Fans attending the May NASCAR events at Lowe¿s Motor Speedway will be able to take their racing experience to a new level as the Richard Petty Driving Experience offers race car rides around the legendary 1.5-mile superspeedway.

Each Ride-Along participant will receive three laps in a 600-horsepower 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 8 p.m. on Sunday, May 23; 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, May 29; and 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, May 31. Rides cost $149 each and reservations are required.

¿This is the first time we have offered the Richard Petty Driving Experience¿s Ride-Along program during our May race weekends,¿ said H.A. ¿Humpy¿ Wheeler, president and general manager of Lowe¿s Motor Speedway. ¿Watching your favorite driver win one day and then following in his tire tracks at nearly 160 mph the next will be the ultimate thrill.¿

¿To offer a deal like this in Charlotte is going to be spectacular,¿ said seven-time NASCAR champion Richard Petty. ¿This is something we wanted to do for the fans.¿

The Ride-Alongs will take place in conjunction with the May 22 NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge, the May 29 NASCAR CARQUEST Auto Parts 300 and the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday evening, May 30.

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

Tickets are still available for all May events at Lowe¿s Motor Speedway, including the May 22 NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge and the May 30 Coca-Cola 600, and can be obtained online at or by calling 1-800-455-FANS.