For $160, today's side deal gets you a NASCAR training and driving experience, the Rookie Rush, from SpeedTech Auto Racing Schools, a $369 value. This deal is for one day only, July 16, and only 80 spots are available. Take a day trip to Richmond International Raceway, where you'll relearn the rules of the road.
The outing starts with detailed classroom instruction. Learn the basics off-road with a van tour, during which you'll discover the proper lines and trade winds to navigate the concrete sea. You'll also establish important trackside reference points and brush up on pit-road procedures. Finally, you'll suit up in racing gear and helmet for eight laps in an official NASCAR Nextel 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 turns around a D-shaped oval track.
Former Nextel Cup competitor and expert instructor Randy Baker and his team have been guiding drivers toward greatness for the past two decades (Baker's past pupils include Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Jeff and Ward Burton, Danny Sullivan, and 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.
Racers must be at least 16 years old and posses a valid driver's 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.