“Boogity boogity boogity, let’s go racing, boys!” is part of the Southern lexicon. The souped-up cars of NASCAR have Southern roots that go back to moonshine-running during prohibition days. It is every little boy’s (and many adults’) dream to take one of these cars for a spin on the track, making the Richard Petty Driving Experience a great gift idea for Father’s Day (or birthday or Christmas or any day, really).
Make Dad feel like King of the Road by giving him the rush of getting behind the wheel of a NASCAR race car with theRichard Petty Driving Experience. The original site is only an hour away from Winston-Salem at Charlotte Motor Speedway (formerly Lowe’s Motor Speedway), located in Concord, NC. It is “the fastest form of entertainment in Charlotte,” offering both driving experiences and even faster ride-alongs. Due to its success, the Richard Petty Driving Experience has spread to more than 20 racetracks across the country and can even be found in Vegas, which also offers night rides!
Ride Shotgun at Top Speeds
With the Ride-Along Experience ($109), dad will ride shotgun in a two-seat NASCAR race car driven by a professional instructor at speeds up to 160 mph for three full-track laps! Although reservations are not required, call before heading to the track to confirm the date/time of the Ride-Along, especially for Father’s Day.: 1-800- 237-3889
Bonus buy: Teens, ages 14-19, can participate in a Ride-Along Experience for only $29 when their parent/guardian purchases one as well.
Driving a NASCAR Race Car
Driving Experiences do require reservations and include their most popular, “Rookie Experience” at $449, in which participants drive a 600 horsepower NASCAR race car for eight laps, with other track rides ranging up to 50 laps available.
Testimonials for The Richard Petty Driving Experience:
I asked around before sitting down to pen this post. Here are what some of my friends had to say about the experience.:
“I’ve done it twice! The driving part is cool, but the ride along is even better. You get to go a lot faster than when you are driving. 180 mph is pretty sweet!” – David, Winston-Salem, NC
“It was great! Nothing like the roar and rumble of 900 horsepower!” – Justin, Mt. Airy, NC
“My dad LOVED it!” – Sean, Concord, NC
“My dad just returned from the one in Las Vegas and said it was the best experience!” – Elaine, Winston-Salem
“148 mph of awesomeness!” – Danielle, Winston-Salem
“Eight laps at 164 mph that felt like 364 mph! Fastest 10 minutes of my life! ” – Trey, Mt. Airy, NC
“Did it on a dare — huge adrenaline rush! …. Best part was that my finish time was better than the (male) friend who dared me to do it. I got a lot of ‘mileage’ out of that win.” – Sarah, Winston-Salem
Whether it’s for Father’s Day, birthday or bachelor party, it’s a unique gift of “life in the fast lane” that will not be forgotten!
Kristi was born and raised just up the road in Mount Airy (a.k.a. Mayberry) and frequented Winston-Salem often growing up for school field trips, shopping, and dining. After attending Appalachian State University, and a brief stint living in Southern Virginia, Kristi returned to Winston-Salem, NC in 1999 and began her work in non-profit, public relations and writing. She and her family enjoy the convenience of living near downtown Winston-Salem. She enjoys the arts, photography and cooking. "I'm a small town girl at heart, but Winston-Salem isn't an overwhelming city. It is rich with friendly people, history, culture and has a vibrant art community and that is why I am proud to call this "My Winston-Salem!"