My Dad did the RP experience in Charlotte through a friend of his that owned NAPA stores. Since they sponsored Mike W, they got to tour DEI while there and MAY have gone to a race if I remember correctly. He wanted so bad at the time to let me go but since it was a gift he didn't feel right. I wish I could have gone and just watched him too....I did the Richard Petty thing about twenty years ago at Walt Disney World with my son-in-law. Cool experience and a good idea of what drivers hear and feel on race day. Not anything I'd want to do for a living.
BTW, nice photos. But, who are they?
By far coolest thing ever. My buddy Travis and I right as I got out of the car and he was stepping in. Seattime Racing School at Charlotte. AT A MINIMUM do the 5 lap ridealong for $100. I promise after that and after driving you will have a completely different attitude about ANYONE you dare to say sucks at the NASCAR level. We went with the wives over the weekend in June with our driving day set for the Sunday. While they shopped Travis and I went to the track to make sure we knew how long it would take and where to go to be on time the next morning. We got to the track and could hear cars going so we drove around to where we could get a glimpse. We could see various stock cars (one was a NAPA 9 car and a Hertz 24 and even some Indy looking cars) going around at various speeds so could tell it wasn't a test session. We made our way to the back of the track where a guard was working the infield entrance. We decided to chat him up and see what was going on, make sure we would be able to get in the next day and had what he would require. Off hand we asked if we could go in and he said "sure...sign here". Cool. We went inside and it was basically access to everything. We found out the NASCAR Experience school was that day in addition to the Mario Andretti experience. We watched those schools cycle people around and went to the trailer where they were selling shirts and such and saw a sign for Ridealongs for $99. It was only 3 laps but so what? We wanted to see what a pro could do and I have to say....COOLEST THING EVER! I can't begin to explain the sensation. Speed, centrifugal force, sound.....just WOW. I knew then there was NO WAY I was going to come close to what these guys do.....best $99 I ever spent and was only 3 laps. Seattime Racing's ridealong is 5.
I'll explain Day 2 in a separate post.
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In honor of the return to the Big Track, I share my Rusty Wallace Racing Experience at Auto Club from years ago.
This is the picture of pure anxiety nervousness before strapping into the car, I signed up for this voluntarily?
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and Bingo I get assigned to the Green Turtle car 33 Hulu out of all they could choose from, I’m Mikey size so maybe it had the most headroom or something, put me in a Truck like DiBenedetto.
Lacing up my expert Champion driving shoes before I drop the hammer on this deal
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They recommended going on a ride along before jumping in cold, but I said to heck with that! I’m cheap and I’m going for it with insurance. I came to drive, not ride shotgun with some showboat. I don’t normally drive a manual either so hoo boy, here we go, I'm strapped in, and the Spotter tells me to roll off pit road and you know I stall it guaranteed, they fire me up again and I’m revving rpm’s to peal out like they just dropped me off a jack, refuse to stall it again embarrassing, it works and I pull up in line on pit road preparing for take off NERVES TO THE MAX.
Spotter tells me to roll off pit road and get up to speed, successful 1st gear high pitch and uh oh 2nd gear I clutched driveline not engaged just spinning, and I stall out on the apron before turn 1, nobody told me these were straight cut gears! They put out the yellow and the safety truck comes to my window net, I BROUGHT OUT THE CAUTION AT AUTO CLUB. The Spotter starts yelling at me in a 1-way comm lol as I’m stalling out I yelled f*** at least a couple times, had a feeling this would happen, now even more nervous if they’d let me out on track if I couldn’t make it happen. So they fire me off again, stall, I yell out F*** again and hit the wheel desperately with both hands, fire me up again, we peel out on the apron going up thru the gears and finally finally lug it into 4th gear too early and hear it slowly ramping up to speed (at least we went 2nd to 3rd and not 2nd to 1st).
Played it safe going into turn 3 backing off way early to feel the grip it has, the lateral g’s are surprising, ramping up to full song coming across the front stretch I’m ready to go full send into 1 and it sticks thank god but she’s setup wreck proof tight, a lot of tugging on the wheel. It goes better thru 3, back on the throttle early and full bore coming out of 4 (I'm gonna give the folks on the front stretch a show) .... glug glug glug what the heck is that? where'd my engine go? It’s THE REV LIMITER! before even reach the start/finish line the Spotter tells me, they also had the track taped off for certain lanes so you’re not allowed to run optimum line really, that's not what I'm used to in Nascar Heat my friend!
So I’m making laps and improving getting better on entry/exit making good time according to the Spotter, start to get a little worn out with 10 laps on this big track, coming out of 4 unloading the wheel floating it up high to not scrub speed, I feel a flash of yellow and jerk left, it’s the 18 M&M’s ride along car flying by me on the outside, he moved up a tiny bit to avoid me and no word from my Spotter that he was approaching at speed, I almost wrecked zee Kyle Busch!, felt like saying WHERE WERE YA ON THAT ONE! Anyhow I had had about enough of hitting the rev limiter/close calls/realizing don’t really know how to get out of the car if something happens and didn’t want to press my luck so I brought her down pit road in 4th floating to a stop. Couldn’t have gotten out of the car and off the track fast enough, let’s get the f outta here before someone see’s it was me in the Hulu car or they try to charge me for damage, pretty shaky afterward hopped up on adrenaline and going fast, that will wake you up in a hurry. Though driving 75 mph on the way home is weirdly slow on the freeway.
Overall a fun unforgettable experience, that I'd try again.
Sponsors Scouts DM me at Turtle84 my resume speaks for itself, and keep in mind that was my first time in a race car and I brought her home in one piece.
“Let me drive, I won’t make a fool out of you” -Trickle
Highly recommend the ride along. Spend the money and let someone show you and you FEEL what those cars are capable of. Incredible!
It completely changed my perspective before driving. I thought I was going to impress someone I was so confident. After 2 hot laps with a professional I knew there was no way I would do that, that fast, and that close to the wall. He didn't even use the optimal line. Going into turn three I didn't think there was ANY way we were not wrecking. It was the best experience ever though.In retrospect, definitely wish I would have and probably would have made the experience better, and less nerve wrecking than just winging' it.
Love SpeedwayOur old friend @kyle18fan recommended me to go to a Speedway race like 5 years ago, glad I finally got to go. Polish 1-2 with Patryk Dudek and Bartosz Zmarzlik.
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Jason Doyle walking away from a crash.
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There are 3 different classesWhat kind of bikes are they? Motocross?