In November of 2011, Laurie bought me a ticket to drive a sprint cup car at the Texas Motor Speedway in Ft. Worth with Team Texas. They have options where you can either ride and/or drive the cars on the track. I opted to drive 10 laps and ride 4 laps. We tried to do it in Feb of 2012 and it rained all day, so we re-scheduled for June 16. Ya know, NASCAR doesn’t bring the cars out if it looks like rain or is rainin. North Texas hadn’t had rain in a LONG time and finally got it, so I didn’t feel too bad, I got to spend the weekend with my wife. We went down on Friday. For dinner we went in SouthLake, TX at the Wildwood Grill and then went to a nearby movie.
Finally June 16th day arrived for me to go back to
Texas Motor Speedway, also our 39th wedding anniversary.
We got to the track around
on Saturday and
finally figured out how things worked. I gave Laurie my
I finished my 10 laps and again waited in the 4 lap line for my turn. Laurie brought me some water, as I was really dehydrated from all the heat. About 45 min later I got back in car # 14 for my ride along with a real driver. This is one of those deals of “git in, sit down, shut up and HANG the hell ON.” We came out of turn 1 at full throttle in high gear lookin to pass those in front. I have never been that fast in a car before. I always thought my little brothers’ cars in Cody were fast. In their own right they are very fast, but this is a whole new class at speeds of 125 to 170 mph. I got a video of both my ride and my ride along. The ride along video is 1 minute and 53 seconds long for 4 laps. That’s how quick 4 laps fly by at those speeds.
I had fun and it took a while for me to settle down.
Laurie and I went into Ft. Worth’s
We came home on Sunday.
Link to the video