The harsh New England winter may be winding down, but that doesn’t mean the unexpected can’t happen while driving. Join New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Stevens Advanced Driving School this weekend as they promote safe driving techniques for people of all ages. 

The Stevens Advanced Driving School offers a unique driving program featuring effective emergency braking techniques; best hand and seating position for control; precision steering and car control; tire care, mirrors and blind spots; emergency lane changes and the dangers of tailgating. 

The emergency skills program begins at 9 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday.  For more information or to register for an upcoming session please visit http://stevensdriving.com/index.php.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will take on the Auto Club Speedway, a 2-mile oval in Fontana, Calif., this weekend with the fifth race in the 2011 season.  Coverage begins Sunday at 3 p.m. (ET) on FOX. 

The IZOD INDYCAR Series kicks off its anticipated 2011 season Sunday with the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Fla. Coverage begins at 12:30 p.m. (ET) on ABC. 

For those race fans in the Granite State this weekend, don’t forget to catch everyone’s favorite moose, Milo, at the Manchester St. Patrick’s Day parade.  The parade kicks off at noon and includes a one-mile course that runs down Elm Street.    

NHMS’ Season of Speed is fast approaching and tickets for all 2011 events are now available, including; the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on July 17, the INDYCAR 225 on Aug. 14, and the SYLVANIA 300 on Sept. 25. They can be purchased by calling the NHMS ticket hotline at (603) 783-4931. Additional information, including camping availability and prices can be found online at www.nhms.com.