Saturday, August 9, 2008

Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!

Last weekend, BD and I spent a few days in Atlanta where BD participated in the Dale Jarrett Racing Experience at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He did a ride-along experience where he rode 3 laps in a car driven by a professional driver, and he also did a driving experience where he drove 10 laps around the track. During the driving, he was the fastest out of 8 cars on the track - at speeds of 150+. He had a great time, and we highly recommend if you or someone you know is into cars/driving fast/etc.

(At the tunnel to the infield, we had to sign a track release, but once inside we were impressed by how open and accessible the track was.)

(Suiting up in a fire-proof racing suit.)

(Getting in the car.)

(A few last minute instructions from a crew member.)

(Attaching the HANS device to protect head and neck in case "the wall jumps out in front of the car".)

(One last check of the engine.)

(And he's off!)

(This was a group warm-up lap.)

(He's starting to pick up speed in this one. I stopped videoing after he got up to full speed -- because it was a 10 second clip of a blurry little blob speeding by the screen.)


Melissa said...

How exciting! That is something that Ryan would be into trying out. Not sure I could be a supportive wife on that one though. Good job to you both!!

Pickles and Dimes said...

That is so cool! My mom LOVES Dale Jarrett - LOVES him. My old bedroom at home is now a Dale Jarrett shrine; I'm not even exaggerating.

Alice said...

that is so awesome!! 150+... yikes...