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Lexus Performance Driving School, 360 MAGAZINE, Lexus, Toyota, WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, Vaughn Lowery

LPDS

A life-changing and immersive experience!’ 360 MAGAZINE

By Vaughn Lowery

As of late, we caught an opportunity to attend the Lexus Performance Driving School [LPDS] in Monterey, California at the iconic WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. This is the 4th year of this program helmed by legendary Nascar driver Scott Pruett alongside of world-class driving instructors. Under his direction, consumers as well as car enthusiasts can learn to become more confident and cognizant drivers with personalized coaching.

We flew into the Monterey airport to take in our cobalt blue RC 350 and headed straight to our accommodations at the Portola Hotel. The following dawn, we showered and worked out at the hotel gym. Within minutes, we pulled up to the prolific track to indulge in a snack bar-style breakfast. Upon check-in, we split into four teams which consisted of 10-12 people. Directly after, we met in a larger hangar to watch a video and were greeted by Mr. Pruett. Shortly after, we learned about the proper seating position, steering, throttle technique and helmet fitting.

The 8-hour course taught us about braking, line position, skid pad, autocross as well as lead and follow. Of course, like most AMG, BMW and Skip Barber racing platforms, we got to delve deep into how to drift (on wet asphalt) and ‘hit the apex.’

Towards the close of the day, all teams took to the slalom test to see who had the best time within their group for an assortment of prizes, including an F Sport watch and/or a hot lap with Pruett. After the announcement of the top three times, we were granted a certificate of completion which makes for a keepsake.

All in all, this was an awesome opportunity to learn more about dynamic performance vehicles in a safe and controlled environment. The LC 500 proved to be nimble, the RC F had a melodic exhaust note and the GS F was surprisingly agile (with its widebody).

In short, this is one of the best driving colleges offered on the Western Hemisphere and would constitute a memorable present for a celebratory moment and/or Christmas.

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Mikaela Shiffrin Dominates World Cup

Red Bull cameras have been following Mikaela Shiffrin all season giving the inside peek into her life.

Part 5: The World Cup Hustle– available today. Download it HERE.

“I have to trust that I know what I’m going to do.” Get a peak behind the scenes before Mikaela Shiffrin gets to the start gate at a World Cup stop. From doing the dishes to dishing out dance moves on stage, Mikaela keeps busy in preparation to race. With selfies stops for eager fans off the hill and the calculated training on the slopes, all in a day’s work in her run up to her biggest season yet.

For more B-roll and interview footage of Mikaela Shiffrin, updated monthly:

http://www.redbullcontentpool.com/mikaela

Previously:

Part 1: Summer Grind
“I have to go harder because somebody else out there is” – Mikaela showcases her gains in the gym through her intense two-a-day workouts in Park City, Utah. Download it HERE.

Part 2: An American Girl in Paris
“Elegance is the name of the game here” – Though vacation days are rare for the FIS World Cup overall champion, Mikaela found a few days this summer to explore Paris for the first time. She also served as host at the Grand Prix de Diane Longines horse race in Chantilly. Download it HERE.

Part 3: Inside Out in Germany
“It’s the strangest thing I’ve ever seen. We’re sleeping, eating and skiing all in the same building.” – Mikaela prepared for the new season with her first experience of indoor skiing. The three-day training session in Wittenberg, Germany was intense but crucial. Download it HERE.

Part 4: New peaks in Chile
For the top skiers on the circuit, the foundation of a successful season is built in Chile. See how Mikaela Shiffrin got herself ready to defend her World Cup title by spending time in the Southern Hemisphere as she displays a work ethic that never rests. Download it HERE.