We announced a few days ago: Giveaway Bandit to Ride in Nascar Race Car! That’s ride, Drive Petty invited the Giveaway Bandit to take part in the Richard Petty Driving Experience’s Junior Ride-Along at the Kansas Speedway! They are now offering kids ages 6-13 the opportunity to experience a real-life racing experience while they ride-along shotgun with a professional driver! The Kansas Speedway is now one of four speedways offering the fun program along with Charlotte Motor Speedway located in Concord, N.C., Daytona International Speedway located in Daytona Beach, Fla. and Walt Disney World® Speedway.
When you first arrive you actually drive under the track and on to the pit area where you would find the real-life Nascar drivers when a race is underway. Above, the Bandit is standing in this area with the stand seating in the background. First we quickly checked-in and then we were off to get my son dressed in his fire suit and helmet. They also numbered his wrist-band to obtain a flash drive of a video of his race that would show split-screen track view and inside the car. The staff was very helpful and quickly found a suit and helmet to fit my son. The pictures below show them getting him suited up and ready to race!
Here he is suited up and ready to race!
Next they took my son out on the track to the specially equipped two-seat NASCAR race car. The Richard Petty Driving Experience had custom racing seats specifically designed to ensure the safety and security of smaller bodies by partnering with The Joie of Seating, a premier fabricator of custom-fitted aluminum racing seats, owned and operated by two-time NASCAR Nationwide series champion Randy LaJoie. The seats feature built-in shoulder and head protection and a five-point safety harness with the same design used by NASCAR drivers.
Be sure to watch the video below. It shows how they secure the children in the seats offering the utmost protection against any type of injuries. They are very secure and safe. I was not worried at all about the safety of my son.
And here they are taking one of their laps in the picture below. They take the kids on three fast laps around the speedway track. Such a great experience for any kid… young and old!
After the ride you can purchase a video of your experience. They also offer other merchandise such as t-shirts and plaques. Below is a plaque with our son. He is so proud of it!
And here’s my husband and son standing in front of the Sunoco race fuels station.
Our son is ready for his next ride-along! He loved it and we will definitely be going back! We definitely give this experience Five Stars!
Besides the junior ride-along, adults can also experience the ride-along or get behind the wheel and have a one-of-a-kind racing experience driving a Nascar!
For the remainder of 2013, Junior Ride-Alongs with RPDE at Kansas Speedway are available Oct. 12-13 and 18-20, and run $59 for a three-lap ride. Reservations are not required. For more information, call 800-237-3889 or visit DrivePetty.com.
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