If ATL's heavy traffic has you channeling Tony Stewart's rubbery road rage, today's side deal gives you a chance to channel his steady lead foot and hauntingly reflective sunglasses: for $160, you get a race car driving lesson from SpeedTech, practice laps with an instructor, and eight laps of solo speed in a NASCAR Nextel Cup race car (a $399 value). SpeedTech's The Qualifier program puts you directly on the Atlanta Motor Speedway with no pace car and a 650 horsepower V8 engine at your command. Past pupils include Jeff Gordon, Jeff and Ward Burton, Danny Sullivan, and the mysterious Racer X)
Your experience begins with 30–40 minutes of detailed instruction and continues on to a track tour. Located about 28 miles south of downtown Atlanta, the Atlanta Motor Speedway's 1.54-mile quad oval will inspire you with its grandeur and French fluency. After one of SpeedTech's expert and enthusiastic instructors, such as Randy Baker, teaches you everything you need to know, he or she will ride beside you for three to five laps of in-the-moment technical instruction. No matter how lasting a bond you form, your mother duck will leave you behind the wheel alone for eight break-neck solo laps around the track in your authentic non-Hot Wheel NASCAR race car.
This Groupon will provide a thrilling last-minute holiday gift for gearheads, speed junkies, and men who still sleep in a race-car-shaped bed despite their wive's protestations.
You must be at least 16 years of age and have a valid drivers license.
SpeedTech Auto Racing School
Former professional driver and expert instructor Randy Baker and his team have been guiding drivers toward greatness for more than 20 years; past pupils include Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Jeff and Ward Burton, and the shadowy pit mechanic known only as Racer X. At SpeedTech Auto Racing School, Randy combines a fleet of super-speedy rides—authentic, metal-bodied vehicles boasting 650-horsepower V-8 engines—with a serious emphasis on safety to prepare drivers for any mishap on the track. Gearheads, speed junkies, and people who still sleep in a racecar bed despite their adult children's protestations soak up Randy's knowledge during one of SpeedTech's many race programs, varying in length from 3 laps to more than 100. With the school's built-in HD video feeds, drivers can commemorate their laps or prove to the family car it's been cheating on them with the hotel's valet.