Speed Ventures celebrates its 15th anniversary this November after introducing tens of thousands of drivers to the world of road racing with performance driving events at race tracks across California, Nevada, and beyond. What began in 2001 as a passion project for co-founder and CEO Aaron Bitterman has grown into one of the largest recreational motorsports organizations in the country.
Speed Ventures hosts around 30 events each year at tracks including Auto Club Speedway, Willow Springs International Raceway, Buttonwillow Raceway, Chuckwalla Valley Raceway, Sonoma Raceway, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, and Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas. These High Performance Driver Education (HPDE) events also feature time trial competitions and wheel-to-wheel racing. Drivers have the opportunity to experience some of the country’s greatest racetracks while improving their awareness and car control skills.
“I was obsessed with road racing and I needed more seat time,” said Bitterman, explaining how it all began. “I also wanted to create events with a unique feel and a relaxed atmosphere where friends could come to share their passion for racing.”
Speed Ventures quickly caught on as an alternative to national clubs. Customers enjoyed the friendly, grassroots style, and they found they got more time on the track. Plus, drivers realized they didn’t need to have aspirations of being a professional race car driver—or own a racecar—to enjoy spending a day at the track honing their driving skills.
“I’m still amazed how many people—even people who love cars—have no idea they can drive their own car on a race track,” says Bitterman. “Speed Ventures provides instruction and creates a low-pressure environment for beginners so they can get their feet wet in a calm, controlled atmosphere. And we give experienced drivers the track time they need to tune their cars and set up for the next race weekend.”
Speed Ventures will celebrate 15 years of road racing with festivities Nov. 5-6 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.