Richard Petty Driving Experience Junior Ride Along and “Draw the King” Contest


To help promote the announcement that the Richard Petty Driving Experience Junior Ride-Along program will now be available at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC and at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, FL (in addition to the Walt Disney World Speedway where they have been available for nearly a year), my kids and I got to go experience this incredibly fun program which gives children ages 6 to 13 (and at least 48 inches tall) the opportunity to experience real-life racing excitement while they ride-along shotgun with a professional driving instructor for three thrilling laps in a specially equipped two-seat NASCAR race car.


Before heading out on the track, we got to check out all their luxury cars on the lot like a Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin (not pictured) and the Nissan GTR which goes from 0 to 60 in only 2.9 seconds !!!   We each had our favorite !


Next the kids geared up in fireproof suits and helmets and waited for their turn to ride along.  To ensure safety, they have special racing seats that feature built-in shoulder and head protection and a five-point safety harness with the same design used by NASCAR drivers.  They got to go around a 1 mile track 3 times at speeds up to 120 mph and they both said it was so fast and they couldn’t stop smiling the entire time.


After your ride, you will have the opportunity to purchase photos and videos of their experience which I highly recommend.  I plan to get a nice double frame to feature my kids pictures together.


Also, thru May 31 your child can have a chance to have their artwork wrapped on the Jr. Ride Along cars and win a Jr. Ride along party for up to 10 people.  To enter, children ages 6 to 13 (and at least 48 inches tall) will need to submit a hand-drawn picture of legendary Richard Petty, ‘The King’ of NASCAR racing.  To download the template, go HERE and for all the rules head over to (winner will be announced on June 14).

“Junior Ride-Alongs” with RPDE at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Walt Disney World Speedway are only $59, and at Daytona International Speedway they are $69. No reservations are required. For more information, call 800-237-3889 or visit

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