DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Imagine yourself behind the wheel of a 600 hp NASCAR-style stock car. Now, imagine that stock car on the legendary high banks of Daytona International Speedway, “The World Center of Racing”, at speeds of up to 160mph. And then imagine this happening in the presence of NASCAR’s all-time winningest driver and 10-time DAYTONA champion “The King”, Richard Petty.
On December 14th, 2009, Richard Petty Driving Experience (RPDE), the world leader in stock car driving and riding experiences, and Daytona International Speedway (DIS) will make this dream a reality for 12 drivers. This select group will take the wheel of an authentic NASCAR-style stock car for 50 high-speed laps around the famed 2.5 mile superspeedway over the course of six adrenaline-filled driving sessions.
As if that weren’t thrilling enough, participants will also be given an intimate, once-in-a-lifetime tour of the “Tribute To The King” exhibit at DAYTONA 500 Experience led by Mr. Petty, himself.
“DAYTONA holds great memories for me and I always enjoy returning there”, said Petty. “And, while it’s always cool to see the thrill people get from driving our cars, it’s extra special at this race track. I know this lucky group is going to love it.”
“Daytona International Speedway and Richard Petty share a storied history,” Track President Robin Braig said. “This unique opportunity to rub elbows with the Speedway’s all-time Daytona 500 champion and drive on our legendary race track at the same time is taking the race experience to new heights.”
The “VIP Experience at Daytona” is available for $6,500.00 per participant. RPDE “Experience Rewards” members will receive a $500.00 discount. For more information or to register for the event, call 1-800-BE-PETTY. The VIP Program will be held on Monday, December 14th, 2009 and is limited to twelve participants.
About Richard Petty Driving Experience:
Richard Petty Driving Experience, a motorsports entertainment and automotive services company headquartered in Concord, N.C., produces and facilitates NASCAR-style stock car drive and ride-along experiences, auto manufacturer ride and drive programs, safe driving programs, mobile marketing events and production services to the film industry. The company offers rides and drives at more than 20 major speedways and hosted over 100,000 participants in 2008. RPDE has permanent facilities in Las Vegas, Walt Disney World and Concord. For more information, call 1-800-BE-PETTY (1-800-237-3889) or visit www.1800BEPETTY.com
About Daytona International Speedway:
Daytona International Speedway is “The World Center of Racing” and home to the DAYTONA 500, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ biggest, richest and most prestigious race. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series makes a second visit in July with the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola Independence Day holiday classic. With track activity more than 300 days a year, the Speedway is also host to the Rolex 24 At Daytona – one of only two 24-hour sports car races in the world – and the Daytona 200 By Honda– the nation’s most historic motorcycle race. The DAYTONA 500 Experience, “The Official Attraction of NASCAR,” is a 60,000-square foot attraction located just outside Turn 4 at DIS and is home to the winning Daytona 500 car, motion simulators and 3D Coca-Cola IMAX Theatre.