPANT WILL BE FULLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE NEWLY ASSIGNED VEHICLE. REFUNDS WILL BE AT THE DISCRETION OF THE FORD PERFORMANCE RACING SCHOOL.

Purchase Limited liability with School selection.

Cancellation requests received more than 31 days prior to your event will receive a 90% refund on ST Octane Academy upgrades.

Reschedule requests received more than 31 days prior to your event will receive a one-time credit toward attendance at a future ST Octane Academy as long as the date falls within 12 months of the Ford Fiesta ST or Focus ST delivery date. A $150 rescheduling fee will be charged. If a guest experience has been purchased, an additional rescheduling fee of 10% will be charged.

No refund or credit toward a future program will be offered if a cancellation or request to reschedule occurs less than 31 days prior to your event. Failure to appear will result in forfeiture of all event fees and the ability to attend future ST Octane Academy programs.

Cancellation and reschedule requests must be made by calling ST Octane Academy Sales Coordinator Jill Sato: 980-296-3305, Monday to Friday, 8 am-5 pm ET.

Reschedule requests received more than 31 days prior to your event will receive a one-time credit toward attendance at a future ST Octane Academy as long as the date falls within 12 months of the Ford Fiesta ST or Focus ST delivery date. A $150 rescheduling fee will be charged. If a guest experience has been purchased, an additional rescheduling fee of 10% will be charged.

No refund or credit toward a future program will be offered if a cancellation or request to reschedule occurs less than 31 days prior to your event. Failure to appear will result in forfeiture of all event fees and the ability to attend future ST Octane Academy programs.

Cancellation and reschedule requests must be made by calling ST Octane Academy Sales Coordinator Jill Sato: 980-296-3305, Monday to Friday, 8 am-5 pm ET.

The ST Octane Academy is an all-weather program. If extreme weather conditions prevent the Ford Performance Racing School from safely executing the Event, every effort will be made to reschedule the Event. The Ford Performance Racing School reserves the sole right in determining whether an Event will be canceled due to dangerous weather conditions.

  • 8:00am start time (sharp)
  • Classroom session (approximately 30 minutes)
  • On Track lead-and-follow session (you follow the instructor)
  • On Track instructor ride-along (instructor rides as passenger)
  • On Track demo laps (you ride as passenger with instructor driving)
  • Catered lunch
  • Forward 180 and Parking Box exercises
  • Braking/Corner exercises
  • UrbanX practice session [see course below]
  • Timed competition on the UrbanX course
  • Graduation 4:05pm – 4:30pm

UrbanX Course

Yes. On select dates, you can upgrade to an optional second day of Performance Driving for a real taste of what the Ford Performance Racing School has to offer. Based on our one-day school, this full-day program begins with a detailed vehicle-dynamics classroom session that teaches the fundamentals of racing. Next, you'll hit the race track for on-track instruction with a mid-day break and premium catered lunch. You’ll end the day with a solo drive on our world-class track.

The Performance Driving Day 2 Upgrade Features:

Drive a performance-prepped 2015 Mustang GT on a world-renowned racetrack.
  • Perfect for drivers at any level
  • Learn from professional instructors with championship experience
  • Ample track time
  • Small class size

PURE. ADRENALINE. RUSH.

Comfortable, seasonal attire is recommended. Wear soft-soled shoes, such as driving or tennis shoes. Open-toed shoes are not allowed. For full-day driving school participants, you will be wearing a racing suit – please wear appropriate undergarments. Shorts and undershirts are a good option.

Welcome Reception:

ST Octane Academy begins with the evening reception in the Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Winner’s Circle Lounge (subject to change). This casual program allows you to begin building friendships with fellow ST owners and begin preparing for your upcoming driving day. Event runs 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Driving Day:

You will start and finish your driving day at the Ford Performance Racing School welcome center and classroom building. Check-in will open at 7:30 a.m. Event runs 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Ford Performance Racing School
5115 Moorehead Rd. - Suite 200
Concord, NC 28027
435-27-SPEED
(435-277-7333)

The Ford Performance Racing School is located at Charlotte Motorspeedway.

Charlotte Douglas International Airport is 35 minutes to Ford Performance Racing School.