Our Grattan School Plan A

Since we posted our thoughts on our plans for instructing at Grattan, a bunch of you have contacted us (well, that “us” is mostly Ken Rutyna, our Chief Instructor), asking whether we really expect to do “Plan A”—that is, to have in-car instruction. The answer to that question is:


The fact is, unless something extraordinary happens (BMW CCA flat out tells us not to do it, Covid-19 gets out of control and the State of Michigan imposes harsh new measures, an earthquake takes out Grattan Raceway—none of which we expect), WE WILL BE DOING IN-CAR INSTRUCTION AT GRATTAN.

So, what can you expect?

  • A lot of track time. As at Waterford Hills, we’re adjusting our schedule to maximize your time on track.
  • One-on-one instruction in our intermediate and novice groups. This means each instructor will have just one student in those groups. For instructors, this means no more jumping from car to car. For students, it means plenty of time to prepare and debrief with your instructor. (Advanced groups will run without in-car instruction, as at Waterford Hills.)
  • No formal classroom sessions. As part of our schedule adjustment, we’re eliminating our formal classroom sessions (other than an introduction for the novice group). First, it’s tough to do a formal classroom with social distancing. Second, we’ll be distributing written materials online before the school. Third, our one-to-one student-instructor setting lets us move the classroom component to the individual student-instructor setting—meaning a greater focus on you, the individual student. Fourth, no more sitting through stuff you’ve already heard before. (Yea!)
  • Updated guidelines. We’re updating our guidelines for social distancing, in-car instruction, and safe practices for the school. We expect to have those up shortly. While no one can eliminate all risk, we plan to run this school safely.

We understand that some of you may have held off signing up for this school because of the uncertainty. That poses a bit of a problem for us, because we need to make sure we have enough students and instructors to hold the school. So we want to confirm our no-risk cancellation policy for this school: You may cancel your registration for any reason, or no reason, up until the day of the school, and we will refund your registration fee in full. This means if you sign up and request placement in the novice group, and for some reason we can’t run a novice group, you can cancel and get a full refund. It means if you sign up for the intermediate group and we have to do lead-follow instead of in-car, and you prefer in-car, you can cancel and get a full refund. Of course, we hope you won’t cancel, but you will have the option.

So please sign up now. You can find more details and sign up at Motorsportreg.com. See you at the track!

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