The Academy of Motorsports Announces Curriculum & Open House

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    Bruce Boman

    This was on Jayski’s this morning. Thought it might be interest to young aspiring racers.

    The Academy of Motorsports Announces Curriculum and Open House: The Academy of Motorsports (Academy) is pleased to announce its curriculum for 2009. The Academy will implement the curriculum through a rich combination of classroom instruction, hands-on lab and field experience, field trips, and guest speakers and lecturers. Students who enroll in The Academy will spend mornings in academic lessons at Carlisle School, an IB World School, and four afternoons weekly in motorsports training. Driving training will be customized based on individual students’ ability level and desires. The vehicles available include, but are not limited to, asphalt & dirt karts, Legends oval & road course cars, sports car & open wheel road course cars, NASCAR Late Model Stock cars, Rolex GT cars, and NASCAR Camping World cars. These cars can be tested at a variety of tracks within the area including Virginia International Raceway, Martinsville Speedway, South Boston Speedway, Motor Mile Speedway, and Ace Speedway. Driving simulators are a focus of the hands-on training. Specifics of core curriculum and sample schedules for each grade level (9-12) are available on The Academy’s website:

    The Academy of Motorsports is hosting Open Houses on October 4, 2008 and November 29, 2008 to provide prospective students and families the opportunity to tour the program’s excellent facilities at Carlisle School and VIRginia International Raceway. Please contact The Academy for reservations to the planned program. The Academy is currently accepting applications. For more information about The Academy or the open houses, visit or call Lisa Lyle at 276.632.7288 x237.

    The Academy of Motorsports at is the first motorsports boarding school in North America, attracting the best and brightest youth with interests in motorsports from around the world. This unique program initially focuses on driver development and education including engineering and other facets of the motorsports business. This program partners with Carlisle School to provide a college preparatory secondary school academic experience.

    The Academy of Motorsports is a collaborative effort between VIRginia International Raceway and Carlisle School. Other partners include Virginia Tech, Old Dominion University, Virginia Institute for Performance Engineering and Research (VIPER), The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR), and Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation. This project is supported in part by the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission.(PR)(9-17-2008)


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