You know what I did this past weekend? Thanks to Chevy and BurbMom.net – I got a chance to experience a world I knew nothing about! NASCAR!!
I was lucky enough to be given two tickets to the Dickies 500 NASCAR race, at the Texas Motor Speedway. I brought my dad with me, since he loves anything having to do with cars, engines, driving, or mechanics. He’s watched NASCAR races on TV before, but this was also his first time actually attending one. To say we had fun…doesn’t cover it!!!
Below is an account of our day…in pictures!
I’d heard traffic could be heavy on race days, so dad and I left VERY early Sunday morning to get on the road. Above is a picture of us at the corner gas station, as we fueled up the car and got copious amounts of coffee! It was 6am – and still dark out. I asked the cashier to take the picture above!
We arrived at the track by 7am- which was great. It gave us time to walk around Texas Motor Speedway, and to look at all the NASCAR booths, and all the race cars that were on display. The green car is NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Jr’s- number88. And the blue car, is number 48- Jimmie Johnson.
Next, dad and I headed to Chevy’s hospitality village, where we got some great lunch, and some hot cocoa before getting credentials to go behind the scenes at the race. We got to take a pitt tour!! Here we are feeling very important with our VIP passes hanging around our necks!
The video above, is some footage I shot of race cars being pushed onto the track from the pitt garage before the start of the race.
Finally we made our way to the stands, and the race was started with an amazing tribute to the Military. A fighter jet flew overhead, and an army transport helicopter landed on the field- and the pace car drove out of it! Soldiers from Fort Hood brought the flag onto the field and 170,000 plus people observed a moment of silence.
The race started! It was ASTOUNDING how loud it was! The seats actually vibrated with sound as the race cars zoomed by! I was not at all prepared for how fast those cars drive! On TV it looks fast, but in person you can barely see the cars – they are flying by at such a crazy speed!The video above is of the race cars taking off…
I had a FANTASTIC time at the race. I didn’t know anything about racing before the weekend, and the more I learned the more I appreciated the skill and artistry of the racers, technicians, and Pitt crews.
But perhaps more importantly, it was a peak into a world that my father loves. Thank you Team Chevy & BurbMom for giving us the chance to spend some amazing father/daughter time together. It is now officially one of my favorite experiences with my dad, and a trip I will remember forever!