Before car racing, checkered flags were used only as symbols of surrender following skirmishes between chess clubs. Settle scores with this Groupon.
$375 for a Stock-Car Racing Experience ($630 Value)
On Saturday, April 28, you can shimmy into a full fire suit, clip on a helmet, and fasten a HANS device for a Sprint Cup stock-car racing experience at Gateway Motor Park. The experience begins with a four-lap ride with a professional driving instructor. After the instructor rounds the final bend, you can swap seats, take the wheel, and accelerate to up to 170 mph for an additional eight laps.
Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure
Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure places novice passengers alongside professional drivers for ride-along experiences on Talladega Superspeedway. At 2.66 miles around, Talladega Superspeedway is the largest oval racetrack in the Sprint Cup Series and is well-known throughout motorsports. Passengers circumnavigate the speedy circle at speeds of up to 175 mph aboard real racecars once owned by such drivers as Mark Martin, Michael Waltrip, and Bobby Labonte. Before embarking, riders receive safety training and suit up in a full fire suit complete with a helmet with facemask and Hans Device, the same head restraint used by professional heavy-metal guitarists. Talladega Superspeedway is located next to the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, which is open daily to visitors.