After decades of winning the admiration of stock-car racing fans with his aggressive driving strategy and off-track charisma, Rusty Wallace now gives others the chance to experience the rush of racing. He joined forces with Sodikart to roll out the Rusty Wallace Kart Experience, pairing kart with driver at some of the country's most celebrated racetracks. Racers can hop in a custom RT8 (or its kid-friendly counterpart, the LR4) and hit the gas, tearing up everything from the versatile road courses and speedy main track of the Atlanta Motor Speedway to the challenging lava pits of the Milwaukee Mile.
But this go-karting business has a big brother?the Rusty Wallace Racing Experience. It's a high-speed trip into the pro-racing trade, with breathtaking ride-alongs and racing experiences in stock cars. Guests buckle up and sit shotgun alongside professional drivers as they fly down straightaways and around curves. They can even get behind the wheel themselves, finally feeling what it's like to be a professional driver.
Gas-powered karts propel participants forward at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour in three driving sessions that include instruction from karting professionals. With 3/4 miles of rubber-thirsty track and 14 hair-raising turns, CalSpeed’s world-class karting circuit awaits those brave drivers who yearn to conquer its high banks and breakneck straightaways free of malicious banana peels. Participants earn their racing stripes in swift Sodi karts packed with the galloping power of 15 horses, carving up the purpose-built track as if it were an asphalt turkey. Over the course of three 10-minute lapping sessions coupled with instruction, participants can expect 30+ minutes of total track time. As past programs at the outdoor Auto Club Speedway have produced several professional drivers, CalSpeed Karting provides a fresh tire streak on future racing resumés to go with redline levels of adrenaline.
Bowling is the great social equalizer—a common ground where grizzled undercover clowns, blue-collar English lords, LARPer librarians, big and tall lingerie models, hordes of hive-minded hipsters, and the other two social demographics that comprise America can unite in common cause and topple a gaggle of stuck-up, inanimate wooden pins. Brunswick has been a household name in this egalitarian pastime almost since the beginning, with a company history that dates back to the 19th century, providing classic American good times to all manner of patrons across the country. And with today's Groupon tying the room together, you'll get to play two games (up to a $10.98 value) in its hallowed halls wearing a pair of freshly disinfected bowling shoes (up to a $4.79 value).
There's a good change most people have seen Romain Thievin drive a car really, really fast?though they probably haven't realized it. The award-winning stunt and race-car driver has worked on more than 150 films, including appearing as Matt Damon?s stunt double in The Bourne Identity. At Exotics Racing, he hopes to put the general public into the shoes of everyone's favorite leading man.
Thievin and his team designed Exotics Racing's 1.2-mile tracks themselves. A private stretch just outside of Las Vegas tests supercars with 7 turns before they accelerate down a 1,800-ft. straightaway. Their other creation waits in Fontana, California just 45 minutes east of L.A., boasting eight turns and 1,600 feet of straight track.
And those machines? More than 50 of the most powerful supercars on the planet, including models from Lamborghini, Porsche, and Ferrari. Paddle shifters, along with Exotics Racing's attentive instructors, make the cars accessible to drivers with or without manual-transmission experience.
A driver curls his fingers around the steering wheel, takes a deep breath, and places his foot onto the peddle, bringing a mechanical beast to life. The screech of burning rubber, roar of an 500-horsepower engine, and the silent rush of adrenaline block out the rest of the world, allowing the driver to focus entirely on the run. As he battles the g-force, the realization hits that he has just achieved a lifelong dream: He is a drag racer.
Doug Foley first noticed the lack of a comprehensive drag-racing training center in 1997, and he took it upon himself to fill the void. Along with a team of instructors, Foley lets novices ride shotgun or drive themselves to taste drag racing for the first time. Once the new racers are hooked, a lineup of beginner to advanced classes licenses students for everything from junior dragsters, to door cars and A-fueled dragsters. Through these efforts, Foley and his team ready drivers to compete in professional races and fulfill a dream.
Color Me Rad stages 5K races that transform runners into mobile rainbows by launching cheerful barrages of colored cornstarch. Each color station along the racetrack flings a new, nontoxic pigment at passersby, who wear white shirts to enhance the chromatic onslaught's costuming effects. Brilliant neon-blue, green, purple, and yellow clouds dapple participants along the way, and the race concludes with a prismatic finish-line finale as sprinters chuck colors at each other in celebration. The race's noncompetitive credo shifts the emphasis from speed to silliness, and a portion of its proceeds go to local charities.
Upon registration, each runner collects a Color Me Rad T-shirt, sunglasses, sponsor gifts, and a race bib. Though they don't receive a gift packet, runners younger than 8 years old can sprint for free, provided they have a waiver signed by a guardian and won't give in to demands for gold from confused leprechauns.