A thunderous roar often overtakes the Central Texas Speedway stadium. Whether caused by the sound of a guitarist's first power chord or the revving engine of a stock car, rushes of adrenaline flood over spectators. Held on a sprawling 29-acre complex, Central Texas Speedway makes an ideal outdoor venue for racing and live music.
Here, rockers play to crowds of 2,000 plus and stock cars zoom around the 3/8-mile asphalt track.
Spectators can even step right into the shoes of their favorite racing stars. The Rusty Wallace Racing Experience comes to Central Texas Speedway twice a year to put visitors behind the wheel of a real stock car, while the The Go Kart Speed school allows people as young as 13 to try their hands at racing Honda GX270–powered karts. After the race, older visitors can toast their victories at the onsite Car Bar.
2013 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Rusty Wallace allows amateurs to feel first-hand how a real race car rumbles as its tires scorch a professional speedway. Participants can either ride shotgun with an experienced driver or hop behind the wheel to tackle the track themselves. For more of the genuine experience, drivers don the full array of safety gear before climbing or vaulting through the window, including a sleek racing suit, helmet, and HANS neck-protection device.
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Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Hogs. Feral hogs everywhere. That's the problem that faces agricultural landowners in Texas right now. Lonestar Helicopter Hunter blossomed from this problem, and its staff of active duty and ex-military personnel began hunting hogs from the passenger seats of their helicopter to help battle the destructive populations. In addition to helping farmers, the group realized how powerful the adrenaline rush was and started teaching other hunters and marksmen the challenging hunting style. Soon they came up with a paintball-based version, which equips adrenaline-seekers with markers, paintballs, and a field of stationary targets to aim at, providing the same kind of excitement as the real hunt. In addition to aerial target practice, Lonestar's expert pilots also license and certify burgeoning helicopter pilots with private, commercial, and certified instructor courses.
The gentle purr of idling engines builds into a roar as The Longhorn Racing Academy's exotic, high-performance cars begin to race around the nearby road course. Professional instructors maintain a fleet of world-class sports cars, which includes the new Corvette Stingray Z51, track ready Porsche Cayman R, the one of a kind Audi R8, & the track editon of the legendary Nissan GTR. Adrenaline-fueled, high speed ride-alongs let participants feel the vehicles' speed and power from the passenger seat. Participants also have the option to slide behind the wheel and experience the thrill of a high performance driving on a real racetrack. All experiences take place at Harris Hill Raceway,
a 1.82-mile asphalt track complete with 11 turns and more than 150 feet of elevation changes, including an 80-foot rise and drop on one turn alone.
Adrenaline surges high in the hills of northeastern San Marcos, where Harris Hill Road Race Track provides 1.82 miles of open road. Billed as "easy to learn but difficult to master," the course features 11 turns, an 80-foot rise and drop with 150 feet of total elevation change, and a pitstop stocked with car-chow. Thrill-seekers looking to improve their road performance can sign up for a driving school where they learn to navigate the asphalt in their own vehicle.