Professional Coaching

Peter Argetsinger

There are few instructors that combine as much teaching background with winning race experience as Peter Argetsinger. He’s raced in the Sebring 12-Hour, Petit Le Mans and the Rolex 24 at Daytona, and there isn’t a track, famous or otherwise, that he doesn’t have experience at including the Nurburgring, Hockenheim, Lime Rock Park, Laguna Seca, Silverstone, Brands Hatch, Road America – the list is endless.

Born into the racing world – Pete’s father Cameron was the founder of road racing at Watkins Glen (1948) and first brought the U.S.G.P. there in 1961 – he made his name racing in the incredibly competitive and cut-throat European open-wheel championships in the 70s and 80s. Peter remains one of the very few Americans to win the British Formula Ford championship, and won the Brands Hatch-based Kentagon FF title, too. Also rare for an American, he won a British Racing and Sports Car Club Driver of the Year Award. As a factory Formula Ford driver for Royale, Pete set a lap record at the Hockenhiemring in the European Formula Ford series.

Pete’s terrific ability to teach was discovered, and soon his talents were required all over Europe: vice president and chief instructor at Brands Hatch; lead instructor for the Audi Quattro High Performance Driving School; and lead instructor for the Ian Taylor Racing School at Thruxton.

Returning to the U.S. in the 1990s, he became a lead instructor for the Skip Barber Racing School and chief instructor for the Ferrari Club’s southern region while continuing to win races, including the Petit Le Mans GT-class race at Road Atlanta and a Grand-Am Cup win at Watkins Glen.

Pete’s reputation resulted in him being hired as a private coach, too, with an enviable client list that includes world champion Damon Hill, Juan Pablo Montoya, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Indycar’s Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, the U.S. State Department’s Anti-Terrorist Division – even members of England’s House of Lords. For Formula BMW U.S.A.’s entire existence, Pete was the head coach and lead mentor, and he’s still chief instructor for Florida’s Sports Car Driving Experience. Pete is also hired frequently to pilot vintage race cars.