About Us

Steven Sugg

Performance Driving Experience (PDE) is owned and operated by Steven Sugg.

Steve’s been doing HPDE events at Road Atlanta, Roebling Road Raceway, Atlanta Motorsports Park, and other tracks for about 10 years.

He is a PCA and NASA certified instructor and, although he loves to drive, his real passion is teaching other drivers how to safely navigate their cars around a race track and shepherding their progress through the various skills and techniques to allow them to achieve their motorsports goals.

Whether a student is at the track for a one-time “bucket list” event, or taking up HPDE events as a weekend hobby, or even has aspirations of pursuing a career as a professional race car driver, Steve enjoys the challenge of transferring his knowledge of high performance driving to the students to help them get the most of our their time on track.

Second only to safety, Steve’s goal for each student is for them to enjoy the experience and leave the event a better driver than when they arrived.

Garry Poindexter

garryGarry’s first real event was at an autocross hosted by the Central Florida Region of  SCCA years back. He went on to win the novice class his first time out and was truly addicted at that point. He then moved onto Time Trials on the race track and excelled. Then went to driver’s school for SCCA club racing and was given his Competition SCCA License.

After some time, his first year back, he went back to auto crossing and won the regional C Stock  Championship and started coaching some of his competitors to make them faster.  He then took over the SCCA Solo ll program and ran it for several years in the Central Florida Region.  As an instructor there he got to drive a variety of cars.  Being able to jump in an unfamiliar car and go fast was quite natural for Garry and has paid off in instructing people in their cars.

Garry started coaching track days when a friend asked him to help him at Sebring.  For the last five years he has been coaching with Dave Auer in the Southern States Region both originally with Hooked on Driving and now with PDE.  Garry says “I drive my 99 Miata with only suspension mods to the track, run it all day and then drive it home.  My favorite saying is: It’s more fun to drive a slow car fast, than a fast car slow. I find it really rewarding to see people improve and get more comfortable on track at speed and then graduate to the Intermediate Solo group. I help them learn how to have “fun” with their car on a race track!”

Dan Buckle

danDan brings a wealth of on track experience to PDE. He has been with Dave Auer for the last five years acting as Lead Instructor to Chief Steward of events.  His approachable personality is contagious and Dan does a great job balancing fun at the track with safety. Here is a brief resume:

  • Resides in Matthews, NC
  • Racing and Driving since 1995
  • NASA/SCCA/CHUMPCAR Racecar Driver
  • Lead Instructor and Chief Steward for PDE
  • Professional Driving Instructor for BFGoodrich, Michelin, Ford,
  • Performance Racing School, Jackson Motorsports Group
  • Tactical Driving Instructor for Military and Government Groups