Often thought to be a modern invention, auto racing actually evolved from wheeled cotton-gin races and John Quincy Adams's weekly dune-buggy duels. Join the historic lineage of racing with today's side deal: for $59, you get the three-lap ride-along experience ($109) and a commemorative photo ($17.50) from Richard Petty Driving Experience at Talladega Super Speedway in Talladega (a $126.50 total value).
Richard Petty Driving Experience allows aspiring need-for-speeders the chance to saddle into a 600-HP stock car. You'll ride shotgun in a two-seat NASCAR-style vehicle with an experienced instructor at the wheel, steering your steel steed around the 2.66-mile, steep-banked Talladega Super Speedway for three laps at speeds easily exceeding 100 miles per hour. Start by zipping up in a fire suit and strapping on a helmet. Then climb through the car's window, as NASCAR drivers do, and check the car's oil pressure, deflector shields, and photon torpedoes. Once on the track, you'll accelerate through the straightaways, smoothly breeze through the tight turns, and roar to the conclusion of your third course tour. For answers to frequently asked questions, see here.
TripAdvisors give Richard Petty Driving Experience 4.5 owl eyes on average:
3366 Speedway Blvd.
Lincoln, Alabama 35161Get Directions