Stock-car racing is scientifically proven to be an extremely cool reason to drive in circles, trumped only by being in a Soviet spy chase in an ice rink or driving a motorcycle with Burt Reynolds in a sidecar. Encourage the world to eat your splendid dust with today's Groupon: for $115, you get a four-lap ride-along racing experience from Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet (a $195 value). The limit for riders is 7 feet tall and 350 pounds. Reservations are required, and this Groupon can be redeemed on July 16 or 17, 2011.
Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure offers racing fans and speed demons the opportunity to experience the exhilaration of riding shotgun with a professional driver in a stock car around the Chicagoland Speedway—host to several NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races—at speeds of up to 165 mph. With this deal, visiting copilots are outfitted with full fire-retardant racing suits, full-face helmets, head-and-neck-support devices, and car horns that honk the Australian National Anthem before strapping into the passenger seat for a qualifying four-lap run. Chicagoland Speedway features a concrete track, plenty of room to maneuver for position, and 18-degree banking on the turns, ensuring an exhilarating ride sure to impress the guys back at cliff-jumping academy.
Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure owns a variety of official Sprint/Nationwide series cars, purchased from Mark Martin, Bobby Labonte, and other NASCAR mainstays, providing an appropriately-sized vehicle to acceleration enthusiasts of any stature. Though the racing school will try to pair riders with their desired cars, it is not guaranteed, as safety and color-coordinating are a higher priority.
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.