So You Want to Learn to Drive a Race Car?
“Auto racing, bull fighting, and mountain climbing are the only real sports… all the others are games.” – Ernest Hemingway
With the Daytona 500 coming up, we wondered…have you ever fantasized about sitting, white-knuckled, behind the wheel of a 600 horsepower race car? Have you dreamed of pressing down on the accelerator with the promise of reaching speeds up to 120 mph?
Have you imagined seeing your friends & family root you on from pit road?
Can you picture yourself expertly negotiating a one mile tri-oval track, built in 1995 for the Izod Indy Car Series?
All of this under the expert supervision of professional drivers and trained staff?
If you answered yes, YES, for the love of God YES to these questions, The Richard Petty Driving Experience may be right for you!
A while back, I was looking for a way to surprise The Caffeinated Hubby for his birthday. Some of us want to be doctors when we grow up, some lawyers… My guy? He’s always wanted to go fast. Hey who, the hell, can blame him? So, I did a little research and found a track in Orlando, Florida, (where we were headed on an unrelated vacation). I ordered a gift card through the website, opting for the Rookie Experience, their most popular program. Eight laps in the driver’s seat runs between $449 and $549, depending on the track. There are fourteen speedways to choose from, each within day-tripper’s distance to you: Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicagoland, Darlington Raceway, Daytona International, Indianapolis, Kansas, Kentucky, Las Vegas, Michigan International, New Hampshire, Orlando, Richmond International and Texas. There are also many other Racing Experiences, ranging in price from the $59 Junior Ride-Along (for kids 6-13 years old) to the $3,500 Advanced Racing Experience, which is their most challenging program and consists of 40 laps.
It worked out perfectly. The gift card arrived right on time. We left a free day open in our itinerary; no parks, no amusement rides…just room for one heck of a surprise. When the day came, we headed out to the track, bright and early, on a sunny Florida day.
After getting suited up, some brief (but thorough) training and safety instruction, Caffeinated Hubby was in his very own (okay…borrowed) race car and headed out onto the track.
…and maneuvering like a pro!
He LOVED it and I think I had just as much fun watching and snapping photos! When it was over, the class and their fans met up to hear their stats, receive their awards and applaud one another, on a job well-done.
And the grin on my guy’s face? Well, that was trophy enough for me! I highly recommend this day adventure to all of my friends, family & followers.
*I was in no way compensated by the Richard Petty Driving Experience. This, as always, is an honest review.
Do YOU want to learn to race like a Daytona 500 driver?
Have you experienced the thrill yourself? What were your own encounters with Richard Petty’s or other driving schools? Do you have any advice for others?
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