When Eisenhower designed the Interstate Highway system, he envisioned a lawless, death-race arena where only the fastest could avoid being killed by mechanical gulls. Experience a thrilling fraction of his racing dream with today's Groupon to DriveTech Racing School at AutoClub Speedway in Fontana (a $499 value; see sidebar for dates).
DriveTech provides classroom instruction for fledgling racecar drivers on a variety of professional racetracks across the country. The 12-lap package lets you take the reins of a professional stock car. After a round of basic classroom instruction, you'll get to take the wheel for three practice laps and nine laps of proper green-flag racing on AutoClub Speedway's two-mile D-shaped oval track that will leave your hair mussed, eyes bulged, and torso coated in corporate sponsorships. The experience eschews straight, open road in favor of high-speed turns, a hallmark of stock-car racing. Check out the schedule here.
Stock-car racing is a grand American tradition, smelling, like most American traditions, of baseball players, McDonald's apple pie, and diesel fuel. At AutoClub Speedway, you'll tread on the same track as champion racers at the annual AutoClub 500 and recent Pepsi Max 400 NASCAR motor bouts. Whether riding along for the first three laps or grasping your own racetrack-based destiny by the rubbery horns, you'll find nothing but professionalism and experience from the DriveTech staff. Drivers are veterans of Busch North, and cars, which include Chevrolet Monte Carlo, Pontiac Grand Prix, and more, are safe and meticulously maintained.
Reservations will be online, and weekends will be slightly limited. Drivers must be 18 years of age or older and have a valid driver's license.
While there are no online user reviews for DriveTech Racing School, the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana was featured on Helium.com:
- Fontana Auto Club Speedway is growing a rich and famous history, even though it's one of NASCAR's newest tracks. Popular movies like Charlie's Angels, Herbie: Fully Loaded, and The Bucket List have all used Fontana Superspeedway as a filming site. It's even been featured in Pixar's animated blockbuster Cars – Jordan Green, Helium.com