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Spotlight: Richard Petty Driving Experience

Do you feel the need, the need for speed?  If you are a thrill-seeker who has always wanted the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a 600-horsepower race car, the Richard Petty Driving Experience is for you!   If you don’t want to get behind the wheel, that’s okay too….there are several “experiences” to choose from, where you can ride shotgun with a professional driver.

The Daytona Ride-Along lets you experience 3 white-knuckled laps around the track as if you are qualifying for a race, with speeds exceeding 160 MPH.

For the Daytona High Banks experience, YOU are in the driver’s seat for 8 laps around the 31-degree banked turns of the historic Daytona International Speedway.  You will go through a safety training session as well as on-track instruction prior to your ‘race’.  Afterward, you will get a graduation packet that includes your speeds for each lap.

The Daytona Super 16 lets you do 16 laps, broken into 2 sessions.  You still get the safety training and on-track instruction, but this experience lets you do 8 laps, then you get additional feedback & instruction from the Pit Road and on-track driving instructors.  With this additional instruction, you get to go even faster for your next 8 laps.  Afterward, you will get a graduation packet that includes your speeds for each lap.

The Daytona Experience is the ultimate, heart-pounding experience where you get 24 laps around the speedway!  You will get additional instruction that will help you improve your driving and stay safe.  There are 3 sessions of 8 laps each, and between them, you will get additional instruction and tips on how to improve.  Afterward, you will get a graduation packet that includes your speeds for each lap.

You may want to try out for NASCAR after this ultimate thrill ride!  While you are here, you will also want to visit Daytona USA (aka the Daytona 500 Experience).  See our Spotlight article on this attraction for more information.  Note: The Daytona track has been re-opened after being re-paved, but you also have the option of the Experience at the Walt Disney World Speedway so you can experience YOUR life in the fast lane!

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Spotlight: Daytona USA

Race week, speed week and bike week may all be over for 2010, but there is still a lot of fun going on in Daytona. The world-famous beach is still a clear and ‘hot’ place to be. Lather on plenty of sunscreen and enjoy! And, when you want to cool off in some air-conditioning, check out Daytona USA, also known as the Daytona 500 Experience, the “Official attraction of NASCAR.” Here, you can experience what its like to be in the Daytona 500 race in the Dream Laps motion simulator. This motion simulator ride will bring up to 32 people for the ride of their lives, feeling like they are actually in the famous 500 race.

Or, maybe you’d like to see what goes under the hood of these super cars at the DuPont Technology of Speed? Here, you can see the inner workings of one of Hendrick Motorsports’ SPRINT Cup DuPont Chevrolet Monte Carlos. Watch as the 3,400-lb. racing machine expands to reveal everything that puts these cars at the top of their game – roll cage, chassis, and engine.

You can also test your skills as a pit crew member in the Chevy 16-second pit crew challenge – strap on some gloves,  grab an air gun, and try to beat the clock in this fast-paced test of skill. See if you can beat the time of their pit crew in this lightning fast stop for gas and tires! Don’t be surprised if your husband is quicker at this than the time it takes to do one of his chores at home! It’s a lot of fun for the race enthusiast.

There are many more attractions here, including a speedway tour, Coca-Cola IMAX 3-D theatre, Acceleration Alley, and the exciting Richard Petty Driving Experience. For those thrill-seekers who have always wanted to race around Daytona International Speedway in a 600 horsepower race car, this is for you! There are several ‘experiences’ offered, whether you want to be a passenger, or be in the drivers seat at this legendary racetrack.

Note: The Daytona track has been re-opened after being re-paved, but you also have the option of the Experience at the Walt Disney World Speedway so you can experience YOUR life in the fast lane at either Central Florida location!

Daytona USA is approximately 60 miles from the Orlando area.