The closest most people get to race-car driving is playing video games or attaching box fans to the back of shopping carts. Separate the men from the groceries with today's Groupon: for $299, you get a two-hour driving experience, which includes a 20-minute ride-along and 20 minutes of driving a Formula race car, from Allen Berg Racing Schools at Stratotech Park (a $686 value). Drivers can rev their engines on Wednesday, August 17, Thursday, August 18, or Monday, August 22, and more dates may be added to accommodate additional demand.
The experienced and speed-smitten staff at Allen Berg Racing Schools, which is making its last appearance in Edmonton, demonstrate the art of tire burning for amateur auto racers in a fleet of authentic competition-grade race cars. The experience begins with a speed-centered seminar, where racers review basic operation of the car, including how to sweet-talk it into driving you to work in the morning. Then students take a stroll to the track, where they ride alongside their instructors to get a feel for the track's twists and turns. Once fitted for uniforms and race cars, speed stars jump in for a solo trek around the track, communicating with strategically placed instructors for pointers and drive-through chicken-nugget orders. After pupils ride for 20 minutes on the track, an on-board video of their session will be posted to YouTube. After each session, students stand proudly by their rides for a commemorative Flickr-posted photo.
All riders get a certificate and gift bag chock full of vendor-granted goodies. Speed addicts anxious for their next chance to fly down the track can take $200 off a one-, two-, or three-day racing program within the next 90 days.
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