Before it was bowdlerized for Western audiences, the fabled race between tortoise and hare was stiffly animated, included a pet monkey, and ended with the perplexing moral, "Gasp! Racer X is Tortoise’s brother! Gasp!" Skip the frantic dubbing and tedious moral instruction in favor of straight-up rubber-burning action with today's Groupon, which scores you a ticket to the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series event July 17–18 at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, New Jersey, just about 49 miles south of Philadelphia. Choose one of the following options:
- $25 for Saturday and Sunday admission to the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series on July 17 and 18 (a $50 value).
- $16 for Sunday admission to the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series on July 18 (a $33 value).
The GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series boasts two types of cars (GT-class and Daytona Prototype) competing side-by-side along a 2.25-mile track with 14 challenging turns—without the deployable road spikes, hood-mounted rockets, and cloaking devices that normally appear at the Indy 500. With the first deal, speed connoisseurs can join in the Saturday festivities, including practice and qualifying sessions for the Rolex series, a noontime autograph session, and the Continental Tire Challenge Race. Both deals include admission to the feature race on Sunday at 1 p.m., when the power-packed GT cars and the aerodynamic Daytona Prototypes battle for velocity supremacy. And with access to the garage area, racing buffs will also get a first-hand look behind-the-scenes as each crew fine-tunes their racer's tire pressure and outfits the engine with liquid-nitrogen-fueled external tanks salvaged from retired space shuttles.
As road-course junkies drool over the GRAND-AM cars on New Jersey Motorsports Park's Thunderbolt Raceway, casual female fans can drool over what's inside them—namely, Grey's Anatomy dreamboat turned stalwart race-car driver Patrick Dempsey, who's currently scheduled to make an appearance. Rugrats, meanwhile, can burn off excess nitro with the inflatables and games in the Kids Zone, have their pictures taken in car simulators in the Fan Zone, or wish people they don't like into the cornfield in the Twilight Zone. Feel the rumble from two types of cars as some of the world's most talented drivers thunder around the track in vehicles even more exciting than potato sacks with today's Groupon to the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series.
Children 12 and under get in free.
New Jersey Motorsports Park
Ripe with competition, the atmosphere surrounding New Jersey Motorsports Park provides ample activities suited for South Jersey families. One part of the park is Battlegrounds Paintball—the facility's paintball fields that aim to not only give players a paintball game, but a unique paintball experience. Situated on 10 acres of land, adventurous souls aged 10 and older can partake in splattering game styles, ranging from capture-the-flag to organized scenarios.
At the other part of the park—from spring through late fall—the track’s major events entice fans young and old and range from open-wheel racing to go-karting. With little to no experience, amateur drivers can arrive and drive at the Tempest Raceway, which sends similarly skilled drivers careening around the bends of a track that features six different configurations and 11 prime spots to throw a well-aimed koopa shell at the competition.
8000 Dividing Creek Rd.
Millville, New Jersey 08332Get Directions