NASCAR drivers may just drive in circles, but they make an art of it, in the same way that Louis Armstrong "just" played trumpet and Picasso "just" led the NBA in backboard-shattering dunks. Witness the field's finest aesthetes with today's Groupon: for $115, you get two NASCAR Sprint Cup packages at Pocono Raceway (a $230 total value). This Groupon is good for either the Pocono 500 on Sunday, June 12 or the Pennsylvania 500 on Sunday, August 7, both held in Long Pond in the Poconos Mountains. Each package includes two concourse-vista grandstand tickets (a $50 value each), two pre-race pit/paddock passes (a $50 value each), and two racing programs (a $10 value each), each accompanied by a die-cast model (a $5 value each).
The unconventionally crafted Pocono Raceway features three turns, the longest front straightaway in NASCAR, and a challenging 500-mile course that carves through the Pocono Mountains. In the Pocono 500 and Pennsylvania 500, pedal-pushers such as Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, and Racer X, who Carl Edwards does not know is his older brother, will engage in full-throttled pursuit of the prestigious Sprint Cup crown. Today's package grants fans three-day pre-race access to the track-level pits and paddocks, where they can closely observe the drivers and vehicles as they prep for the Sunday showdown. Stroll through the paddock area to get an up-close view as cars are garage-tuned for maximum performance, or line up in Autograph Alley to meet your favorite racer and discuss John Denver B-sides. Once the race begins, you'll settle into a concourse-vista grandstand seat, from which you can enjoy the contest in all its speed-seeking glory while perusing the included program or mentally clearing a mantel spot for your new die-cast model.
Given the gas-guzzling nature of the sport, Pocono Raceway is uniquely attuned to its environmental responsibilities. Completed in 2010, the Pocono Solar Project consists of close to 40,000 photovoltaic energy panels that single-handedly offset over 3,100 metric tons of CO2 per year while powering the entire track and almost 1,000 neighboring homes and goat-cloning facilities.