The ground shook as if a bomb had gone off.
I couldn’t believe my eyes, or my ears.
My first experience with professional drag racing at Route 66 Raceway is one I never will forget. If you have not yet gotten in on the rush, it’s time to rectify that.
This weekend, the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series is running at the local drag strip. The all-day action begins at 9 a.m. Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday.
“There will be plenty of great action for hard-core drag race fans,” Route 66 president Scott Paddock promised.
But that special event Saturday night, the “Burndown at Sundown,” is for everyone.
“We created this Burndown a few years ago for thrill seekers,” Paddock said. “We want to attract fun seekers who may or may not be die-hard drag racing fans. This is the most explosive night in drag racing.”
The Burndown includes programs at 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday, each lasting 90 minutes to two hours between the exhibitions and racing. Attractions include the Chevy Rebellion Wheelstander, Injected Nitro Dragsters and Top Alcohol Funny Cars, Fire-Breathing Jet Cars, Wheels-Up Super Stock, Dragon’s Fyre Jet Track and Nitro Showdown.
More than 500 cards will be in the show, and best of all, every ticket is a pit pass, which only adds to the fun for fans.
The Lucas Oil series is regional. The O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals are scheduled June 26 to 29.
“We are very fortunate and privileged to be hosting an NHRA nationals event that is the pinnacle of drag racing,” Paddock said. “This regional event is a precursor to the national event.
“We made this Burndown a brand within the regional event. This will be thrilling for people. They will have a full-body, sensory experience, more so than you would get in any other sporting event. You can’t get that sensation watching at home. You have to be in here in person.”
Paddock said advance sales are up dramatically from last year. Each year the event grows in popularity.
“With new events, it sometimes takes time to grow equity,” he said. “We have dialed up the content of this event. It will be thrilling.”
Tickets are $20 for adults, $5 for kids. However, kids who are registered are members of the Kids Club will be admitted free. To become a member, register at KidsRacingClub.com in advance of showing up at the ticket window.
For tickets, call 888-629-7223 or visit www.route66raceway.com.
At the Autobahn
Getting out to “Burndown at Sundown” certainly should be on your bucket list.
There is another attraction this weekend in the local motor sports world that is being billed as the “ultimate bucket-lister,” an otherwise unattainable opportunity for car enthusiasts to drive exotic supercars at triple-digit speeds on a real road course.
Autobahn Country Club at 3795 Centerpoint Way is hosting the Supercar Track Xperience on Friday through Sunday. It begins with a short classroom session to learn racing fundamentals and safety, after which you can get behind the wheel of one of the world’s most exotic supercars for three laps around the 1.46-mile course.
The opportunity to pilot a Ferrari 458 Italia, Lamborghini Gallardo LP560, Audi R8, Ferrari F430, Prosche911 Turbo, Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, Nissan GTR or Corvette C7 Stingray is not one that comes along often, at least for most of us.
Visit thextremexperience.com/tracks/autobahn-country-club to reserve your spot, or www.autobahncc.com for information on this season’s Autobahn events.