Before car racing, checkered flags were used only as symbols of surrender following skirmishes between chess clubs. Experience high-octane competition with today's Groupon: for $295, you get a half-day formula car driving experience at Wings and Slicks, including three driving sessions of 12 laps each, at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie (a $595 value).
Wings and Slicks' professional instructors pass on heart-pumping tutelage during half-day formula car driving experiences. The adrenaline-packed outing commences with a 20-minute orientation, during which teachers remind aspiring speedsters which way is forward and how that’s the only direction that matters. Students then slip into driving suits and take a stroll about the track to familiarize themselves with the course. Finally, guests flex fingers around the wheel of a formula one-style car equipped with a powerful two-liter engine to tackle straight-aways and turns. While guides keep drivers in line on the first few laps, each student can unleash all 185 horses trapped beneath the hood to stampede round the raceway in three private track sessions, the final of which is timed. The wheelmen who blaze around bends the fastest will face off in a time pursuit race against one another, which ends with the day's awards, a wrap-up, and a screening of Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo. Other drivers who did not post the fastest times can race head-to-head for an additional $90.
Wings & Slicks
Wings & Slicks' professional instructors pass on heart-pumping tutelage during stunt-driving and formula-car-racing experiences in the United States and Canada. The pro drivers impart pupils with the skills needed to execute a variety of as-seen-on-TV stunts, including slalom-course runs and reverse 180-degree spins, or to navigate the track in a Formula 2000 car capable of going from 0 to 60 miles per hour in less than three seconds. Each once-in-a-lifetime adventure revs up adrenalin levels while prioritizing safety; every experience begins with a lesson and includes protective equipment. Wings & Slicks, which was recently featured in a The Globe and Mail story, also baits competitive edges with timed events that pit drivers head-to-head in a test of dexterity, skill, and not closing one’s eyes during the hard parts.
1000 Lone Star Pkwy.
Grand Prairie, Texas 75050