Team SGR featured in the Toronto Star

Check out Lorraine’s recount of the day with Sarah in the Mazda 3.

An excerpt from Lorraine:

Who benefits from advanced driver training courses?

Everyone, actually. If you’re a seasoned driver who knows it all, a day learning from the perspective of the pros will show you bad habits you may have formed without realizing it, as well as changes in technology that can really create a whole new way to treat your car.

For new drivers, it’s a chance to create good driving habits before bad ones can form, and to provide a forum to ask questions and replicate dangerous situations they might encounter years down the road — or tomorrow. More >>


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Team SGR featured on

Photo: Dana Bronsteter

Most driving schools cringe at the sight of rain, thunder clouds and lightning bolts looming the sky on their big day. Throw in a bunch of pylons, press cars and media folks at an advanced driver training event and you have the recipe for a very exciting day at the track.

Despite some waiting for the heavy rain to pass in the morning, our June 4 event got the spring driving season off to a great start. The group of students ranged from young drivers with brand-new driver’s licenses, to those with over 40 years behind the wheel learning, or shall we say unlearning, driving techniques for safer roads.

According to Jodi Lai from The National Post:

The clinic encourages drivers to use their own cars for the exercises, which include a slalom course, emergency stopping, crash avoidance and different weight transfer techniques. Understanding the physics behind your own vehicle and being able to test its limits is important for boosting a driver’s confidence and driving skill. And there is no better time to do it than under the watchful eye of an expert driving instructor so she can explain what you’re doing right and help you correct what you’re doing wrong. When you understand the physics behind your daily driver and know how it feels in different situations, you will be able to react more quickly and make smarter decisions to avoid collisions. More >>

Participants were also given the opportunity to test drive the new 2011 Scion TC in driving exercises, or go for a ride on the track with a racing driver. The Scion had to compete, however, with the delicious pulled-pork sandwiches we served at lunch.

By the end of the day, participants were driving confidently around the track with hands properly on the steering wheel and big smiles on their faces. Mission accomplished!

Our next advanced driver training experience will be on Saturday September 24, 2011 at Toronto Motorsports Park in Cayuga, Ontario.

Team SGR Advanced Driving Experience powered by Sailun Tires. Photo: Dana Bronsteter

Many thanks to our amazing volunteers and talented instructors. Thanks, as well, to Sailun Tires, Scion Canada, Fast WheelsWoodbine Scion and ABR racing for their support!

Girls’ Night at the Garage

In celebration of car care month, SGR teamed up with Emily Chung at AutoNiche, a family-friendly auto repair shop located in Markham to conduct the first of many SGR car care clinics on May 29, 2011. We were excited to bring together a group of women from all over the Greater Toronto Area, armed with notebooks and many questions in hand for an evening of car care empowerment!

In true SGR fashion, we kicked off the night with a spread of delicious snacks and goodies including fresh fruits, delicious cupcakes, and race car-shaped chocolates courtesy of Sonia’s Buttercream Dream – a friend of Dana’s. We’d also love to go into detail on some wonderful wrench-shaped sugar cookies that, however, turned out to be rather inappropriately shaped for the occasion. What it lacked in execution, more than made up for in blushes and laughter for the rest of the evening!

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Testimonial: first time at the track!

Photo: Dana Young

My dad is the driving columnist for the Globe and Mail – when he told me I should go out to the racetrack to take advanced driver training with Team SGR I thought he was crazy.

At 25, I hold a G1 license. Living downtown my whole life I never really needed a car: everything was central to me and I biked and walked everywhere. While this was great for my health and for the environment, I realized I needed to be able to drive.

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Track & Open Lapping Days

Toronto Motorsport Park (TMP) is proud to be a partner in the SGR Ladies Driving Clinic Series – Third Gear!

At a Glance

  • Participants must be legally licensed with a valid Canadian drivers license
  • Vehicle required – vehicle must belong to the driver or includes a consent form from the owner to be used for this event
  • Cost: $349/person with a 15% discount for team SGR members and team affiliates
  • Spaces are limited and are reserved on a first come, first serve basis.

For our updated schedule, please click here.

About the Track & Open Lapping Days

The SGR Track & Open Lapping Day caters to the participants needs in a fun and pressure free atmosphere – just ladies …just driving. Topics of the clinic include

  • Importance of proper vision
  • Collision avoidance
  • Cornering and passing techniques
  • Vehicle control
  • Weight transfer theorum
  • personal handbook and on-track evaluation with personal observance of each driver

Drivers must be legally licensed with a valid Canadian drivers license
Participants are expected to bring their own vehicle for driving portion of the event.
Street vehicles & daily drivers welcomed!
Helmets: Snell 2000, Snell M2000 or SA 2000 or later certification. Loaner helmets will also be available.
The SGR Driving Clinics are set up to let you experience the thrill of driving your car without the perils of street driving including narrow roads, oncoming traffic and speeding tickets. Each clinic will include classroom instruction and on-track evaluation with personal observance of each driver. Our goal is to make you faster by increasing your skills and your confidence. This is the perfect place to safely experience the potential of your car and improve your driving skillset.

About the Venue
Toronto Motorsport Park is Ontario’s Premier motorsport facility that includes a road course and the infamous drag strip which is host to many popular events through out the year including CSCS and Pinks All Out Arm Drop. TMP is the official birthplace and home of drag racing in Ontario for over 50 years. It is the site of world class International competition and all things auto racing. For more info on their facility, check out

SGR announces 2011 partnership with Sailun Tires

Two organizations reach out to grassroots community via events, driving schools and giveaways

To continue increasing awareness of driver education, particularly amongst women, Team SGR today announced a partnership with Sailun Tires.

“We’re very happy to be partnering with Team SGR, and helping to promote their unique position in the racing community,” said Humphrey Ho, Senior Director of Marketing at Sailun Tires. “We believe Team SGR is the perfect partner allowing Sailun Tires to reach men and women of all ages with an interest in advanced driving and in grassroots motorsports. Indeed, that is the market that SGR has served since 1999.”

Through Sailun’s partnership with Team SGR, together we begin building motorsports history in Canada – reaching out to automotive enthusiasts on all levels, particularly those looking to get into the sport at a grassroots level.

“Culturally, the automobile sector is male-dominated and girls are groomed to be in the passenger seat or on the hood at a young age,” said Anna He, President and co-founder of Team SGR. “and we’re going to change that. Our approach to advanced driver education is to provide friendly and fun experiences at an affordable price. In that way, we are much like Sailun, a company looking to expand the reach of its high-quality, affordable product lineup in Canada. By appealing to women, we are, ultimately appealing to everyone.” [Read more…]