Today I went to one of my favorite tracks. Charlotte Motor Speedway. I attended the Richard Petty driving experience through a company package at no cost to me. I think I have said it before here but I will again anyway. If you have never gone into turn 1 at around 170-175 MPH at Charlotte and you are a race fan, you have gotta do it atleast once, well 3 times because it's a 3 lap run. You suit up in a monkey suit that might stand up to a cigarette lighter by appearances compared to a racing nomex suit, helmet, and HANS device. Climb in the passenger side window , greet the driver who has your life in his hands, and get buckled in real tight. When the driver asked was ready I said let's get it on! He peeled the skin off them taters and no doubt as we came off of pit road and climbed the banking in turn one we were already doing 100 or more. No lifting at all until turn 3 he lifted a tad and nailed the gas again through 4. The g forces are astounding for someone not accustomed to them. I tried to lift a leg off the floorboard through one turn without success. You can feel the car digging hard through the turns with the rearend twitching telling me, this driver was close to the edge in what the car was setup for. We come of 4 with a little sawing on the wheel and rip down through the tri oval dancing from grass to the wall following the racing line and top out at 175ish going DOWN into turn one. It's like driving off into a hole. I honestly have no clue how these race car drivers drive in the conditions I RODE in and with 40 other cars on the track going 20 MPH faster then I was. It is an amazing feat. It would take alot of seat time just getting used to the limited visibility out of these cars. Just for the sake of which car I rode in, I lucked out and got the #8 Budweiser Chevy. Being in there on a corporate sales packeage we got a little more then those just showing to pay and ride. We also had timed races on changing a tire, free t-shirts and hats, lunch, and the last thing we did was go to the Driving experience facilities which are off the grounds behind turn 2. The driving experience crew builds all their own cars and until 2001 I believe, built some cars for Petty Enterprises and had a cup win with one of those cars. They are always coming up with different ideas to make cars run better particularly on Charlotte where they turn so many laps. I think they venture into some R&D but had nothing of real value that I couldnt take a camera in the shops. It's the only shop you'll go in with a camera. In the next little while I'll be posting some pictures I took and will get more in later that others took. Yall gotta do this at a track near you. 99 bucks aint squat for this ride.