Wednesday morning I participated in an event that was cool beyond words.
Marlboro sponsored this closed event at the Kentucky Speedway in which I got to do a ride along (4 laps) in an IROC Dodge Avenger Stock Car, at 140 M.P.H. As much as I tried to coax the Marlboro staff, they wouldn’t let me drive. :) Nonetheless, it was an awesome experience that I will never forget. As a racing fan already, I always wanted to take hot laps in a stock car. At least I got to do this as a passenger. The great thing is, the experience did not end there.
Next stop was to the other side of the Kentucky Speedway infield, where they had a mini road coarse set up on the infield. On this road coarse, we did 3 more hot laps as a ride along, in brand new, red Ford Mustangs, with Shelby racing stripes. This wasn’t any kind old kind of hot laps though….this was Drifting. The professional drivers were melting the tires off the cars as they came around the corners. The G Forces were actually stronger in the Mustangs, than in the Dodge Avenger stock cars.
After we had our fill of adrenaline, we were escorted into a nice air conditioned room complete with big screen TV’s, showing scenes from the day, and speakers blasting Europe’s the Final Countdown, as well as Foghat’s Slow Ride amongst a bunch of other hard rock tunes. (It is almost as if, they knew I was coming…lol.) Marlboro had a very nice catered lunch waiting for us, as well as a picture that they snapped of us earlier in the day, might I add, all free of charge.
Special thanks to my niece, Teresa for giving me the invitation to this awesome event, and for giving me an excellent reason to take a day off.
The video below is a nice recap with some of the pictures from the day!