Pro IndyCar drivers teach teens safe driving

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway changed Gregoire's life, which is why he decided to give something back by launching Miles Ahead.

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Imagine learning how to drive from an IndyCar driver.

Now you can. Beginning in April, the Miles Ahead program will partner former drivers with teen drivers to give them a lesson in controlling a car in challenging situations.

"It is so important that teens are safe drivers," said Stephan Gregoire.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway changed Gregoire's life, which is why he decided to give something back by launching Miles Ahead.

Held at the world famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway and taught by professional racecar drivers, Miles Ahead wants to make drivers aware of the vehicles they drive and their own abilities to successfully avoid threatening situations on public roads.

Ted Woerner helped Gregoire start the program.

"It's like a sports camp," said Woerner. "New driving skills are practiced by students, without the risk of injury or collision."

By using the Indianapolis Motor Speedway course, which meets the highest international safety standards for Formula 1 racing, students will learn and safely practice driving skills that are simply not able to be taught in traditional driver licensing programs. ¿

Some of the instructors include Phillip Major, Stephen Simpson, Alex Lloyd and James Winslow.

For the training, Miles Ahead uses a section of the road course located inside the northwest end of the oval. This is the same course on which Moto GP motorcycles compete every year in the Red Bull Indianapolis GP and where Formula 1 cars competed in the U.S. Grand Prix from 2000 through 2007.

Miles Ahead driving school has openings April 7, 21, and 22. Registration is $429. The classes will continue through summer and into the fall.

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