In order to become successful stock-car drivers, participants must exhibit an unsatisfied need for speed and the stubborn refusal to stop and ask for directions. Fine-tune your tire-burning abilities with today's Groupon: for $139, you get basic instruction and a 15-lap Shootout! stock-car racing experience from Drivetech at the Lucas Oil Raceway (a $299 value). Classes are currently scheduled for July 23 and 24; however, Drivetech regularly adds dates, so be sure to check the schedule.
Drivetech fulfills childhood dreams of being a bona fide racecar driver by buckling grown-up gear heads into a variety of acceleratory vehicles for blistering journeys around Lucas Oil Raceway. Those yearning for a gravel-treading solo excursion will revel in Drivetech's entry-level Shootout! package, which allows fledgling speed demons to seize control of a professional stock car. After strapping into the vehicular classroom for a 60-minute driver's meeting, thrill seekers take the wheel for a 15-lap orbit around the straightaways, bends, and metaphorical road forks of Lucas Oil Raceway's road course. The first five laps of the outing serve as practice, after which speed needers will receive the green flag to burn rubber at the highest speed they can handle. Pavement pilots ride solo with the instructor's voice coaching them around the course and urging them to drive fast even when playing Foghat's "Slow Ride" on the stereo.
Though Drivetech sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
Rusty Wallace Racing Experience
2013 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Rusty Wallace allows amateurs to feel first-hand how a real race car rumbles as its tires scorch a professional speedway. Participants can either ride shotgun with an experienced driver or hop behind the wheel to tackle the track themselves. For more of the genuine experience, drivers don the full array of safety gear before climbing or vaulting through the window, including a sleek racing suit, helmet, and HANS neck-protection device.