Fans attending the UAW-GM Quality 500 Week events at Charlotte Motor Speedway will be able to take their racing experience to a new level as the Richard Petty Driving Experience once again offers race car rides around the legendary 1.5-mile superspeedway.

Each Ride-Along participant will receive three laps in a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup-style stock car at speeds approaching 160 mph. The cars will be driven by professional Richard Petty Driving Experience instructors.

The Ride-Alongs will be conducted from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16. Rides cost $149 each and reservations are suggested.

"We did the Richard Petty Driving Experience's Ride-Alongs in conjunction with our races in May and fans seemed to really enjoy it so we brought it back for the fall," said H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway. "It's got to be a thrill to be able to take the track just hours after your favorite drivers competed here."

"Charlotte Motor Speedway always puts on a great show and we are so proud to be part of the deal," said seven-time NASCAR champion Richard Petty. "We really enjoy being able to let fans get to see the track up close and to see it at more than 160 miles-per-hour. Everyone should do it at least one time."

The Ride-Alongs will take place in conjunction with the UAW-GM Quality 500, round five of the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, on Saturday night, Oct. 15.

For information or to secure a seat for one of the Ride-Along sessions, contact the Richard Petty Driving Experience at 1-800-BE-PETTY.

Tickets are still available for all October events at Charlotte Motor Speedway, including the UAW-GM Quality 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race, and can be obtained online here or by calling 1-800-455-FANS.