What You'll Get
To make the body produce adrenaline, people usually must kick a cop in the chin, juggle soldering irons, or trap wild animals underneath wet newspaper. Today's Groupon gives you a more comfortable way to excite your cellular infrastructure: a Mario Andretti Racing Experience at Chicagoland Speedway on August 26-28 and September 3 in Joliet. Choose between the following options:
- For $64, you get a three-lap ride along in a two-seat, Indy-style racecar (up to a $129.99 value).
- For $182, you get the Mario Andretti Practice Drive Experience (up to a $329.99 value) with driver's fee (a $35 value). This deal lets you drive for five minutes on the track—you must be at least 18 years old and have a valid driver’s license to drive.
Mario Andretti Racing Experience gives racing aficionados the opportunity to motion-blur their way around the 1.5-mile Chicagoland Speedway, home of the opening race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup. During the Mario Andretti Practice Drive Experience, you’ll strap in and drive an open-cockpit Indy Car. After receiving handy training from the crew chief and suit up in racing gear on pit row, amateur need-for-speeders get a five-minute racing session motoring around the 1.5-mile track. Along the way, the crew chief will give tips for smoother driving, such as “Steadily accelerate as you come off this turn” and “Watch out—penguins on the loose in turn four.” After the session, drivers receive a certificate with their top speed, proving their rubber-burning abilities to skeptical office workers.
If driving reminds you too much of the car chase you take to work every morning, the first option gets you a high-speed ride with a professional racing instructor inside in a two-seat, Indy-style racecar, cruising around the superspeedway’s track for three exhilarating laps and blow past the start/finish line at the speed of a turbo-motorized puma.
Though Mario Andretti Practice Drive Experience sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Sep 3, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Not valid until 6/11/11. Valid only for option purchased. For practice drive experience, must be 18 or older or accompanied by guardian. Must have valid driver's license for practice drive. For practice drive, 100lb weight min and 290lb weight max; 5ft height min and 7ft height max. For ride-along, 100lb weight min; 5ft height min. Must sign waiver. Valid only 8/26/11-8/28/11 and on 9/3/11. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.