Who We Are
Driveway Austin was conceived and designed by Bill Dollahite, a professional race driver with over 35 years of world-class racing experience (notably as a very successful driver and team director with Ferrari and as a DOD sanctioned tactical trainer). Bill created Driveway Austin's famous track by combining some of the most interesting and challenging racing corners from the around the world to create an unparalleled Grand Prix circuit in Austin, Texas. Bill's son, Scott Dollahite, heads the Instruction department and is a current racing professional. Driveway Austin is widely considered one of the finest race driving training facilities in the world. BILL DOLLAHITE BIO SCOTT DOLLAHITE BIO
The location and strategic configurations have made Driveway Austin a top choice for major vehicle manufacturers for development testing, media sessions and launch (Ride and Drive) activities as well as a stunning backdrop for print and film work.
Design and Engineering
The course has 3 main configurations with different dynamic elements:
L1 (Short Course, modeled after Fiorano in Italy) focuses on flat surface vehicle dynamics.
L2 (Elevation Course, modeled after the Laguna Seca Corkscrew in California) highlights elevation change and off-camber.
L3 (Grand Prix Course modeled after the Nurburgring in Germany) showcases high-speed dynamics with a long straightaway and signature turns.
More than just the layout design, the course was engineered from far beneath the surface with deep compacted and chosen soils, a premium grade base material and an exotic asphalt design that is extremely smooth with exceptional grip. It took over a year to layout, prepare the elevations and soils, cure the base and compress the surface. Driveway Austin is truly a work of art in racetrack engineering and design.
How Driveway Austin Works
We are primarily a school and as such offer courses that are tuition based. Once a student finishes our initial 1-day course offering, Foundations of Road Racing, they are then eligible to return for our "Open Alumni Practice' sessions on the L1, or top portion of our track. Open Alumni Practice sessions are generally run Wednesdays through Saturdays, 12-1. We also open the track up for practice times on weekends and extended weekday hours which we primarily announce on our Instagram and Facebook feeds.
Every driver who wants access to the track is required to take the Foundations of Road Racing course. It is a mandatory "initiation" to our purpose built, technically challenging Grand Prix race track. We don't have membership fees or dues but we require completion of the course to ensure all drivers who are using our track have had our specific and highly individualized professional training.
Once the Foundations course has been completed, students are eligible to take the Advanced Road Racing course, which is also a one day program, mostly conducted at high speed. This course includes our signature "Laguna Seca" style corkscrew turn and also a long straightaway for true high-caliber performance driving.
For individuals seeking an SCCA racing license, they can complete the Foundations and Advanced classes and then take our 1-day Racecraft curriculum. Upon successfully completing these 3 classes, we can then write a letter of recommendation to the sanctioning body. A number of our students go this route and we take great pride in our reputation as a first class training school within the greater racing community.
Photo: Bill Dollahite in the Shelby Can-Am
that he ran for Dell and the launch of Windows 95