One unassuming recent Saturday morning, I woke up, fed my dogs, showered, and headed to the last place on earth I ever thought I’d go — the racetrack. And I wasn’t even going to go watch a race. No… in my quest to show the world that the deserts of Las Vegas are jam-packed with ridiculous adventure stunts, I was going to be on the track. I am a notoriously bad driver and uninterested in learning how to drive one of these fast cars, but I was to quickly learn that I was not alone in my fears. But Exotics Racing is so awesome, that I still got to be right in the action. (Even too much in the action, according to some of the others…) As usual, I was the last of my eager adventure-seeking pals to show up for our activity, the last in our series of zip-lining, off-roading and hitting the gun range. I quickly signed my life away on the all-too-familiar waiver, and we were on our way. Vegas race car driving, I was about to learn, is quite the thrill!
When I got there, I couldn’t help but notice that the two girls in our bunch seemed a bit nervous, while the guys were laughing and excited.
Exotics Racing is no joke. In fact, it boasts a real 1.2 mile race track designed by stunt driver Romain Thievin, who has worked on more than 150 movies, including as the stunt double for Matt Damon in a little adventure flick you might have heard of, The Bourne Identity. In his spare time, he’s a five-time racing champion. The course has seven thrilling turns and an 1,800-foot straight-away.
Even though I’ve done a year’s worth of adventure activities with these two, I was still a bit surprised by how excited Cory and Alex were to drive these cars. Helmets on, they geared up for the rides of their lives: Cory was to jump behind the wheel of a Ferrari 430 F1, which he detailed on the great Vegas blog AC2LV. Alex? A Lamborghini Gallardo. Turns out, he was quite a car junkie as a kid. Read all about it on Travelated.
Which brings us to the girls…
The three of us may or may not have been nervous giggles and incessant question-asking. With Kristen and JoAnna, I learned something interesting: There are two kinds of scaredy cats. The first kind (me) is fine as long as I’m NOT the one driving. And the other kind (them) is only ok if they are. Kristen, who I also took a nighttime helicopter tour with, tackled the Porsche Cayman R, which she wrote about on her fun food and Vegas lifestyle blog Swanky Dietician. The usually cool-as-a-cucumber JoAnna showed nerves for the first time ever — but of course did an amazing job behind the wheel of an Audi R8 V10. She wrote about the adrenaline rush on Kaleioescopic Wandering.
And then there was me…
I had absolutely no interest in putt-putting around the course at 40 mph, which is exactly what would have happened had I been behind the wheel. Plus, I would have been terrified the entire time. Not fun! My best friend is the only person I have found who agrees with me on this. At a new company, she was once forced to do this activity with a bunch of coworkers shortly after meeting them. She slowly drove around the track, praying for it to be over. We are in the minority, but Exotics Racing is ready for us.
Let me present the ride-along.
It is not for the faint of heart. In fact, some of the others with me said they’d never do it! (?!) Since you’re in a Corvette Z06 with a professional driver who does this all day long, you take take course the way it was made to be driven. It was a wild ride! The driver told me afterwards that he hits about 135 miles an hour every time.
Against my better judgement, I got talked into sharing my video. It is the dorkiest I have ever looked, but man, was it worth it!
If you ask me, THAT’s a way to start a weekend!
Off I go!
To book an event or driving experience visit Exotics Racing or call 702-405-7223.
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