By: Terry Foster
That was my reaction when I received a press release from Michigan International Speedway giving race fans an opportunity to drive three laps on the two-mile oval.
You can drive your personal car on the giant oval. There are two catches. It will cost you $25 to do three laps and you cannot exceed 70 miles an hour or I guess they black flag you. You will follow the MIS Ford Mustang pace car and are not allowed to pass.
The drive time days are June 22, July 13, 20 and 27 from 1-4 pm. So is it worth the drive out there to drive three laps? I say no. But pure race fans might get into it. I will admit it is neat to drive on the track. I’ve done it a few times after covering races there because the press building is located on the infield. You sometimes feel like your car is going to tip over because the ovals are so steep.
I also got to drive a modified Indy Car around the Indianapolis 500 and drove 113 miles per hour in a pace car. They were all neat experiences. I am not sure if it is worth $25 to take the old Mercury around the track. You cannot bring motorcycles, be 18 years of age and sign a waiver that if you won’t hold the track responsible if you wreck into the walls.
You can get your spot by calling 800-354-1010. No on-line reservations will be taken.
Enjoy your ride. I just won’t be joining you unless it is an actually Ford NASCAR. And I won’t be driving.