How Does Testing a Race Car on the Half-mile Over of Martinsville Speedway Sound?

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (September 8, 2010) – Race fans who want to be race drivers, at least for a day, can get that opportunity at Martinsville Speedway on October 16 when The Racing School revs up at the historic half-mile oval.

The Racing School will offer up driving classes for those who want behind-the-wheel time. Ride-along sessions will be offered for the less intrepid.

“We were looking for the right opportunity for fans to experience hands-on racing here and The Racing School brings so much experience and so many satisfied customers to the table,” said Martinsville Speedway President W. Clay Campbell. “It’s an opportune time for the school, too, just a week before the TUMS Fast Relief 500 weekend. We think it’s going to be a great fit that will offer fans an idea of what it’s like getting around Martinsville Speedway.”

The Racing School, which has been around for more than a decade, visits about 15 tracks a year, including Richmond International Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Auto Club Speedway, Michigan Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Kentucky Motor Speedway, Phoenix International Raceway and Chicagoland.

The school will offer classroom and on-track instruction.

In the classroom an instructor will cover the flags used, how to enter and exit the track, finding the correct racing line, passing and more.

The Racing School also provides each driver with several demonstration laps in a passenger vehicle.

Students will also be outfitted with full safety gear for their driving experience.

Once secured safely in the car, students roll out onto the track, and after a few warm-up laps to work on accelerating, braking, passing and finding the fastest line. Once the warm-ups are over, you’re on your own, with the guidance of an instructor’s voice in your ear via radio.

At the end of the day, students will be able to purchase photos of their day’s performance.

The Driving School offers several different packages, including the ride-alongs. Packages and prices can be found at www.theracingschool.com.

Also, students can book their packages at www.theracingschool.com or by calling 877-CAN-RACE (226-7223).

The next racing action at Martinsville Speedway is the TUMS Fast Relief 500 weekend October 22-24. Tickets for the TUMS Fast Relief 500 begin at $25 and range to $77.
Tickets to the Kroger 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on October 23 are $30 in advance, with children 12 and under admitted free.

Tickets for Farm Bureau Pole Day, which features practice and qualifying for both the Kroger 200 and the TUMS Fast Relief 500, are $15, children 12 and under admitted free.

Tickets for all events may be purchased by calling 1.877.RACE.TIX or by visiting www.martinsvillespeedway.com online.

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