SOURCE: Skip Barber Racing School

May 09, 2008 09:00 ET

Hottest Lexus Ever Added to Skip Barber High Performance Driving School

'Ferociously Quick' Lexus IS F Joins HPDS Fleet

LAKEVILLE, CT--(Marketwire - May 9, 2008) - Skip Barber Racing's High Performance Driving School, launched to wide acclaim, is a unique program that combines the skills taught in the Racing School and the Driving School with seat time in a collection of high performance sports cars. Beginning in June, the all-new 5.0-liter V8 Lexus IS F will be added to the current fleet of Porsches and BMWs at Road Atlanta and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. In August, the IS Fs will come to Lime Rock Park.

Capable of 0-60 times in the low 4 seconds and quarter-mile times in the 12s, the Lexus IS F comes to school fully armed with 416 horsepower and 371 lb-ft of torque, mated to an 8-speed paddle-shift gearbox. This thundering sedan utilizes fat Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 rubber: up front, 225/40-19s and in the rear, 255/35-19s.

Car and Driver writes, "The IS F is an animal... ferociously quick... the 8-speed is wonderfully responsive and prompt," while Road & Track writes, The IS F "is a confidence-inspiring machine that can be truly flogged..."

Skip Barber Lead Instructor Terry Earwood says, "Driving high-end cars on the track, we like strong motors and big brakes. The IS F fits the bill perfectly. Our students will love hustling the Lexus around, I guarantee."

Lexus is a division of Toyota Motor Corp.

Headquartered in Lakeville, Conn., and operating out of five base locations (Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in California; Lime Rock Park in Connecticut; Road America in Wisconsin; Road Atlanta, in Braselton, Ga., north of Atlanta; and Sebring International Raceway in central Florida), Skip Barber is the world's largest racing and driving school, available at more than 20 race tracks across the U.S. and Canada. In addition to the Skip Barber Racing School, the company also runs the Skip Barber Driving School and the High Performance Driving School. The company also operates six separate equal-car racing championships, including the open-wheel BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda professional series and the new-for-2008 Skip Barber MAZDASPEED Challenge, using Mazda MX-5 Cup race-prepped Miatas. More information on Skip Barber Racing is available by calling 860.435.1300, and at www.skipbarber.com.

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