What You'll Get
While most acknowledge the necessity for speed while eating ice cream on the equator, Americans continue to depend on slow modes of transportation such as rickshaws and turtle skates. Rev up for real speed with today's deal: for $160, you get a NASCAR training and driving experience from SpeedTech Auto Racing Schools, a $369 value. Take a day trip to Richmond International Raceway, where you'll relearn the rules of the road. The drive to Richmond will be a slow-motion preview of the high-octane voyage ahead, which will make the subsequent drive home feel like a soothing catnap.
The outing starts with detailed classroom instruction from a veteran driver. Learn the basics off-road before your track tour by van, during which you'll learn how to navigate the concrete sea and brush up on pit road procedures. Finally, you'll suit up in racing gear and helmet for eight laps in an official NASCAR Sprint Cup Car with an instructor onboard to feed you marshmallows while you steer. The 60-foot-wide, three-quarters-of-a-mile loop features a front stretch of 890 feet and back straightaway of 860 feet, with 14-degree banking turns around a D-shaped oval track. Check the schedule for upcoming dates, then call to reserve a spot at the starting line.
Former Nextel Cup competitor and expert instructor Randy Baker and his team have been guiding drivers toward greatness for the past two decades (past pupils include Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Jeff and Ward Burton, Danny Sullivan, and the mysterious Racer X). SpeedTech combines a fleet of super-speedy rides (authentic metal-bodied vehicles boasting 650-horsepower V8 engines) with a serious emphasis on safety, making this Groupon a thrilling gift for gearheads, speed junkies, and people who still sleep in a racecar bed despite their adult children's protestations.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Oct 11, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Reservation required. Must be at least 16 with valid driver's license. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.