It’s time to recharge those batteries and get away. There’s something about the racing world that holds a unique fascination. While NASCAR might have its origins in the Prohibition era with moonshiners outrunning the law, today it is more about technology. Now that some of the best speedways int he country give you a chance to take your own turn behind the wheel, there’s no excuse not to get your own high-speed fix.

Daytona International Speedway

Daytona Beach, Florida, is a great place to fill your need for speed. Daytona traces its racing history back to the early 1900s when some of the racing legends began revving their engines and hitting the sand down the picturesque white beaches.

Crowd at Daytona International Speedway. Photo courtesy Daytona International Speedway

Today, you can enjoy racing at Daytona International Speedway, home of the world-famous Daytona 500. Even when there’s not a NASCAR race in town, there’s plenty to keep you busy, starting with a VIP tour. On this, you’ll experience the dizzying 31-degree banks of the track, snap a photo in Gatorade Victory Lane, and finish it off with a visit to the refurbished Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.

For an exclusive, behind-the-wheel encounter, book the Richard Petty Driving experience. Options include a drive-along or go for the Experience of a Lifetime, offering three eight-lap driving segments with a chance to take the wheel and get on the track, complete with feedback from a pit road instructor and on-track driving instruction. There are Richard Petty Driving Experiences at several racetracks around the country, including those listed below.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Perhaps the most famous of the racing greats, the Indianapolis 500 takes place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, or The Brickyard, every May in front of 300,000 roaring spectators, making it the world’s largest single-day sporting event. In fact, the speedway—dubbed The Racing Capital of the World—is so large that you could fit Vatican City, the Colosseum, the Wimbledon campus, Rose Bowl Stadium, Yankee Stadium and the Kentucky Derby racetrack inside it!

Indianapolis 500. Photo courtesy Visit Indiana

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