What You'll Get
Auto racing came about as an alternative to horse racing when it became apparent that horses have no windshield for stopping overgrown katydids from splattering on drivers' foreheads. Fuel up with today's Groupon: for $145, you get a 20-lap stock-car driving experience at L.A. Racing, open year-round in Irwindale (a $399 value).
L.A. Racing lets would-be racers step behind the wheel of a real stock car in Adventure 20 programs and hurtle around a half-mile, 12-degree banked oval for 20 laps. Before slipping into a racing suit, participants attend a class introducing safety systems, track orientation, Victorian architecture, throttle control, and the safe racing line. Preview the experience here.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Nov 29, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Reservation required; subject to availability. Must sign waiver. Extra fee of $89 for optional insurance to cover driver for car-damage incidents. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About L.A. Racing
A real stock car roars around a banked oval track as a coach's voice crackles in the driver's ear. This isn’t the Indy 500; it's L.A. Racing. Featured on NBC Today in L.A., L.A. Racing's Adventure programs let would-be racers grip the wheel during fast-forward laps around a real track. This video shows the rubber meeting the road at Irwindale Speedway.