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$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.
Racing Adventure places novice passengers alongside professional drivers for ride-along experiences on speedways around the country. Passengers circumnavigate the speedy circles 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.