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: for $249, you get 12 laps around the track with DriveTech Racing School at Auto Club 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, which 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. You'll find nothing but professionalism and experience from the DriveTech staff. Drivers are veterans of Busch North, and the cars are safe and meticulously maintained.
- 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
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