Before car racing, checkered flags were used only as symbols of surrender following skirmishes between chess clubs. Lap the nerds with today’s Groupon: for $199, you get an eight-lap IndyCar driving experience at Indy Racing Experience in Lake Buena Vista (a $426.93 value).
Indy Racing Experience’s authentic IZOD IndyCar vehicles tear down the speedway in eight laps, thrilling bones with the thrumming vibrations of true racing tires on a 1-mile, tri-oval track. New drivers from garner familiarization with the car’s cockpit during a brief curbside seminar, which covers gear positions, wheel location, and any secret "Nitro" cheat codes. Each chariot’s resumé includes a competitive appearance at the Indianapolis 500 piloted by international drivers such as Felipe Giaffone, Jeff Ward, Didier André, and Rick Treadway. Another IndyCar driven by a professional navigator allows the guest to set the pace based on their own comfort level or shoe weight.