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 stock-car racing or rides from Fast Track High Performance Driving School at the Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Kentucky. Choose between the following options:
• For $62, you get a five-lap racecar ride July 23 or September 10 (a $125 value).
• For $187, you get the Thunder driving course, where you'll drive 10 laps (a $375 value). This deal is valid July 23 or September 10.
Fast Track High Performance Driving School gives speed demons an outlet for their rubber-burning desires by letting them ride or drive authentic 600-horsepower stock cars. Those who prefer passenger-side thrills can strap in for the five-lap ride-along, where an expert operator smoothly the car through each turn while riders take in blurred sights and exhilarating speed vapors.
In the approximately two-hour Thunder course, students explore the ins and outs of racecar driving safety in a brief course before donning school-provided safety gear, including helmets, head-and-neck support, and fire suits ideal for unexpected return of the dragon kin. Those who opt for a spot behind the wheel get 10 laps around the 1.5-mile Kentucky Speedway, following an instructor's lead car. Cars can roar at speeds up to 165 mph, depending on the driver's experience level and the whims of the alpacas in turn 3.
Fast Track High Performance Driving School offers a schedule of upcoming dates at the Kentucky Speedway, including six times during the day and evening on both July 23 and September 10. Prospective track stars can refer to the FAQ section for information on track safety.
Fast Track High Performance Driving School
Students at Fast Track High Performance Driving School don't need to prove that they can parallel park—they're more concerned about taking a turn at more than 100 miles per hour. Most of them have never even felt the rumble of a 600-horsepower engine before. After plenty of safety debriefing from expert instructors, however, they usually are no longer intimidated by its purr. They'll then hop into the vibrant shell of an ARCA-style stock car, a former racing vehicle that's still capable of rocketing down the track at a blur-inducing speed of 165 miles per hour.
Since 1989, the school has been fulfilling speed-demon fantasies with its courses and ride alongs at racetracks throughout the country. The staff meets with everyday fans and aspiring competitors alike to cover racing protocol, safety, and appropriate postrace dance moves. Depending on the depth of their lesson, pupils might take the wheel during a four-car passing exercise or simply sit back in the passenger seat as a professional flies through three–five laps.