How to Make the Most of Your car Racing-Themed Vacation

How to Make the Most of Your Racing-Themed Vacation

As a devoted fan of car racing and travel, you would love nothing more than combining your two passions into one huge adventure. You enjoy visiting race tracks and seeing where some of your favorite drivers zip around the track at top speeds, and you like a wide variety of racing, from NASCAR to Formula One. Recently, your boss granted you enough time off to plan a dream cross-country road trip devoted to racing. In order for you and your sweetie to get the most out of this amazing opportunity, check out the following ideas:

Upgrade Your Ride

If you have room in the budget, you might want to consider treating yourself to a sporty car for your race-themed road trip. For example, if you have always dreamed of owning a Chevrolet Camaro, now is a great time to turn this goal into reality. Not only is the Camaro a classic muscle car with 275 horses under the hood, its fuel economy (20 city, 30 highway) will not eat away your entire trip budget. Also, as you’ll read below, there are ample opportunities to drive your own car on racetracks and in training courses around the country; doing so in a powerful Chevy Camaro would certainly help make these experiences even more memorable.

Book Some Racing Experiences

If you have pretended to be Lewis Hamilton, Kyle Busch or any of the Andrettis on more than one occasion, now is your chance to learn to really drive like they do. Forbes Travel Guide offers a great list of driving schools that can teach you racing techniques. Of course, while you are at the schools, you can usually get the chance to put that new Camaro to the test and learn how to drive really fast. For example, the Skip Barber Racing School has multiple locations around the country including in Georgia, Connecticut and California. The school features a number of cars and you’ll get the chance to work on autocross, skid pad control and threshold braking, as well as do laps on the racetrack. Track days let you bring your own car onto the asphalt to race other drivers, and the Formula One racing school offers the same curriculum as your fave Andretti family members; if you sign up for this program at Skip Barber, you’ll train in actual Formula One cars. Browse through the Forbes guide to see which schools are on your route and make reservations to give at least a few a try; other choices include Academi in North Carolina, BMW Performance Driving School and the Richard Petty Driving Experience.

Make Sure You Visit Plenty of Racetracks

Make Sure You Visit Plenty of Racetracks

If you are heading to the east coast on your racing road trip, be sure to visit Lime Rock Park in Connecticut. Depending on the time of year, you can watch an SCAA or cup race, or bring your vehicle and take part in an autocross. Atlanta Motorsports Park is another must-see destination; of course, you can also check out Atlanta Motor Speedway and Road Atlanta while you’re in the city. And no race-themed road adventure would be complete without a stop at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway; this Mecca of racing includes a museum as well as the Indy Racing Experience Driving program that gives you the chance to feel what it’s like to drive a real Verizon IndyCar Series car.

With so many racetracks in the United States and outstanding and fun racing schools to choose from, the most difficult part of your vacation will be choosing where to go. You’ll have so much fun on your cross-country road trip that when you get back home you’ll start planning your next racing adventure.

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