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Irvine MINI Confirms, MINI USA Partners With Miles Ahead to Launch Teen Driving School

Indy 500 Veteran, Stephan Gregoire, Will Lead ‘Miles Ahead’ at Indianapolis Motor Speedway


October 11, 2011 – Irvine, Calif. – Irvine MINI is proud to confirm, MINI has partnered with Miles Ahead to launch a new teen driving school aimed at addressing the number of injuries and fatalities involving teen drivers.    
Indy 500 Veteran, Stephan Gregoire and a business partner, Ted Woerner, will partner with MINI USA, who will be providing 12 MINI Cooper Hardtops for the driving school.
“This is a great opportunity for MINI to extend its commitment to safety beyond the engineering of our vehicles,” said Darren Richie, General Manager. “MINI is proud to be a part of Miles Ahead.”
Each class will last approximately 4.5 hours, providing licensed teens with specialized instruction to improve their decision-making behind the wheel. This includes driving modules focused on things like distracted / impaired driving, skid control, emergency ABS brake application and hazard avoidance.

In addition to Gregoire, an impressive list of Firestone Indy Lights and IZOD IndyCar Series drivers have been added to the instructor roster for the 2011 and 2012 seasons, including Dillon Battistini, Dan Clarke, Conor Daly, Alex Lloyd, Philip Major, Stephen Simpson, Stefan Wilson and James Winslow.

The first classes will be held on November 5-6, 2011, with a full season of up to 50 class days per year beginning in 2012. Individual classes will be priced at $389, and Miles Ahead will offer group sales to companies that want to extend the course to their employees’ or customers’ children. There will be a scholarship program to award school slots to applicants in need.

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