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Become a Racecar Driver on Holiday

Become a Racecar Driver on Holiday

The typical holiday consists of possibly taking a road trip with the family and stopping at various venues and attractions. Along with the journey comes fun stops and possible photographic opportunities that will last more than a lifetime. But there is an experience available that grown-ups will definitely enjoy -- although it may be difficult to take any photographs. You can play at Pebble Beach or St. Andrews as a golfer but it does come at a hefty price and you better be good. Unfortunately, you can’t take a swing at Clayton Kershaw at Dodger Stadium nor can you receive a pass from Drew Brees at the Superdome. In Europe, you can run on the grass at Old Trafford or the Nou Camp, but you can’t play with Rooney or Messi. But there’s a sporting experience available where you can live out your dreams as a racecar driver.

The Racing Circuit

In many of the greatest tracks in the world, you can experience the feel of being a real racecar driver. You get to wear a firesuit and a helmet; But most of all, you get to go behind-the-wheel of some of the fastest vehicles on earth. You can take these high powered and multiple horsepower machines and take them speeds close to 200 miles per hour. NASCAR, the American stock car racing circuit where they seem to always make left turns have their “Nascar Racing Experience” and the “Richard Petty Racing Experience”. These takes places at some of the biggest racetracks in the country from Las Vegas International, to Pocono and even Daytona. You can be the driver or you can ride shotgun with an experience and take three laps in a real 600 horsepower NASCAR racecar.

Other Schools for Racing

Now there is another racing school run by NASCAR veterans. The Dale Jarrett Racing School takes the experience a little bit farther. You can go beyond three laps and for an extended price, you can do 100 laps at venerable race tracks like Talladega or Homestead Miami. The great Indy and NASCAR driver, Mario Andretti has his own racing experience where you can take the wheel or be a passenger in an open-wheel Indy car.

Racing Experience for the European traveler

You can take your own car to Germany and drive the Nurburgring but for the Formula One experience there is an option. One of the best teams on the F1 circuit, Lotus F1, offers travelers the chance to get behind the wheel or be a passenger in one of their competition vehicles. It takes place at the Circuit Paul Richard in the south of France; Here, drivers will meet with Lotus racing staff, engineers and drivers who will all help coach them through the wares of the F1 machine and the sidewinding course.

Racing Experience for the American traveler

The F1 experience comes home at the Circuit of the Americas, where the recent stop on the circuit just visited. At this experience, the F1 Jordans are designed to carry two passengers plus the driver. These F1 caliber vehicles can reach speeds of up to 225 mph and can accelerate from 0 to 60 in just 1.8 seconds.

Wrapping Up

Some of us will never climb Everest nor will we ever ride every stage of the Tour de France. We can always visit Fenway Park but we can’t step up to the plate against the Yankees. What the NASCAR Experience, Lotus F1, and other racing conglomerates are doing is giving the individual the chance to feel the real power of a highly engineered racing machine. You can be a passenger or you can get behind and become Jimmy Johnson or Sebastian Vettel.

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