Race Car Lover's Holidays

Posted by Nick Niesen on November 1st, 2010

If you're a racing fan, a racing holiday might be in your best interest. The speed, the exhilaration, the overwhelming desire to watch those famous races you've only heard broadcast on the television are all great reasons to make your next vacation one that deals solely with racing. There are a number of ways to accomplish this.

Consider visiting one of the great racing museums. Good tracks like Daytona have some wonderful museum facilities that will keep you entertained for hours on end. Not only do they have some of the most famous cars ever stored in these museums, they also have some of the most interesting information about drivers, races, and all other things related to racing. You might learn something interesting as you enjoy looking at racing memorabilia.

Another option is to book a trip with a sports travel agency. Many of them have racing vacations designed just for you. You can choose from Formula One vacations, NASCAR vacations, or a Grand Prix vacation. Most of these packages include hotel accommodations, tickets to take in a race or two while you're on vacation, admission to a local museum, track tours, twenty-four hour trip assistance and freebies like programs and souvenirs. Others also include airline tickets and all sorts of optional packages you can add to your racing vacation. A famous one at Atlanta Motor Speedway includes a question and answer session with real NASCAR drivers. Others include the use of a hospitality tent before and after the race. This tent usually includes free food and beverages, sometimes even those of the adult variety. You can even choose to rent a scanner so you can hear the race, the drivers, and the officials as you watch it live.

Perhaps the best option for a race vacation is to live the experience through a racing school. There are many different decisions to make once you've decided upon a racing school, though. First, you need to decide what type of school you wish to enroll in. You can choose any type of racing car you enjoy watching from Corvettes to Indy 500 cars. Second, you need to decide how long you want your racing school experience to be. Basic courses can last anywhere from half of a day to three days. A basic one day course starts with a classroom session. Most of these sessions will cover the dynamics of the car, the dynamics of drivers, how to balance a car, how skids work, racing rules, and safety while you're on the track. All of these things are essential knowledge once you actually hit the track with your class and your instructor. In most cases, you will be given a helmet, a uniform, and you're own car. From there, your instructors will teach you exercises to build your skills and help you get used to the cars and the practice sessions that will follow.

In most of these schools, fully qualified driving coaches take you and your classmates, on a step-by-step basis, through a skill-oriented program to help you explore your interests. It might also help you develop your abilities as a driver. Don't worry, there's no pressure with most of these schools. Everyone out there is simply trying to have fun, and the racing school gets their money up front, so they could probably care less about your performance on the track. It's not a situation like high school football where performance is everything. By the end of the day in racing school, you'll be driving one of your favorite race cars like a pro. Lapping the track by yourself at speeds you've only dreamed of as you make your commute to work can be great fun, and racing school can give you that. If you choose to enroll in a racing school, be sure you rest and eat well on the day before. As much fun as it is, it can also be exhausting, so it's important to take care of your body before you actually visit the school. Also, you must have a valid driver's license to enroll in a racing school.

Choosing and planning a racing vacation can make your next holiday from your ?nine to five? job the holiday of your dreams.

Nick Niesen

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