Fans attending the UAW-GM Quality 500 Week 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.

The Ride-Alongs will be conducted from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 17, the day after the UAW-GM Quality 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race on Saturday night, Oct. 16. Rides cost $149 each and reservations are required.

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.

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

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

UAW-GM Quality 500 Week runs Oct. 13-16 at Lowe¿s Motor Speedway and concludes Saturday night, Oct. 16, with round five of the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup.

Tickets are available for all events and can be obtained by calling 1-800-455-FANS.