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Subaru and Panoz Create Subaru-Panoz Performance Driving School

10 December 1998

A Subaru-Panoz Performance Driving School instructor demonstrates advanced car control techniques with the 1999 Subaru Legacy 2.5 GT on the school's handling course at Road Atlanta. (PR NewsFoto) [AS]

CHERRY HILL, N.J., Dec. 10 -- Subaru of America, Inc. and Panoz Motorsports announced today that they have joined forces to create the Subaru-Panoz Performance Driving School. The new school, which is based at the Road Atlanta racetrack near Braselton, GA, provides classroom and on-track training in the areas of both "active safety" and "performance handling." The multi-year contract calls for Subaru to provide cars to be used by the school's instructors and students.

"Subaru has been a leader and innovator in active safety for years," said George Muller, president and COO Subaru of America. "With 25 years of all-wheel drive experience in passenger cars and three consecutive World Rally Championships, we have unique credentials that are unmatched in the auto industry. The new Subaru-Panoz Performance Driving School is a natural extension for us and a great way to share our expertise with both novice drivers and those who are real performance enthusiasts."

The Subaru-Panoz Performance Driving School teaches one and two-day classes to a wide range students -- from teens preparing to get their first license -- to adults that want to improve their driving skills -- to driving enthusiasts who want to learn how to experience the full range their vehicles have to offer. The school's curriculum focuses on braking, steering, skid control and defensive driving tactics. In addition, the classes will offer advanced techniques in car control and maneuverability. All classes feature the use of 1999 model Subaru GT sedans and wagons.

"Subaru is the perfect partner for this type of initiative," says Jeff Purner, Director, Subaru-Panoz Performance Driving School. "Their quality reputation and capability as a superior handling car make the vehicles excellent teaching tools."

The Subaru-Panoz Performance Driving School at the Road Atlanta Motorsports Center in Braselton, GA is the first school developed under this partnership which may eventually include other venues or cooperative ventures. Consumers wanting more information can contact either the Subaru of America website ( or Road Atlanta site (

Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered near Philadelphia, the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of nearly 600 franchised dealers across the United States. All Legacy models sold in the U.S., including the Outback and GT sedans and wagons, are produced at the company's American manufacturing plant, Subaru-Isuzu Automotive, Inc., near Lafayette, Ind. 1998 marks the company's 30th anniversary of selling vehicles in the United States.

For more information, contact Alex Fedorak, 609-488-8615, or Richard Marshall, 609-488-3327, both of Subaru of America.