Fans can drive around Indy Speedway
Riding in the passenger seat of a 180-mph two-seat IndyCar Series car at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway just became the second-best "ride of a lifetime," because fans can now get behind the wheel and drive.
Sinden Racing's Indy Racing Experience, which for almost a decade has thrilled thousands with a high-speed ride in the two-seat IndyCar Series cars at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, is offering enthusiasts the chance to drive an IndyCar Series car around the legendary 2.5-mile oval.
The single-seat, open-cockpit cars that are part of the Indy Racing Experience stable have Indianapolis 500 history, as each one has competed in "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing."
Participants will be put through a brief training session and then drive four laps around the Speedway behind one of the Indy Racing Experience's professional drivers.
The 2007 schedule for the Indy Racing Experience driving opportunities:
Thursday, April 12
Friday, April 13
Monday, April 16
Monday, April 23
Monday, April 30
Monday, May 14
Tuesday, May 15
Monday, May 21
Tuesday, May 22
Monday, July 2
Saturday, July 7
Monday, July 9
Wednesday, July 11
Monday, July 16
Wednesday, July 18
Tuesday, July 31
Thursday, Aug. 2
Monday, Aug. 6
The two-seat program, in which fans can ride at speeds approaching 180 mph with a veteran IndyCar Series driver, also will be available at IMS on April 12-13, April 16, April 23, May 14-15, May 21-22 and July 31.
"The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has played a tremendous role in creating legendary names in racing for decades, and now fans have the opportunity to drive an IndyCar Series car on the same hallowed ground," IMS President Joie Chitwood said. "We're excited to take our very successful relationship with Sinden Racing a step further and offer this program to our fans."
For information on the Indy Racing Experience's new Indianapolis Motor Speedway drive-around program and the two-seat IndyCar Series car program, log on to www.indyracingexperience.com or call (888) 357-5002.
The fan-driven rides will cost $399 for four laps, while the two-seat rides cost $475 for three laps.